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Bruins Road To The Stanley Cup

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On June 15, 2011, the Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. The Bruins failed in their five previous trips to the finals since Bobby Orr led them to championships in 1970 and 1972, losing every time. Remarkable players such as Cam Neely came and went without a Cup, while Ray Bourque had to go to Colorado to get his only ring 10 years ago. But with Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) winner Tim Thomas between the pipes, their giant defensive captain Zdeno Chara and a core of gritty forwards, the Bruins proved they were the best with a 4-0 Game 7 victory over the President's Cup (for best regular season record) winning Canucks in Vancouver.

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