From DEREK CARSON, Sportsnet Fan Blogger
The 2010-2011 NHL regular season ended in fine fashion. Tim Thomas set a record for the best single-season save percentage of all time at .938. Daniel Sedin topped the league with 104 points on the year (41 goals and 63 assists) while Corey Perry scored the most goals with 50.
But that’s the regular season, and in April, we’re talking about the playoffs.
The first round had some of the best hockey of the entire playoffs. Two series stick out in particular and it’s not surprising that they both featured the teams that would eventually move on to the finals, the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins.
In the first round, Boston played Montreal. Remember these two teams? Ya, they still hated each other. Meanwhile Vancouver played the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canucks’ bitter rival who had ousted them from the playoffs the past two years in a row.
So what’s better than two first round series being played between bitter rivals? Well how about Game 7 overtime? How about both series go to Game 7 overtime? How amazing is that?
In both series, there was a tying goal with less than two minutes to go in the final game. Jonathan Toews scored shorthanded for Chicago whereas P.K. Subban scored for Montreal on the power play. They both tied the game up with less than two minutes left. Unreal.
In overtime, Nathan Horton scored for Boston to send Montreal packing and send Boston to the second round to face Philly. For the Canucks, Alex Burrows, the rascal, scored the goal that would exorcise a demon for Vancouver. They had finally beaten Chicago in a game that both Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler said they wanted more than the Olympic gold medal.
The game ended on a sour foot, as “fans” took to the street with lots of anger. A riot broke out, just like back in the day in Montreal. It was a shame the season had to end like that.