In a Game 7 that was low on scoring and high on drama, the Boston Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. After two and a half scoreless periods, Nathan Horton broke the scoreless streak in Game 7 as he found the back of the net to put the Bruins on top for good as Boston held on for the one-goal win.
Though it may not seem like it from the scoreline alone, Game 7 was high on action as the Bruins and Lightning went back-and-forth and end-to-end throughout. Dwayne Roloson was excellent in net for the Lightning as the Bruins pelted him with shots from all angles before finally breaking through some 50-plus minutes into the game. The goal turned out to be all Boston needed as Tim Thomas held-off the Lightning and kept a clean sheet to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Vancouver Canucks have been resting and recuperating since their Game 5 win on Tuesday and now know their opponent in the Stanley Cup Finals. Vancouver has home-ice throughout and will host the Bruins at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night in Game 1 of best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup. The first two games are in Vancouver, followed by two in Boston and alternating sites over the final three games if necessary.
The full schedule for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals can be found below.
Game 1: Wed., June 1 -- at Vancouver, 5 p.m. (NBC, CBC)
Game 2: Sat., June 4 -- at Vancouver, 5 p.m (NBC, CBC)
Game 3: Mon., June 6 -- at Boston, 5 p.m (VERSUS, CBC)
Game 4: Wed., June 8 -- at Boston, 5 p.m (VERSUS, CBC)
Game 5*: Fri., June 10 -- at Vancouver, 5 p.m (NBC, CBC)
Game 6*: Mon., June 13 -- at Boston, 5 p.m (NBC, CBC)
Game 7*: Wed., June 15 -- at Vancouver, 5 p.m (NBC, CBC)