The Metro here in Boston had it right – first it was the Patriots. Then the Red Sox. Then the Celtics. Now the Bruins have arrived. Riding another stellar performance by Tim Thomas, the Bruins beat the Canucks 4-0 last night, bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Captain Patrice Bergeron scored a crucial first goal, undoubtedly shaking Canucks goalie Robert Luongo. The rest, as they say, is history.
The resulting scene in Boston could best be described as mayhem. I arrived down by the Garden two hours before the puck dropped, and was literally turned away from just about every bar in the North End and Faneuil Hall. When the Bruins scored an empty net goal to go up 4-0 in the final period, the march to the Garden was on, mob style. Hundreds of police lined the streets, donning full body armor and primarily wielding sticks resembling two by fours. They could do little to stop the hundreds of fans who climbed MBTA vestibules and lit off fireworks, and mosh pits broke out everywhere. Chants of “We won the Cup” and particularly “U-S-A” rang through the night, with just a few “Yankees Suck” chants thrown in for good measure (I told you, this is a baseball town). When I left the scene around 1:00am, the ruckus was still going strong. I’ve got to give it to the BPD though – they were not a friendly crew last night but somehow there were no deaths or major happenings.
You’ve got to feel good for this team, and what a way to go out for 43 year old veteran Mark Recchi. But more than anything, what a victory for the city of Boston. This win said to everybody, “Hey, we’ve got a hockey team here too.”
I’ve argued this before, but this win is the icing on the cake – whether you like it or not, the city of Boston has established itself as THE sports mecca of the United States this past decade. In the last 7 years Boston has won the championship in each of the 4 major sports. Go ahead and look at the last time that was done. Better yet, we’re talking 7 championships in the last decade. For as long as I live, I’m guessing that will never happen again.
Enjoy it Boston. And especially you, Bruins fans.