The Canucks were defeated at home by the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, a loss that crushed Vancouver's hopes of hoisting the Cup for the hometown crowd following the 4-0 beat down.
Here is what some media outles from across North America had to say about Game 7.
The Globe and Mail
Eighteen and counting. It is now 18 long years since the Canadian trophy that is considered the epitome of the national game has gone to a Canadian team.
When Alice Cooper sang "I'm 18 — and I don't know what I want," he certainly wasn't speaking for a great many Canadian hockey fans, whose frustration will now head into the 2011-2012 year...
At least the Vancouver Canucks are not the Chicago Cubs. Not yet, anyway. They are, however, well on their way.
If you were waiting for disaster to blow a hole right through your hopes, you got the pleasure of waiting to the very end this year. But, boy, was that end bitter. There wasn't a need for Canucks fans riot. But you can't blame them if they were choking back tears and left empty today. Like the Cubs, the Canucks are losers again. But they're not all so lovable after a 4-0 Game 7 loss which played out like a series of gut punches.
The Bruins earned it. They were stronger, tougher, deeper offensively and almost impenetrable at the back with Conn Smythe-winning goalie Tim Thomas protected by one of the tightest defences in hockey. They dominated and battered the Canucks in Boston and were as good as them in Vancouver, but had to wait until Wednesday to finally win one on the Pacific coast.
Sixteen years to the day the Boston Bruins last hoisted the Stanley Cup and rejoiced, Brad Marchand was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Scratch that. Make it "last hoisted the Stanley Cup" before tonight. Thanks to the two-goal performances of Marchand and linemate Patrice Bergeron, as well as another spectacular performance in net by Tim Thomas (37 saves), the Boston Bruins are at last rejoicing again.
The Associated Press
When the Bruins and their brilliant goalie barged into a hostile Canadian rink surrounded by another 100,000 screaming fans outside for Game 7, they emerged with the championship they wanted.
New York Times
A 37-year-old who grew up poor in Flint, Mich. — his parents pawned their wedding rings to pay his way to goalie school, and at one point he and his family sold fruit on the roadside to supplement their income — Thomas played for years in the minor leagues (Birmingham, Ala., and Houston) and in Europe (Finland and Sweden) before earning a permanent job with the Bruins in 2005. Now he is recognized as the best goalie in the game.
It wasn't just the 25 games in the playoff run of this Canucks' spring. It wasn't just the two months of living on the knife's edge with this team. It was the four-plus decades that preceded it, 41 years in which this team delivered only disappointment and heartache; 41 years in which those fans continued to believe, continued to hope, wanting only one moment to call their own. Instead, they got this. Their worst nightmare.