Three stars from Game 7

1. Tim Thomas: He stopped all 37 shots for his second shutout of the series and his second shutout in a Game 7 this year. He is the first goalie to post a road shutout in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. He also joins Patrick Roy in 2002 as the only goalies to post a pair of Game 7 shutouts in a single year. In fact, Thomas, Roy and Curtis Joseph are the only goalies to record two career Game 7 shutouts, regardless of year. He finished the postseason with a 10-0 record when facing at least 37 shots, with a 1.76 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in those games. Thomas also became the second American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, joining Brian Leetch in 1994, both doing so against the Vancouver Canucks. Thomas set NHL records for saves in a single postseason (798) and in a Stanley Cup finals (238).

2. Patrice Bergeron: Bergeron set the tone with the first goal of the game and broke the hearts of Canucks fans with a shorthanded goal with 2:25 remaining in the second period. Bergeron joined his teammate Brad Marchand as the 10th and 11th players in Stanley Cup Final history to score two goals in Game 7. It was the second career multigoal playoff game for Bergeron and the first to come in a win. Bergeron scored his second shorthanded goal of the playoffs in this game after scoring one in that situation during the regular season. He became the first Bruins player to score two shorthanded goals in a single postseason since Bobby Lalonde in 1981. Bergeron was the second player this postseason to record two goals and have a plus-4 rating, with the other being his teammate Zdeno Chara against the Flyers.

3. Zdeno Chara: Speaking of Chara, no Bruins player blocked more shots in Game 7 than the 6-foot-9 defenseman. Chara blocked three shots, one of which came on Alex Burrows with a gaping net at the 8:51 mark of the second period. Chara's effort was part of an overall strong effort as a team. The Bruins blocked 15 Canucks shots, including 11 by defensemen. Boston's shutdown pairing of Chara and Dennis Seidenberg combined to block five shots. Boston blocked 115 shots as a team in the series (Vancouver blocked 101 shots).