VANCOUVER—The Boston Bruins are champions for the first time since 1972 thanks to Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tim Thomas.
Bergeron scored a pair of goals and Thomas made 37 saves for his fourth shutout of these playoffs, as the Bruins handled the Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist for Boston, which won the Cup for the sixth time in franchise history (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972).
Thomas, the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner, went 35-11-9 in the regular season and 16-9 in the postseason. He was sensational in the Cup Finals, stopping 238- of-246 shots in all, and was awarded with the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for his efforts.
The Bruins staved off elimination on Monday by using a four-goal barrage in the first period to take a 5-2 win over the Canucks at TD Garden.
The home team had won the first six games of this series, making Boston's victory on the road in Game 7 at Rogers Arena even more impressive. It marked the first time in NHL history that a road team clinched a title in a terminal game by shutout.
It was also the second time in the last three seasons that a visiting club won the Cup on the road in a seventh game, after Pittsburgh did so at Detroit in 2009.
The Canucks, who won their first-ever Presidents' Trophy this season, failed to capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Vancouver was playing in the Cup Finals for the third time, following a four- game loss to the Islanders in 1982 and a seven-game setback to the Rangers in 1994.
Roberto Luongo had been the key factor for the Canucks at home in this series, In his three prior games in Vancouver in the Cup Finals, Luongo stopped 95- of-97 shots and posted two shutouts.
But the story was a lot different for Luongo on Wednesday, as he gave up three goals on only 20 shots.