Canucks Fan Gets Bruins Tattoo After Losing Stanley Cup Finals Bet

Embarrassing tattoos seem to be a popular form of punishment for losing a bet. We showed you this unicorn tattoo a man had to get after coming in last place in his fantasy football league. We thought that was the worst. It probably is. But how about getting the logo of a team that beat yours in a game? That’s downright mean-spirited. Still, that was the term of a bet between a Canucks fan and Bruins fan, and the loser had to get the B’s logo on his leg:

I just hope Chad from IntheOT.com recognizes how lucky he is. Had we included that as part of the LBS Playoff Beard Challenge, he’s be sporting some fresh ink now.

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Ryan Kesler Cries After Canucks Lose Stanley Cup Finals (Video)

Ryan Kesler was overcome by sad emotions after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night. Much like another key player on a team that recently lost in the finals, Kesler broke down and cried. Here’s a video of Ryan Kesler crying after the Canucks lost Game 7:

Kesler’s likely crying because he’s disappointed. His team blew a 2-0 series lead and a 3-2 series lead and lost the Stanley Cup. Kesler in particular was a no-show. He had four points and was a +4 against Chicago, had 11 points and was a +2 against Nashville, had three points against San Jose, and then he was shutout for six games against Boston. Worse yet, Kesler was a -6 for the series. Roberto Luongo and the Sedins are taking a lot of blame for Vancouver losing, but Kesler should be mentioned in the same sentence. He was one of their top scorers during the regular season and in the early part of the playoffs, but he was a non-factor in the Finals and is a big reason the team lost to Boston.

Tim Thomas Thinks Roberto Luongo Took Compliment as Sarcastic Jab

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas shutout the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in the Stanley Cup Finals, helping the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup since 1972. Thomas stopped 238 of the 246 shots he faced over the seven-game series, giving him an absurdly high .967 save percentage. His performance throughout the postseason earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy which is awarded to the winning team’s most valuable playoff performer. The award isn’t too surprising for anyone who’s watched Thomas play the last four years for Boston, and it sure is sweet revenge for him against Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

After Vancouver won Game 5 of the series 1-0, Luongo boasted that he would have made the save on the lone goal let up by Thomas. Though Thomas was bothered by the comment, he chose not to respond and instead went out and won the next two games. When the two goalies met up to shake hands at the end of the series, Thomas praised Luongo.

“I know I told him that he’s a great goalie,” Thomas recounted his exchange with Luongo to NBC after winning the series. “Somehow he must have took offense. I hadn’t said anything really positive but I hadn’t said anything negative either. Part of that was tactics.”

Luongo didn’t seem to react negatively during their lineup, but apparently he did. Maybe he thought Thomas was being sarcastic considering he had just lost two games in a row after opening his mouth. The reality is both men are excellent goaltenders and maybe Luongo has learned to keep quiet next time so as not to inspire his opponent. After all, he’s the one who looks poorly in the end.

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Daniel Sedin Guarantees Game 7 Win for Canucks in Stanley Cup Final

Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin has guaranteed his team will win the decisive Game 7 against the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup Wednesday. Yes, try to hold back your Ace Ventura muttering laugh over that one. Daniel believes Vancouver’s home ice advantage will be the deciding factor in Game 7.

“We’re 3-3 and we won all three games at home and we have the fourth game at home,” Sedin said after losing Monday. “So we have the seventh game at home and we’ll take that. We are confident.”

Sedin then repeated his guarantee a second time saying “We lose as a team and win as a team and we’re going to win Game 7.”

During our time at LBS, several athletes have made guarantees. With the exception of Tim Thomas’ guarantee the Bruins would win the Eastern Conference Finals, most guarantees end up flopping.

You have to admire Daniel’s confidence in his team, but you also have to wonder if he just wasn’t a bit woozy from being punched in the head six times by Brad Marchand. All I know is I didn’t grow my beard for two months (seriously, this thing is out of hand) to see the Bruins lose in Game 7.

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Roberto Luongo Takes a Shot at Tim Thomas (Video)

Really? This guy’s serious right? I mean he kept a serious face on, so he’s either a great actor or Roberto Luongo really did take a shot at Tim Thomas after Game 5 and meant it. The Bruins lost Game 5 in Vancouver by a score of 1-0, and the only goal in the game certainly could have been stopped by Thomas. However, I’m not sure a goalie who let up 12 goals in two games is in any position to be critiquing the performance of his counterpart.  The Bruins will have to win a game in Vancouver if they want to win the Stanley Cup, but the Canucks would probably be wise to refrain from providing Boston with bulletin board material along the way.  H/T to Barstool for the video.

Cory Schneider: Roberto Luongo Deserves to Start in Goal for Game 5

The Vancouver Canucks have lost two games in a row since going up 2-0 on the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. Boston has not just won two in a row, they’ve spanked the Canucks outscoring them 12-1. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo had to be pulled towards the end of Game 4 and backup Cory Schneider replaced him once it became 4-0. The poor showing by Luongo the past two games has sparked a debate: which goalie should start Game 5 for Vancouver? Schneider says it still should be Luongo.

“I am ready for anything but I am not expecting anything one way or another. As far as I’m concerned, three lucky goals off our sticks, off our bodies, and I’m not sure what Lou (Roberto Luongo) could have done differently on most of them. So I don’t really see him at fault and he deserves to play the next game.”

Schneider supports Luongo and I’m guessing coach Alain Vigneault will too. However, if he got pulled it wouldn’t be the first time these playoffs. In the first round, the Canucks were up 3-0 in their series with the Blackhawks before being forced into a Game 7. After Vancouver was outscored 12-2 in Games 4 and 5 against Chicago, Schneider started Game 6 and lost before Luongo was put back in place for Game 7.

Video: Aaron Rome Hit on Nathan Horton Results in Hospital Trip

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome laid a vicious hit on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton Monday night that knocked Horton out cold. Rome blindsided Horton with a hit to the head — the exact sort of hit the NHL is trying to eliminate — and Horton ended up immobilized and taken to a hospital. Here’s a video of the Aaron Rome hit:

The series has been extraordinarily physical and the hatred between the teams has been evident, but there is no need for blindside head shots. Nathan Horton has been a valuable scorer for the Bruins, and missing him for any length of time will hurt the team. A suspension is in order for Rome, but sadly that won’t even be a fair punishment if Horton has to miss games. What’s worse is that Vancouver’s coach won’t acknowledge this was an obvious head shot. That insults all of us, even as biased as he may be.