Season-long rivalries were set aside by NHL players who took to Twitter to congratulate the Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins.
Brent Sopel, a defenceman for Boston’s arch-rival, the Montreal Canadiens, tweeted, “Hooray Black and Gold!” after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday.
New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto tweeted, “Congrats to the canucks and bruins. Hard fought series and year. Hats off to every player!”
The goodwill was spread throughout Boston’s lineup.
After Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, he got props from Nashville Predators centre Blake Geoffrion.
“Congrats to Boston. What a series and what a year for them. Tim Thomas is the man.”
Anaheim Ducks star Bobby Ryan gave the nod to Bruins’ players David Krejci and Rich Peverley (“I honestly also never knew how skilled krejci or peverley were”) while Boston defenceman Tomas Kaberle was congratulated by former Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Tyler Bozak and Carl Gunnarson.
There was plenty of humour during the game.
Edmonton Oilers star Taylor Hall tweeted the Toronto Blue Jays game against the Baltimore Orioles was a “real nail biter” before adding, “I’m kidding obviously. The game gives me chills. When does camp start!?”
As it became apparent Vancouver would lose, Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette kidded, “I wonder what Cory Schneider’s doing right now?” Schneider is the Canucks’ backup goalie behind starter Roberto Luongo.
After the game, it was a basketball player who may have summed it all up best.
NBA star Steve Nash of Victoria, the brother-in-law of Canucks’ centre Manny Malhotra, tweeted, “Congrats Boston. Head up @VanCanucks incredible year. We’ll be back!! Thanks for the thrills.”