I guess no one in Vancouver forgot that Stephen Harper wore a Flames jersey during his 2004 election campaign.

And the Conn Smythe winner is…

Tim Thomas, or at least he should be if there’s any justice in this world. That’s a decision that should be obvious even if Vancouver closes out the Bruins tonight.

Thomas’ .937 save percentage and 2.07 GAA lead all regular starters in the playoffs. His style has been foolishly criticized at times, although I have no problem with anyone who’s critical of his approach on any one single play (that’s probably because I was). But overall, I’m pretty sure Timmay still doesn’t need your advice on goaltending.

The problem with giving Thomas the Conn Smythe lies in simple history. As the Montreal Gazette’s Red Fisher reminds us, the Conn Smythe has been awarded to a player on the losing team in the Stanley Cup Final only five times.

Here are those five exceptions to what seems to be the league’s Conn Smythe rule. We’re sure it’s a coincidence that they’re nearly all goaltenders:

  • Jean-Sébastien Giguère (2003)
  • Ron Hextall (1987)
  • Reggie Leach (1976)
  • Glenn Hall (1968)
  • Roger Crozier (1966)

Drink up and stock up now Vancouver, because you’ll be cut off in about an hour

Well, that sucks, but every self-respecting man has a hidden supply for emergency situations. It’s usually been aging for years, and it’s tucked behind the three towers of dirty magazines in the basement. That’s where mine is at least.

Don’t worry though, because we’re sure the lines will be short at every bar in the city. I wonder what the reason is for this mandated early closure?

Will we have a Horton Sighting?

Nathan Horton already made one appearance inside the Bruins’ locker room today, poking his head in to mingle with his teammates briefly. Bruins head coach Claude Julien stated the obvious, saying there won’t be a miracle, Manny Malhotra-esque comeback from Horton, but he’ll likely be in attendance tonight.

“So if people are looking for miracles, if he’s there, it will be pretty special. But right now, he’s still dealing with those concussion issues as we speak. He popped in quickly [Monday] morning just to say ‘hi.’ I have the impression that he’s going to be coming to the game [Monday night] as long as he feels good, and that can vary as the day goes on. But I think right now his plan is to hopefully be here [for the game].”

The Bruins have trotted out a different legend before each Stanley Cup Final home game to wave the team flag and fire up the crowd. The health risks of having Horton perform those duties tonight are obvious, but it’ll be an incredibly special moment if he’s up for it.

In Vancouver, green men have small packages

The always hated but never duplicated Bruins blog Days Of Y’Orr asked their readers to submit suggestions for the best “Bruins Hockey Rules” shirt, with the top choices made into shirts. As expected, the results were rather awesome.

The Canucks have been motivated by a cup on top of a mountain

We’ve sure it’s probably more than that actually, but the image we’re left to work with is minimal. While the Bruins have used a vintage team jacket that’s been handed out to the player of the game as a motivational tool, Chris Johnston of The Canadian Press tells us that Vancouver has a tool of their own.

The origin of the Canucks’ picture is tied to Ed Viesturs, the mountain climber who has reached the summit of Mount Everest seven times. He’s now a motivational speaker and has delivered several speeches to the Canucks.