Just as Massachusetts and twelve colonies beat back the British well over 200 years ago and earned their freedom, these Bostonians sent the British Columbians back to their homeland for the final battle and left their city in ashes. They did so against great odds and contrary to the talking heads’ predictions who fancy themselves experts. “Vancouver in 6.” “Vancouver in 5.” “Vancouver sweeps.” They were wrong.

I wrote before this series commenced, “Tim Thomas lifting the Cup would bring justice to this season.” Timothy James Thomas, Jr., known as the Tank, led his troops to victory, earned his legacy and rightful place in history.