Best and worst of the Stanley Cup final

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo signals

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo signals "no icing" to his teammates during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final in Vancouver, B.C., June 10, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

BOSTON - A look at the good, the bad and the extremely bizarre in the roller-coaster series that is the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

Coolest moment

The great Bobby Orr, prior to Game 4, waving a Nathan Horton flag, much to the glee of the raucous crowd at the TD Garden. With karma like that going against them, the Canucks were doomed even before the puck was dropped.

Post-final endorsements we'd like to see

- Alex (The Biter) Burrows for Colgate.

- Mike (Thelma and Louise) Milbury for the Swedish tourist board.

- Roberto (Pump My Tires) Luongo for Michelin.

- Brad ("I'm a Rat") Marchand for Acme Pest Control.

Wildest ride

No two cities in the NHL final have ever been further apart than Vancouver and Boston -- about 4,115 kilometres. Since there are no direct commercial flights between the two, travel was, at times, a nightmare. Just ask our friend Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston. During the off-day between Games 4 and 5, Joey Mac's wild ride, thanks to flight cancellations and inclement weather, took him from Providence to Baltimore to Milwaukee to Seattle, where he jumped off the plane, rented a car, then drove three hours north to Vancouver. All in the same day. Now, that's dedication.

Best crowd

Take a bow, Vancouver. This is no dig against Boston, where the revival of interest in the Bruins actually pushed the beloved Red Sox back 10 pages in the local dailies. Who ever thought we'd see the day when that happened? The hockey buzz in Boston was the best we've seen in a U.S. market in a long time. But Vancouverites outdid themselves, turning every win into a city-wide party and showing their fine hospitality for the 2010 Olympics was no fluke.

Tough crowd

When the image of a wee baby wearing a Canucks jersey was shown on the TD Garden video screen during a break in the action in Game 3, you could hear the boos all the way to Vancouver. In Philly, they jeer Santa; here, they boo infants who make a poor fashion statement.

That lovin' feelin'

While one dude and his lady friend were being shown on FAN-CAM during Game 4, the guy showed his affection for his mate by groping the front of her shirt. It might have induced the loudest cheer of the series.

Green day

In honour of Vancouver's famed Green Men, a rotund chap with the physique of Norm (Cheers) Peterson put on a green spandex suit that was ripped down the seam. As esteemed QMI colleague Chris Stevenson noted: "It looked like one of the Green Men ate the other one."

Did you see that?

Alex Burrows produced one of the most thrilling moments of the final when his overtime goal gave the Canucks a 1-0 victory in Game 2 at Rogers Arena. Too bad half the people in the building didn't see it. Because it came just 11 seconds after the break, thousands were still waiting to get to their seats after spending the intermission in the concourse. Once a period starts, patrons can not go to their seats until the first whistle.

Pest control

While the Sedins and Ryan Kesler were nowhere to be found on the scoresheet, superpests Burrows, Raffi Torres and Max Lapierre were notching game winners for the Canucks. Somewhere Kenny Linseman and Claude Lemieux were smiling.

Most bizarre stat

In Vancouver, Roberto Luongo had two shutouts in three games.

In Boston, he allowed 15 goals on 66 shots.

Talk about a tale of two cities.

A hero in two towns

Actor Michael J. Fox is from B.C. but is said to be a Bruins fan.

In Game 1, when he was shown on the video board at Rogers Arena, he was cheered.

In Game 3, when he appeared on the screen at the TD Garden, he received loud applause.

If ever there was a case of having the best of both worlds, this was it.

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