Forget the 1-2 punch of the Sedin brothers; how about the Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combination?

Bergeron, a gold-medal winner with Canada at the 2010 Olympics, and Marchand, a two-time gold-medal winner for Canada's national junior team in 2007 and 2008, brought that same championship-caliber hockey to the Bruins last night in a 4-0 Game 7 victory over the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final.

It's no contest which championship means more.

"That doesn't compare,'' said Marchand of the world junior championships. "This is such a grind and such a battle and to be here and go through it for the whole year, over 100 games, it means so much more than just a few games.''

Stories will be written about Tim Thomas. And deservedly so. But at the center of the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history were Bergeron and Marchand, who each scored two goals last night.

Bergeron, as is his style, deflected credit.

"We couldn't do it without everyone on the ice and also off the ice,'' said Bergeron. "Going down, 2-0, against Vancouver, it was a tough road to come back.''

If you believe in omens, Marchand was born May 11, 1988, which would be 16 years to the day the Bruins won the 1972 Stanley Cup, their last until last night.