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The Stanley Cup Drops Out Of Vancouver’s Clutches

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It was one game, winner-take-all.

And in the end, Boston took home the Stanley Cup.

There wasn’t an empty seat in the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The hometown crowd waved “rally towels” as their Vancouver Canucks skated out for their warm-up. The thunderous cheering of the crowd never let up. Canuck Goaltender Roberto Luongo shifted from side to side in front of his net.

The crowd took up the singing of O Canada.

If Vancouver could bring the Cup back home, the game would go down in Canadian history.

No wonder tickets were selling for up to $8,600 each—a pair of tickets costing about the same as a new car.

But less than 15 minutes into the first period, the crowd’s worst fears were realized when Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal for Boston. Brad Marchand scored goal number two for Boston in the second period.

The Canucks lucked out with a power play in the second period, thanks to a Boston penalty. Short-handed, Boston’s Bergeron brought the puck all the way down the ice but was tripped and his body pushed the puck into the Canucks’s net.

The goal was disputed, but ultimately allowed. It was 3-0 Boston in the second period.

With just under three minutes to go in the game the Canucks pulled their goalie, allowing Boston to score for a fourth time, on an empty net.

In Boston, the crowds took up the cheering in the streets. Their Bruins bring the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time since 1972.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

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Writing/Discussion Prompt
The last time the Boston Bruins won the cup, the year was 1972. That’s why if you lived in Boston you would probably want to throw a great, big, huge party. What types of things would you have at your party to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup?

Reading Prompt
High frequency words are the words we read all the time. In fact, there oftenwords we use so much that we don’t think about them when we read them. We read them automatically. Look over today’s story and underline 15 different high frequency words.

Primary
Automatically read and understand most high-frequency words, many regularlyused words, and words of personal interest or significance, in a variety of reading contexts (OME, Reading: 3.1).

Junior
Automatically read and understand most words in common use (OME, Reading: 3.1).

Intermediate
Automatically read and understand most words in a wide range of reading contexts (OME, Reading: 3.1).

Grammar Feature: Verbs (Past Tense)
When an action word (verb) is written in the past tense, we often add the letters “ed” to the ending.

For example, the verb “walk,” when written in the past tense, becomes  “walked,” the verb “talk” becomes “talked,” and the verb “shout” becomes “shouted.”

But that’s not always the case! Some verbs are written differently when they are written in the past. For example, the verb “win,” when written in the past tense, becomes “won,” the verb “run” becomes “ran,” and the verb “sing” becomes “sang.”

Can you think of five other verbs, that when written in the past, change their spellings?