If you’ve been reading us for a while, you know there are moments where I seem to control the universe.
The Penguins being down 2-0 is not one of them. Certainly not to the Bruins. Out of love for Chuck, I generally keep my Bruins opinions to myself and I’m sure she swallows some bitter Penguins (and Caps) epithets . So the first period of last night’s game was not a time I was allowed near communication devices.
Then James Neal scored. Honey, I’m home! Hi James, you’re the best. But one was not enough.
Then he scored again and things got serious. I was in public (mistake #1) with wine (#2) and while 0.0% of the people in my everyday life care about hockey, this does not stop me from discussing it. At length. Or loudly, as the situation requires. So instead I hid repeatedly in a bathroom at a birthday party and checked my phone.
Which told me, after 59.5 minutes, that the 3-2 Bruins win was final. Resignation set in. Also, more wine. The Penguins can’t actually win every game and Nealmobile can’t actually score every goal, no matter how hard I try to persuade the universe to see things my way.
Then I get home and whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
Crosby scored with 0.3 seconds left to tie it?! The Pens then lost almost immediately in overtime but I DIDN’T CARE ANYMORE.
It’s like the Parise ‘send this baby to OT’ Olympic goal minus the cultural significance and bursting with irony. Or this Toews R1, Game 7 shorthanded goal, only far less important but more personally vindicating. (Seriously that Toews goal is one of my all time favorite hockey moments.)
I could watch it all day:
So, the Pens lost. The Bruins won. I’m sure Chuck’s happiness equals my complete, overwhelming and impossible-to-explain love for a Penguins team that didn’t really play that well for a lot of this game and somehow, in the dramatic end, still made it worth every damned second.
Oh, and some seconds after the game was over:
Nealer scored two goals Saturday, LOST. Scored two goals Monday, still LOST.
But a shirtless post-game tattoo display is forever FTW.
PS: Beau Bennett, what? Your “undisclosed” injury is wrist surgery requiring 8-10 weeks recovery? DISLIKE.
Penguins vs. Leafs tomorrow night. Kick ass for Thanksgiving, American team full of people from other countries.Tags: james neal, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby