Last night’s game was the most exhilarating, exciting, intense Stanley Cup Finals game that I have seen in recent memory.
It also happened to be totally crappy and soul-sucking.
As the tornado watch loomed over the city of Boston, the thunder boomed, and lightning lit up the sky like a Polish dyskotekya, the Bruins were just 18 seconds from heading into overtime with the Canucks.
But then Johnny Boychuk made a teeny mistake…
Ryan Kessler made a great pass…
Yannick Hansen made an other great pass…
and Raffi Torres slipped the puck past Timmy Thomas.
The apartment goes silent. I close my eyes and take a deep breath.
Collapse on the floor like I’ve been ninja kicked in the face.
A crushing loss to be sure, but then again aren’t all losses in June, when your team is playing for the biggest, shiniest, purtiest trophy in all of sport?
Thomas and Luongo played out of their craniums and denied both teams numerous scoring chances. At times, the game was chippy and physical and downright bizarre. Alex Burrows going all pre-school and biting Patrice Bergeron? What? Really? No penalty was called but you can be sure that the NHL will review that scrizz.
But the Professor ain’t fazed by it. He’s too smaht for that.
Despite the imperfect outcome, the Bruins should be very proud of the way that they played. They played a solid, physical game and made the Canucks work for every inch. Bruins d-men did a great job disrupting the SedinBots’ dolphin sonar, as either Henrik or Daniel had any points; Henrik had a big ‘ol fat goose egg with SOG and Daniel only had 8.
Lots of hockey writers, reporters and prognosticators thought that the Bruins wouldn’t stand a chance against the powerhouse Canucks. “They’re too fast.” “They’re too talented.” “The Sedin twins are magical and drink mineral water from goblets made of unicorn horns.” But the Bs proved that they are a team that deserves to have their shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup. They belong with the big boys.
While I wanted to curl up into the fetal position and cry last night, I’m feeling much better today. The series is still young and there is many a game left to play.
And like the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, “Keep Hope Alive!”Tags: Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Stanley Cup Finals, tim thomas, Vancouver Canucks