Last night's Game 7 in Vancouver may have been the best hockey game I've ever watched in terms of drama, excitement and stress. As much as it pains me to admit, the better team won. The Canucks took it to the Hawks for much of the series, and probably deserved to win.
Over the last few days, we had heard stories coming out of Vancouver saying the Canucks had to win for the good of the city, the well-being of Vancouver...ites? Uns? Vanginas? Whatever they're called, a game seven loss would crush their souls and their city would burn. As a Cub fan, I had empathy. I know what it's like to have my dreams crushed year after year.
After Alex Burrows buried the game winner, and after my anger subsided, I almost felt good for guys like Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo. Good guys who play the game the right way. Those feelings lasted...oh...about 5 minutes.
Quotes started filtering out from the Canucks locker room.
Henrik Sedin : "We were the better team for five games. They had no business being in this series. We made it tough on ourselves."
Really? Hey Henrik, Dave Bolland shut your ginger ass down, and the lowly Blackhawks took you to the absolute brink. They were one shot away from eliminating you. I think they "belong".
Kevin Bieksa : "Most of the guys you respect on (the Blackhawks). There are a couple of those arrogant guys you love shoving in their face."
Funny Bieksa used the word "respect". I have a lot of respect for a guy who turtles when John Scott is around, and gets all tough when Viktor Stalberg is around. You're really a bad ass Bieksa.
The Vancouver Canucks may win the Stanley Cup this season, but let me say this on behalf of all Blackhawk fans. Go Predators, Sharks, and yes, even Red Wings. Anyone but these tools. I wanted to like the Canucks. I really did. They made it impossible.
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