April 28, 2011
That's what my brother texted me at 6:56 about 10 minutes before faceoff, the famous Matt Damon line from Rounders. As I stated before, the Bruins had lost their last 3 game 7s in 2008-2010 right when my brother and I became big fans. I touched on this before but there really is nothing like NHL playoffs. I personally find them more intense than any other sport. I'll compare it to the sport I talk most about on here, baseball.
I was talking to a buddy about this the other day and he said you can't compare the two they're apples and oranges but I'm going to do it anyways. In baseball you have time to think in between pitches and the transition game isn't nearly as quick. The centerfielder can't make a diving catch and turn that into runs in the same play. While baseball has a rhythm to it, it's nothing like hockey. Also unlike basketball where you can score in transition there isn't a goalie blocking your end. With that being said, every goal is a huge emotional swing. The playoffs have come at a perfect time as its so easy to get wrapped up in the game. For 3+ hours I'm not worried about poker, money, etc I just want the Bruins to win.
When Subban tied it up at 3 with a little under 2 minutes left, I had an empty feeling in my stomach. I've seen this episode before and it doesn't end well. During the intermission I was in a fog just hoping that the Bruins could beat Price before they were scored upon. Fortunately Horton was able to put one way and they were able to slay the Canadiens. Now it's onto a rematch with Philly. Before Round 1 I mentioned I hated Montreal more than any other hockey team, well the Flyers are number 2 on that list, I can't stand them.
I'll leave you with a youtube video and a picture. For the youtube video it's game 1 highlights from the Flyers-Bruins series last year. An incredible back and forth game that included the best and most action packed overtime that I've ever seen. If you don't feel like watching all the highlights just skip to the overtime. The game ended with a goal from Marc Savard who I miss watching. He was my favorite player on the Bruins as his creativity was a joy to watch. His career is probably over now because of concussions, and his story since Matt Cooke laid a cheapshot on him is just so depressing.
The second is a picture right after the game winning goal tonight. I love famous sports photos, so many times they tell such a great story. A while back HBO had a documentary called the greatest photos in sports that easily held my attention for an hour. They explained the stories behind the classic shots of Ali-Liston, Y.A. Tittle, and many others, it was outstanding. Generally an epic sports photo captures both the jubilation of the victors and the anguish of the defeated. I think this one is pretty incredible.
“Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is” -Vince Lombardi