How does that old monster truck commercial go?
“Pay for the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge.”
That’s pretty much how I was the entire game 7. But let’s start at the beginning.
I put on my Bruins jersey which I have to tell you would fit two sets of goalie pads under it, it’s so big on me now. Got in the car and drove over to pick up a couple pizzas but no beer as my buddy has a tap in his kitchen. Even better, it was Blue Moon on tap. Delicious.
I sat down right in time for Rene. For reference, all the folks hating on Rene, stop it. He’s an institution on the Boston sports scene. Specifically the Bruins. 35 years which is older than me and for reference when I go to the game and there’s some little girl singing the anthem or some Idol reject, I get pissed. Rene sings the anthem at Bruins games. Period!
On to the game.
I won’t bore you with any type of game recap. I know you watched.
Highlights for me…
StLouis taking a big hit about 3 minutes into the game. No penalty. In fact that there were no penalties called in the entire game. It was truly a game where the officials “let the boys play hockey”. The Bruins played a smart game and didn’t take any stupid penalties avoiding an abysmal penalty kill that sunk them in game six.
The breakaway by Lucic when he was stoned by Roloson. I feared that would be their only scoring chance of the game and that the Bruins would be beaten because of it.
Pay for the whole seat only need the edge indeed. My buddy’s house has a huge comfy couch, I was on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire game…then it happened.
With about 7:30 left in the third period the Bruins managed to get behind the “unsolvable” Tampa Bay 1-3-1 defense. Krejci fed Horton on the doorstep and Horton tipped it in for a 1-0 lead. At that point I could barely breath. The level of excitement was on par with the Sox in 2003 and 2004. Shock and awe, could this happen?
Side note. How AWESOME does the Wideman trade look? Wideman was a whipping boy last season and traded to Florida in the offseason for Horton and Campbell. Looks amazing! Great job Chiarelli. Again, AWESOME.
With Tim Thomas standing on his head and more importantly the defense playing very well in front of him the Bruins didn’t allow a goal into the net. The Bruins held on for the next seven minutes where I don’t think I exhaled, took a sip of beer, or anything. Then it happened.
They won! I flipped over to Facebook and updated my status to the headline you read today, ELATED! Looking at my friend’s statuses the next day, I must have “liked” about 45 different Bruins statuses.
Again, it’s been since 2004 that I’ve been this excited about a series. This is the Stanley Cup Finals! The BEST trophy in all of sports and the Bruins have a chance to win it for the first time in 21 years. More importantly their not running up against dynasty like Edmonton, they’re playing against a team they should match up very well with in Vancouver.
Now we wait till tomorrow night for them to drop the puck. Here’s hoping the underdog Bruins shock the experts and win the Cup for the first time in my lifetime.