The roller coaster ride that is an NHL playoff game 7, cannot be replicated in any other sporting event. You couple the usual high paced back and forth, with the desperation to continue the season and last night, once again proving that the game is never really over, no matter how good the outcome looks.
I know after last nights thriller, this seems like an obvious answer. But, after having experienced, in person, two game 7 losses; probably 5-7 years off my life and dipping into my 401K, I don’t know if I could bring myself to do it again.
My experiences were from Pre-Stanley Cup Bruins (my lifetime), when my brother and I would spend about a 1/3 of our paychecks on the secondary ticket markets, taking in Bruins playoff games. I’d witnessed every other sports championship in this town, but yet to see my favorite team reach that peak…
Yup. That happened. Our friendly neighbors to the north, have flipped our sarcastic chant and pushed the B’s to the brink in this race to Stanley’s Cup.
The Bruins have struggled all year closing out games and with the series being so tightly contested, this really isn’t that much of a shock. What is a shock, is how Kessel has stepped up and Seguin has not. Statistically, Seguin has dominated the Leafs and Kessel has struggled versus the Bruins in regular season games. Now we see the opposite, accompanied by some grit from a “soft” player in Kessel.
So after blowing two mulligans the B’s finally have to show a sense of urgency and end this. They need to come out of the gate flying and keep the foot to the floor the entire 60 minutes. There’s no need to wait here.
Do that and hopefully we can continue to thank the Maple Leaf organization for the bounty that keeps on giving because I’m not even close to being ready for this season to be over.