You all know what happened, I am sure everybody watched last nights events with the same look of disbelief chiseled on their faces, but HOLY SH*T!! was that a wild finish or what?!? Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scoring seventeen seconds apart to tie the game and then give the Hawks the lead, had to have been the most exciting five minutes of hockey I have ever witnessed.
With the Bruins up 2-1 and a 1:16 left in the game, I was all-in on game seven. I did not want this series to end, it was too exhilarating. That is why when it was all said and done, I was a tiny bit disappointed that the series came to such a shocking and premature end. It was like your waiter clearing your prime rib dinner before you get a chance to lick the succulent juices off your plate.
Once Bickell tied the game at two goals a piece, I was faced with the reality that the series could be over tonight. I was okay with that thought because with about a minute left in the game, no matter what happened, I knew the finish was going to be good. And man was it a good finish. The Bruins let their guard down, the Blackhawks got a fortuitous bounce or two and just like that the air was sucked out of the TB Garden in Boston. The Bruins’ faces were expressionless, things happened too fast to allow the proper time to digest their fate and react with the appropriate looks of disappointment.
We saw the celebration, we saw the handshake with all of its sportsmanship and camaraderie, and we saw the Boston fans standing and cheering their team undeterred in the face of a crushing defeat and after all that, after six hard fought games, we saw the Cup.
Here are some Stanley Cup related links:
- For the best coverage from the victorious Blackhawks or the defeated Bruins check out Blackhawk Up and Causeway Crowd.
- You can relieve all the joy and pain with these photos from the Huffington Post
- Jeff Klein of the NY Times has a good piece about the game and the player’s reactions afterwards
Now that the Stanley Cup is behind us, the NHL Draft and the start of free agency will have to be enough for hockey fans to get their fix. The Rat Trick will be extensively covering both so do not forget to check back for all your Panthers’ offseason news.