It’ll be Friday night in Boston to decide all the eastern marbles as Tampa wins 5-4 in game six, and the Vancouver Canucks and their fans wait with grins on their faces as the Bruins and Lightning battle, sweat, bleed, swear, chew gum, smell, and wear themselves out as the series goes the max.
It just seems that the stars are aligned for the Canucks as they march their way toward the promised land. The goaltending is great, the Sedin’s are greater, and Ryan Kesler is great as he grates. A goal with only seconds remaining, a bounce off a glass partition to begin the Kevin Bieksa overtime marker, and now a nice rest as the future opposition can’t find time for a coffee break.
I’ve asked a few Canucks fans I know in Powell River who they’d rather see their team play – Boston or Tampa, and Boston seems to be the favourite choice. Fans here like the idea of taking on the Bruins, the Canucks are big enough not to take any bullshit from the Marchand’s and Lucic’s of the world, and maybe they’re a little leery of Tampa’s Martin St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, and Steven Stamkos, who combined for seven points in this game six victory.
Plus, Zdeno Chara is now a household name for any hockey fan after his nasty involvement with Max Pacioretty.
So they wouldn’t mind Boston, but whoever it is the team will meet, Canucks fans are talking Cup.
More and more I’m believing.