By Matt Noonan
This has been a magical ride.
The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks have put on quite a show the past few weeks and now it comes down to one game, Game 7.
This is the one for all the marbles. This is the one that you’ll tell your grandchildren about. This is the game that will decide who is truly the better team.
For the past six games, it’s been a toss up, who’s better? Both Boston and Vancouver haven’t lost in front of their home fans, which makes me wonder, does that mean the Canucks are a shoe-in for Game 7? Well, I’d probably say yes, but do statistics really matter now?
Really, this particular Game 7 is more about, “who wants it more,” instead of statistics, numbers and home crowds. Who cares that the Bruins have struggled in Canada for the past few weeks because hey, it happened in Montreal two months ago, remember?
The Canucks might have the better record, but really, are they that good? Seriously, what makes them ever so different from the men dressed in Black and Gold?
Our good friend, Dan Rubin had some interesting commentary for Noontime Sports this past week in regards to why the Canucks don’t deserve Lord Stanley’s Cup and really, after their crude remarks and antics, I guess it’s safe to say, I agree with my colleague.
Seriously, do you think it’s necessary to have Roberto Luongo preach the importance of goaltending to the media? What exactly does that accomplish?
Of course, we can’t forget about Alexandre Burrows’s incident, which involved him chomping on Patrice Bergeron’s fingers in Game 1.
Does anyone forget what happened to Nathan Horton? I’m sure Bruins fans won’t forget that vicious hit by Aaron Rome, who apparently told the media he’d hit the Bruins forward like that again, which is totally unnecessary.
Although, the Bruins have taken shots at the Canucks too, which is why this series has somewhat turned into a USA vs. Canada fight, but we know who won that one last year in the Olympics… sigh.
Game 7 will be exciting and yes, I bet this will be one heck of a grand finale. Don’t assume the Bruins or Canucks are a lock to win this series because really, this isn’t about past history, but instead, who wants it more.
Boston hasn’t hoisted a Stanley Cup since 1972, while Vancouver has yet to win a championship in their 40-year history, so really, this game should be an instant classic, right?