Wednesday, June 15, 2011
OK so this is it.
First of all if you have not seen the latest from Down Goes Brown, please check it out. Great stuff.
Game seven of the Stanley Cup is about as big as it gets in hockey with the possible exception of the gold medal game at the Olympics, and like all big events its hard to describe without resorting to cliches. Anything can happen tonight and all that has happened previously will have no bearing on it.
Luongo could get a shutout and Thomas might get shelled.
Kesler could score three goals or the winner might come off of the stick of Adam McQuaid, a good Island boy.
It could be a blowout or a nailbiter.
I remember watching a World Series game seven many many years ago between the Cards and the Royals (that tells you how long ago it was). It had been a terrific series and in game six a famous blown umpire's call denied the Cards victory. Game seven came and the Cardinals' starter and best pitcher John Tudor got blown out early and Juaquin Andujar, who came on in relief became completely unravelled, melting down and getting tossed out along with the Cards' manager. The result was a Kansas City landslide victory. It was the last thing anyone expected.
Its unlikely that this happens tonight although one has to wonder what happens if the Bruins score a couple early. Vigneault will have a very short leash I would think as Luongo certainly doesn't make it easy on himself. This really is it for him. A win in which he plays a big part would erase the reputation he has, a reputation which can be disputed, although meltdowns like the one in game six certainly don't help his cause.
A loss and one can only imagine the repercussions.
What do I think will happen? I have no idea. My guess is that it will be close and low scoring, just as all of the games in Vancouver have been so far. If Edler and Alberts are hurting at all, which I believe is the case, then Boston can probably generate more offence then they did in game five, when they had few scoring chances. And the loss of Raymond is going to hurt as well. Hansen may get moved up but then the third line, which has been very effective at times, will suffer. Even though Boston has gone without Horton there is no doubt that the Canucks have lost the battle of attrition. Boston lost this battle last year and it knocked them out of the playoffs. They added depth this year and right now they are the deeper club up front and on the back end.
By planning a parade a few days early Vancouver may have offended the hockey gods but as we know there is no such thing. Just look to 2006 for proof of that. There's no such thing as a team or a city or a country deserving to win unless its Canada playing hockey at the Olympics. So no need to worry about karma here, a good thing if you're Max Lapierre or Alex Burrows.
So it won't be karma. And it possibly won't be the better team tonight or the best team from the season, something which Vancouver undoubtedly earned.
And it won't be momentum whcih Boston has right now and the Canucks can earn back in their first shift. And it won't be history, with each team carrying around forty years of it on their backs. Or leadership or guts or desire because each team has these qualities in great amounts.
Its as simple as which team outscores the other. Cut through all the other crap and that's what it gets down to.
Did I mention that it definitely won't be karma? I hope I did because karma most definitely will have nothing to do with it.
Posted by Black Dog at 1:00 PM