Wednesday, May 25th

The Canucks have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals!

I thought I was going to have a heart attack last night.  Double overtime, Kesler hurt, no one seemingly able to get a shot on net, the worst officiating — EVER — (and on home ice, no less) and Henrik and Daniel unable to bring the magic.  They tried, mind you, they tried.  Watching those two work their passes is something spectacular.  Burrows, as part of their line is always amazing — they set him up and he puts the puck where it needs to be, but for some reason last night it just wasn’t happening.

Kevin Bieksa, the big hero for last night’s game, they’ll be talking about him and his ‘duck’ for quite awhile, I’m sure.  How lucky for him to be in the right spot at that moment and to be the only one who knew where the puck was?  I was on my feet for the last five minutes of the game as the Canucks poured it on, giving it everything they had.

I can’t explain why I am so in to this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs — it’s never happened before.  I think it has something to do with a bit of holdover from the Olympics and the sense of pride I felt in our country, the way, as a nation, we came together to celebrate all that makes us who we are.  At first, I only cared that a Canadian team was in the playoff run, but now, I find myself really rooting for the Canucks.

I admire them and their somewhat muted determination; they seem to exemplify what we Canadians are like. They’re not too flashy, they persevere — doggedly,  they’re unassuming about their wins and yet they have this quiet, reserved strength about themselves that says ‘we believe’.  And, so do I.



  1. Cindy said,

    May 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I’m glad your team won 🙂

    • klrs09 said,

      May 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Cindy! They’ve got a much needed break now as the two teams in the East finish their battle. Once that’s done it’s on to the really big enchilada! Our boys were hurtin’ though, so having a week to rest and recuperate will do them some good — plus, it’ll give them an edge on the competition, whoever it turns out to be.

  2. nrhatch said,

    May 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Go team!

  3. souldipper said,

    May 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Perfect description of Canadians, Kathy. We don’t go around yapping about it, we do it. Win or lose, the spirit, character and attitude of the individuals carry a message more profound than the sweetness of victory.

    • klrs09 said,

      May 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Perfectly said, Amy. Can’t wait for the Finals to begin. With Tampa winning their game tonight, their series is going to seven. I’m kind of hoping Tampa wins it, but Boston’s pretty strong. I’m going to have to work hard to get my gardening done if I’m going to devote myself to watching the battle royal!

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