So, I missed the first two periods because of my Annual General Meeting and Recognition Dinner. Sigh. But it had to be. ( I am once again President — in by acclamation.) Two more years. I gave them the heads-up.
But. . .
. . . back to the game.
I rushed in the door with all the crap I had to take back home with me (double sigh) and immediately switched on the TV. I’d had the game on the radio on the way home and learned it was scoreless. That was somewhat of a relief, but then they said Vancouver was having to rely on only 5 defencemen and I felt my stomach lurch. Who was hurt? Turns out it was Hamhuis. Tough break. He was out for the rest of the game. Hopefully, though, he’ll be good to go for game 2.
I thought it was a pretty good third period. Canucks came on hard, outskated Boston and had plenty of opportunities to score, but Boston’s goalie was rock solid in the net. Don Cherry is right about that — this will be a goalie’s series. I don’t agree with his comment at the end of the game though that this was a pathetic game. He said it was the worst playoff game he’d ever witnessed. I think he’s just trying to stir things up. Either that or he had blinders on.
Was it the best game ever played? No. But it was only game 1 of this final series. And, most importantly, Vancouver won. It doesn’t matter how spectacular it was, doesn’t matter when the winning goal came, or who scored it — all that matter is that it happened.
Speaking of the winning goal, scored with only 19 seconds left in the game — who’d have thought it would be third liner Raffi Torres? I like him as a player — he’s scrappy, tough, and committed 100% of the time. And, despite all the negative comments about the game, his goal was a beauty.
Anyway, I’m a happy camper this morning. Come on Friday!