Game 7 - Bruins @ Canucks - Protect the Civic

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Echoing the above thoughts regarding membership. Just wanted to finally post to this fine forum.
 

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I am expecting a cheap shot on Chara or Thomas early in the game.
 

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The importance of this can't be understated. If Edler can't go they will down 3 of 6 D-men. Hamhuis, Edler and Rome were all getting around 20 minutes a game that now have to be replaced with Ballard, Tenkrav and ????.
 

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Went to my school today and saw some shithead wearing a Canucks jersey. Wanted to go Marchand on him.

Protect the civic.

Bring Lord Stanley home.
 

GLOSS

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If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Bruins would be playing in a Game 7 for the Stanley Cup, I'd probably have hugged you.

If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Bruins would be playing in a Game 7 for the Stanley Cup with little to no contribution from Marc Savard for the entire season, I'd probably have rolled my eyes.

If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Bruins would be playing in a Game 7 for the Stanley Cup and that Brad Marchand would become one of the team's top forwards and the fire behind this team, I'd ask for a bit of what you were smoking.

If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Bruins would be playing in a Game 7 for the Stanley Cup and that Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell would become one of the greatest PK pairs I've ever seen against the league's best power play, I may just simply walk away.

If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Bruins would be playing in a Game 7 for the Stanley Cup that the Bruins would be outscoring the Canucks 17-7 in the series and they'd still be playing in Game 7.....well that would probably make sense to the typical pessimist in me. If you told me that they were doing it without possibly their best scorer since early in Game 3, then yeah I may smack you across the mouth to slap some sense into you.

I just spent my last two hours at work sorting and counting pre-printed Stanley Cup Champion merchandise. It's not the first time I've had to do this, but it's the first time I've had to do this for the Bruins, and it's still surreal to open up a box and see BOSTON BRUINS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS scrawled across the front of a shirt/pennant/mouse pad. If the Bruins win tonight, I have to be back in at 2 AM to set up all the goodies, and be prepared as more shit is dropped off throughout the day. So even after two months+ of no drinking as a sacrifice to the hockey gods, I can't even cut loose tonight if they win. But I think I can wait one more day to enjoy myself. Get it done, and let me get paid tomorrow to talk Bruins for my entire shift.
 

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I grew up in a house where no one watched sports outside the Olympics and some ski racing. We did sports together -- my parents put me on skis when I was three -- but we didn't watch sports. When it came time for college, I moved to New England so I could ski when I wasn't in class. I expected to ski and to work around skiing all my life. Then in my 20s, I ended up having to stop skiing entirely, forever. Bored and angry, I turned on the television and started watching, first baseball, then hockey. Hockey gave me the first adrenaline high that came anywhere close to skiing. I fell in love hard and fast.

Hockey fans are some of the best people I've met anywhere. Hockey fans have welcomed me, taken me in, taught me the game, and patiently answered my questions. You've told me your stories and treated me like an old friend. No one has called me a puck bunny because I'm a woman or blown me off because I haven't been watching long enough.

I want the Bruins to win it for all of you.
 

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PSK and I are friends today because of this team. I took him to his first Bruins game in Montreal in February of 2008. It was Super Bowl Sunday, and we couldn't give a damn about the fucking Super Bowl. All we wanted was a Bruins win that afternoon, and all we want is a Bruins win tonight.

Bruins fans in Montreal want this cup back in Boston.

Protect the Civic. FUCKING WIN.
 

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I'm expecting a big game from Lucic tonight. Last night I played my pregame beatdown game on NHL 11 and Lucic concussed Kessler with a check at center ice then went on to fracture Bieksa's jaw in a fight. That has to be a great omen!
 

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If you told me an RMPSer would choose to go sober through the playoffs and stick to it all the way through the final game of the season I'd laugh in your face.
Trust me, I have wanted nothing more than to down a case of beer for the past month. The biggest downside for this is the fact that it's worked so well I've pretty much locked myself into doing it again next postseason. But we'll cross that sobriety checkpoint when we get there. All that matters right now is the 60 minutes of gametime tonight, and me getting my free shirt and hat tomorrow at 2 AM.
 

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I started watching hockey back on a little black and white TV, on channel 38, growing up in RI. My mom used to tell me that when I was small and crying and whining, they could put me in front of a hockey game and I'd immediately quiet down. I'm named after a hockey player and my favorite number is 4, because well, it's Bobby Fucking Orr's number. I remember O'Reilly, Jonathan, Middleton, Park, Cashman, Cheevers, etc. I did a book report every year on some 50 page biography of Bobby Orr my school library had. As I grew up and moved away, hockey was a lot harder to follow. ESPN talks about it when ESPN broadcasts it. But it was always there.Tonight, I'll be at my parent's house watching. And as much as I love the Patriots and Celtics, the Bruins are on the level with the Red Sox. When they win, there will be tears. I can't wait.
 
Another voice from the Midwest... with a twist.

I don't post often in the Red Sox / MLB threads, but no sane person could ever question my dedication to the Boston Red Sox. I remind my poor Cubs fan wife about the 2004 ALCS on almost a daily basis. I lurk in the game threads, just to get a sense of community with my old home in Mattapan.

Alas, I have been a Chicago Blackhawks fan as long as I can remember sports. I saw my first hockey games in the Hull/Mikita/Pilote/Glenn Hall era, circa 1965, and played (very badly) because I loved those teams and players.

Even worse for most of you, I have held a grudge against the Bruins ever since I had to watch the Esposito/Hodge/Stanfield/Orr/Cheevers teams beat the crap out of my Hawks, as Bruins fans of the early 70's rubbed my face in the failings of all those Blackhawks teams. I was not ever going to root for the Bruins... EVER.

BUT THAT ALL ENDS TODAY!!!!!!!!!

I have never wanted a hockey team to win a game more than I want the Bruins to whip those flopping nancy-boys from Vancouver tonight.

It isn't because my Hawks came within a eyelash of beating Vancouver again this year, and I want revenge upon Vancouver. Although the fact that the Hawks forced them to seventh game overtime after trailing 0-3 gives me a certain feeling of pride. Vancouver almost choked that one away, in keeping with their weak wills and weaker play, and overrated goaltender.

It is because of two things.

First, the Bruins are the toughest bunch of overachievers I've ever seen on a rink. They are by no means the most talented team in the NHL, but I have never seen a team exert more pure effort to win. And as an under-talented goalie, I can appreciate that. I can really appreciate Tim Thomas, who is the epitome of what a "Stanley Cup Winning Goalie" should be. I am foremost a hockey fan, and I like what I see when I watch this Bruins team. Hockey will be honored if the Bruins claim a title tonight!

Second, under NO circumstances should a bunch of divers like Danielle-Nancy and Henrietta-Nancy Sedin ever, ever, ever get their names on Lord Stanley's Cup. If they want to dive, let them go to a swimming pool. Hockey doesn't need players who don't know they should drop the gloves when a player punches you in the face six or seven times. NHL Hockey doesn't need a "girls champion". Hockey doesn't need Alex Burrows either. Or Maxim Lapierre. Or Raffi Torres. In fact, hockey doesn't need a group of whiners and cheap shot artists like the Vancouver Canucks at all. Canadians who are rooting for them simply because they are Canadian should be ashamed of themselves. Doesn't hockey mean ANYTHING to you???

So tonight, I am a Bruins fan for the first time in fifty five years of life. Honor demands it.

WIN!
 

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Mrs. Lumber Co. is at peak ovulation the very night the Bruins play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Going to be an exciting in the BPLC household! Let's hope both the Bruins and I do our jobs well, score multiple times, and WIN!
 

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Good morning from Rogers Arena, where the Bruins will be chasing their first Stanley Cup tonight since 1972. The Bruins didn't have a morning skate. They conducted their media obligations at their team hotel. The Bruins are not expected to make any lineup changes.

Tonight marks the biggest game of most of the Bruins' lives. They are doing their best not to allow the moment to overwhelm them.

"Pressure's five kids, no job," Shawn Thornton said. "This is Game 7. This is fun, right? We get to play a game for a living. Just enjoy it."

Mason Raymond will not play tonight because of the vertebrae compression fracture he suffered in Game 6. Jeff Tambellini will dress today.

Puck drop: 8 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins 3-3, Canucks 3-3

TV/radio info: NBC (Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Tyler Seguin-Chris Kelly-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Shane Hnidy, Steven Kampfer

Projected Canucks lineup:

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows
Christopher Higgins-Ryan Kesler-Jeff Tambellini
Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen
Tanner Glass-Manny Malhotra-Victor Oreskovich

Alex Edler-Kevin Bieksa
Christian Ehrhoff-Sami Salo
Andrew Alberts-Chris Tanev

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider
Fluto
 

PedroSpecialK

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Tambellini on the second line?

ONE ORDER OF LUONGO TAMBELLI-NI


Also, Terras to the service counter, that's Terras to the service counter.
 

Dogman

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My brother actually just called there. He said they expect to reach capacity around 6:30-7ish, based on the C's Game 7 last year.

My friends were all actually planning to go there for the game, but we all kinda decided to scrap those plans last minute for a whole host of reasons. We are going to watch it at my parents' house, which is where we all basically grew up and fell in love with hockey. It's the place that reminds me of the countless hours playing street hockey in the driveway, playing NHL 94 on Sega, lying on the floor listening to Fred and Turk lionize Ray Bourque and Cam Neely, waking up at 5:30am to go to my pee wee games, hurrying home after little league games to see the Stanley Cup Playoffs on ESPN, with Steve Levy and Gary Thorne doing PBP and Bill Clement on color. My mom (all mom jokes aside) is honestly the biggest Bruins fan I know. Back when I was too young to stay up past the first period (always asking to wait until the next commercial to go to bed), she would always leave me a written recap of the game for when I woke up in the morning. She still texts me during big moments of big games, she hangs up posters and memorabilia of Bruins players around her classroom, and has watched as many games as I have this year.

All of these memories happened at my parents' house, with all my childhood friends and (of course) my parents. It's only fitting that that's where I watch the game tonight, as there's really no other place I'd rather be if they win it all. I was there in 2004 to celebrate the biggest Sox win of my life, and it's the perfect place to be to celebrate the biggest Bruins win of my life with the people who mean the most to me.

It all ends at the beginning.
This is exactly why I am watching the game with my father. Like, precisely the reason.
 

Blacken

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Walkom/O'Halloran has me bouncing around the office. No hitter, number two? Please say it's so.
 

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I'm only 19. I've not had nearly the heartbreak of the true fans, from the late 80's from Sammuelsson on Neely, or those deep Oiler teams, always forcing the B's to come up short. This much I know, from my youthful years.

I've followed this team with more regularity recently than I ever thought possible. Sure, I've given them somewhat of a care, but not this much. I wish I had a hockey family, with a Mom who wrote her son recaps. I don't. But I care. I do. I've seen that Dave Lewis led team, with Mowers, York, Primeau, and so many other retreads. Not only that, but that was my intro to hockey... I lived through that. I started late, I know. I did with every sport, even with the Red Sox, starting in 7th grade. I thought it was awesome- they still played Bruins hockey, didn't they? They hit and scored, even if they couldn't play defense to save their lives. But it was a start.

The next year, I thought they might be on to something. I felt good; with Lucic, Kessel, and the new coach in Julien. I was right to a degree- those players inpressed me, and I thought there could be no happier degree when I saw this team make the playoffs that year, in Buffalo- should've had 2 points that night. I remember Marc Savard's challenge, "We want the Habs." They got them, and I was worried: 0-7-1 that year against Montreal... and then... Magic. From Savard's OT magic off a Smolnski penalty, the n scoring 4 unanswered goals in Game 5 in Montreal, then that Epic Game 6. That really gripped me into this game. I'll never forget Sturm scoring, and that vibrating Garden. Alas, from here, I had my first heartbreak in Game 7. I thought there would be no way Price would hold up with the Montreal media circus behind him, and the Bruins way beyond where they were supposed to be. I held my head high- this team could have home ice next year! They took Montreal to SEVEN games. Most idiot pundits didn't see the Bruin heart and the lack of one from those Habs. They'd be back. I could feel it.

08-09 was a dream year... it all blew by to me, from smacking the Habs that year, Lucic taking Komisarek down, the Dallas game, Kessel's improbable goal streak... everything fit. I expected a better year from 07-08, but not THAT much! I saw them breeze by the Habs that year in 4, then a 5 spot on the Canes in Game 1... I thought the cup was that year, all so easy! I admit I knew very little about the game's inner workings then. I saw them go down 3-1, and I was scared. I didn't want anotehr heartbreak... I was scared for the worst. I saw Walker's punch on Ward and was livid. He wasn't suspended, gah! Then, I saw te fantastic answer game from the B's, 5-1 in NC. I felt good again, especially as Looch tied it at 2 in the Garden. As soon as Timmy let in that awful rebound on Walker, I felt sick to my stomach, and didn't want to talk to anyone for days, let alone about hockey. Unlike at the end of the Game 7 against the Habs the previous year, I was concerned: This team, as good as it was, had skidded horribly to end the year. I was thinking that they would have a hard time getting back.

Perhaps I was right, they had an awfully hard time getting back. I remember thinking that each night was like a free injury night- see an injured Bruin, or the game is free. It was a horrible thought, but darn it if it didn't feel true. I doubted if they could make the postseason that year, after being in 10th for so LONG that year. But, darn it, with a borderline AHL roster, the prevailed and made it with the 6 seed. I saw Satan's 2OT winner, absolutely stunned. I had confidence that they could beat the Sabres, but this confirmed it. They had the Flyers next, and I felt great coming into that series- if they had beaten Vezina winning Miller the previous round, they'd have no issues with Brian Boucher. Game 7, to be entirely honest, was nearly suicidal. I deal with depression daily, and this just fueled it- I must have had at least 1000 FMLs that night. I had nowhere to go, and the Bruins were something that really made me happy. Yeah, I had the NBA, but I wanted to see the Bruins win it all more, mainly since it hadn't been done in my lifetime before.

Then, yeah, this year! You had SEGUIN, and Horton coming in, and Rask with a full year under his belt! Not only that, but lots of injury recoveries coming back; wow! Was I pumped? Understatement. I could not wait for the puck to drop in Prague, and see what this group could do. I got so annoyed with Claude, from frequently seeing Seguin in the press box, the team not scoring. I also was concerned for the overall team when Chara had his 911 hit. The was first the issue of the (non) suspension, but also how crazy the mass of HAbs fans calling for an investigation could be. They prevailed. They answered, bug, with 8-6 and 7-0 wins. This team showed me they wanted it more than any other.

come playoff time, I felt very scared of Montreal; Price had played well, they had beaten the Bruins far too easily earlier in the year, and would it continue? I was worried my negativity was right (due to the above heartbreaks), again after they fell behind 2-0. Especially considering that the next two games were up North. I felt my heavy doubts, but something about the trips to Lake Placid strangely gave me hope. We all saw Horton explode for OT winners, making me jump up and scream like the nuthouse resident I am.

Then, those POS Flyers. I felt they were a cakewalk, given their late falters, and barely squeaking past the Sabres. All the while, of course, being very scared when the B's went up 3-0. Not only for the obvious scare of last year, but also that of the Pewr Play not producing and the inability to score on Bobvorosky all series. Unfounded, and god knows how I prevented myself from being shushed in the college library to see the B's win again!

As for the Tampa series, I wish I could give more input, but my sucky cable provider only offers VS as a premium channel. I mostly remember about Game 1 being the end of the road possibly for the Bruins, with the 5-2 beatdown, and Chia commenting on how a trip to the ECF would be a 'success' season. I hated that statement, still do. Game 7 sticks out most in that series, and it feels kind of like tonight. I felt they could do it, but my worry was that one little screwup and I'd feel so depressed I'd be a mess for weeks. Sadly, I never got to hear Horton's score because my shit internet shat the bed at that point. Thankfully... I heard the call of TSH's "The Bruins win! The Bruins win! And they're in the Stanley Cup Finals!" That was a high point for me, as a fan. Dancing, jumping, and mocking Boucher's 1-3-1 system, and how awesome the Bruins played that night, no penalties, no goals allowed. The perfect game.

I'd add my sentiments about Vancouver, both good and bad, but no. The series is not over. I want to write good memories in this spot, and they can make it happen. Make my storybook happen, and win the game.

Entirely unrelated, though, I want this series to be won for one person, and it's not me. I'm a dumbass young fan, and while I can be self-centered at times, I'm not fucking narcissistic. It's Talon. He may not have been a B's fan, but he was one of the people that showed me to the ropes of this site, and made me feel welcomed here- I remember one time when we discussed baseball autographic collecting. It's been one of my proud moments as a user of this site. What better way to win it than for one of our fallen (SoSH's) own?

Win tonight.
 

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I don't think I have ever posted in this forum and I would never claim to be as big as a fan as the regulars in this forum as I had abandoned hockey since around '91 due to the team's status, children, divorce, moving around, etc. Over the last few years even though I wasn't watching many games I would spend a lot of time in this forum reading the threads. Over time I grew to get back into the Bruins due this forum. To me, this is the model team forum on this site due to the quality of the discussion, the humor, and the total sense of a true community of Bruins fans. You accepted fans of other teams and respected their opinions.

I have watched every game of this playoff run the last 2 years. When the Bruins win tonight, I will be incredibly happy. However, when the Bruins win tonight I will be most happy for all of the regulars of RMPS who truly deserve this moment. Thank you to The Four Peters, PedroSpecialK, Titoschew, Napkin, FL4WL3SS, Spauding Smails, slidingsideways, The Shyness Clinic, RedOcotber3829, kennycb, Salem's Lot, and anyone one else I inadvertently missed.
 

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I wasn't nervous at all until I started reading this thread.

In 1970 there was no pressure because the only real cause for concern was whether the Bruins would suffer the ignominy of being the first Eastern Conference team to lose a postseason game to an opponent from the all-expansion-team Western Conference.

In 1972 the Rangers were legit and took the Bruins to six games, but the Bruins were so unbelievably strong that there was never any serious doubt that they would prevail.

Tonight I don't know what to expect, but the Bruins have been pretty damn good on the road this season; they can do this.

I was 15 in 1970 and remember the series like it was yesterday. The finals were a given, it was just a question of whether they would sweep or not. I also remember the horror of Ken Dryden personally stealing the Cup from the Bruins and then getting it back from the Rangers. What a team. I still remember them all. We played hockey in the winter, street hockey in the summer and worshiped Bobby Orr all year round. We worried about his knees and his health. Who was he dating, would he get married, would it affect his dedication to hockey? You had to see him to believe how good he was. I got chills seeing him the other night.

Over the years I have not followed hockey closely and I have been in California for the last 20 years or so. I always flip on the playoffs and try never to miss a game 7 in any hockey series. There is nothing like it.
I always check out the Bruins scores and standings, but can't say that I follow them with any kind of Red Sox like passion. When I joined Sosh, I followed the RMPS during the playoffs and enjoy you guys immensely.
Great hockey passion and knowledge and very entertaining. It got me watching and enjoying hockey again,

This team is so likable. They have come back strong after that debacle last year. What a story, and winning the Cup is the happy ending. I am nervous as hell and have surprised myself how much I care about this game tonight.

My wish for you guys: Watching your team skate that Cup around. I can still see lockeroom after the game, I can still see the Cup above Orr's head, I can still feel what it was like almost 40 years later.

I wish you guys this.






 

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I was walking down the street the other day and started to think about memories.. and I realized that I have a hard time figuring out when and what my earliest ones were. And the ones that do pop in my head seem faded, and often mixed together - almost a collage of an era instead of one specific moment. Things happened that meant a lot, but for a lot of reasons they just blend together.

Without getting into it all... there was never much consistency in my life growing up. But the one constant that was always there... and still is there... is hockey. And when I started to think about these jumbled memories... it is always this fucking glorious sport that seemed to poke its head out and demand attention. The early memories with my dad at the garden, the anticipation of him coming back from their annual season ticket draft to see if we got an Oilers game, playing at MDCs and DNRs, Having #4 come out to practice and feed us pucks, Hockey Camps, playing on Fosters Pond, Paul Vincent Power Skating, Prep School, playing club in college... even now, the 2 or 3 times I get on the ice each week is an escape. I've mentioned it before, but the Bruins also conjure up memories of my mom... whose faith in this team - I firmly believe - kept her going for a long time. Rene Rancourt came into the nursing home and sung the national anthem with her every single week. Because that is the type of guy Rene is.

I actually remember practice more than the games... especially when we were younger. Games pretty much have the same flow to them more or less and like the aforementioned memories, all blend together. But the great coaches, the great drills, the great teammates, the 2-1's, the half ice scrimmages, the break away contests, practicing the cycle, the PP, learning the Box and Diamond... goofing off with the guys. Locker rooms. Jesus Christ - Locker Rooms. I have played a lot of sports and nothing compares to the hockey locker room dynamic. I remember when Ethan Hussey came in with GNR Appetite for Destruction one day and played the cassette for everyone. We were young, but jesus was it still good.. and a hockey album if there ever was one.

The one memory I don't have is what could, and if there is a god - what will happen tonight.
 

PedroSpecialK

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It's Talon. He may not have been a B's fan, but he was one of the people that showed me to the ropes of this site, and made me feel welcomed here- I remember one time when we discussed baseball autographic collecting. It's been one of my proud moments as a user of this site. What better way to win it than for one of our fallen (SoSH's) own?

Win tonight.
Nice post - and I hear you on Talon. Whenever we talked hockey, he would describe in great length how proud he felt when Bourque got traded to his Avs and helped bring them the Cup. He would've gotten a real kick out of this series and its storyline.

And something tells me he wouldn't have been to fond of the Sedins/Burrows/Lapierre sideshows...
 

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I said to myself that I would not post in the game thread, everything that needs to be said has been said, and more. But besides the fact that I am just harnessing the urge to punch through glass at work, I also posted before Game 6, so this must be done.

I explained the similarities between my Red Sox fandom and my Bruins fandom in the aforementioned game thread, so this one really goes out to the guys on this board. As I was slowly starting my journey of being a hockey fan, I expected this board to fill me in on some of the history of the game, the unwritten rules, and the lingo. What I didn't expect was how fucking fantastic the camaraderie is, the good and bad natured ribbing that goes on, and the overall fun that dozens of grown men can have on this meaningless computer screen. The last two years on this board have turned me into a hockey fan in the way that I began to love basketball or baseball growing up with my friends and traveling around playing with them. I won't name any names, because I will surely leave a couple out, but to the guys that log on here for the Bruins, not because it is a Red Sox board, I just want to thank you. You have done what my dad and my few hockey diehard friends have not been able to do up until this point in my life. As much as I want to pound these diving assholes into the fucking ice tonight, and as nervous as I will be until the final horn sounds, I take a little solace in the fact that I'm all in from this point forward, and I am frankly a little bit sad that this season has to come to an end.

But there is no skirting around it. Tonight is the end. And I can truly say that I have never wanted one team to beat another so badly.
 

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So, this morning, my alarm failed to go off, and as I'm scrambling to get showered, throw on clothes, and get out the door, the light above my entryway literally exploded. Something must have gotten stuck on the glass and caused a heat variance and caused the glass to shatter.
As I'm cleaning up, and hurrying even harder to get out the door, I realized that I was wearing a dark green shirt with a dark blue polo over it. I think the universe was giving me a sign. I slowed down, changed into my bruins colors, and have had a pretty lazy day. 3ish hours of work left, 6 ish hours til the puck drop.
I can't wait.

WIN
 
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I'm 48 and grew up outside of Spfld, MA. For my 10th birthday my parents gave me two street hockey sticks. I never could skate, but I grew up with a bunch of guys in town who would play anything for a pick up game. Baseball, basketball, football, street hockey, we played it all. When my parents passed away a few years ago, as the youngest in my family, I volunteered to help clean out the basement. My dad never threw away anything. One of those two street hockey sticks was still in the basement. I put it aside and took it home to NC with me. Now it stands tucked in a corner in the back entrance of my house. I see it every day, and it reminds me of being a kid 10 years old without a care in the world, which is never a bad thing.

My parents used to take me to 4 to 5 Red Sox games each year. For hockey, we had the Springfield Indians of the AHL, so my dad would take me to their games. After college my dad and I would not go to games as much. I did take dates to Indians games and would get seats in or near the season ticket section just to hear the hard core fans rant. In 1990 the Indians made a big playoff run. In the Calder Cup finals the Indians won the first two games in Rochester. Some on the team started crowing that they would not go back to Rochester. Well, such hubris led to them losing games three and four in Spfld. Game 5 they won in Rochester with their backup goalie giving the performance of his life. The regular goalie, Jeff Hackett, went down with an injury just a few minutes into the game. Me and a friend were watching the game on a grainy public access channel. I remembered the backup goalie starting a game I went to in the regular season, and he gave up four goals on the first six shots (Luongoesque) before getting pulled. I did not have high hopes when he came into game 5, but he "stood on his head". The Indians got two breakaway goals and won the game. I immediately got tickets for game 6 for me, my friend and my dad. In game 6, after a big comeback in the 3rd to tie the game, the Indians won about two minutes into overtime to take home the Calder Cup. Hockey is epic.

So, for game 7 tonight, win it for my dad and for the memories of the games we saw together. Go Bruins!
 

TFP

Dope
Dope
Dec 10, 2007
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Good luck or bad luck……Should I take a pregame soco shot out of the mini Stanley Cup we got a few years ago at a B's game?
Jesus don't even think about doing that. You don't touch the Cup until you've earned it.