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Bruins-Flyers tonight, less than 20 minutes away. Game 7. Winner advances to play the hated Montreal Canadiens.

I'm doing the best I can. I'll be wearing shorts instead of sweatpants; that was a game-day decision. I've changed glasses to watch the game. That's just a hunch. And for the first time this spring, I'm wearing my favorite T-shirt, the one from my favorite college bar, BJ's in Fredonia, which has been—according to the shirt—"cheating death since 1933." I figure wearing this shirt will allow the Bruins to cheat death tonight.

I've done all I can to appease the hockey gods. Now it's up to the Bruins to do the rest.

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thenightfly5150
May. 14th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I switched my Savard shirt for a Lucic one before the game. No joke.
patrick_vecchio
May. 15th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Do you have a Lucic hat?
patrick_vecchio
May. 15th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
When they called 'em for too many men, I just knew it. Just knew it. It was 1979 all over again.
theoldsport
May. 15th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
They brought that up in the Flyers broadcast right before the goal.

The Bruins also should've been called for too many men in overtime of the Winter Classic. Karma, perhaps?
patrick_vecchio
May. 15th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
In 1979, the Bruins were playing a version of the Montreal Canadiens that may have been the greatest hockey team ever. They used to put out a five-man power play unit who all turned out to be Hall-of-Famers. The Bruins had a good team, but those Montreal teams from the mid- to late-'70s ... man!

Tonight, though, the Bruins weren't playing a team nearly as good as those Canadiens teams. Tonight, the Bruins played a team that simply wanted it more. Richards was great the whole series. Gagne came back with a vengeance. And Briere was unbelievable. The Bruins didn't lose the series so much as the Flyers willed it away from them.

thenightfly5150
May. 15th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Damn. Three Game 7 losses in three straight years. And yeah, the minute the B's were called for Too Many Men, my dad looked over to me and and just said "'79. This game is over."

Lots of fingerpointing that could be done. But I'll look at the positives - Lucic had a great game and, if nothing else, hopefully that is an indication that he's fully healed and ready to bring his A game next season.

Tuukka Rask did NOT channel his inner Andy Moog, though.
patrick_vecchio
May. 15th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Tell your dad I know exactly how he felt at that point in the game. When the ref made the call, my head slumped forward and I shook it a couple of times. Game over.

During the first period, there was a play that struck me at the time as being a turning point for the game. The B's were up 3-0 and Leighton made a terrific save on a shot by Ryder. If that shot goes in, I think it's game over.

Right now I'm still in the head-shaking mode and don't have a grip on the positives or negatives from the year. All I know is that the way things went for Boston, San Jose is going to win the Cup and we'll have to watch Joe Thornton skate with it.

theoldsport
May. 15th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Whatever you guys are doing, can you undo it?

Boston won that first period by playing physical and applying pressure in all three zones. They were definitely more prepared to play.

And for the record, I hate the "everyone collapse and try to block everything" approach. It just takes people out of position.

Good luck in periods 2 and 3.
patrick_vecchio
May. 15th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
From 3-0 to 3-3. I may as well start drinking gin now so that I'm numb by the end of the game. I don't like what I'm seeing.
patrick_vecchio
May. 15th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
Great win for your Flyers, Tim.
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