Devastation. There's just no other way to put it. A loss in Game 7 in overtime in the NHL Playoffs is a kind of pain I would only wish on Boy Bands and fans of the Canadiens.
I would rather stand in the ring and take a shot to the liver than feel what I felt last night when Ol' "Sucker Punch Magoo" put the puck in the net.
Hockey is the worst sport to suffer an overtime loss in. A walk off home run gives you at least three seconds to prepare for the end. Basketball has the high arcing three point shot. And football has the last second field goal that takes seven minutes, when you factor in the time out to "ice the kicker."
All of those scenarios have the decency to give you a quick moment to prepare for impending doom.
In hockey, the game is going up and down the ice, and then BAM-GAME OVER. It's absolutely devastating.
I have to give it up to the Carolina Hurricanes. They truly are a great team and I can't remember the last time I saw a squad fore check as well as they did in this series.
For seven straight games I felt as though the Bruins had about .08 seconds to pass the puck, or it was going to get poke checked away. It was fitting that the eventual game winning goal was made possible by a turnover that was created by the Canes amazing defense.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the Penguins handle Carolina's aggressive D. Pittsburgh has some of the biggest names in the East so it's going to be interesting to see if the Canes can knock them off their game, the way they did to my Bruins.
Like I said at the beginning of the Bruins-Canes series, I didn't know a lot about Carolina. Having watched them for seven games, I was amazed at the amount of players on their team that had already won a Cup, BEFORE coming to play for Carolina.
In the end, I think it was that experience that got them to the next round.
So congrats to the Carolina Hurricanes and good luck against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
And even though it blows that the Bruins lost, I still feel great about the team. They had a phenomenal year and continued to build on the character they began to show last year in that great 7 game series with Montreal.
Listening to the crowd chant, "Here we go Bruins....Here we go!" during Playoffs this year gave me chills. I haven't heard the fans chant like that in years, and it really took me back to those great Cam Neely / Ray Bourque teams of the 80's when I first started to watch hockey.
I'm not going to lie. I felt the Bruins had enough talent to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. So as successful as their year was, I'm a little disappointed that they weren't able to make it out of the second round.
But there's plenty to be proud of as a Bruins fan. They are a great young team that is only going to get better. I've heard rumors that Celine Dion might buy the Montreal Canadians. Nothing to complain about there.
And at the risk of sounding like one of those morons that calls into a sports radio talk show, I'm going to toss in my completely unqualified, never even coached a peewee team, two cents.
The only thing that the B's are missing is a superstar. We need that one player that the other team has to constantly pay attention to.
Pittsburgh has Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, Washington has Alex Ovechkin, and Detroit has the entire Russian National team. In order to get to the Finals AND compete for a Stanley Cup, the Bruins need to have that 40-50 goals a-year-guy that scares the hell out of the other team.
Other than that, I think we have everything in place.
It was a great year, that ended too soon, but there's a lot to look forward to next year. [Winter Classic in Fenway?]
So now that my team has been knocked out, I don't know what else I'm going to blog about. I'm on the outside looking in!
Is Detroit really going to win it again this year? Will it be a Detroit-Pittsburgh re-match? Will Pittsburgh get revenge? Will Carolina quietly knock out another strong contender, and play for their second Cup?
Personally, I'm an Original 6 guy. I'm sick of Detroit winning all the time, so I think I'm going to cheer for Chicago.
That last paragraph just made me sick.
See how quick it happens? BAM!-SEASON OVER! Yesterday I had something to live for. This morning I sat in the deafening silence of my kitchen, staring at bowl of Wheat Chex.
What am I supposed to do now?
Anyway, congrats again to the Carolina Hurricanes and thank you to the NHL for letting me run my mouth on nhl.com!
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Author: Bill Burr | Special to NHL.com