So last night around 6 pm, I was super nervous. The Game 7 between The Habs and Pens was about to start and I REALLY didn’t want the Pens to prevail. My hatred of the Pens is kind of irrational, but it’s very strong. I hate the Pens so much that the next best thing to a Stars Stanley Cup is a Pens loss. That’s how deep my loathing goes.
Anyway, I was just a ball of nerves. My palms were sweating and I lost my appetite out of those nerves. I found it hilarious when Sidney Crosbiyatch took that dumb boarding penalty not even a minute in. That made me feel a little better. Then, Brian Gionta scored and I was even more relieved.
Well, it got up to 4-0 and the Pens started pushing back. That really kind of scared me when it got to be 4-2. The last ten minutes of the third, the Penguins were really laying it on the Habs and I got worried that the midget Habbies weren’t going to hold on. Needless to say, I as wrong.
This Canadiens team is the real deal. The Caps’ loss to them is easier to comprehend because of the Pens’ loss. If the two most skilled teams in the East can’t get past the midgets, then it’s okay. These Habs are like 2006’s Edmonton Oilers. You know, the eighth seed who had upset after upset en route to the Stanley Cup final?
With Montreal’s win, I think that the road is paved for a West champion. Yes, Halak’s been fantastic, but you don’t know what real playoffs are like until you’ve played the West. All of the East teams left have a weakness, a bad weakness at that. Montreal’s been a cinderella story, but it’s unlikely they’ll keep it up. Boston can’t score to save their lives. Philly is the epitome of goalie problems. Chicago and San Jose can snuff any of them out.
The best part about the Habs’ win is that I’m fine with whoever ultimately wins the Cup. The two teams in the playoffs that I loathed (Vancouver and Pittsburgh) are out now. I’ll be contet with whoever wins. Although, I will admit this: please don’t let it be the Sharks. It’s a Pacific thing.
And finally, I always love some good hockey irony. With the Pens’ semifinal loss, that means that they finished in the same round as the Detroit Red Wings did. Now there’s two teams who are destined to be forever parallel.
Over on the Boston-Philly series, the Flyers have forced a Game 7. What’s special about this is that they came back from a 3-0 deficit. That’s crazy. It’s also something you don’t see everyday. If they win tomorrow night, they’ll be only the third team ever to do so, and the first team in 35 years.
You gotta love the playoffs.