Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, and Milan Lucic rejoice together on the Garden ice. (AP Photo)
I figured it would be OK to skip writing about the last place Red Sox for a day to comment on the amazing series just witnessed between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadians. So apologies to Josh Beckett and his foul language, as well as Jason Varitek for being a shell of his former self - I'm still too excited after watching another thrilling game between the B's and Habs.
This was a playoff series that pretty much had everything. The Montreal Canadians scored more goals on Boston's penalty than the Bruins. The Canadians thieved home ice by winning the first two games in the Garden, with the B's valiantly responding by winning three in a row. There were Sudden Death games, dehydration, 911 calls, plenty of flopping, diving, and acting by the Canadians - but most importantly, there was a lot of good hockey.
This is what the playoffs in any sport should be about. Two teams whose fan bases despise each other with little to no love loss on the ice between the Teams as well. Two Cities who cherish their Team's, with players who leave it all on the ice. The goal tending by Tim Thomas and Carey Price was off the charts in this series, and I tip my cap to the young Canadian for playing on his head for most the series. Both of these net minders are at the opposite end of their career trajectories, but both played with a lot of guts and honor that'd make any fan proud. Win, Lose, or Draw.
In the end, the Bruins somehow pulled out the Series win, and now face the Flyers in Round Two, where the ghosts of last years choke job are bound to creep out of the cracks in the boards. We'll see how the Bruins react, but for today at least, the Sun is shining bright on the spoked B.