We’re a few hours away from the most highly-anticipated game in the 40-year history of the Vancouver Canucks: Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and the Boston Bruins.
It’s been a wild and entertaining final with a little bit of everything: good goaltending, shaky goaltending, last-minute goals, quick overtime finishes, fights, hits, injuries, taunting, and even a suspension. But for the Vancouver Canucks, even after 7 pre-season games, 82 regular season games, and 24 playoff games, it all comes down to this: one game.
Winner claims the Stanley Cup, loser laments what could have been.
So as the Canucks and Bruins lace up their skates for game 7, a lot of things that we fans have been concerned with simply don’t matter anymore:
- It doesn’t matter that the Sedins and Kesler have been relatively ineffective this entire series.
- It doesn’t matter that Luongo has been stellar at home but poor on the road.
- It doesn’t matter that Thomas has solidified his hold on the Conn Smythe Trophy.
- It doesn’t matter that Boychuk didn’t get suspended but Rome did.
- It doesn’t matter that the Canucks have earned (justified or not) a reputation as divers.
- It doesn’t matter that Marchand has become public enemy #1 in Vancouver.
- It doesn’t matter that the home team has won every game in this series.
- It doesn’t matter that the team that scores first has won every game in this series.
- It doesn’t matter that EA Sports predicted the Canucks to win this series in 7 (and that they’ve correctly predicted 13 of the 14 playoff series winners).
- It doesn’t matter what playoff rally cry or motto inspires you, whether it be “This Is What We Live For”, “Bring It Home”, or “Believe”.
- It doesn’t matter if you think the refereeing has been brutal or biased towards one team or the other.
- It doesn’t matter if you have certain superstitions or routines as to where you watch, who you watch with, what you wear when you watch, or what you eat when you watch.
- It doesn’t matter if Luongo wanted Thomas to pump his tires, clean his windshield, or change his oil.
- It doesn’t matter that Daniel took 6 straight Marchand punches to the face without retaliating or reacting.
All that matters is what happens on the ice tonight in game 7 at Rogers Arena. It simply doesn’t get any bigger than this.