It All Comes Down to One Game

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.

Clay Imoo

Clay Imoo is a Canucks season ticket member and creator of Canucks parody songs. He is a co-host of the C4 podcast and writer of Things That Make You Go Hmmm and CHB's Top 10. More importantly, he is a husband and father.

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9 Responses

  1. Schorert says:

    I’d like to congratulate the Canucks on a great season, and invite you all to a little parade we’re having in Titletown…

  2. Schorert says:

    I’d like to congratulate the Canucks on a great season, and invite you all to a little parade we’re having in Titletown…

  3. Schorert says:

    And really, Vancouver fans cheered the end of that game! Awesome crowd, staying to see our boys get the cup.  Luongo and Thomas very classy at the end.  Vancouver fans have alot to be proud of…good series.

  4. Schorert says:

    Sorry, I take it back.  I was up until 1:30 am boston time watching total lawlessness in Vancouver. You people, your city are a disgrace.  All your pitiful whining, the crappy way your team plays the game is just a reflection of that pathetic city and those pathetic fans.  And you people sit here and whine for the past week about the city of Boston??
    US national news didn’t lead with who won the stanley cup, but overturned cars, fires, looting in vancouver.
    Kesler, who seems to be about the only player worth a nickel on that crappy team, deserves to get out of that hellhole.

  5. Schorert – True Canucks fans, true Vancouverites… those were the ones who were in Rogers Arena cheering the Canucks at the end of the game, cheering Thomas’ Conn Smythe win, booing Bettman, and then cheering Lucic as he held the Stanley Cup high.

    True Canucks fans, true Vancouverites were not those who unleashed hell on the streets of Vancouver.  We were the ones embarrassed by the actions of a few.. the ones who were in tears over what was happening to our beautiful city

    And if you think otherwise, then you don’t know Vancouver.  And that’s our fault.

  6. Schorert says:

    Chris, there is a endless drumbeat of Vancouverites today saying over and over and over “those weren’t canuck fans”…well then who the hell were they?  They sure DRESS like canucks fans, in $200 official jerseys!  did they buy those just for the riot? Don’t you people get it, to the rest of the world, that jagoff on the overturned car, wearing SEDIN on his back…that’s YOU.  From now on, anytime anyone mentions canucks fans, the only image that will come to mind is “the ’11” riots”.  It doesn’t matter if that was you personally smashing and looting in your own city…it’s you now.  We don’t need to look past it, because the rest of the hockey world doesn’t really care which individuals were involved…those individuals are “canucks fans”.

    The real irony is that “canucks fans” have spent the entire series lamenting the brutish nature of Bruins fans and our city.  oh no, the righteous on the left coast did not want to hear that the people supposedly applauding a back injury “weren’t bruins fans”…or that a guy allegedly elbowing a child “wasn’t a bruins fan”…oh no..these isolated incidents were held up by canucks as evidence that our fans and our city were SHIT.  And now not an isolated incident…and not a “dozen or so”…it was HUNDREDS(looked like thousands at one point), of your FANS absolutey TRASHED YOUR OWN CITY!
    Go back and read the posts of your countrymen…and you all can look in the mirror for the real “goons”.

  7. I’d like you to read the last statement in my original reply.  In fact, read the last sentence.

    Furthermore, your generalizations are categorically false and no different from the same generalizations that you feel Canucks “fans” castigated others with.  Metro Vancouver has over 2 million residents and many of this 2 million are Canucks fans.  What we saw were the actions of hundreds – less than a percent.  Were many wearing Canucks jerseys?  Sure.. some original, some replica, some ripoff.  Yet we’re still talking about less than a percent.

    What pains many of us is the actions of so few are able to give a black eye to so many so easily.  We understand that, but know that it does not represent us and do what we can to make amends.  Thousands of people were downtown today to clean up the mess, to help repair the damage, to help all of us heal and to me, that’s the sign of a true Canucks fan, a true Vancouverite.

    As for what has been said on this blog and many others throughout the entire NHL hockey season, we are all entitled to our opinion.  We may not always agree with each other, but damn it.. we’ll fight to ensure we each can have one.

  8. Schorert says:

    ok, so you have effectively rationalized the rioting as “less than 1% of fans”, and you’ve defended the very same generalization of bruins fans as” thugs” (based on the actions of fewer, in a larger fanbase) as a valid “opinion”. 
    So YOUR generalizations are valid, and ours are not.  Thank you for clarifying.  hello pot, I’m kettle…

  9. I’m not sure where you read that I felt our generalizations were valid.  You pointing out that the generalizations made by many (including a couple writers here) about Boston and Boston fans are unfair is right and for those very same reasons, I’m saying that your generalizations are also incorrect.

    Seeing as you’re one of our “diehard” readers based on the number of your comments here, you’ve obviously seen that our collection of writers don’t always agree with each other.  The one thing we do value though is that with our differences of opinion, we’re all entitled to our own.

    And whether you think yourself the kettle or pot Schorert, at least you think yourself as something. We all are.

    Congratulations on your teams Stanley Cup win and enjoy the celebrations!  And please continue to keep coming back & participate in the discussion. Every hit counts.

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