Day after an 8-1 loss to the Bruins, yes I am feeling it, it hurts. I’m not a bandwagon jumper. I am a true blue Leaf fan (you bunch of idiots) but I have always had a great admiration for Vancouver. They have always been a sleek, smart, fast team. With the exception of Bertuzzi, they have always stood out in my mind as: Why can’t the Leafs be more like them? And I love a Swede.
So last night’s game happens, I just hear the news that Horton is out for the rest of the playoffs with a severe concussion and I am conflicted. Most of all, I hate that Horton is out with a severe concussion – would wish that on no one. But all the swirling crap around it infuriates me. This hit was no dirtier than any other hit. It wasn’t even dirty. And maybe I’ll go farther and say that a hit like the one Chara used on Max Pacioretty that put him against the glass at about light speed was dirty. Chara used his gargantuanism and on purpose pushed Pacioretty into the glass that night. That is reckless. Punishment? Chara got nothing. Rome took advantage of a skilled and well versed hockey player like Horton who had his head turned away. Punishment? Rome might be gone for the rest of the playoffs.
Suddenly, Bruins fans are in tears or are screaming Bloody murder! I’d love to have seen their faces back when Mr. Zdeno Boston made his evil hit. Hockey is hypocrisy. If a Bruin had done a hit like last night on say Burrows would I have been angry? Sure, because we’d lose Burrows. But no way would I be sitting on some high horse all of a sudden.
There are some things Vancouver has to do besides win the next two:
1. Take care of Thomas. And I don’t mean like a ‘mob take care of’ thing, I mean, Put him back where he is supposed to be. What’s with the hit on Henrik last night? Make Thomas answer for that. Bit too big for his britches and he’s going to do it until someone stops him. Every time someone took a swipe at Sundin, I took it personally. So should the Canucks. Shut Thomas down.
2. The finger thing: End it. As much as I think LaPierre is hot, he should stop the on-ice antics and let the finger biting episode go. Burrows has. Be bigger than the Bruins.
3. Make sure Luongo believes himself to be God. I’m wondering what Roberto is thinking right now, and if he is shivering. He needs to be talked up Big Time. He is better than Thomas. The Canucks have to make sure he believes that next game, so they have to believe it too. Last time Luongo sucked, he came back roaring and Canucks blew through. Do it again.
4. Play clean. Give them nothing to cry itty bitty tears about. Make the Bruins take the penalties and this time, score when you have the man-advantage.
Whether Vancouver wins or loses, and they will win, I will always be a Vancouver fan. See, I think they are classy. Since when did Boston ever hold the upper hand in class? Um, never.Print