Well we now know who is heading to Vancouver for Wednesday’s game! After the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night 1-0 to clinch the series in seven games, the stage is set to finally bring the Stanley Cup back to its rightful home… Canada!
It’s been far too long. As my Canadiens friends delight in reminding me, Montreal was the last Canadian team to bring the Cup home. Since then I’ve watched as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Ottawa all made it to the final… only to be bested by their respective opponents. (You may have noticed that my beloved Maple Leafs are the only Canadian team not to tease me… Thank you for your consistency, Toronto!) Well this year that is going to change. The Canucks finished the season in top spot, taking home the Presidents’ Trophy for the most points. That’s only the beginning! Sure, they suffered a tiny hiccup in the opening round against the defending champs, the Chicago Blackhawks. Taking that series to Game 7 certainly didn’t give me any warm, fuzzy feelings about the Canucks’ ability to go all the way. That’s all water under the bridge now.
It’s time to start cheering again, Canada!