On any given Tuesday night we would be relaxing at home after a hard day’s work. Maybe watch some Glee, Dancing with the Stars, NCIS or just sit back and enjoy a good book before calling it a night. ”Pause”……Last night was not one of those nights. On a night when the Skytrain broke down 30 minutes before game-time, leaving pedestrians to fend for themselves, I thought the stars were not aligning themselves up for a victory. On a night when the Canucks couldnt bury a 2nd goal to tie the game up, again things didnt seem perfect. On a night when Mason Raymond probably lost half his teeth and still no penalty call, the thought of a “win” was out of the question. And then with about 14 seconds left in regulation, we evened the score to take Game 5 to Overtime……and the clouds parted, the sea of fans waited in suspense outside of bars and restaurants and we were back in the saddle again for a chance to wrap up the series.
- DEFENITION: Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport to bring a game to a decision and avoid declaring the match a tie or draw.
- DEFENITION: SUDDEN-DEATH OVERTIME is madness, it makes you sweat, bite your nails, yell at the TV and your friends and can make a heart attack seem like a walk in the park……it is not what you want, but damn it, it can make a mediocre game better than any before!
Decked out in all Canucks-Canadiana wardrobe, holding an orca up to the TV hoping for something that hasnt happened in 17 years in Vancouver…..it happened…….Boom Boom Bieksa sent a rocket past the San Jose goaltender and the city exploded in a cheer not heard since Canada won the gold medal in the same arena. The celebration started on the ice, spread to the fans in the seats, and quickly like a virus it swept through to the downtown core all night long. The fans know there is one more chapter to be written before the big one, but until then, high-five’s to the team, the fans and the city for a great party on Tuesday, May 24th 2011.
As one person said last night on Granville:
“I might have been born a Maple Leaf, but I’m living as a Canuck”