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On Thursday night, Montreal Canadiens player P. K. Subban scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Predictably, Boston fans were outraged. In this case, though, with Subban as one of the few black players in the league, their anger took a sickeningly racist turn.
Bergeron playing with a punctured lung, Hossa's wonky back, or Campbell finishing his shift on a broken leg -- none of it was anything special to watch for me as a former hockey player. That is just what hockey players do because we love the game and more importantly we love to compete.
I bet there are a lot of frustrated teachers out there that can't wait for the school year to end, as they have to deal with a lot of tired and grumpy little hockey fans coming into school the next day after staying up watching these two great teams compete well into the early morning.
For the first time in eons, the city that was once the heart of hockey (with Montreal being the soul) was back in the Stanley Cup playoff picture. All told, it was good for the franchise, good for the fans, and good for the city. Hell, it was good for hockey...
There is no way a team should ever blow a three-goal lead in the third period, as the Maple Leafs managed to do in just under 11 minutes Monday night in Boston. But Boston deserves the credit for stepping up their game when lesser teams would have accepted impending loss.