I woke up yesterday morning at 4:50am and bounced out of bed. Finally game day!!! I needed to work off some of the nervous energy so hit the gym and then got ready for work! Jersey on!!! Ready to go.
I was a pile of nerves all day. By 2:00pm I was pacing. I could barely contain my excitement. But at least I was not the only one. We have an office full of Canucks fans!
By 4pm I was settled in at Manchester Public Eatery with my friends. Luckily we had reserved seats so there was no issues with us finding seats. Note to all. Do not try and save a seat for someone if they are going to be late. It is going to hit the fan at some point! There is a story there but I won’t bore you with the details.
Finally the puck dropped!!! Game on! And what a tight game…. Luongo was incredible once again and kept us in it after a barage of penalties including a 5 on 3. There was scrappiness too and even a little finger nibbling? But really, what do you expect if some guy shoves a finger in your mouth!!
And then we waited…. waited for someone to score. And they did. With 18 seconds to go in the third Hansen passed to Torres who drove it home! Now that is what I am talking about. If it is going to be a one goal game, that is the way I prefer it. There is none of the anxiety of holding on to the lead through any periods and then the awful 1 minute countdown with the goalie pulled to see if they can tie it up. 18 seconds. I can handle that!
The bar went nuts!!! We went nuts!! To win the first game is huge.
Could this really happen? Could the Canucks win the Stanley Cup after waiting all these years? 3 more wins is all we need. But let’s not kid ourselves. There is still a lot of work to be done. But with last nights win, I’m more confident and was able to go to bed with a smile on my face.
All Rogers Arena photos courtesy of Canucks.com