Monday, April 23, 2007

One and Done

For all those who have been jumping on and off the Vancouver Canucks' bandwagon, a game seven is everything that you have ever wanted. On the one hand, if the Canucks lose you will claim that you knew it all along, that the Canucks had no chance and that they were going to blow the 3-1 series lead. On the other hand, if the Canucks win you will undoubtedly assert that you stood behind the team all season long and have no worries when the team blew its 3-1 series lead.

The fact of the matter is that whomever predicted anything but a stalemate in the series between the Stars and the Canucks was doing so without any hard evidence. That is why I would call those people bandwagoners. If anyone expected anything but a game seven in this series, they would have been crazy. As evenly matched as the two teams were in the regular season, they were even more so in the first six games of the playoffs. Experts nationwide were predicting a long series with good goaltending and that is what they got. The Canucks may have let a 3-1 series lead slip, however it was not before they had attained that series lead in a fashion which they may not have been deserving.

So to all of you who predicted the Canucks winning or Stars winning, you were wrong. There was no way, in a series as even as this one, for you to predict anything but a close series and the possibility of a game seven. I have not done much predicting this series or throughout the regular season in fact, but I will start now and say that after tonight the series will be over and the team that wins the seventh and deciding game will be most deserving, even if it is only by a goal.

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