Well, today’s the day that I know I have been waiting for since the Bonino goal last year. It’s time to face a familiar foe once again—a foe that we haven’t beat in the playoffs since the early 90’s. Why is this year different? Why should we believe that this is the team that is finally going to do it? Simple answer—because they are.
As I wrote about when we were down to the Leafs, every team must overcome adversity to win the ultimate prize. What better adversity than having to go through the team that has so many times put us out of our misery. A team with the other best player in the world and a team with the ability to score a goal from anywhere. I will say it once again—we are going to win the whole damn thing.
I was raised to hate Pittsburgh, most of us were, and while I do hate the idea of the team I very much respect their talent. I think we all should to be honest. They are fast, smart with the puck, make few mistakes, and hell, they are the defending champs. But we are going to win.
Here is what I say to you my fellow fans, if the team gets down, cheer louder, if it looks bad, encourage them to keep going. This is going to be a tough and stressful series. It is going to give you the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but just remember that we are going to come out on top. Be courteous and cordial to your fellow opposing fans because this is going to be a war on the ice, let’s not make it a war in the stands, too.
I can’t wait for this to start, it’s been far too long since we saw them in the playoffs (sarcasm), but this is it. This is frankly the match up we need. If we are going to get over the hump this is the demon of our past that we need to confront and beat. Have faith, because we are going to win.
I haven’t used a pen to write anything all week and I will continue to do so. I encourage you to do the same. I will see you all at Verizon tonight in a sea of red and if you need a pep talk, a handshake, or even a hug, come find me in section 103. I’ll be the guy covering his face for the majority of the game.
By Chris McIntosh