Ok so it wasn't the Wings, but we got treated to some fantastic goaltending by Tim Thomas. As a hockey fan, it was a joy watching him in the finals. As a Michigan native, also from the Flint area, I can't help but have a special appreciation for this guy. And he'll cap it off next week with a well deserved Vezina.
NBC coverage ended just after 11pm est unfortunately.
And they're trying to grow the game...? An American team that hasn't won since the 70s just beat a Canadian one in Game 7, they have their American goalie hero in Timmy Thomas (Michigan, YES!), and they don't attempt to sell this thing to the unconverted public?
To be honest I am NOT surprised that Vancouver fans would boo Thomas. I understand why they'd boo Bettman but come on don't boo Thomas.
Were you even watching? They cheered Thomas when he hoisted the cup, a pretty damned good cheer for the guy on the opposing team. They booed when Bettman was out there. God Bless Vancouver fans for booing that piece of s***.
The hit by Rome was, it seems, the wakeup call the Bruins needed. I wasn't impressed with how Boston was playing before the hit. So, Vancouver decided to play the game like classless goons and they lost by 7 goals. Nice work!
I do wonder how Luongo is going to shake off the 8 goals he let in for the next game. Vigneault might have made a serious error by not pulling him out much earlier. But then he couldn't make his team play with any kind of discipline so I'm expecting way too much.
Some of the upgrades needed to the Joe seem like they should have been done years ago, which makes me think that the Ilitches are just completely uninterested in any further investment there. Were they waiting for the city of Detroit to pay for them? We could be waiting until the end of time for that.
And I'm talking about simple upgrades like new seats, lighting on the concourse, new bathrooms, etc. I love the Joe but they have not kept it up to the standards we expect for a world-class team, not even close. They want a new arena, so I don't blame them. I just wish they would start in on it sometime this decade.
This will be one of Winnipeg's "big splash" moves. The Thrashers roster they inherited has virtually no offense (besides Ladd). The Wings don't need to spend big money on a forward...a D-man? YES. A forward? NO.