I am actually mildly disappointed about that. First off, I was away for 18 days touring through Italy, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro on a dream trip if there ever was one. I returned really late Monday night after something like 27 hours of travel (including all the time waiting in airports), so essentially home on Tuesday.
I was hoping the St. Louis Blues were going to close out the Boston Bruins in game six on Sunday just because I want St. Louis to win. But now I will get to finally see my first action of the Stanley Cup final in game seven on Wednesday night.
Though I was unable to watch any live action overseas, I watched all the highlight packages, kept up on all the story lines and knew everything that was going on.
Here are some thoughts:
- Yes, the referees blew the non-call on the Tyler Bozak trip, just like they did earlier in the playoffs with the San Jose hand pass and on many other occasions as well. Get over it. Every team's fans thinks the refs are against their team. And beyond that, try looking up the Montreal newspaper reports way back in 1875 after the first ever official game of hockey was ever played. The report complained about violence and refereeing. It will never change.
- Ryan O'Reilly is such a joy for me to watch. Those who know me know that I was very bullish on the Blues' acquisition of O'Reilly last summer, more so than any other transaction all season. I thought it was just the perfect puzzle piece for the Blues. It took a little bit, but he and Colton Parayko have to be my Conn Smythe Trophy votes if the Blues win the Stanley Cup.
- Then again, even if the Blues win the Stanley Cup, Boston goaltender Tuuka Rask has been the best player on the ice bar none. He is the best goalie in hockey right now, and the easy choice as playoffs MVP if the Bruins win. He might get it even if they don't.
- Anything can happen in game 7. The Blues have to stay out of the penalty box. The Bruins are masters at initiating garbage after the whistles and the refs always call the retaliatory offense. The Blues have been the significantly better team at even strength, carrying the play most of this series. But they are getting killed on the special teams battle.
I don't have a great feeling about game 7, perhaps because I was away eating too much Greek food instead of analyzing all the action. The heart wants the Blues to win, though the brain keeps telling my Boston on home ice will have the advantage.