Do you remember that date? Hint: Patrick Kane scores the most anticlimactic overtime goal in the history of the game. It was painful to watch Chicago parade around our home ice with the greatest trophy in sports. I still remember sitting in my living room, shocked at how the game ended. Breaking down that game was painful, thinking about how different events could have given us a different result was painful, and the following week, things weren’t much better. Hell, going back and reading those posts is depressing.The Flyers players had a hard time accepting it as well. Briere summed things up perfectly:
We just thought it was meant to be. We just thought we were going to find a way once again. In a few days, we all might be able to appreciate a little more the run we were on, the things we made happen. Now it just hurts.
And so it was summertime, and the players went home. And some of them probably watched some film, some probably buried it. As fans, we wallowed in our on pity for a while, and eventually moved on. For us, we had our jobs, other sports, and vacations to pick us up. The players had some time to relax before starting to prepare for the next season. The front office tinkered a little. As the new season approached, expectations were high.
For me, as I got over last season and prepared for this season, I still had one thing on my mind at all times. I don’t want to completely block out last year. I want to remember that moment, and hope to get some vengeance this time. When I came to work the next day, I printed something out on a regular piece of paper, and hung it on the wall directly across from my desk. That way, every time I look up, I can see it. Here is what I have been looking at, 5 days a week, every week, since June 10, 2010:
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