This week all of BC has been talking about a match, or more precisely a hockey game. If you are in the UK, you probably thought I was talking about a wedding.
Here in Vancouver hockey has been on almost everyone’s mind. The local team – correction the only team – is the Canucks. And they have been battling against their arch rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
The drama has been pretty intense. Each round consists of seven games, with the two teams battling to gain supremacy. The Canucks started out very well, with three straight wins. At 3-0 it seemed nothing could stop us (we all identify with the Canucks, right?) from winning the series.
Not so. The Blackhawks won the next three games to tie the series at 3-3. We had a horrible sense of deja vu – would the Hawks beat Vancouver for the third year in a row?
So the game could not have been more tense, especially when the Canucks lost their 1-0 lead right at the end of the third period. This meant overtime (OT) and the first to score takes the prize. (Memories of the gold medal game from the Olympics).
Long story short – we did it. With Alex Burrows scoring the winning goal, Vancouver could finally breathe again! And celebrate!
Which is what I hear may be happening in England as the royal wedding kicks off. In BC, we have to get up at 2am to join in. Those of British extraction may just do that (I have heard of a few parties being planned). Most Vancouverites are probably simply looking forward to the Canucks beating the Predators in the next round of our trip to the Stanley Cup.