You’ve won a championship, but you didn’t win it in your own building. It only makes sense to celebrate at home when the fans finally get to return for a game that counts, right? Of course. That makes complete sense to me. Watching Zdeno Chara pass the Stanley Cup to his teammates at the TD Garden last night was well deserved for Boston fans. They did get to see a similar display at the parade back in June, but seeing it on the ice is special. Especially when legends like Robert Gordon Orr get involved.
But for the love of Hossa, fellas… 38 minutes? I attended the Blackhawks banner raising ceremony against the Red Wings last October. They put together a nice video tribute and got it to project on to the surface of the ice. The whole shebang only took about 27 minutes according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Am I going to quibble over 11 minutes? No. Not really. I’m certainly not going to throw a fit about it.
Jaromir Jagr may have looked at his watch a couple of times and contemplated retirement though.
It was a little long, yes. My only complaint was the Boston fans booing when Peter Chiarelli said the names of the teams they had beaten along the way. You expect them to boo the Canadiens because of the bitter rivalry. Just not the Flyers, Bolts and Nucks. Tommy from Quinzee could have shown a little class there and at least given them a golf clap.
Nevertheless, we’re off and running this year and the folks up in Ontario are already putting together the parade route as the Leafs have a shot at perfection in 2011-12. Matt Cooke is currently your goals leader in the NHL with two. 162 goals is not out of the question. Look out, Gretz.