Postgame 49 – Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens – A Canadien for life
“We’ve missed you,” we said.
“I’ve missed you, too,” he replied.
“We love you,” we said.
“I love you, too,” he replied.
“I’m nervous,” he said.
“So are we,” we replied. “Our best defensemen and one of our top forwards are out and we’re an injury away from dropping out of playoff seeding.”
“I’m really nervous,” he said.
“Don’t worry,” we replied. “We’re behind you.”
“Really?” he asked.
“Really,” we said.
“I’m not playing very well,” he said.
“We love you anyway,” we replied.
“This is a strange game,” he said.
“We wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” we replied.
“You’re playing better now,” we said.
“Here are some power plays,” he replied.
“Thank you,” we said.
“No, thank you,” he replied.
“I have to go,” he said.
“We want to say a proper goodbye,” we replied.
“Goodbye. I love you,” he said.
“Goodbye. We love you too,” we replied.
A couple of Saku Game bullet points:
- Earlier this week Dave Stubbs wrote a piece on James Wisniewski. My favourite part of it is where Wiz mentions that Saku was always talking about how great Montreal is.
- As Hiller and his jarringly creepy mask led the Ducks out onto the ice one by one before the anthems, we kept waiting for Koivu. As Duck after Duck came out and Saku didn’t we realized his teammates were letting him come out last on purpose. The lovely LawyerGirl pointed out afterward that Saku skated out just as Michel Lacroix was saying “Acceuillons nos Canadiens.”
- If you’ve bet on whether or not I would be crying my eyes out this game… you’re probably going to get kind of mad. I did not cry my eyes out. In fact, during the first ovation, I was mostly screaming with joy that he was back. Serious. Joyful, joyous screaming.
- But then, after the game when he was voted second star, and he was saying goodbye to us one last time, I welled up. I welled up good.
- That game was reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaally slow until the Habs woke up for five minutes at the end there. The moral of the story is, sleep for almost an hour and get a point anyway. Spread that around the league.
- Every moment of that bizarre, slow, shootout loss was worth it.