Yesterday I was having a pretty bad afternoon; I felt really down and things didn’t seem to be going my way. John got home and while I was going into doting-wife-getting-ready-to-prepare-dinner-for-her-man mode he placed two items on the coffee table, which just so happened to be tickets for tonight’s game. Needless to say my mood changed almost instantly.
I was talking to my Oma (who is 87 years young) on the phone this morning and out of the blue she says in her broken English, “The Canucks – they’re going to lose tonight, huh.” I asked her why she thinks that and she replied, “well they’re playing Boston.”
I was a Bruins fan for quite a while – I actually liked them better than the Canucks when I was a little girl because their sweaters had a “B” for “Becky” on them. I lived in Boston during the Thornton heydays, and was pals with the sound guy at the Fleet Centre who was known to toss on a couple ‘Hip tunes during the games. As of 2003, I had been to more Bruins games than Canucks games since they were a) cheaper b) more accessible c) what else is a homesick Canuck going to do in her spare time?
I do admit, however, that I would spend evenings listening to the streaming Canucks broadcast from my HP Omnibook. Sitting on my bed in New England, peering out frosted windows and listening to John Shorthouse call the games on CKNW is how I spent the rest of my time.
Back to tonight’s game and my Oma’s prediction, good Vancouver kid Milan Lucic – who is a deserving fan-favourite in Beantown – is coming off of a hat trick in their game against Atlanta on Saturday. He’s one of the most exciting players in the league and his mom n’ pop will probably be at the game tonight as well. On the flip side, we have a lot of promise this season and guys like Burrows and Hansen are full of fire. The Bruins are third in the North East and we’re at the bottom of the North West but I’m sure we’ll have an exciting game tonight – and I can’t wait to cheer loudly for the Canucks (and super secretly for the Bruins too).
The puck drops on TSN (HD), on the TEAM 1040am, and on the live stream at 7:00pm PT.