Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/01/12 at 12:59 AM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
We are cheated, Canada, with no hockey in May, with not much in late April, with no building crazily alive the way Madison Square Garden was Monday night. You could feel it from the moment you walked in. It wasn’t just another day, another game. You felt it outside the building before you even entered. And no matter how long it has been for the majority of Canadian NHL cities, when we lose out on this, we lose something tangible from our sporting lives….
Television can’t take us to Madison Square Garden the way I sat at Madison Square Garden Monday night. The noise itself shakes your very foundation. The anticipation of every rush, every pass, every goal that isn’t. It sends a shiver through the place, a shiver through me, sitting without a rooting interest in a press box that is so close to the stands when the fans stand up—and they do it all the time—all you see are the backs in front of you. All you feel around you is joy, elation, and because there’s no place like New York, the rawest of all emotions.
This is a place that chants “Ovie Sucks” and they seem to care that Alex Ovechkin is barely taking any shifts with the Washington Capitals until he scores the winning goal. This is a place where they toss balloons, where everyone of every age wears Rangers blue, where the crowd is almost all adult and almost no kids, where an attractive woman jumped from the stands into the press box Monday night and begged reporters to charge her phone.
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