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Feeling Chills

04/20/2007 at 2:56pm EDT
Before games of great importance, I get nervous and excited, as we all do. But during such games, like last night, I fight a powerful urge not to even watch the game, for fear of a heart attack. Occasionally IMing with a friend during the match last night, he said "wow, I've never gotten to talk to you when you're so nervous before." It's true; I was a freaking wreck.But I recover quickly, too. After it was over, I let off a quick profanity-ridden tirade and moved on.As Canucks fans, we still have our 3-1 3-2 series lead, and there was never much chance that this team of ours would do things the easy way, closing it out at the first opportunity. So I'm looking forward to Saturday now, when I can start getting excited/afraid all over again.Meanwhile, this video of last night's opening minutes is just fantastic. A recording of the noise at GM Place, the jeering of Turco, the national anthems, the arena music... Wow. Even though we lost the game, it's the kind of atmosphere that gives a hockey fan chills.
P.S. If Dallas had scored that goal against themselves that night, that freaky bounce into their own empty net to lose the series, the world would be SUCH an amazing place today. That would've been so fantastic. A reminder from the Dallas Star-Telegram:
Ironically, the scariest moment for the Stars came when Turco wasn't even on the ice early in the third period. The Stars had added an additional attacker during a delayed penalty call on the Canucks when rookie Loui Eriksson fired a cross-ice pass from the right corner toward the left point. It went wide, caromed off the boards and appeared headed straight for the open Stars' goal as the crowd screamed in delight. It nicked the left post on its way past the net.
Can you imagine what they would have been writing if it had gone in the net? God, it's almost too much fun to think about. We could never get that lucky...

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