Full disclosure: I am not a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, although I could have been mistaken for one during the finals.
Actually, my NHL allegiances are split between the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens. That said, my attitude was that would root for whoever happened to win the Western Conference as I took anybody but the hated rival Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup.
But that alone was not the only reason why I wanted the Blackhawks to win.
Aside from a general dislike of the Bruins, what most annoys me about Boston is the fact that they have some of the dirtiest and whiniest players in the league, only rivaled by the Pittsburgh Penguins in both departments. The player that I feel most represents this is Brad Marchand.
Every time I watch the Bruins play, I feel like Mr. Marchand is allowed to get away with hitting players several seconds after play is blown dead. My hatred for the selective tough guy runs deep. Needless to say, the fact that he was non-existent in the final was something that delighted me greatly.
After Marchand, Zdeno Chara is next in line on the list of Bruins players that I most hate. Like Mr. Marchand, it feels like every time I tune in, the rules of the game do not apply to Chara and he is able to get away with committing penalties. Also, I have not or will not ever forget what he did to Max Pacioretty back during the 2011 playoffs when he almost paralyzed Pacioretty.
Not that I needed to derive any more satisfaction in seeing the Blackhawks win but to be honest, any time a Boston area team loses a championship or comes up short to winning a championship, I feel it’s a good thing. Yes, speaking in general terms, fans of teams based in Boston are thought of as some of the most annoying fans in sports.
Therefore, anything that prevents them for enjoying success is seen as a good thing, right? Sorry Boston friends — could not resist.
As Dave Bolland scored what turned out to be the winning goal and the clock hit triple zero, I found myself celebrating the fact the Blackhawks had just won their second Stanley Cup Final in four years as if i were a fan of the team. In reality, much of my joy was not so much because the won, but because this meant that the hated Bruins failed in their attempt to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.