i couldn't watch or listen to this game live, cause i was out entertaining some bigwigs from work [which sounds like a chore, i know, but really it means drinking too much beer with a bunch of dudes i quite enjoy]. jason, who lives in minneapolis, kindly offered to text me updates. but my phone was annoyingly quiet...
10:50pmET "0-0 after first. wild outshot flames. flames took more penalties. both forechecks look pretty good. big chess match period."
[i sigh and wish i was watching, go back to tapas]
11:05pmET "backs didn't come back. hardings in goal now 4 wild"
[i ponder the huge opportunity presented, order another beer]
11:41pmET "0-0 after 2. harding looks solid. wild start 3rd on PP"
[i wonder which line combos playfair's got going, and if nummelin is simply shutting them down singlehandedly]
11:59pmET "gabby scores on a 5 on 3. 1-0 wild"
[i vocalize profanities, directed at both gaborik and the flames (for taking too many penalties). the work guys inquire, with faux-concern]
12:24amET "regehr scores from the blue line. 1-1, 3:10 left"
[i literally thrust my fist in the air and profess my love for reggie and his adorably humungous ears]
12:31amET "OT comin'. this is no fun without you"
[which i don't get till later due to alcohol consumption and obliviousness to the buzzing]
12:44amET "flames win in SO. iggy gets only goal"
[in a half-cut burst of pure joy, i exlaim "FLAMES WIN." the work dudes offer disinterested congratulations and return to talking about whatever it was they were talking about].
that was MY reaction. did you see KIPPER'S ??? i always love watching kipper's nonchalance after a win. i love watching him chat with mclennan, who skates out to the net to congratulate him, and seeing his grin through his mask... but while most goalies, following a shootout win, react as though they've just won the cup, last night kipper just casually started off towards the bench... and then clearly let out a violent celebratory "YEAHHHH !!!!"