Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Playoff Memories VIII: Close but No Cigar

Jay, the crook, and AQG, also a crook, stole my idea for a post rehashing game 7 of the 2003 Eastern Conference Final. Although, to be fair, I would never have been able to do justice to the game as she did. However, I can post the video. Redden should remember this game because he was given a second chance and still managed to play the goat. At the 1:49 mark he plays a 2-on-1 about as well as a drunken sailor but is bailed out by everyone's favourite scapegoat. The goal is another instance of a young defenceman not quite being sure of what to do. First he cuts towards Friesen (nice goal buddy!) leaving Rachunek to chase Gomez before a braincramp leaves him in no-man's land.

For those of you not familiar with the Sports Guy's scale, here is the part of the Guillotine Loss that applies to the senators:
your team's hanging tough (hell, they might even be winning), but you can feel the inevitable breakdown coming, and you keep waiting for the guillotine to drop, and you just know it's coming -- you know it -- and when it finally comes, you're angry that it happened and you're angry at yourself for contributing to the debilitating karma.
And in the end, it was pure bliss to see the blade finally fall. Go Devils!

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