Steve Yzerman - THE goal (via lamargna)
(Couldn't find the actual spot played on NHL Network but the above is the same video w/o the added bullshit)
I enjoy the NHL Network and couldn't live without it. (What hockey highlights on ESPN?) One downfall of the NHL Network is the repeating of commercials. Recently Ray Bourque has been shown celebrating 2001 Cup and that recalls my memories of the Blues collapse that year.(Damn Turek, Demitra, Gusarov etc.) that spot suggests "What if Bourque didn't retire?" Well the particular spot (above) 1996 Western Semis Double OT goal by Yzerman still pisses me off! It ends with "What if Stevie Y didn't inspire Hockeytown?" First of all Hockeytown! WTF? Who, what, when,where and why is this allowed. Minnesota the state of Hockey, ok...Toronto or Montreal if any city should get the title...but whatever. Then what did that particular goal inspire, the previous year of getting swept by the Devils in the Finals? That they lost to Colorado in the following series? (BTW they can thank the Blues for allowing them to develop what maybe the best rivalry in recent hockey history. I enjoyed Draper better with a broken jaw) I know that series inspired me to cheer Jon Casey( if not for Pronger knocking Kypreos on top of Fuhr during Qtrs w/Toronto Casey may have never even played. With Fuhr hurt I know I was skeptical but Casey was great.
So why that Yzerman goal, it gets played every year in the playoffs. (I've heard Steve hurt his ankle jumping in celebration of that goal) With Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002 don't they have other goals to show that inspire douchebag town?
I guess it just brings back all the bad Keenan memories. Gretzky leaves, followed by shanahan....ugh why even rehash the past. On a positive I remember watching that game at the Old D.S. Vespers on West Main in Belleville. Their new location is ok but I've never had another experience like watching that 1996 series!
Some favorite Blues playoff memories are Belfour going crazy after losing in 1993, sweeping Hull/ Dallas in 2001 and last season against Columbus playoff clinching berth was great. Ok I ended on a positive despite hearing that damn Steve Y spot play at least two more times while typing this.