Tonight is the last night where I don’t care about what’s on TV. It’s the last night that I don’t check my phone compulsively for scores and updates. Tonight is the last night I can honestly look in the mirror and say I am a good partner and a good spouse. Because starting tomorrow, 3 out of my 7 evenings will be pre-occupied with something I have no control over and no real stake in. Yet somehow it will overtake me and I will be lost until April (or god-willing, June).
So much of myself will become invested in something that, in the grand scheme of life, actually matters very little. The only thing I can do about the outcome is to wish and pray. So tonight, before I lay my head to sleep, I will look up at my cracked ceiling and make the following wishes for the team and sport I love so much.
Dear hockey gods:
- If Carey Price is deemed healthy enough to play, please let him go through the first period without a goal. It will be the confidence booster all us viewers need and want to see.
- Please please please let Ryan O’Byrne have more hits the Mike Komisarek (it’s a wish list..anything is possible!)
- Please let us score on the Power Play, I can’t bare to hear the after-game commentariat go on and on and on about how without Markov we have no PP.
- Whatever happens, please don’t let Grabovski get on the score sheet.
- No injuries..not in this first game!.
- I’d like to come home with at least a split in these first two road games, but it would be ideal that they come home to Guy Boucher and the Lightning 2-0 and not 0-2.
- Can we open the new Pittsburgh arena like the way we closed out the Mellon arena? Or is that asking too much?
I’m going to leave it at a Lucky 7 wishes…even though I did have a couple more in mind (something to the effect of Eller getting on the scoreboard, just in case Halak comes out blazing). Tomorrow night I will be at my favorite hockey-watching spot with my favorite hockey-watching people, hoping the hockey gods heard my pleas and are willing to throw us a bone.
Go habs go!