The right team won.
That sucks, and it won’t do much for a hopeful city in Alberta hoping to get their team back on the ice one more time for game six and keep a magical ride going, but its true. The team with nine lives spent their final life tonight in losing a 3-2 overtime game in Anaheim. It was fitting that they gutted a game into overtime, a game that they had no business being in, giving themselves that one shot chance to continue a miracle that has exceeded even the largest optimist’s perception of what a great season could be.
It hurts now, but the long term effects that will come from an unexpected successful season from a team that was supposed to be left for dead and in the battle for McDavid will be far reaching. Riding young players through pressure games and into the post season develops talent. Next season may not have as many bounces, but the organization took a huge step forward this season, and the rewards will come for the next decade.
Give Hartley and co a lot of credit, they brought pride and passion back to the logo, and back to the city.
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