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Filling the Void: Calgary Crosses the Line

Did this goal go in? Asking for all my Canadian friends.

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Filling the Void: Calgary Crosses the Line

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We’re several weeks into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling, and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.

On another note, we here at The Turf have always been of the mind that standing up for what is right and standing up in opposition to hate and violence is necessary. For resources on how to help the fight against systemic racism in the United States please check out the following links: Black Visions CollectiveLGBTQ Freedom FundNational Bail FundReclaim the BlockColor of Change, and Black Lives Matter

Today: The Calgary Flames cross the line in Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, but the ref can’t catch it.

The last time a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup was back in 1992 when the Canadiens added to their laundry list of cup victories. Three years after that Cup win, the Canadiens were back in the Finals, but Mark Messier had other ideas. Since then, no Canadian team has set foot in the Stanley Cup Finals. That is until the 2004 Calgary Flames decided enough is enough.

The 2004 Calgary Flames, led by face of the franchise Jarome Iginla and goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff, came into the playoffs as the 6th seed in the Western Conference. After a tumultuous season, Darryl Sutter‘s Flames faced off against the top three seeds on their way to the finals, taking each series to at least six games. Going through the Canucks, Sharks and the dominant Detroit Red Wings is not a picnic, and the Flames entered this series beaten and battered. And still, here they are one win away snapping Canada’s Cup drought.

Standing in their way are the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning has had the exact opposite Cup run of the Flames, but that’s to be expected when you’re the one-seed in the East. John Tortorella (Been quiet with all the anthem stuff, huh, John?) has coached this team to the Final in just his third season at the helm. The majority of their success comes thanks to the outstanding play of Martin St. Louis and Nikolai Khabibulin.

With their backs against the wall, can the Lightning push this series to seven games? Or will Canada finally host a Stanley Cup parade?

Well, that depends… did this puck go in?

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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