Having a hard time with this whole “social distancing” thing? Yeah – us too. Especially when it comes to the lack of sports. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease the pain and suffering. While we may not have any of the current sports leagues to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconic, noteworthy and remarkable sporting events we could find. We also found some mundane, run of the mill matches and contests, that seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles sports, right? Each day, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch.
The road to Game 7
What do you think about when you hear “Game 7”? High intensity? A shootout? Controversy? Legends getting made? The 2011 East Finals between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning was all of the first one. Each defense was on fire. Their offenses struggled to do much of anything. It’s crazy really.
Tampa Bay was the fifth seed, Boston the third. The two teams got through the first round in seven games. Boston managed to beat out the sixth seed and original six rival Montreal Canadiens. Meanwhile, the Lightning quieted the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Round two saw the Lightning dispatch the number one seed Washington Capitols in a clean sweep. Boston similarly swept the Philadelphia Flyers. This set up a showdown between the two Eastern rivals. After splitting the first six games, it all came down to game seven at the TD Garden in Boston.
The game itself
Both teams were hit with temporary scares. Winger Nathan Horton was sent to the locker room in the first period with a potential head injury. Lightning spark Steven Stamkos had a puck rocket into his face guard in the second. Both men returned, and it’s a good thing for the Bruins.
What makes this game so interesting is there wasn’t a single penalty called against either team. This is even more impressive due to the extreme number of penalties called in each of the previous six games. Both teams came out to win, and it showed with their smart play, clever passes, and rock solid defense. Boston outshot Tampa Bay throughout, but the game was still scoreless until more than halfway into the third period.
Nathan Horton scored the game’s only goal at 12:27 in the third period. It was his second game 7 game-winner in the playoffs and was a huge boost for Boston going into the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
But this game is a clinic for the little things. Cutting off passing lanes. Finding shots. Fantastic goalkeeping. Even knowing the result, I was losing my mind on every push forward, thinking I could somehow will into existence goals that never were.
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