An Unforseeable End to an Unexpected Cup Run

Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere (L) celebrates with teammate Lukas Krajicek after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during game five of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final in Philadelphia on June 9, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

Enjoy the moment, Danny...

Stood before the Flyers motto “You play for the CREST on the front, Not the name on the back”, his right eye still orange and puffy with Frankenstein stitches standing out, Danny Briere gave us a truly honest post game interview.  It wasn’t overladen with praise for his teammates or “we’ll win it next year” platitudes.  He expressed the weird, sort of let-down feeling pretty much everyone watching had. 

Danny said he couldn’t believe the Cup could be won like this – with so much confusion.  “That can’t be it,” he said in a quietly bewildered voice just after the game.  “You can’t win a Stanley Cup and not even be sure if you really won it or not.  I couldn’t believe they could win a Stanley Cup this way, but that doesn’t change how much that hurts.”

We all know I’m no Flyers fan, but after seeing that, I wanted to give Danny a hug and a steak. 

In all honesty, I do have to say I was impressed at how respectfully the Flyers comported themselves (as opposed to their fans) at the conclusion of the game.  Even Pronger and Hartnell weren’t complete jerks.

But that’s not why we’re here.  The second most popular post I wrote (just behind “I Have To Kill My Boyfriend”) was all about the silly things the commentators say.  So, without further ado, here are some of the comments I found amusing during the game and I hope you do too!

…here we have Duncan Teeth…
 
Hjalmarsson, without a stick, turns himself into a human Zamboni in front of Niemi
 
Shillelaghed back out by Byfuglien
 
Kane able to motor ahead, slams on the brakes, looks over his options…
 
[There are] many good surgical schools located in the Philadelphia area
 
van Riemsdyk gets caught in no-man’s land
 
Three players actually overskated that…too preoccupied with themselves perhaps
 
No word on the arrival of the Stanley Cup.  It’s usually fashionably late.
 
Drilled angrily around by Briere
 
Byfuglien trying to dance loose off the halfboard
 
…and the puck’s rouletted around behind the net
 
Are there too many live legs on the Chicago bench?
 
When Pronger roughed Hossa (holding, blindside hit, roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference): “That’s a WHOLE lot of penalty right there.”
 
On another Pronger penalty replay: “The guilty party?  You wanna see?”
 
When an icing call was waved off: “About 10,000 of the Linesmen had a problem with that.”
 
With regard to Hossa’s BS goaltender interference penalty: “That’s a soft, soft call.”
 
{Visual} Marian Hossa crossing himself Hanson-style just before flipping his hair out of his face and donning his lid.
 
As I think we all expected, Duncan Keith has the last laugh.  His response when asked how he felt about getting most of his face replaced this summer: “Oh, I don’t care.  I’d knock out all my teeth for this!”

After the game the lads were whisked back home where they were greeted with the closest thing to a 21-gun salute the airport could muster, water cannoning the plane!

When one player was asked about the state of the aircraft he sort of snickered and advised the reporter not to go on board.  The thing must’ve looked like a frat bus after a week-long road trip (only smelling worse).

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