Boston Bruins fever has officially swept the town of Needham. Fans of the Black and Gold were certainly elated on Wednesday afternoon when discussing the local team, but also hopeful that this will be the year.
“It will be an amazing achievement not because it’s been so long since they won the Stanley Cup, but it will be an amazing achievement because their power play has been so poor and if they can win tonight’s game with a poor power play that is a phenomenal accomplishment,” Needham resident Dan Kennedy said.
Boston hasn’t celebrated a Stanley Cup championship since the days of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Johnny “Pie” McKenzie in 1972, so certainly it would be an exciting feeling—not just for the town of Needham but also for Boston and all of New England—to watch their hometown hockey team to win its sixth championship in franchise history.
“I think the whole idea that the Bruins could come back [and] bring the Stanley Cup home would be so much for everybody,” Needham resident Marianne Brown said.
“I think it would be pretty good for the city of Boston,” local Gary Saldana said. “They haven’t had a championship this year. I think it’s just really mostly important to real Bruins fans. I’m not a huge Bruins fan, but good for them.”
Although, while fans eagerly await the outcome of Game 7, they also admitted how much they’ve not enjoyed the Canucks' ignorant comments and taunts over the past six games, especially by goaltender Roberto Luongo.
“That guy, I don’t like that guy after what he said about [Bruins goaltender] Tim Thomas,” Needham resident Nick Bovey said.
“The whole team has really been getting under my skin. They make the [New York] Jets look classy,” said Sports Director James Walsh. “They’re an easy team to hate, I guess, so I hope the Bruins do it in Canada. It would be nice to skate around their rink with the trophy and have Luongo [head back] to the locker room crying about it. ”
All in all, Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals promises to be an exciting finale and, hopefully, Boston will earn their fourth and final victory of the 2011 postseason.
“I’m certainly hopeful that they’re able to prevail tonight in Vancouver,” Kennedy said.
“I’m hoping tonight we just bring it home. We deserve it,” Brown said.