Watching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final brought back some emotional memories for Bret Hedican, something the retired NHL veteran was only too happy to share with the world.
Hedican was one of several NHL players, both current and retired, took to the social networking site Twitter on Monday night to weigh in on the Boston Bruins’ 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
“I’ve won and lost a Stanley Cup game 7!,” Hedican tweeted. “I remember both like they were yesterday! Heartbreak&Elation!”
Hedican was a member of the Canucks when they last played for the Stanley Cup in 1994 and won a championship with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
Tyler Bozak of the Toronto Maple Leafs was also excited about Wednesday’s Game 7 in Vancouver.
“Wow! Nothing like a game 7 in the stanley cup final….,” said the 25-year-old centre minutes after Game 6 ended.
Players also reacted as Boston jumped out to a quick lead 4-0 lead by the end of the first period.
“Bruins – 4-0! WOW. These guys are fired Up. That’s what you call showing up for a Do or Die Game. GAME 7 in the making!,” tweeted Scottie Upshall of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers said “Game 7 here we come. Nothing better!”
George Parros of the Anaheim Ducks noted that Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo continued to struggle when in Boston.
“Ouch tough barn for luongo…,” wrote Parros.
During the first intermission retired NHLer Theo Fleury tweeted: “Maybe they should play with a beachball the rest of the game.”
NBA star Steve Nash, the brother-in-law of Canucks’ centre Manny Malhotra, was at the game in Boston’s TD Garden and tweeted throughout the game.
“Couple thoughts on Stanley Cup… Never seen dominance like this in one rink. Feels like a miracle bruins don’t have more goals,” wrote Nash near the end of the first period.
The point guard of the Phoenix Suns then added: “Tim Thomas is out of his mind… still. Obviously. Wake up buddy.”
Nash, a native of Victoria, also said: “In BC we’re proud of all our BC boys but right now I hate Milan Lucic. The passion of sport’s incredible. I’ll love him again after we hoist.”
Even before the game several NHLers were excited about the matchup.
“I’m thinking 7 games now. Btw, Tim Thomas is a gem,” said Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks.
Colby Armstrong of the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed, tweeting: “I want game 7 so bad!! Let’s do this. Nothing better than watching a game 7 in the finals.”
Edmonton Oilers rookie sensation Taylor Hall thought the series could be decided in Boston.
“Maybe the cup is lifted tonight. God knows it will be a better celebration then the Mavs had last night,” said Hall, referring to Dirk Nowitzki’s quick departure from the floor after the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship on Sunday.
“Could be the last NHL game for a few months,” added Parros. “Buckle in everyone!”