It was such a great feeling to not only see the Ottawa Senators season end on a short-handed overtime goal (everyone in this biased newsroom cheered), but to also send the story that legions of Sens fans will read. That's if there are any Sens fans left, because this is a team more disappointing than the Maple Leafs. Nobody expects the Leafs to do anything but lose; the Sens, however, are expected to win, and win big. Instead, on Saturday night, they lost, and lost big.
I particularly liked Bob Cole's unpoetic and ridiculous statement at the end of the Senator's overtime loss: "Sudden death: whoever came up with that term did a heck of a job." Yeah, Bob...you're right.
And then on The Score (channel 53 in most neighbourhoods), Ottawa's biased reporter, Patricia Boles, said the series was, and I must quote here, "Close." Close? Close?!? Sure, all five games in the series were decided by a single goal, but the difference between the winners and losers in this series were like miles, miles between cliffs. There never was a bridge to cross the gap.
Now I can be somewhat satisfied with whatever the end result will be for the NHL playoffs. I have one rule when it comes to the Stanley Cup: if the Leafs are out of it (and when aren't they), then it's Anybody But Ottawa.
This season, that'll be the case again.