However, I will also say that I really really really hope the Blackhawks snap out of it and come back against Detroit because there's no way in hell I could ever pull for the Wings to win the Cup. And after the interactions I've had with most (by all means, not all...but definitely most) Pens fans during this too-short series, I don't think I could bring myself to pull for them either. I hear that the Buffalo fans from the 2006 playoffs were way worse but we were in London then so we didn't
have to get to experience that. So, for me, the Pens take the cake for the disrespect they showed in our house and towards our fans in the parking lot before and after the game.
This was the message on the LCD that runs around the arena before the game - NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER. And I'm proud of our guys because they fought till the very end. Even after Cam was pulled and the Pens scored an empty netter, they hustled and scrapped till there were all zeroes on the clock. As a fan, that's all I can ask. We gave them a standing O for the last couple of minutes and during the handshake line. So if they had to lose, I'm ever so glad it happened at home so they could get the thank you sendoff they deserved.
It's been a fun ride. The whole city was behind this team. Crabtree Valley mall put up banners...
All the city buses had GO CANES! flashing on their route displays. Businesses all over town put posters in the windows and tons of cars (including both of ours) were sporting flags and magnets and honking at each other when we passed. It was a great atmosphere and I'm so happy we were able to be here for it this time.