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Some Thoughts On the Bruins’ Victory June 16, 2011

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.
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As this is beginning to be written, the Bruins are still celebrating on the ice in Vancouver. Soon they’ll be knocking back some (doubtless expensive) champagne. Congratulations to the Bruins for a terrific, no-doubt-about-it victory on the road in Game 7. Congratulations as well to Tim Thomas, who has indeed made history as the first visiting goaltender to backstop a shutout in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Much will be written, no doubt, about Roberto Luongo having an off night at the worst possible time; about the Sedin twins doing a two-man disappearing act worthy of Penn and Teller; about the Canucks’ horrible work on the power play, which yielded more short-handed goals against than power play goals for; all the usual hockey stuff. It’s going to be done to death, and I won’t add much to that discussion.

So let me take a look at this series from a spiritual perspective. This is my niche, and darn it, I’m going to fill it.

I believe that we live in a just Universe, and that sooner or later, the good guys will tend to win out. Between Burrows’s sucker munch, Rome’s cheap shot, and Luongo’s big mouth, Vancouver seemed bound and determined–consciously or not–to make themselves the Bad Guys in this series. And what happened? They came home for Game 7, to a home arena they had yet to lose in, in the series…and got housed 4-0 in front of their own fans.

Now, if the reason for the Canucks’ defeat was, in whole or in part, somehow in the realm of the unseen, there are a lot of ways to account for that, from any number of belief systems. One could, perhaps, chalk it up to the Law of Attraction: perhaps the negative energy the Canucks were sending out ended up attracting their defeat. One might, conceivably, describe it as reaping what they sowed. And one may, possibly, summarize it bluntly by referring to Karma as a female canine.

However it’s phrased, the result seems inescapable in this series. How can one account for such a sudden reversal of fortune? Vancouver was either leading or tied in the series all the way to Game 7; they were nearly impossible to beat on their ice; they had a Vezina nominee between the pipes who already had two home shutouts to his credit in this very series; on and on, everything seemed to be in their favor. And yet, inexplicably, they allowed twice as many goals against in Game 7 as they had given up in all three previous home games combined.

This cannot be ascribed simply to the Canucks not being ready to play. I refuse to accept that: if you can’t be ready for a big game, you won’t even make it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Were the Canucks missing some of their better players? Yes; but Nathan Horton was no small loss for the Bruins. I’ll concede that Boston had a deeper roster, and that that was probably a factor in the outcome. But that can’t explain the entire turnaround. Again, this result was completely contrary to any of the previous games in Vancouver. I must submit that this result was so uncharacteristic of the previous six games, that something unseen must have played some part, somewhere, in the result.

Again, call it what you want, but I have to believe that Vancouver lost this series, at least in part, because their thoughts, words, and actions were so far out of line with Universal Justice.

And I daresay there’s a lesson in here for Capitals fans, as well.

It’s going to be a familiar one to long-time readers of my blog, but it bears repeating. How is it possible for us to be so steeped in negativity about our team, but still, straightfacedly, demand ultimate success of it?

It doesn’t work that way. Gratitude is FIRST; success FOLLOWS. We simply cannot continue to show ingratitude, disunity, disbelief, discord, and all the rest, but still expect positive results despite all that. We cannot, as a fan base, think “I’ll be happy when the Capitals win the Stanley Cup, and no sooner.” That is completely bass-ackwards. We have to Believe. All of us. 24/7/365.

In fact, let me put it this way. As a Capitals fan, are you happy? When you think about, or hear about, the Capitals, what’s your immediate, gut reaction? Are you proud to be a Capitals fan, win or lose? Do the Capitals bring you joy, or misery? I’m not talking about just in the playoffs here: I’m talking about offseason, preseason, regular season, and postseason. On balance, are you happy with the Capitals, or not?

If you’re not, I must humbly suggest that you change that. Be happy about the Capitals. Be happy that Washington has a stable NHL team, while some cities do not. Be happy that we’ve got a young team, with a lot of upside. Be happy that management thinks long-term, while some teams (Chicago, I’m looking at you) do not. If nothing else, be happy that the Washington Capitals are the Washington Capitals–with all that that “Capitals-ness” entails.

Not to be snarky, but how’s the negativity working out for us? Truthfully? Not so well, I must submit, and I would also submit that if we want our team to succeed, then all of us have to do our part–including the fans. We have to be grateful for our team, if we want to see it succeed. To repeat, we can’t wait for success to make us happy: that’s putting the cart before the horse. We have to be grateful, first.

And I would suggest that the time to begin that, is now. Today. Let’s be grateful for our team; for our players; for the good the Capitals are doing in the community; for the chance to watch one of the greatest games on earth, live and in person; for the chance to express ourselves while contributing to something greater; and, if nothing else, for the common ground it gives us all. We need to be grateful, starting today.

Our choice is clear. We can keep on being negative, and keep on going the way of Vancouver in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals. Or we can reach higher, and try to be a spiritual force for our team’s benefit.

Unchecked negativity, I must submit, is ultimately what ended Vancouver’s championship dreams this year. And I would also submit that it’s what will continue to end Washington’s championship dreams, year after year, unless and until we become an unstoppable force for the much higher Good of our team.

CAPITAL SPIRIT
CONGRATULATIONS, BOSTON

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