Saturday night’s game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings was certainly a classic Stanley Cup Playoff match up. There were big hits, big plays punctuated by mind-blowing saves, covered in wide-open nets.
As my son and I watched the game unfold at the SuperWeenieHut Jr’s – local bar & grill – and as the oohs and aahs from patrons grew louder and louder, it felt as if we were transported in time, back to The Big Top of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus…In the center ring, Sir Quick as he dazzled the crowd with his acrobatic saves and death defying leaps.
Surrounding Quick in the Grandstands were the Kings faithful, cheering on their hero’s performance. Also in the stands, the St. Louis Blues players, who at some point certainly must have reverted back to little kids, munching on bags of popcorn as they watched the master perform.
When the last seconds finally ticked off the clock, the circus atmosphere quickly disappeared, along with any hopes of dismissing the defending Lord Stanley Cup Champions in four games.
As a St. Louis Blues fan for thirty plus years, I certainly looked to put my best “hey you can’t win them all” spin on it. But the thought of what-could-have-been kept climbing back into my cranium and saying, “WE BLEW IT!” So many high quality-scoring chances fluttered by the wayside.
A more objective view would certainly need to add that starting midway through the second period the Blues, as a team, front to back, played a very entertaining game of puck control and threw everything they had into their own act, and at the net. But when it was all said and done, and the singing fat lady had left the tent, the St. Louis Blues had just been bested by one of the best – Jonathan Quick.
Oh well, it’s not as if the circus is leaving town just yet. The show will start back up in game four tonight at the Paper Clip Center in Los Angeles. Hopefully the main act – Jonathan Quick, decides to forgo the safety net and attempt a triple over time flop and land the St. Louis Blues one step closer to moving on to the next NHL city and taking center stage as the next “Greatest Show on Earth”.
– Amen Brother