Bad Idea Guarantees: Daniel Sedin Promises Canucks Victory In Game Seven
While still likely smarting from the rapid fire, four goal first period onslaught which more or less essentially buried any hopes of he and his fellow Canucks teammates hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup last night in TD Garden, Daniel Sedin looked at the odds, and given what has occurred thus far in these Stanley Cup Finals, proceeded to guarantee a Game 7 victory over the Bruins back inside the friendly confines of Rogers Arena on Wednesday night.
Via ESPN.com (yes, sometimes they actually do some hockey reporting):
“We’re going to win Game 7,” Sedin told the Vancouver Sun.
“We’re 3-3 and we won all three games at home and we have the fourth game at home,” he said of the series, according to the report. “So we have the seventh game at home and we’ll take that. We are confident.”
While I admire Sedin’s confidence, it is always risky business to guarantee a team’s victory in a big game. For every time a player has come out and assured triumph, there are a dozen occasions where the guarantee failed miserably. For every Joe Namath, there’s a…um, you know, come to think of it, I cannot off the top of my head recall a time when someone has guaranteed a championship-clinching win and come up short on it. But I’m sure there are several such examples, I just can’t think of one right now. Maybe we simply forget when a player sticks his foot in his mouth about winning championships. Unless it’s LeBron (“…not five, not six, not” yadda yadda yadda). Then we relish remembering such bold proclamations and how he failed miserably in accomplishing it with delicious enjoyment.
So, I guess it was a great – yet ballsy – call by Daniel to say the Canucks will win the Stanley Cup on Wednesday. No one’s going to care if it doesn’t pan out the way he envisions the game going. It’s good not to be LeBron. But I suppose that goes without saying. Yeah.
Daniel Sedin: We’ll win Game 7 [ESPN.com]