I hate Calgary. I hate them with the same intensity that I hate the Ducks and Red Wings. I laugh with glee when they struggle, I have containment breaches of excitement whenever the Sharks humiliate them. When we beat them 9-1* last season I was giggly and beaming with sheer joy for a week afterwards. Each year I hope we meet them in the Conference finals....... and beat them into a fine tasy pulp on the way to a sweep.
Because I will never forget what they did to the Sharks and my dreams that fateful spring of 04. I was a freshman in high school, I was young, I was naive. The Sharks had Just beaten the Avalanche in 6 games, the team that had come off a Stanley Cup just a couple years before. I loved that team, they were gritty, in your face, grind along the boards, blue-collar workers. Nabby was on top of his game. Nothing could stop this team I thought. The Stanley Cup was coming to San Jose. Calgary was not a threat, they were a lowly 7th seed, we were Division champions. I was already looking forward to The Stanley Cup and thinking who we matched up better against. But then slowly, everything changed, Kippersoft was standing on his head, Iginla was skating all over the place causing havoc where ever he went. I still felt we would win the series until the final minute if game 6. Then it was over. Calgary had crushed my dreams. They had out-worked us. Then the lock-out..............and an entire year left to stewing over this loss, slowly building my hatred for Calgary.
That loss taught me that nothing is for certain in hockey, to never look past the game in front of you, that anything can happen. But the biggest impact it left, was the deep scar it left on me. No other series loss has even come close to the pain that one inflicted upon me, never have I been more devastated.
So, tonight, I don't just want a well played, deserved win. No............. I want it to be a bloodbath. I want Crankshaft to destroy anything in red, I want the Sharks to win in a blowout, 10-0. I want to see Calgary wimper off the ice. I want their city burned to the ground by Pavelski, Marleau, Jumbo Joe, and Heatley.
I want them destroyed.