I know, it’s stupid. There’s no reason to actually be happy the Bruins’ season came to a tragic halt on Wednesday night.
Wait, let me rephrase.
The loss was disappointing.
Words like tragedy should be reserved for the real thing. Circumstances like what Rangers forward and former Harvard star Dominic Moore endured when his wife Katie died on January 7, 2013. She was only 32, her life claimed by a rare liver cancer that ate away at her body for a year.
Then a member of the Sharks, Moore left the game he adored months before his bride’s death in the midst of a 2012 first-round playoff series with the Blues to be by her side. He then remained away to grieve, turning down multiple offers to return to the league before finally deciding prior to this season to sign a one-year, $1 million deal in New York with the club that drafted him in 2000.
Now, with his ninth NHL team – and his second tour with the very first – Moore has been an instrumental contributor to the Blueshirts’ success through two rounds, including a 3-1 series rally against the favored Penguins (another of his former clubs). The penalty-killing, checking-line center has appeared in all 14 of the Rangers’ games, scoring two goals and adding two assists.
ESPN’s E:60 told Moore’s resilient, heartbreaking story, which you can view here or below.
Had the Bruins advanced past the hated Habs, it would have been difficult as a fan to muster that same disgust for guys like Moore and Martin St. Louis (who lost his mother to a heart attack just before Mother’s Day, and hasn’t lost a game since).
Often times in sports, we root for and against laundry. It went deeper than that with Montreal. Just ask Milan Lucic. I think it would have in this instance, as well.
However small a consolation, it’s nice to now take a deep breath after a long and intense series to root for some of these Rangers. And still against all of those dirty, diving Canadiens.
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