The puck drops. Everyone in the stadium was so excited for the game to finally start. The ice sounded so crisp. Every skate blade pushing off the ice, the puck hitting the goalie pads, every hit along the boards, the puck going from stick to stick, every sound was so clear.
The first two periods were pretty boring. I couldn’t feel my toes; I didn’t dress warm enough. It was 1-0 Detroit after two. A high point was that Bryan Adams had a mini concert during one of the intermissions, which was pretty cool.
The third was filled with so many goals. The Leafs had a pretty big lead (4-1), and that finally had the crowd jumping, cheering, hugging. We were finally getting warm! And then….it backfired. We thought we had it in the bag. Detroit got one goal, two goals. The game is in the final minute, and all of Leafs nation thought we were going to win. Guess what? Detroit tied it up win 1.1 seconds left! You have got to be kidding me! The game is heading to extra time.
Overtime. Beautiful three-on-three hockey featuring the most talented and skilled players on both teams. So much excitement because a goal can be scored any second. It’s so fast paced.
LEAFS SCORE. LEAFS WIN IT IN OVERTIME! Recently drafted, future of the franchise, Auston Matthews scores directly in front of us 3:40 into the five minute extra frame, to win the game 5-4. Good thing there wasn’t a roof, because it would have blown off. The crowd erupted. It was so loud. It was unbelievable. Not only did I get to go to the game, but the boys won in overtime. What a way to kick off the new year!