I can only imagine what it was like inside the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday night.
I might have been more than 2,000 miles away, but I’m not afraid to admit I got a bit choked up when I heard the raucous crowd chanting “Man-ny, Man-ny” as I watched Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on TV.
So much for no cheering in the press box – or from a living room couch.
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Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night could have even more emotion than the scintillating opener that the Vancouver Canucks won 1-0 over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night on Raffi Torres’ goal with only 18.5 seconds left.
Canucks center Manny Malhotra, who played for the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack at the start of his 12-year pro career, practiced Friday with Jeff Tambellini and Victor Oreskovich, the wings on the fourth line in Game 1, indicating Malhotra could be on the verge of a miraculous comeback.
Malhotra hasn’t played since March 16, when he sustained a serious injury to his left eye when hit by a deflected puck in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. He has had two surgeries and likely will have a third, but general manager Mike Gillis denied reports Malhotra recently underwent an emergency operation, saying the 31-year-old had endured “multiple little, small procedures throughout this entire time” that are common for victims of eye injuries.
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