big time choke to lose like that ......
historical collapse not to get to game 7 with 90 seconds left .....
In your opinion, but then again:
Definition of "choke":
"In sports, a "choke" is the failure of an athlete or an athletic team to win a game or tournament when the player or team had been strongly favored to win or had squandered a large lead in the late stages of the event. Someone who chokes may be known as a "choker" or, more derisively, as a "choke artist."
(1) Chicago was the top seed in the playoffs, and had the most pts in the NHL. A team, by the way, that broke a NHL record with the most consecutive wins/tie string. Boston was the 3rd or 4th seed, and had fewer points than even the Caps. So, Boston was not favored, let alone, "strongly favored" to win the series.
(2) Neither did Boston have a "large lead" late in the game. They had a 1 goal lead. Mentally, once Chicago tied, it was over for Boston. Chicago would have had the clear edge going into OT.
(3) Tough to close it out when your top player was playing with a broken rib and dislocated shoulder. But that's hockey. It's a war.
Certainly this was an big loss. A major disappointment. But it doesn't fit the definition of a choke. IMO, the B's lost because of several reasons: (1) tired/older, and just ran out of steam, (2) the Bruins defense let down - too many Chicago players allowed to plant in front of the net (ie, Boston out of gas), (3) Razz had an off night and let in two soft goals. Oh, and Chicago's youth and speed beat Boston's more physical style of play.
The better team won. You might be able to state your case if Boston was the better team, or the clear favorite....but they weren't. They played above what their age and talent level dictated.
While disappointed they didn't get to a game 7 (always hate to see the season end), I was under no illusions that Boston would have taken a game 7 back in Chicago. For me, the outcome was inevitable. It just ended 2 days early.
Edited by slapshot, 25 June 2013 - 06:44 PM.