Vancouver Canucks: Is Daniel Sedin's Game 7 Guarantee Hubris or Confidence?
"We're going to win Game 7," Daniel Sedin said when speaking with the Vancouver Sun after the Game 6 loss in Boston.
"It's enough with the blaming and all that. We lose as a team and win as a team and we're going to win Game 7.
We won all three games at home and we have the fourth game at home. So we have the seventh game at home and we'll take that. We are confident."
Is this hubris or confidence?
On the one hand, Daniel Sedin does have an Art Ross trophy as the regular season scoring leader, and is nominated for the Hart trophy as NHL MVP, so he does have some credibility when making guarantees like this.
On the other hand, in six games against the Boston Bruins, who have their own trophy winners in Tim Thomas (Vezina) and Zdeno Chara (Norris), Daniel has a meagre—by his standards—one goal and two assists.
Can Daniel Sedin make his guarantee stand up in the heat of a Game 7 at home in one of the NHL's most hockey mad markets?
Mark Messier made his famous guarantee of a playoff win with the 1994 New York Rangers during their Stanley Cup run, which coincidentally ended with a Game 7 win against these very same Vancouver Canucks.
What do you think of Daniel Sedin's guarantee?
Of course, when Messier made his guarantee, he already have five Stanley Cup Rings, and he was surrounded by a host of other ex-Edmonton Oilers from the dynasty who had left Alberta for the bright lights of New York.
Daniel Sedin hasn't won before, at least not a Stanley Cup. He does have an Olympic Gold medal though.
None of the Vancouver Canucks playing in Game 7 have won a Stanley Cup before. The closest anyone has come was Raffi Torres, who made it to the finals before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes as part of the Oilers cinderella run in 2006.
Still, Vancouver has been here before. While you could argue Boston has all the momentum right now, the situation was even worse for Vancouver in the first round, when the Chicago Blackhawks came back from a 3-0 series deficit to force a Game 7. That game went to overtime, but the Canucks did prevail.
And the much maligned Roberto Luongo did win that Game 7 against the Blackhawks, and he did play a similar winner take all championship game in this very arena during the 2010 Olympics, and he came out of that with a Gold Medal.
The Canucks have won six straight home games. The Bruins have lost five straight road games. The Canucks clearly have the skill to win the game, if their mental fortitude holds up.
Will Daniel Sedin be able to make his guarantee stick? If so, we'll look back on his guarantee as cool confidence.
If not, and the Bruins walk all over the Canucks like they did in Games 3, 4 and 6, we'll be calling it hubris.
And Daniel will be hearing about his guarantee for all the wrong reasons for the rest of his career.
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