I’ve been going to hockey games since I was a little girl, but still learned something I didn’t know last night: that men apparently don’t use the bathroom during regulation time when it’s game seven of the playoffs. Or so it seemed, at least, when every guy at the Phone Booth decided to hit the restroom before overtime.
(Note that this picture is only part of the line; the iPhone does not have the wide-angle lens necessary to capture the whole thing. It was one of the longest — and grumpiest — restroom lines I have ever seen. I guess the boys didn’t like finding out that it can be uncomfortable to wait. Tragic, isn’t it?)
The outcome of the game, needless to say, was disappointing — mostly because it was due to crap officiating. It’s safe to say that when a playoff series makes it to overtime in game seven, the teams are pretty well-matched, and to my mind, this was the case with the Caps and the Flyers. Either team could have won, and really, I wouldn’t feel badly about the loss, except that having it come due to senseless referees rather than a truly outstanding play makes it a little cheap.
Overall, though, coming back from being the worst team in the NHL to Southeast Division champs and putting up a truly impressive playoff effort is an amazing feat, and one that I hope has given the team a great deal of pride. They deserve it.