Geez. Is there anything more heart-wrenching than a dying Roger Neilson talking to his Senators about second chances and living every moment? The poor guy is so cancer-ravaged, he couldn’t even stay for the actual game.
It was a truly great hockey moment. My only question is where does Ottawa go from here emotionally? Even if they end up in the Stanley Cup finals, will they have anything left in their tanks after that? Neilson’s words inspired the Senators, but for how long? And how does coach Jacques Martin follow Neilson’s speech? How does he get his team even more psyched? I don’t fault Neilson for pouring his heart out. Not in the least. I just wish it could have been a Stanley Cup finals game seven speech.