Experience the Death of the Rocket (2021-22) up close

Tuesday night I felt a call from the freedom Freedom, gender… and I headed to Springfield, Massachusetts on a whim. Why go to Springfield? To see The Simpsons Nuclear Power Plant Game #7 of the Eastern Finals between Rocket and Thunderbirds.

Let’s say the streets of Adirondack, my rundown hotel down the road and my Airbnb in Springfield weren’t as beautiful and liberating as in my dreams. I have to give the owner of mine an A+ a part for a day for managing to cast a spell by making his 5 ½ spells on the application. No big deal, I wanted to see Match #7!

Richard Labbé said in La Presse yesterday morning that in Springfield, which is a very poor city, there are some areas not to be visited at night. I haven’t just visited this area, Richard, I’ve stayed there. I hope my car is still there while I write you these few lines…

What do I remember about the game and (particularly) its pages?

1. Charlie Lindgren may have delivered the performance of she Life against his former team. Lindgren blocked all 34 shots aimed at him to disable the missile and advance to the American League Grand Final. Choosing him over Joel Hofer (Rotation) was the right decision last night.

Lindgren and Cayden Primeau were seen sharing a long hug during the post-game handshake. The two boys respect each other very much.


2. Cayden Primeau also had quite a night despite conceding three goals. At some point during the game, the shots were 29-10 in favor of the Thunderbirds. Primeau has nothing to be ashamed of; he multiplied the spectacular saves. Unfortunately, his team will have taken too long before they started playing hockey.

3. The rocket was dominated by the T Birds, especially early in the game. The opponent hit, shot, won one-on-ones, controlled the match, etc. The Rocket tried to get back into the game third, But it was too late. The Thunderbirds dominated for a good portion of the series and didn’t steal their place in the finals.

4. Alex Belzile missed an empty goal as the Thunderbirds made it 1-0. It could have changed the face of the meeting.

5. The Rocket players – especially the many Quebecers on the team – showed a lot of heart and courage, but ended up tired, burned out (physically and mentally), injured… and smaller than them T Birds. It came out last night. Honestly, they didn’t deserve it last night…

The best team won last night that’s it.

That doesn’t stop us from appreciating and applauding the great run that the Rocket gave us this spring. To cheer! And thank you!

To be honest, I don’t think the Rocket – with many of their players grimacing after each performance – could have offered a quality final against the Chicago Wolves. For all of the above reasons.

6. I was sitting just behind the Rocket bench with my colleagues and friends Charles-Alexis Brisebois and Renaud Bourbonnais. Honestly, I felt like I was in the boy bubble and a little too close. We were several Quebecers… and a few Holy from our area could be heard for a good part of the evening, uh uh.



7. Is there atmosphere at Mutual crowd center? The short answer is Yes indeed. That being said, the Rocket and their supporters have nothing to envy to the Thunderbirds and their somewhat dated arena. Additionally, since the rocket was never actually in play, we never fully felt the emotion and intensity of a match #7. Shame!

We haven’t really seen the Rocket react to physical play T Birds. It had struck midnight for our Laval Cinderella. The team lacked raw talent (Jesse Ylonen in particular) and pounds (muscle), but they fought until the very last moment. Cap!

8th. The Thunderbirds were 0 out of 29 before yesterday’s game power play. They scored two goals with a three-man advantage. That Game may have happened there. Note that the rocket didn’t use its two numerical advantages.

9. The overtime loss against Laval in game #5 (still) hurts.

10 Charles-Alexis, Renaud and I were so close to the players’ bench – an arena from the old days – that one of us even managed to joke and mime with Kelly Buchberger at the start of the game. At 3:0 there was no more interaction…

11. This extraordinary course of the Rocket is a great thing for the organization of the Canadians, even if very few have a future in the end NHLer competed in the 2022 playoffs. Thanks in part to their fans, The Rocket have become one of the best organizations in the AHL this year, and I’m sure this will convince some players across two leagues to sign a contract with the Montreal Canadiens agree in the future (short term). Especially Quebecers…

If you know you have a shot at finishing the American League season, look for good organization, you know.

12. My colleague Renaud Bourbonnais enjoyed the evening at $2 a beer (until the first break), just like the old days at the Expos, and made contact with several supporters of the T Birds. At the end of the evening he sang Go, Poutine, go! with guys who only know one thing about Quebec: poutine. No, Renaud didn’t do any politics last night… although at one point he had to endure the few Fuck Trudeau of a fan of the Thunderbirds, who also profited significantly from the evening for $2 a beer!

13. That pubs and games on the Thunderbirds’ giant screen were from another era. And the crowd didn’t really join in…

14 Matthew Peca, James Neal, Anthony Joshua, Will Bitten and Charlies Lindgren clearly earned their place in the finals. The Thunderbirds are built to succeed. They have no obvious weakness.

fifteen. The Rocket that returned to Laval last night doesn’t have to fly to Chicago tomorrow or Friday. The boys are on vacation now.

16 One of the few restrooms at the MassMutual Center had to be closed due to a water backflow. It smelled like death… and the queue for the other restrooms was endless! No it wasn’t very NHL as an environment and yes we might miss Laval at times!

17 The face of the rocket will change massively in the next season. Jordan Harris, Mattias Norlinder, Arber Xhekaj, Emil Heineman, Kaiden Guhle, Justin Barron and other org hopefuls could all join the heart of the gear from players who played yesterday. Will Xavier Ouellet, JS Dea, Cédric Paquette, Louie Belpedio, Sami Niku and Alex Belzile be back? Will you sign a new contract with CH? Some will go, some will come back… I can’t wait to see what happens with the Rocket this summer.

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