Lightning fan here. Just out of pure curiosity, I was wondering who all of you Oiler fans were rooting for in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. The who prospect of a team from Canada winning the cup was pretty hyped up, even on ABC. They made it appear that most of Canada wanted the Flames to win (Canadians have subsequently told me that it was just hype).
While that was the Flames narrative, the Lightning's narrative was Dave Andreychuk trying to win his first cup in his 22nd season (and ultimately succeeding).
Who did you cheer for in that series? Did you join in on the Flames being "Canada's team" aspect? Or was it just simply too hard to bring yourself to cheer for your biggest rival?
I've already conducted this poll on the Leafs, Habs, and Canucks boards.
Also, if you care, I wanted you guys to win in the 2006 SCF.
Majority of Oilers fans were rooting for TB. I'd say roughly 80%. I was with a passion. For 2011, I think 95% or even more were rooting for Boston over VAN. Wierdest thing was a lot of VAN fans I talked to were rooting for us in '06. But that could just be small sample size.
I actually liked a lot of players on the Bolts that year. Vinny, Marty, Richards, Khabibulin, Andreychuk, Sydor, Boyle, etc. It's hard not to like Torts either. Hell, I was a bit of a Freddy Modin fan throughout his career.
The whole "Canada's Team" doesn't apply out west. I did not cheer for the Flames or Canucks during their cup runs, just like most Flames and Canucks fans didn't cheer for the Oilers in '06.
I remember being really upset over being eliminated by Vancouver so I wasn't exactly sad to see Shelbyville upset them.
I also expected the Wings to run roughshod over them but everything that subsequently occured was the stuff of Oilers fans nightmares. I will be forever grateful that the Lightning stopped their little run, the fact that they did it so heartbreakingly (for Shelbyville) made it extra sweet.
Edmontonians who were cheering for Shelbyville to win that year should be ashamed. I saw a lot of Flames car flags that summer, it was a sickening sight. Especially June 2006 when there were "Oilers suck!" chants at a freaking Stampeders preseason game against the Lions. How pathetic is that?
That was back in the day when the Flames were still my most hated team (the 'Nucks may have replaced them on the list). So I was definitely rooting for Tampa.
FWIW, I think a lot of people are lying in this poll. I remember being alarmed at the number of Oiler fans cheering for the Flames. There was a lot of nonsense about cheering for the province, and some of the more fair weather fans were really getting sucked into the party down on the Red Mile. Same thing happened down in Calgary when the Oilers almost won in '06.
Nearly a decade later though there might be some shame about it.
I wasn't really a hockey fan in that day (I remember drunkenly watching a Wings/Flames game and then going downtown after they won) so I didn't really care all that much. But when I heard the Lightning won I wasn't too upset.
As for the Gelinas goal, the Flames still had plenty of time (and overtime) to score another.
And they came out flat in Game 7 and it cost them. There's always been an "aura" that the away team simply cannot win the Cup in Game 7 on the road (that Ward save on Pisani... Ugh.) but now that the Pens and Bruins have both done it... Can't help but wonder if the Flames/Bolts re-did Game 7 with the same rosters if the result wouldn't be different.
Not going to lie, I was cheering for the Flames. I'm an Edmontonian so my default team is the Oilers. I'm also an Albertan, so my next default team is the Flames. I'll always cheer for the Oilers and not cheer for any other team including the Flames so long as the Oilers are still playing. If the Oilers get eliminated, I cheer for the next closest Canadian team* for the same reason I cheered for the Oilers to begin with: location.
*Excluding Toronto, they are the last Canadian team I cheer for.