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I had planned today on writing a sequel to my weekend post on spondylolysis, and I will definitely do so later this week.  But I have hockey on my mind this morning.

Our local team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, fought valiantly this shortened NHL season, and came within a whisker of the playoffs.  The team I grew up with, the Detroit Red Wings, have moved on to the Conference semi-finals, and so if I have any skin left in the game, it is with the Wings.

But I was captivated last night, as I’m sure some of the blog’s readership was, with an extraordinary Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins which brought to mind Jim McKay’s famous line from the “Wide World of Sports”:  “the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.

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Patrice Bergeron scored the goals at end of regulation and in OT to send Bruins to victory

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The Maple Leafs: deflated at the end of a heartbreaking game.

Somehow, the Maple Leafs went from leading 4-1 to losing 5-4 in overtime, as the Bruins, playing at home in Boston, achieved one of the more memorable comebacks in NHL playoff history.

As this was happening, my Twitter feed exploded with #bruins and #leafs posts, as two cities were collectively either shouting with joy or gnashing their teeth.  If you’ve never ‘watched’ a sporting event via Twitter, I commend the experience to you: it’s a bit like tapping into the collective consciousness of whatever group your following. Read more of this post

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