Have you ever felt the sweetness of revenge? Have you ever realized how satisfying it feels? On Thursday night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts the revenge I witnessed was more satisfying than any other. I went to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. I have season tickets to the Bruins and I look forward to enjoying all the games, but I had this one marked on the calender. Last year the Blackhawks beat the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. Game six was within the grasp of the Bruins but they let it slip away when Brian Bickel and Dave Boland each scored a goal in 17 seconds to win the game for Chicago. As I watched this from approximately row five, it crushed me to watch the Blackhawks hoist the cup right in front of my face while the devastated Bruins skated disappointingly to their locker room empty handed. For this game I wanted the Blackhawks to feel the pain that we felt when we lost to them in the Stanley Cup Final. My wish came true on March 27, 2014. The Bruins blanked the Blackhawks 3-0. The game was an excellent team win for the Bruins who got contributions from all four lines. Goaltender Tukah Rask did everything he needed to do by preforming a shutout. Patrice Burgeron scored two goals. When I watched the Bruins score first and heard that goal horn go off, I was surprised but extremely content. One of Patrice Burgeron's goals was a tip in and the other goal was a tap in. Carl Soderburg also shelfed one short side when he went hard to the net. To play a game as complete as the Bruins did that night was excellent. Especially because they got revenge on their rivals.
The Boston Bruins maintained a twelve game win streak until last night. They lost to their arch rivals in a shootout 2-1 at the TD Garden last night. The Bruins played a strong game all throughout the night. They played a conservative defensive game and it earned them one point for losing in a shootout. Head coach Claude Jullian has had them playing this conservative defensive game for years. This style of play has always led the Bruins to success but it had never made them this successful. Throughout the Bruins's twelve game win streak they prevented all of their opponents from scoring more than 2 goals. Tonight they only allowed one goal in regulation, but they were unable to score more than one goal causing the game to go into a shootout. Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask failed to prevent Montreal forward Thomas Plecanex from scoring in the shootout. The slick stick handler shelfed one to win the game for Montreal.
In my opinion the Bruins should continue to play the defensive game that they have been playing. They won twelve in a row with this style of play and they got a point out of this game. Also, this game came down to individual skill because it went to a shootout. However, come playoff time there will be no shootouts so the Bruins can play through overtime defensively, but also try and capitalize on their opportunities. This team has proven that they can score goals even when preforming a defensive game. They have four skilled lines of forwards and at least one line chips in every night. They just need to have more than one line step up sometimes and they will be okay.
Dealing With a crisis. How I dealt with facing my fear of Being away from home. "IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL ITS DONE." ~NELSON MANDELA
The idea of me surviving at a sleep away camp seems impossible. Especially when starting out as a 9 year old. It always seemed impossible until I went to sleep away camp and faced my fear of being away from home. It all started about 6 months before that very summer. A family who we know very well recommended that my twin sister and I go to camp cody. They said that their kids went there and they loved it. Our parents didn't think this was such a good idea for us at first because they didn't think we could handle being away from them for two weeks. I didn't think that I could handle it either. My sister thought that she could handle going. She looked at the website and saw all these pictures of camp cody's fabulous facilities. My parents liked the facilities but they still didn't think that we could handle being away for two weeks. However, after asking other families about camp cody, they learned that camp cody is great for first time sleep away campers so they told us that we could go. My sister said right away that she wanted to go. After looking at the facilities, I decided to go because I thought that the facilities were one of a kind. I saw this as an opportunity that I shouldn't pass up. At that time I didn't think about what it would be like to be stuck in a cabin without my parents for two weeks. My mom signed us up right after we said we would go so their was no going back. I was fine with going to camp cody until the day came where my mom was driving us up to camp cody in Freedom, NH. In the car I was flipping out yelling at my mom to turn the car around and go back home. "I can't do this" I kept shouting. My mom told me that I would make it through the two weeks easily. She told me that I wouldn't even know that she was gone because I would be too busy having fun. She told me that my dad and her would write to me too. After that I calmed down. I survived the two weeks at sleep away camp and I ended up going back the next two years. During sleep away camp I missed my parents but I had fu and I made a lot of friends. Looking back I don't regret for a moment deciding to go to sleep away camp. I didn't think I could make it through until the day my parents picked me up and I realized I had indeed made it through. I learned a lot from this experience. I learned that when a new opportunity comes, it's a bad idea to pass it up. If I don't like what I did, I never have to do it again. If I like what I did I can do it again and again. But if I never face my fear, I won't know what I could be missing out on.
I want you to read The Odyssey. The Odyssey is an epic poem that I read in 8th grade. I am writing you this letter as an 8th grade homework assignment. This is what we are doing as our final reflection of the Odyssey. I will never forget about the Odyssey and neither will you if you decide to read it. However, first you will have to decide whether you are ready to read it. I recommend reading it in your teenage years. Though when you are finished reading the Odyssey they will be your adult years because the Odyssey will mold you into a man. So when you decide to read the Odyssey, know that you are letting go of your boyhood and you have decided that its time that you become a man. My English teacher told our class before we read the Odyssey that “a truly good book needs to be read and re-read many times in a persons life, for with each new reading he or she will gain more insight and understanding into why the book was written and where its deepest power comes from”. He told us that as boys who were soon to become men, we should focus on the story of Telemachus. Telemachus is the son of King Odysseus. In the beginning of The Odyssey he starts out as a boy who really doesn’t do anything. As The Odyssey progresses, Telemachus becomes enraged that his mother is being harassed by suitors because his father is lost at sea. With the help of Athena the goddess of wisdom, Telemachus gathers the courage to help fight the suitors when his father Odysseus returns. I learned a lot from the story of Telemachus. I learned the importance of being courageous throughout scary situations. I will read the Odyssey again just like my English teacher recommended. However, next time I read it I will be thinking more the story of Odysseus because I will be around his age when I read it next. I will learn from him then. Overall, I encourage you to read The Odyssey because you will get so much out of reading it just once. If you like it, you should read it again in a few years so that you will get even more out of it. Before you read the Odyssey you must be ready to let go of your boyhood. You must be ready to become a man.