More people than ever before watched game seven of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, and that's a good thing for hockey. Both the league and fans hoping for growth should delight that the NHL had its best American TV rating in 38 years even though one of the teams came from Canada.
But that bunch of hockey tourists, searching for a playoff fix, saddled game seven with a bogus postmortem, which manifests itself in "LeBrongo," a term that blew up on Twitter Wednesday night (pre-riots) and reappeared in hockey-tourist-in-chief Bill Simmons' column yesterday. Roberto Luongo played well on Wednesday. (LeBron sucked on Sunday.) I wrote before the game that Luongo's play would determine whether Vancouver won that night. Boy, was I wrong. Luongo most certainly played well enough for Vancouver to win. His teammates—particularly the Sedins, Vancouver's two biggest stars and best skaters—let him and the Canucks down.