Because every shift in momentum starts with one shift, one shot, one play.
Because nobody expected this but everyone believes in it.
Because no team has reversed fortunes, prognostication or trends like the Devils.
Because it means another home game for the fans.
Because Kevin Clark won’t sleep all winter without announcing “Zuuuuubruuuuuuus” at least one more time.
Because the Devils players have babies who can play in the Cup.
Beause Ryan Carter’s Moustache needs to serve another week, if not an entire off season.
Because I don’t want the last game I attend “with a child in my care” to be a heartbreaker for both of us, in multiple ways.
Because you should win your last game, for however you measure “last”, whether your last name is Parise, Brodeur, or a that of a fan in Section 203.
Because there’s no better way for Jeff Vandebeek and Cory Booker to bury the hatchet than by co-leading a parade down Broad Street.
Because we will cheer until the final buzzer no matter how it ends.
Because it’s the cup. It is a trophy of the people and it needs to come back home to a city, and team, of the people.