Boston Bruins

You may be hoping for an easy Game 7 victory for the Bruins, but Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is hoping for something far different. With a touch more anxiety for those with vested rooting interests, too.

“I hope they go four overtimes and beat the crap out of each other,” Vinik, speaking at a Marriott groundbreaking in Tampa, said when asked for his thoughts on Wednesday’s Game 7 meeting between the Bruins and Maple Leafs.

Vinik, of course, has motives of his own with such a hope, as his Bolts will play the winner of that Game 7.

Oddly enough, Vinik is not the first owner of an Atlantic Division team to chime in on this series, either, as Senators owner and noted crazy person Eugene Melnyk previously said that the Leafs would get ‘blown out’ by the Bruins in five games. No word as to what Canadiens owner Geoff Molson thinks about Wednesday’s game just yet.

But if it’s overtime Vinik wants above all else, perhaps he can take comfort in knowing that four of the last eight Game 7 contests that the Bruins have been involved in have required overtime, three of which came in the first round.

(And if Vinik needs a legitimate rooting interest, he should consider the fact that the Bruins went 3-1-0 against his Lightning this season, while Toronto posted a 1-2-1 record in their regular-season head-to-head series.)