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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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Friday night was a tough one for one pizza-loving Vancouver Canucks fan, whose pick-up order for a rally snack during the Canucks’ Game 2 meeting with San Jose quickly became a pie that called for delivery, before ultimately arriving at his door as a somber reminder of another game gone wrong.

The story starts with this tweet of a receipt reportedly showing the details of what was supposed to be a Canucks fan’s pick-up order:

The photo is sparse on other details, but best we can surmise, the order was likely placed during the second intermission of Game 2, with the third-seeded Canucks — who were already in a 1-0 series hole after losing Game 1 at home — trailing the visiting Sharks 1-0. One could hardly blame the fan for wanting to distance himself from another disappointing home loss to an underdog, so pick-up it was.

But then less than a minute into the third period — hope! Ryan Kesler scored on a power play just 59 seconds in, and all of a sudden the Canucks had life. Can’t leave the house now. This is a game! So a call to the pizza establishment was likely placed, with the directive and reasoning for the change duly noted on the receipt above.

Things only got better for our nameless pizza orderer as he awaited his chicken-topped pie, which was now, presumably, in transit, as Kesler scored again just six minutes later to give Vancouver a stunning 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, things went downhill in a hurry from there, and with just 56 seconds left in regulation, Patrick Marleau tied the game with his second goal of the playoffs.

One would have to assume that if the pizza hadn’t yet arrived in time for Marleau’s goal, it certainly came during the intermission before overtime. Which would have meant our pizza hero would have been chowing down when Raffi Torres netted the game-winner for San Jose just 5:31 into the extra frame, sending Vancouver fans home disappointed and down 2-0.

We can’t be sure exactly how things went down, but however the timing worked out, it made for a bad 45 minutes for the pizza eater, whose celebratory pizza quickly became conciliatory, while also forcing him to leave a tip.

Fortunately, he did still have pizza at the end of the day, and thankfully — hopefully? — he didn’t take his frustrations out on the city, as Canucks fans have been known to do in the past. (Though Sunday’s 5-2 loss, to fall to 3-0 in the series, may have been enough to do any Vancouver fan in.)

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