I Watched This Game: Canucks 3, Sabres 6

That headline isn’t a joke. Nor is it a typo or a bad dream. The Canucks actually surrendered six goals to the Buffalo Sabres. It’s just the first time since November — and only the second time this season — the Sabres have scored five. And it gives Buffalo their first consecutive wins since mid-December. In other words, this shouldn’t have happened. The Canucks just lost to the 2001 Atlanta Thrashers.

But we should have seen it coming, and not just because the Canucks are consistently finding ways to surprise us this season, but because this road trip was never really a road trip. It was a tour of vengeance, like the events of Kill Bill. The Canucks’ only focus was in defeating the teams that had defeated them in a Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers? Done. The Bruins? Done. Even the Islanders’ 1982 win was avenged. But Buffalo, like New Jersey, has no real beef with Vancouver. And so they were spared. I, however, was not when I watched this game.

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The Prospector: Jake Virtanen will destroy you and everything you hold dear

The Prospector is a semi-regular feature on Pass it to Bulis where we pan the Canucks prospects pool in search of gold.

In this edition, Jake Virtanen is the destroyer, Jared McCann and Cole Cassels continue to dominate the OHL, Jordan Subban is a record-breaker, Patrick McNally suffers a season-ending injury, Mackenze Stewart scores a goal, and Dane Fox reminds us all that he exists. Whew!

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 2, Bruins 1

The Canucks had no business winning this game, so they’re extremely fortunate that the mullet is the official haircut of hockey — it’s not all business; there’s plenty of room for a party. And who on the Canucks do you think of when you hear the word “party”? That’s right: Dan Hamhuis.

Wait, that’s not right: it’s Zack Kassian. He’s clearly the partiest member of the Canucks and he continued his goalscoring streak with his 4th goal in 3 games and also his 4th different goal celebration. The goal stood up as the gamewinner thanks to an incredible performance by Eddie Lack. It’s always a party when the Canucks beat the Bruins.

I listened to Andrew W.K. when I watched this game.

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New Van Fan, Season 3 Episode 2: #changeiscoming

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the New Van Fan folks and this episode makes it incredibly clear why, as we’re introduced to the newest Van Fan: Andreas’s tiny, adorable son.

Only, Dan doesn’t find him so adorable. In fact, he suggests that he resembles the absolutely worst possible person a Canucks’ fan could imagine. Is this the end of their friendship? Of New Van Fan?

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Stick in Link: Bonino expected to return, Canucks weathering injuries

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at passittobulis@gmail.com, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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Spitballin’ on Miller’s injury, Sestito’s departure, and Henrik’s 8-point week

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.

In this edition, Ryan Miller is out long-term, meaning Eddie Lack needs to step up, Tom Sestito parts ways with the Canucks and Comets, and Henrik Sedin earns second star of the week honours from the NHL.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – Islanders 0

It’s time for another goaltending controversy! No, we’re not going to argue about whether Ryan Miller or Eddie Lack should be the number one goaltender or discuss which goalie might get traded either at the deadline or the draft.

No, this isn’t about Miller versus Lack. This is about Miller or Lack versus Miller and Lack.

Miller was perfect to start the game, but left early in the second period after a collision with Jannik Hansen and Lack stepped in and continued the perfection. The duo combined for a shutout against one of the top-scoring teams in the NHL, so it’s clear what the Canucks need to do going forward: Lack is no longer the backup, he’s the bullpen.

With two goaltenders of seemingly equal ability, it seems like a waste to have one sitting on the bench for the entire game, so it’s definitely time for them to stop splitting starts and begin splitting games. If fatigue is an issue for Miller, have the veteran start the game to set the tone, then bring in Lack’s fresh legs halfway through the second period. It’s a brilliant idea with no possible downsides whatsoever!

One issue: it looks like Miller might be out for quite a while with a knee injury, so they’ll have to wait before putting this perfect plan into action. I watched this game.

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Canucks of the Week, in which Ryan Miller is refreshingly honest

Canucks of the Week, written by Kevin Vanstone, examines who and what is keeping hockey in Vancouver interesting these days. That’s right: who and what. It need not only be players. After all, we are all Canucks. All people, places, things, abstract concepts, ideas, emotions — if it’s a noun, proper or common, it’s a Canuck, and it’s eligible to be a Canuck of the week.

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The Paper Feature: A guide to rumours at the NHL trade deadline

The NHL trade deadline is just over a week away, which means it’s prime time for trade rumours. But how can you tell which rumours are reliable and who you should listen to? With so many rumours flying about from so many sources, it can be hard to keep track.

Don’t worry: Pass it to Bulis is here to help with our handy-dandy trade rumour guide.

Say you hear the following rumour: “I’m hearing the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning are getting close on a deal that would send Zack Kassian, a prospect, and a first-round pick to the Lightning for Steven Stamkos.” How much credence should you give such a rumour? It would all depend on the source.

Here are 5 possible sources for trade rumours, along with how reliable each of them are.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 2, Devils 4

The saying is, “I hate to say I told you so” but let’s face facts: no one hates saying that. Getting a chance to legitimately say “I told you so” is a rare delight. The only reason people claim to hate saying it is to be humble and not rudely rub their rightness in anyone’s face.

But let’s face it: Canucks fans aren’t exactly known for their polite and reserved nature, so you will hear “I told you so” echoing throughout the province, all across sports talk radio, and cascading down the threads and comments sections of innumerable message boards and blogs.

For in this game, Willie Desjardins placed Zack Kassian on a line with the Sedins and he responded with 2 goals, a game-high 5 shots, and the second best corsi on the team behind Henrik Sedin. Kassian went from a prospective healthy scratch to the first line and, lo and behold, it worked. Tony Gallagher is going to be insufferable for weeks.

I watched this game.

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