Every Wednesday we take a look at The Week Ahead to see what storylines we’ll be following, because Wednesday is a day meant for looking ahead to the future. Around here we call Wednesday “Future Day” and we all wear silver jumpsuits and big bubble space helmets. Doesn’t everybody do that?Continue Reading —›
After his 49th shot on goal failed to get past a goaltender, you have to assume Alex Burrows headed back to the bench, thinking, “There’s absolutely no way that this can get any worse.”
And then Chris Tanev hit him in the side of the face with a puck.
Burrows left the game, blood pooling in his mouth, and got what he thought was a lucky break, with the doctor in Raleigh telling him that all he had done was bust up a couple of teeth. But on Monday night, a second opinion revealed that learned that he’d actually gotten an unlucky break. The puck had broken his jaw.
Suffice it to say, this is bad news for a number of reasons. But, as with all moments of misfortune, there are opportunities for a few folks to benefit. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers of the latest turn in Alex Burrows’ nightmare season.Continue Reading —›
It’s amazing how first impressions work. The first period of this game was as dull as a pencil at a poorly maintained mini-golf course. It was just plain unexciting hockey, with little energy, few scoring chances, and just 13 shots on goal between the two teams. That lacklustre start coloured the rest of the game in my eyes, perhaps unfairly.
After all, both teams mustered 30+ shots, there were some fine saves, and the Canucks put together some offence and earned the win, so the game couldn’t have been all bad. But that first period convinced me that I was in for a tedious time and confirmation bias set in: I expected tedium and I received it.
As Harvey Danger reminded us in the late 90′s, if you’re bored, then you’re boring. Well then, I was really, really boring when I watched this game.Continue Reading —›
This is not where the Canucks expected to be in December — 9th in the West with a sputtering offence and a lacklustre power play — but things just got a little worse with the news that Alex Burrows will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw. There’s currently lots of ammunition for the Canucks’ detractors and the more cynical members of the Canucks fanbase.
Perhaps a comparison with a team that was even worse off after 29 games might help: the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings. You know, the ones that went on to win the Stanley Cup? The Canucks can look to the 2011-12 Kings both to put their current struggles in context and to draw some inspiration for the rest of the season.Continue Reading —›
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 email@example.com, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)Continue Reading —›
One of the first things John Tortorella did when he arrived in Vancouver was get the Rogers Arena staff to install doors separating the player benches from the locker-room tunnels.
“It’s like I’m coaching in the stands,” he explained. “You’re practically coaching in the first row and I’m sure I’m going to piss off a few people. But it’s proper. A lot of things go on and a lot of things are said — especially if there are young kids [in earshot]. It’s just the intensity of the game. You don’t want that.”
In other words, he wanted to be able to swear.
Two months into Tortorella’s tenure as the Canucks’ coach, he has made great use of these doors. While Torts does appear to have changed his stripes in regards to how he handles the media before and after games, during games, he can get a little wound up. It’s led to some pretty incredible GIFs, and at the rate they’re coming in — especially with the Canucks struggling to string wins together — it’s really time someone started collecting them.
We are that someone. We give you the “John Tortorella seems upset” GIF collection, which will be updated throughout the season. Bookmark it now, and visit this space any time you’re in a bad mood and want some company.Continue Reading —›
Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.Continue Reading —›
From how the season has gone so far, it would seem that the Canucks have angered the hockey gods, who appear to be an ill-tempered and vengeful pantheon. They also appear to be old-school gods, who require sacrifice in order to be appeased.
Fortunately, the Canucks seemed to finally figure this out against the Hurricanes. They sacrificed their bodies on the altars of the hockey gods and were rewarded with three goals and a win. Even more fortunately, the hockey gods didn’t require anyone actually die and every injured Canuck returned to and finished the game. I also finished the game, when I watched this game.Continue Reading —›
In the classic Simpsons episode, “Cape Feare”, there is a sequence wherein Sideshow Bob steps on a series of rakes that repeatedly whack him in the face. Just rake after rake after rake, met with shuddering and a despairing groan.
I think you can see where I’m going with this. Against the Rangers, the Canucks just kept stepping on rakes, long after it had stopped being funny. Some gags get funnier with repetition, but the Canucks’ tendency to give up the first goal and inability to score goals of their own is getting old and tired. Time for some new material, guys. I watched this game.Continue Reading —›
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.Continue Reading —›