On March 29, in the dying seconds of a road game versus the Nashville Predators, Canucks’ defenseman Aaron Rome scored his first goal as a Canuck. It was a 200-foot empty-netter, but that didn’t make it any less special for Vancouver, who celebrated the rare occurrence (it was Rome’s 100th game with the team) by mobbing him like he’d scored an overtime winner.
This touching moment almost didn’t happen. As the puck drifted towards the goal line, Henrik Sedin quit skating and stuck his arms out, so as to prevent anybody from spoiling the moment. In that instant, any number of shocking things could have gone awry. Below, PITB has imagined three very plausible scenarios, with adorable artist’s renderings by the fabulously talented Chloe Ezra.
Henrik skates like wildfire, catching up to the puck eight inches from the goal line. He changes its trajectory by one degree, earning credit for the goal. Then, before a stunned arena, he tears the C off his jersey, flashes the double guns Shane O’Brien style
, and skates off, chanting “Henrik! Henrik!”
Shea Weber gains ground in a hurry. Determined to preserve Rome’s special moment and paranoid that Weber is about to thwart it, Henrik tackles the Nashville defender, rugby-style.
No one touches the puck, but it catches a little mound of snow and misses the net. As it slides into the corner, Henrik retrieves it, then makes a no-look backhand saucer pass to Daniel, who pots the insurance goal. The visiting Vancouver fans chant “MVP! MVP!” Forgotten, Aaron Rome skates to the bench unnoticed. After the game, he finds a quiet place and journals.
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