In the first period of last night’s game, while Mason Raymond and Johnny Boychuk raced for a loose puck, Boychuk hooked Raymond, spun him into an awkward position — in which Raymond’s head was tucked between Boychuk’s legs — and drove him tailbone-first into the boards.

The impact of the hit broke Mason Raymond’s back. He has not yet been released from the hospital.

Now that’s just what happened. If I were to editorialize, I’d suggest that Boychuk did this on purpose, that the play was premeditated, or that he targeted Mason Raymond’s spine. Of course, there’s no way of actually determining this, and it would be pretty unreasonable, unprofessional, and irresponsible to make such a claim.

That in mind, I’m not going to suggest it.

Also, I don’t particularly believe it. From my vantage point, Boychuk is guilty of interference (Kerry Fraser agrees with me), and he’s guilty of hitting a player late and in a vulnerable position.

(That said, by the NHL rulebook, it’s not suspension-worthy, unless, say, you’re punishing to the injury, which Mike Murphy admitted to on the Horton hit, meaning that, by his most recent precedent-free and therefore precedent-setting punishment, it actually is suspension-worthy. This is why, for future reference, you don’t punish to the injury. That may also be why, for future reference, you don’t have an interim guy in charge of discipline in the Stanley Cup Final and why you don’t try to set precedents in the Stanley Cup Final. But these are separate issues, unfortunately.)

Late and dirty though Boychuk’s hit on Raymond might have been, my opinion is that he didn’t target Raymond’s spine; he just wasn’t really thinking. If Boychuk were smarter, he would have eased up once he realized Raymond was vulnerable, but he committed to the hit without considering that, and an unfortunate accident resulted.

What astounds me is that this is also the prevailing public opinion. Most people are willing to give Boychuk the benefit of the doubt. Most agree it was just an “awkward play”, as Mike Murphy said in the issued statement that announced no suspension.

I hate to return to the issue of unfair coverage, but I simply want to know: where was the benefit of the doubt when Aaron Rome hit Nathan Horton?

In that case, prevailing opinion seemed to be that it was intentional — intentional despite the fact that Rome had no history whatsoever as a headhunter, despite the fact that the game is faster than it’s ever been, despite the fact that the hit is late by less than a second, and despite the fact that Rome doesn’t leave his feet and he doesn’t raise his elbow. It’s entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that Horton’s injury (like most headshots) was an accident.

But, for Rome, premeditation was assumed. People scoffed at his apology as though they had uncovered a sketch of the hit in Rome’s locker the day before. Jason Botchford said today that one of the country’s national columnists looked him in the eye and stated that Rome had malicious intent to injure the head.

If it wasn’t Damien Cox, then there were two of them. After the hit, Cox wrote:

The Canucks go overboard on the dramatics to draw penalties and in these playoffs have also demonstrated a clear willingness to do just about anything to not only win, but eliminate key personnel from the opposing team.

The implication here is that Rome meant to take Horton out of the game. That’s editorializing bordering on slander. Unfortunately, many took it at face value, perhaps because it was sold as an objective take by trusted voices within the media.

It’s hard to do anything but shake our heads at these same voices when they give Boychuk a pass and decry the fans that jeered Raymond with chants of “flopper” as he lay on the ice with a broken back. Do you think the opinions of these fans were informed by the garbage they’ve been reading? I do. Truth is, shameful as it was to mock a player laying motionless on the ice, the crowd at the TD Garden were just following the example set by the people who report the news.

The moment we read and report intent in instances where it’s impossible to determine is the moment we’ve crossed the line into irresponsible reporting. Last night was evidence of what happens when that line is well behind us.

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71 comments

  1. Shantini
    June 14, 2011

    Yup.

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    • PetriSkriko
      June 15, 2011

      Yup, yup.

      “That said, by the NHL rulebook, it’s not suspension-worthy, unless, say, you’re punishing to the injury, which Mike Murphy admitted to on the Horton hit, meaning that, by his most recent precedent-free and therefore precedent-setting punishment, it actually is suspension-worthy. This is why, for future reference, you don’t punish to the injury. That may also be why, for future reference, you don’t have an interim guy in charge of discipline in the Stanley Cup Final and why you don’t try to set precedents in the Stanley Cup Final.”

      This paragraph should be sent to EVERYONE of importance in the NHL.

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    • Joel Cochran
      June 16, 2011

      I agree…

      The refs were reacting with the fans, not to the actual play (where was the puck anyway?), but to prevailing sentiment (from fans who were content to heckle an obviously hurt player). If Raymond’s head had been facing the boards instead of being turned around, Boychuck would have been thrown out of the game with a 10 min Misconduct and a major for boarding. I knew it was serious as soon as Raymond hit the ice… but where were the medical staff? Why did Mason’s own teamates have to come over to pick him up and carry him to the bench?… something dreadfully wrong with every part of it.

      I just hope the NHL gives themselves a fair assessment of their performance in this series – because they can do a much better job of pretecting players from unnecessary, career threatening injuries… without ruining the game as people clamour… by actually calling penalties when they happen and enforcing the rules that are on the books.

      Good reporting. A story that warrants further discussion while Mason Raymond spends the next 6 months recovering.

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  2. Pat
    June 14, 2011

    Again, knocked it out of the park Harrison. It’s so refreshing to read hockey reporting that isn’t hyperbolic and/or propaganda. Continue the good work.

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  3. Dave
    June 14, 2011

    Good article

    Watching the replay made me feel almost sick to my stomach – especially when I’ve been worried about the potential for injury due to bias for a while now and the League’s gone and set the following lovely precedent:

    A late hit/potential interference by a Canuck on a Bruin that causes a concussion deserves a five minute major and the longest suspension in SCF history.

    A late hit/potential interference by a Bruin on a Canuck that breaks his back is a “good hockey play.”

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  4. Dylan
    June 14, 2011

    It’s a shame that the loudest voice gets the most attention. Not the voice with the most sense. I’m beginning to think that this is more and more about our society being complete brain-dead morons on a whole and less about the idiotic comments that fuel the fires. Does it not make sense to the media to hire COMPETENT reporters? Obviously not. This article would NEVER make it to any mainstream outlets.

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  5. nj
    June 14, 2011

    You guys are the best.

    I just wish that people would stop complaining about the whining, diving, weak Canucks. The Bruins fans should take a look at their team before they complain.

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  6. J Walter Weatherman
    June 14, 2011

    I think we should be allowed to assume the intent of the journalists too. I, for example, know that Damien Cox writes angry columns to compensate for his erectile dysfunction.

    You may ask me how I know. Well, “I just do”.

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    • PetriSkriko
      June 15, 2011

      Ha! Comment of the day!

      Wasn’t Damien Cox the one who came out and blasted the unprofessional journalism of all these “bloggers” nowadays??

      “Get the Seaward out of here”

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  7. vancityt
    June 14, 2011

    I’m afraid, though, that lamenting media and the lack of accountability is as painful as fighting NHL brass. I feel like Sedin must have felt when he was hit in the face times without any fighting back; or how Lou must have felt when Marchand hucks pucks at his net in the warm-up without so much as a push-back from anyone (except, of all people, Don Cherry!)

    Maybe the NHL has an especially sick sense of humour with this whole ‘Murphy’s Law’ and the irony of it all.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 14, 2011

      In truth, I have no intention of fighting it. I’m just trying to provide a rebuttal when you only get one side of an issue.

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      • vancityt
        June 14, 2011

        And I am very glad you are. Reading your and Daniel’s coverage has calmed me on many occasions, and don’t mean to suggest your mission is futile. It’s appreciated and necessary. (I’m feeling a tad exhausted and demoralized these days ;) ).

        Keep up the awesome work, guys.

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        • DanD
          June 14, 2011

          I totally agree with vancityt. You guys are seriously helping to keep me sane, as well as standing up for what’s left of “good sports journalism.” I still believe there is good sports journalism out there, but in our current climate, editorializing seems the norm rather than the exception.

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      • Maplemusketeer
        June 15, 2011

        You are like unto a voice calling out in the wilderness ;)

        Thank you for the sincere, authentic, honest work you guys are doing. It is so very much appreciated

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  8. CC
    June 14, 2011

    Another excellent article Harrison. Keep up the great work!

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  9. Spencer
    June 14, 2011

    Top notch again guys, those covering sports in general need to look in the mirror and seriously consider what they may be pushing through irresponsible journalism.

    That being said, fans need to then wise-up when it comes to poor journalism.

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  10. Jon
    June 14, 2011

    We’ve known for a long time that the NHL’s disciplinary system is a complete joke but they may have outdone themselves this time. Not only do they have an interim guy (Murphy) taking over in the Finals, but they have him making precedents, consulting current GMs and allowing Medical Records to influence his decision! You made a great leap to outline the media’s primary role in this mess. Unfortunately, I doubt the Sun will put this one in the paper. Great article!

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  11. peanutflower
    June 14, 2011

    Outstanding. I’m in tears. This whole series has turned into something I never in my wildest dreams thought it would. At this point I am not sure if I care if the Canucks win tomorrow. I guess really I do, but this whole thing is tarnished and that just isn’t fair. I for one really appreciate these articles that you write. At least they give some hope that there’s fairness somewhere. A bit dramatic I know, but then I’m a Canucks fan. Drama goes with that.

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    • Julia
      June 14, 2011

      I think we need to be friends… I feel the exact same way. I was just thinking today how this is not at all how I thought I would feel if the Canucks were one win from the Stanley Cup. I’m feeling pretty letdown by how the NHL and the media has handled this series, to the point that I can’t really ignore it anymore.

      On a positive note, at least PITB remains awesome!

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    • DanD
      June 14, 2011

      Totally agree! It’s become a little saddening to follow this series and its coverage. I think “tarnished” is the perfect word.

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  12. VancityMike
    June 14, 2011

    I just listened to the Globe podcast from today and it is very well done. Many issues were discussed and they were done with intelligence. I provided comments on the webpage (M__Scott) that I won’t repeat here but I threw some thoughts out about Vancouver’s conspiracy-driven fanbase. Have a listen to the podcast and a read of my comments. Please espond here or there. This blog is the most level-headed forum for Canuck fans to discuss what we see. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my thoughts.

    Peace!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/the-strangest-stanley-cup-final-ever/article2060508/

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  13. cc
    June 14, 2011

    I’ve read blogs from most teams and reporters in the NHL, and you guys are the best there is. The arguments a lot of writers make come across as conspiracy theories and paint a bad picture for all Vancouver fans, but you guys provide the most well-reasonsed arguments and really show what all Vancouver fans want to say, but can’t say due to the anger at the screwed up NHL. Thank you!!

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  14. jenny wren
    June 14, 2011

    They’re divers whiners wussies too
    but still I cheer the Green and Blue,
    the most detested team in sports
    according to recent reports.

    ‘Twas once the Miami Heat
    but now it is we’ve got them beat.
    More than the Yanks we are despised
    defamed sullied and criticized.

    We were the top team overall
    and folks can’t wait to see us fall.
    They’re always jealous of the best
    besides it is we’re from the West.

    And come tomorrow win or lose
    Canucks will be the team I choose.

    Jenny Wren

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  15. Rob
    June 14, 2011

    I have to wonder if this blog gets read by the sports media. It’s the most level headed writing I’ve seen throughout the playoffs. Of course I may be biased, having watched and admired this team all year, and dismayed at their treatment in the national media. Who can’t love these guys?

    Both instances were ‘hockey accidents’. Rome’s hit was fractionally late, the force of the hit took Horton off his feet, and, unfortunately, his head hit the ice first. Concussion. Nasty. Raymond was taken into the board backwards in a place where the boards do not give. Yet, one has to wonder how much force is required to cause a compression fracture, with the puck for at least one second headed in the opposite direction.

    My fondest wish would be the Nux up two or three goals late in the third, and Daniel challenges Marchand at centre ice, drops the gloves and beats the piss out of him. And I hate that I’m wishing this, as I know that that is not what this team is all about.

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  16. Brent
    June 14, 2011

    You are a beauty!
    Why can’t the full time journalists who get paid the big money write as well as you. I haven’t read anything as good in any of the papers, or even as objective, and aren’t you a fan blog.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 14, 2011

      You’re bemoaning the wrong thing. The real issue here is why we can’t get paid the big money.

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      • sunedit
        June 14, 2011

        Working on it.

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        • PetriSkriko
          June 15, 2011

          Damn skippy, “Ed”!

          If these guys don’t knock off a few of the hacks in this city by next season, something is amiss. I haven’t read anything in the local media about the Canucks besides PITB, Botchford, and Kurtenblog since the Nashville series!

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        • kim r
          June 15, 2011

          Work harder. ;)

          All I can say is it’s been a very long and ugly playoffs and because I generally don’t care too much when the Canucks are not playing I haven’t noticed if it’s getting ugly or already was this ugly in the previous years.

          Tomorrow (I’d have done it sooner but been busy) I will be unfollowing a number of people on twitter and making sure never to spend my cash on papers/magazines that employ them.

          I’ve lost a lot of respect for a lot of people and am disappointed in what I thought were sane adults selling their souls for a few extra web hits and notoriety.

          Thank you, gentleman, for being an oasis in a sea of insanity. I hope one day you are rewarded for it.

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  17. Pilsnerpunk
    June 14, 2011

    I think you covered everything that was bothering me. You guys are like the Jon Stewart of Canucks blogging. I’m sure the MSM hate all the facts, logic, and open bias you use in your writing.

    I wish the NHL would have admitted a penalty should have been called on that play. I think that was the right thing to do and I agree no suspension was warranted.

    Damien Cox is the worst national (Toronto) reporter there is. I don’t mind him writing for a newspaper that no one reads but why do sports networks still use him?

    I wish you could interview the media. The first thing you could ask them is why biting someone’s finger is a dirtier and more suspendable act than hitting a guy in a vulnerable position and breaking his back. Oh, they never said or wrote that? If I compare articles after gm. 1 and gm 6 that’s what it sounds like to me.

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  18. J21
    June 14, 2011

    The media has been sickening. Just think, if they’re doing this in sports, what undue influence are they having in real world affairs?

    It’s laughable how transparent it is, and how everyone refuses to believe it, simply because of antipathy toward Vancouver — team or city, I’m no longer sure.

    If this were the Montreal Canadiens, this commentary would be viewed as Quebec-bashing and it would absolutely have an appreciable effect on the separatist movement.

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    • kim r
      June 15, 2011

      You’d be even further sickened.

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  19. Chris
    June 14, 2011

    Indeed this is a very good article written with objectivity and fairness in mind. Personally I am questioning my interest in the NHL as its obviuos that it cannot conduct its opeations in a fair manner. This series and the absolute vitrol and hatred that is being spewed by Canucks and Bruins fans alike is very disturbing and I believe the NHL culture is to blame.

    The NHL culture is not restricited to player, coaches and league officials but extends to almost everyone that is involved in the game and that was a part of the league at one point or another. Case in point; near the end of last nights game I heard Craig Simpson suggest that the Canucks need to take a run at Thomas so they can throw him off his game. So here is a well respected ex player turned broadscaster that is advocating the intentional and illegal running of a goaltender (which may resut in injury) to win a hockey game. Is it any wonder that goonery and thuggery is encouraged and celebrated. Another example; The TSN panel of Mckenzie, Ferraro and th ex defensman (cant remember his name) goes on and on about how Sedin or someone else should have “responded” to Marchands successive punches to Sedins head. No mention of what a thug Mrchant is and how that behaviour should never be tolerated and we need to get that stuff out of the game….no its Sedins or the Canucks responsibility to take care of things. Excuse me but thats why the refferee and the league is there. Allowing players or teams to take care of things on the ice never goes well…..too many examples here to mention.

    Mike Murphy ans Colin Cambell before him are part of that same culture. They see things the same way and administer thier jobs in the best way they know how…..with NHL culture tinted galsses on.

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    • Kezzi
      June 15, 2011

      Yes, well said, Chris.

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  20. Jaypee
    June 14, 2011

    It is indicative of the shifting landscape of sports media/journalism, that Harrison, blogger, is championing the responsible principles of objective journalism. We used to trust our established sports journalists to provide an impartial and balanced approach. It seems, during these finals, that there is a division between the honourable journalists (Friedman, McKenzie, etc) and the blowhards. Since those latter journalists have been given the internet to expand their voice, they have been exposed, in some cases, as thoughtless hacks more concerned about page hits than sensible reporting (Spector, Cox, et al). The tides have turned.
    Mr. Mooney, as a former journalist who chose another career (teaching), I appreciate your contributions to the paradigm shift.

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  21. cwhite
    June 14, 2011

    Thanks for this, and all other articles. It’s been a frustrating series and this blog consistently has the most refreshingly clear headed analysis of anything out there. Keep the faith! Even if things don’t go Vancouver’s way tomorrow this team/management group/culture has the systems in place to produce high quality hockey for years to come.

    Not that they needed it, but how much extra incentive does it give them knowing the extent of Raymond’s injury….

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  22. Tom
    June 14, 2011

    Jaypee, you are spot on.

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  23. B Squared
    June 14, 2011

    As a former (reformed) senior journo, I am highly distressed at the depths to which the media have stooped to “cover” this SCF. The lowest common denominator is what gets reported, the simplest sound bite to gather, the juiciest quote. Virtually never does any mainstream media reporter or columnist have the cojones to take a stand and call out the dinosaurs of the old-boys NHL clique. The Mike Murphy’s and Mike Milbury’s of the oh-so-tired, oh-so-incompetent old guard go unchallenged as if they can never do wrong. Congrats to PTIB for a clear-headed and uncompromising approach to what’s going on in these playoffs. Yes, I’m a Canucks fan, but that doesn’t mean I’ve checked my intelligence at the door.

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  24. Timmmy
    June 14, 2011

    Pretty much this entire series has given me the shits, particularly the media and the ‘fans’ cheering against us.

    However, it’s all over should we win the cup. That’s what I want, and then I will probably rub it in their faces like that fucking scumbag Marchand did to Sedin.

    Let’s do it!

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    • peanutflower
      June 14, 2011

      And what’s REALLY nice about this blog is we get to swear on it! No, seriously. I just hate the way other forums and blogs either don’t post your comment at all or replace your sincerely meant and thoughtful swear words with weird stuff. There are some times when a well-place fuck is completely appropriate.

      And this series has made me think thoughts that I never thought before, like what I REALLY want to see is the Canucks bag the cup by the middle of the third — put the game out of reach — and then proceed to beat the living crap out of the Boston players for the remainder of the game. THAT’s what I want to see. I want to see Danny smack down Marchand, and Bieksa pummel Boychuk, and Luongo take a big old swipe at whom ever is standing in front of him. I never thought like that before. That’s kind of depressing, really.

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  25. Tim G
    June 14, 2011

    Well done again Harrison, another column that blows all others away. I really wonder what would have happened if Alberts would have broken Recchi’s back in the same way. How would THAT have been reported. The NHL would have probably suspended him for the rest of the series and the sports media would rally to have the entire team suspended and the cup awarded to Boston because we are so “dirty”. I too am weary of this and am losing my passion but would love to see nothing more that the Canucks hand them their lunch tomorrow. Hopefully we have one mor ‘Zen’ game left in us this year.

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  26. Steveston Mark
    June 14, 2011

    I love how a blogger can completely embarrass the national hockey writers with a reasoned, logical approach. It’s amazing to me that “writers” like Tim Wharnsby, who calls himself “a reporter, plain and simple” are falling over themselves to canonize the Bruins, and demonize the Canucks. It’s sickening, really.

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  27. critically canuck
    June 14, 2011

    Another great entry. Well done. The NHL has been and continues to be the worst officiated sport from the meatheads in the ivory tower on down to the on-ice officials. They make it up as they go along. There is no understanding of the importance of transparency and due process. It is the biggest factor holding back the growth of the game. But you already know that…

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  28. Dane
    June 15, 2011

    As above, and very thankful that you’ve stopped doing the dual column with Days of Y’Orr.

    I refuse to read back over how they wrote for previous series, but their coverage of this one is even more slanderous than the media. Name calling, making things up.
    I’m surprised you were prepared to associate with them.

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  29. Kezzi
    June 15, 2011

    I hope to all the Gods and Goddesses of Hockey Heaven that the Canucks are blessed with the ultimate win because this whole series had made me sick. If the Canucks win, thus fulfilling a 40 year long fervent wish of mine, then I may just quit watching the NHL completely, satisfied to have seen this, saddened to have seen how pathetic this league has become. The Canucks are one of the flagship organizations of the NHL and are treated like crap, from all quarters. The league seems absolutely tangled in knots about what it’s own rules are and how to enforce them, and consequently their officiating crews are impotent and unskilled.

    Finish this Canucks. Take that Cup and let’s hide it in someone’s basement in Kits until this league gets itself sorted out. I should be excited and expectant about this whole thing. Instead I am disgusted and tired of it all. Bleh.

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  30. Alamin
    June 15, 2011

    This series has been painfully difficult to watch.
    I so hope that Canucks come out with the seething anger we (and they) must be feeling and channel it into a spectacular win, nothing less. Here’s some thing to think about: I don’t think anyone will disagree that Boston is putting out 100% of everything they’ve got. We, on the other hand have put out no more than 40% of what we are capable of. So it only took 40% to get us to the cup final. We win and it will mean we kicked this bunch of goon’s best efforts on one foot with our hands tied behind our back. Go Canucks!

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  31. Chicky
    June 15, 2011

    Fabulous. You know, I was already slightly in love with you guys before, now I have to ask my hubby if he’s ok with a couple more peeps in the love shack. :)

    All seriousness though, this is the first time in my life I’ve been watching my home team play in the Stanley Cup Finals. Being a MB transplant I’ve never experienced anything like this before. The vibe, the belief, the love from this city for this team is absolutely unbelievable. Words can’t describe it.

    Unfortunately the half-assed reporting, and maliciousness from said “reporters” has left an incredibly sour taste in my mouth.

    My distaste with the NHL and it’s so called precedent setting trends is also over shadowing what will be the best night in hockey. Sad, but true.

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  32. canadianpauly
    June 15, 2011

    Is there any way that Rome can get a lawyer and go after “boy”, the NHL and or the bruins. If the NHL wont do anything maybe the law can. It would be nice to see the nhl big boys take a hit in the face with a law suit. Lets Go Canucks!!! We can beat them at there a game and be fair well doing it even thought they are aloud extra players on the ice (ref,line men) We have the heart to win this tonight

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  33. Chris
    June 15, 2011

    It’s official, Harrison and co,

    You guys are the best source of news on the Canucks going. You’re more balanced than the mainstream media even with an admitted pro-Canucks bias. Your articles have humour and class when professional writers (eg: Cox) embarrass themselves with amateurism, I declare I will no longer read a hockey opinion column from anyone but you. Keep up the great work.

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  34. Embarrassed in Van
    June 15, 2011

    You and your blinded, sycophant followers (and really the entire Canuck organization) are so incredibly delusional. Spend a little time reading and listening to the Boston media before you rant from your little bubble. So much more class.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 15, 2011

      I wish I could spend my whole day laughing at you. But I have to go to work. And there’s a hockey game tonight.

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      • Embarrassed in Van
        June 15, 2011

        You have no class

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        • Harrison Mooney
          June 15, 2011

          I love how “no class” has become the insult du jour throughout the Stanley Cup Final. Because hockey is croquet on ice, obviously.

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    • kim r
      June 15, 2011

      Why would we want to read and listen to the Boston media? We have to save up all our st00pid tolerance for bad trolls like you.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        June 15, 2011

        You done did it now, Embarrassed in Van. We’re beloved around these parts. Steel yourself for the collective wrath of the Bulies!

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    • peanutflower
      June 15, 2011

      Examples or it didn’t happen.

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    • Chicky
      June 15, 2011

      Someone’s been watching, and believing, Fox news again. Poor delusional bastards.

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  35. Embarrassed in Van
    June 15, 2011

    And childish

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 15, 2011

      Also, we’re ignorant homers. And fat. Probably inbred hippies as well.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        June 15, 2011

        Fat? Guilty as charged. Also fat as charged.

        But the jury’s out on whether I’m an inbred hippie. I’m adopted.

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        • PetriSkriko
          June 15, 2011

          Inbred hippies? I thought hippies usually traveled afar to spread their groovy seeds?

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          • Harrison Mooney
            June 15, 2011

            True. I’ve not known hippies to keep it in the family.

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  36. VancityMike
    June 15, 2011

    Embarrassed in Van, just for interest’s sake, what in particular do you take issue with in Harrison’s post? Based on the evidence shown in his (and Daniel’s – shout out, Daniel!) posts, I’m sure he’d welcome your articulate counter-argument, ponder it thoughtfully and respond respectfully – you know, with class.

    Stand up and be heard! Use logic and arguments equivalent to your demonstrated vocabulary, though. Otherwise there’s not much meat on the bones of your post.

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    • peanutflower
      June 15, 2011

      and nary a word to be heard…

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    • Embarrassed in Van
      June 16, 2011

      Yes I am embarrassed. You lot continually put your paranoid “conspiracy” spin on Canuck hockey. Get real. The NHL would “off the record” love nothing more than for a Canadian team to win the cup. Good for hockey. Good for business. But this sorry team of underachievers (when it really means something) couldn’t get it done. And the morons dancing downtown tonight- who – to some extent feed off the crap that you morons spew – are planting one more huge black eye on the greatest game on earth.

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  37. BruinsAreAlive
    June 15, 2011

    You now have another 18 years to talk about Hansen blindsiding Ference in Game 7.

    … or is it irresponsible for me bring that up?

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  38. Dale
    June 16, 2011

    It’s articles like this that contribute to the sense of paranoia in Vancouver..

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  39. Slim Pickens
    June 16, 2011

    I don’t think anyone believes Rome intended to hurt Horton. But as I said in my other post in the other thread, he had time to let up and didn’t, he had time to lower his forearms and elbows and didn’t. He had time to realize that Horton wasn’t looking. If he let up even just a little I suspect he would have stayed in the series. He didn’t. This is EXACTLY the type of hit the NHL is trying to eradicate. Your head coach can’t possibly be serious when he says otherwise.

    I’m still a little rattled by the way Raymond left the ice, he should’ve been put on a stretcher, that’s borderline medical malpractice right there on someone’s part.

    Also sorry that the thugs currently burning your City down are getting described as “hockey fans”. They’re not. The media should fix that. I think I know what a Vancouver hockey fan looks like now, they were the ones in the arena cheering their team after the horn sounded, even though they just suffered a bitter loss.

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  40. Kings Fan
    June 16, 2011

    You’re a talented writer and possess a very healthy self-deprecating style. What disappoints me is your use of hyperbole like “broke his back”. A writer of your caliber should have resisted that urge.

    His back was obviously not broken and to suggest so dents your credibility and sabotages your otherwise very good point.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 16, 2011

      Considering he had a compression fracture in his vertebrae, “broke his back” is completely accurate.

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  41. DelusionalInCanuckistan
    June 16, 2011

    I really can’t fathom how anyone could possibly defend Rome’s hit, unless you’re so thoroughly blinded by your homer-ism that you miss the fact that he launched himself at Horton’s head. If McQuaid had done the same thing to one of the Sedin’s, you’d be burning him in effigy.

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