Canucks 3 – 4 Ducks

Imagine, if you will, three siblings whose parents unfairly insist that they do chores during the Canucks game against the Ducks. The chores require that at least two of the siblings help out at the same time. Fred, Biff, and Heidi, the siblings, decide that each of them will watch one period from the game, then afterwards they would get together and tell each other what the game was like. Fred watches the first period and reports that it was a dull, but evenly matched affair. Biff watches the second period, flips out, and lights a Canucks jersey on fire in the backyard. Heidi watches the third period and insists that the Canucks are the greatest team in NHL history. And then gets angry at Biff for burning her jersey.

It was like the game had multiple personality disorder. Or, it might have just been an elephant. Unlike the hypothetical siblings, I watched all of this game.

  • The first period was thoroughly boring. Nothing happened. Not going to talk about it. The second period, however, was a comedy of errors on the part of the Canucks’ defence (and the officials, but we’ll get into that in a bit) and the third period was absolutely incredible, as the Canucks came just short of tying the game with as dominant a performance as we’ve seen all year. Makes you wonder where that performance was through the middle stanza.
  • Honestly though, the Canucks were the better team for 2 of the 3 periods of this game; it’s a shame they go on aggregate.
  • A lot of Canucks fans made the trip down to California for the long weekend, making it sound like a home game. You could even hear them chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A” when Chris Higgins carried the puck into the Ducks’ zone.
  • Corey Perry has a dangerous slashing addiction. His family and friends should hold an intervention. I think Keith Ballard could be convinced to help him go cold turkey.
  • Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis has developed a reputation for being a very giving person. Normally, that does not include the puck. Just over 20 seconds into the second period, Hamhuis banked the puck off the boards to who he thought was Kevin Bieksa. Instead, it was Andrew Cogliano in a realistic Bieksa costume, who immediately passed it to Saku Koivu alone in front of the net, who one-timed it past Luongo.
  • The biggest story coming out of this game will be Aaron Rome’s five-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Devante Smith-Pelly. The only problem was that Rome didn’t actually elbow Smith-Pelly. What happened is that Rome caught Smith-Pelly staring at his skates as the puck slid past, hitting the winger’s head at the same time as delivering a bodycheck. The hit neither targeted the head, nor was the head the principal point of contact, nor did Rome’s elbow come anywhere near the head. It was, in short, the wrong call.
  • What would the right call have been? The referees could have called 2 minutes for charging or, perhaps, interference, since Smith-Pelly missed the pass and didn’t actually touch the puck. Calling it elbowing explains everything else about the call: if they thought Rome hit Smith-Pelly in the head with his elbow, then they are perfectly justified in calling it a major and a game misconduct. If Rome gets a suspension out of this, it’ll go completely against everything that Shanahan has been saying about what makes a headshot a headshot.
  • What is particularly frustrating about this call was that the referees initially directed Rome to the penalty box. It was only after deciding that Smith-Pelly was injured that they gave Rome a game misconduct, presumably for intent to injure. Smith-Pelly missed, at most, one shift.
  • Then again, since the Ducks scored two goals on the five-minute major, maybe the universe was just righting itself after Rome’s two-game goalscoring streak. Well played, universe.
  • The Canucks’ penalty kill was superb during the five-minute major, only allowing three shots. Unfortunately, two of those shots became goals thanks to some shoddy defending. The first defensive offender was Keith Ballard, who decided to inexplicably step up to Bobby Ryan at the blue line when Chris Higgins was already checking him. This allowed Cogliano to slip in behind and spend an afternoon having tea with Luongo before tucking the puck in on the backhand.
  • The other defensive blunder was by Hamhuis, who was uncharacteristically blundery in this game. Ryan Getzlaf threw the puck towards the crease: after a couple bounces it ended up on the stick of Corey Perry, who roofed it. The puck never should have found Perry’s stick, because his stick should have been tied up by Hamhuis. Instead, Hammy slowly turns, looking for the puck. The first instinct in that situation has to be to tie up the stick of the reigning goalscoring champion.
  • The Ducks’ fourth goal looked like Luongo flubbed it, but the Sportsnet crew did a good job slowing it down to show the puck deflecting off the toe of Sami Salo’s stick. Cue Don Cherry flipping out: You kids out there, y’know, you defencemen, when you see the guy, when you see him, the forward shooting, get your stick outta the way! That said, Luongo was a little too deep in his crease and probably could have stopped it if he had been out challenging a bit more.
  • In case anyone thought Luongo had tuned out of the game, he made a huge save on Bobby Ryan who slipped in behind the defence for a breakaway. If the Canucks had completed the comeback, those looking for a narrative could have pointed to that save. Instead, they might look at Cory Schneider shutting out the Ducks in the third period and try to reignite the goalie controversy.
  • Yes, Cory Schneider came in and didn’t let in a single goal, but considering the Ducks only mustered two shots on net in the third period, that’s about as impressive an achievement as getting an X-Box 360 achievement for completing a training mission. The Canucks out-shot the Ducks 22-2 in the final frame, while Luongo stared daggers at them from the bench.
  • The Canucks’ first goal of the game may have been scored by the second powerplay unit, but the fourth line deserve some kudos for the goal as well. They had a superb shift in the offensive zone, creating two shots on net, and forcing the Ducks to ice the puck. The tired Ducks scrambled for a change at their earliest opportunity, leading directly to a too many men on the ice penalty.
  • The powerplay actually looked remarkably ineffective, until Hamhuis and Booth combined for a smooth zone entry followed immediately by a shot from the point by Bieksa. The puck was definitely tipped by Cody Hodgson in front, but Bieksa was credited with the goal. Considering Hodgson only had one hand on his stick, I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean to tip it, but intention only counts in hockey when it comes to injuries.
  • The Canucks continued to dominate in the offensive zone: after a crazy Sedin shift that looked like a powerplay, Keith Ballard had a chance at an open net, but had his stick checked by Perry at the last second. Like a bad surfer, Ballard just can’t catch a break.
  • All the people complaining about Jannik Hansen playing with the Sedins can now shut up. Oh wait, I was one of them. Well, I can’t shut up, I have an IWTG to finish.
  • Hansen’s first of two goals came on a perfect tip in front of the net. Salo’s initial point shot is blocked by Bobby Ryan, to his eternal regret. Upon seeing that, the two Ducks defencemen checking Hansen and Henrik begin to vacate the zone, assuming that the puck will follow the laws of physics and bounce off of Ryan out into the neutral zone. Instead, the puck stops dead on the ice like Ryan’s shinpads are made of vibranium. Daniel swoops in, swings the puck on net, and Hansen tips it between Hiller’s legs.
  • The real beauty is Hansen’s second goal, which shows that he’s just as hardworking in front of the net as Alex Burrows. The Sedins once again treat even-strength like a powerplay, with Hansen as a full contributor. Bieksa wrists the puck towards the net, Henrik and his check, Sheldon Brookbank, take Hiller out of the play, and Hansen manages to corral the bouncing puck and patiently move it to his forehand while falling to the ice. He displays softer hands than a lot of people give him credit for, which makes me wonder if he started a daily moisturizing regimen recently.
  • The Canucks almost completed the comeback as Corey “Slashy McSlasherson” Perry took an undisciplined whack at Henrik Sedin in the final minute, managing to break his stick across Henrik’s wrists. They managed to create a few shots during the 6-on-4 with Schneider pulled, the best being Ryan Kesler’s opportunity in close, but Jonas Hiller absolutely robbed him blind. Fortunately, David Booth spat in some dirt afterwards and put it on Kesler’s eyes, so he’s fine.
  • Finally, Sportsnet introduced a new segment called “Are You Kidding Me?” during the first intermission. I liked it better when it was called “Really? With Seth and Amy.”
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25 comments

  1. Benjo
    November 12, 2011

    Really Daniel? Are you really surprised SNET would steal a bit from SNL to fill in the intermission void…really!?!?

    This game would have been wildly different if the Canucks had capitalized on at least one of the many turnovers they forced in the first period, usually right in front of HIller. I mean really, I thought Hamhuis had given the Ducks defencemen lessons on the spirit of giving before the game.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      November 12, 2011

      Really, Benjo? I mean, really.

      Capitalizing on one of those chances would have been great, I agree. Ballard not going guano crazy on the penalty kill and leaving Cogliano all alone would have been great too.

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  2. chicken chick
    November 12, 2011

    I’ll introduce Camelia Beau
    She’s not too quick and none too slow
    She rents a house across the street
    Just yesterday I chanced to meet
    As rabid a fan as you will know

    Because it is she lives so near
    There are those times when you can hear
    Her shrieking cursing, “Lady Luck?
    If you don’t shoot the freakin puck,
    Then God Himself can’t interfere!”

    She says she reads PITB
    While munching toast and drinking tea
    “Can’t stand the comments of cambo.
    I really feel he has to go!
    He’s far too negative for me.

    “Tonight we’re playing Anaheim
    For which there isn’t much to rhyme.”
    I say that she should meet the flock
    That we will dine at six o’clock
    She says she thinks she’ll be on time

    And so she is and she’s in love
    With Whisky Jack and God above
    “I really like that David Booth,
    So unafraid to tell the Truth.
    He’s kind of like a Mourning Dove.”

    After the game Jack walked her home
    They didn’t talk of Aaron Rome
    Or of the fact the Nucks had lost
    They spoke instead of Robert Frost
    And German mystic Jacob Boehme

    Chicken Chick

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  3. Nee
    November 12, 2011

    Hands up if you thought the Canucks could come back from down 4 goals at the beginning of the 3rd period. I doubt anyone believed it, but the Canucks almost did it. That was one heck of a 3rd period.

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  4. madwag
    November 12, 2011

    danielson

    “Like a bad surfer, Ballard just can’t catch a break.” Utterly delightful!

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  5. Zach Morris
    November 12, 2011

    The Canucks will go on a 40 game win streak, and sweep every round of the Stanley Cup, if they play every period the way they played the final period against the Ducks.

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    • iceman
      November 12, 2011

      Totally agree. It was a heartbreaking loss because we stormed all the way back in the 3rd, before Hiller’s glove save on Kesler stoned us in the final minute. If we lost 4-0 it might have been easier to forget about it and move on.

      Well at least I can come here and read IWTG to sooth my wound…

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  6. Pdxnucksfan
    November 12, 2011

    “…maybe the universe was righting itself after Rome’s two game scoring streak.”

    Ha! This made me laugh out loud. Nice work. Love the blog man, don’t ever stop!

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  7. CanuckFanInSF
    November 12, 2011

    When Aaron Rome got hit with the major call for elbowing I was having a Nathan Horton déjà vu moment sans concussion. It was déjà vu inthe sense that it became a turning point for the ducks in scoring those back to back goals. Boo, momentum.

    I would like to credit the team for coming out like a bat out of hell in the third period. So um…Yay, momentum! They didn’t let up the pressure and it would have been so awesome if Kes potted that shot against Hiller… Not just to send the game into overtime but to bolster his post-op spirits.

    22-2 shots on goal is amazing. Now if they can only replicate that feat every period every game then we wouldn’t be posting our woes away here in IWTG/PITB. ;) by the way the fans were absolutely amaaaazing last night.

    This performance should strike fear in any team in the NHL. I say we’re going to win the next three times we play the Ducks.

    #GoCanucksGo!

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  8. Nth of the 49th
    November 12, 2011

    All I know is the quality refereeing has turn my off as a fan these days. I no longer go out of my way to watch a game. If it’s on I’ll turn it on as back ground noise while I do something else on my computer.

    Forty years as a hardcore fan and they’ve managed to turn me away.

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  9. Brosef Stalin
    November 12, 2011

    I for one welcome our new Danish overlord

    I saw Lord Hansen outside Rogers Arena before the 3-0 St. Louis game, was gonna ask for an autograph but my mind blanked at the awesomeness and all I managed was a HHHHNNNNGH

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    • The Bookie
      November 12, 2011

      Danish Ninja Mind Tricks

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  10. peanutflower
    November 12, 2011

    That third period was incredible! I’d venture to say that most other teams would have just chalked up the loss, settled for one goal so they could say they didn’t get shut out. Not our Canucks. Pfft, what’s 4 goals down. We’re going to WIN. And they could have. The Ducks (who are largely a team of douchebags, there, I said it) were running scared in the third. And I have to agree with Nth of the 49th, the refs seem to be making calls in a more or less arbitrary manner and there’s way too much of this well, I missed that one so I’m going to call something invisible to make up for it. That ain’t right. I vote we go for video replay for everything. If no one can agree as to what constitutes a headshot a la Rome on Mr. Smelly-Pits right during the game, and a questionable call results in a player being ejected then they need to institute instant replay and make a proper decision right there and then. It’s just bullshit. And finally, it’s pretty interesting to see the Twitpics that are attempting to prove Rome hit Smelly-Pits with in the head, when clearly the posted pic w/large hand inserted prove quite the opposite, that Rome’s elbow hits Smelly-Pits’ number on his arm. Pfft to that too.

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  11. John Andress
    November 12, 2011

    Watching Cory Perry makes me wonder again if there shouldn’t be a five minute major for a player who slashes an opponent with an intent to cause injury, Twice last night we saw Perry slash someone and it is pure luck that Henrik doesn’t have a broken wrist this morning. I know that there is an area of subjectivity in deciding what “intent to injure” looks like but is anyone who watched unsure about what Perry’s motives were when he slashed Sedin? Why not send Perry and his ilk the message that hard play is encouraged but trying to cripple or maim a fellow human being is not. Probably the best supporting argument for my case is that Don Cherry would strongly disagree with it.

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    • peanutflower
      November 12, 2011

      Probably because slashing doesn’t cause head injuries I would venture to guess. It’s too bad that “intent to injure” really seems to be focused on the head injury aspect, whereas you’re completely right, John, that those two slashes by Perry — I’m assuming you mean the other one was to Ballard’s midsection — were purely malicious. I always thought Perry was a little douchebag — said it again — and he never deserved to win no trophy.

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    • warren
      November 13, 2011

      Glad others are making a point of Perry’s behaviour. Perry does this stuff every game, when does the league have a talk with him about it ??

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  12. Cathylu
    November 12, 2011

    The population of Canucks Nation was great in the arena but the force was not strong enough with us to will the puck in the net in that last minute of play.

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  13. DanD
    November 12, 2011

    Crazy fan story #923:

    Yesterday my wife and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary. My gift to her was a story of our relationship with corresponding pictures, which we would then scrapbook together. A little girly? Perhaps. Total winner of a gift? Definitely.

    Anyways, we had the Canucks game on in the background as we were working. We worked for the first two periods and I watched in horror as the Ducks put in four goals on Lu. Eventually we finished our work and cleaned up, just in time for the Canucks to mount a furious comeback attempt.

    I realized that the moment we finished scrapbooking, the Canucks started playing awesome. Scrapbooking: terrible play by Canucks. Not scrapbooking: Canucks play awesome. Coincidence? I hardly think so.

    So I learned a valuable lesson. Never scrapbook during a Canucks game. Or, more realistically, never scrapbook ever again.

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  14. John Andress
    November 12, 2011

    @DanD

    The Ducks didn’t “put in four goals on Lu”. They scored four goals on a sloppy, listless defense and a confused, lack-lustre group of forwards. Lu wasn’t spectacular in the second period but he would have had to have been better than spectacular to have had any chance on at least three of those goals. Lets try to keep things in perspective here. This is a team game and our team wasn’t good enough in that second period. Not one guy. Not two guys. All of them. And please, no more scrapbooking, eh?

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    • DanD
      November 12, 2011

      Haha well put on both points! Yeah, I definitely wasn’t meaning to blame Lu, he just happened to be in the net when the D broke down.

      But I do wonder about how often he’s falling down and spreading his legs on those in close plays. i kind of thought they were trying to get him away from that last year.

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  15. Benjo
    November 12, 2011

    Lu did the absolute best impersonation of the Italian economy on the Cogliano goal.

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  16. The Bookie
    November 12, 2011

    heh – Frank, Biff and Heidi!? Someone’s been reading Hardy Boys..

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  17. PeeSeeGee
    November 12, 2011

    I want a cup of tea now.

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  18. Douglas
    November 13, 2011

    Good assessment of Luongo’s game. He made a number of huge saves that kept the Canucks within reach, and I didn’t think he could be blamed on the goals (admittedly, I only saw the first 3).

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  19. cambo
    November 13, 2011

    Lou sucks and your stuck with him for another 10 yrs! Bwahahahaha

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