Spitballin’ (or Super Pass ITBulis: 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 topics that deserve mention.


Semyon Varlamov celebrates the first snow of the year…

…by flopping on his back to make a snow angel! Next, he and Shane O’Brien are going to go cut down a tree together while wearing matching Christmas sweaters.

Alain Vigneault passes Marc Crawford in wins, is Spider-Man

Last night was a milestone victory for Vigneault, as he passed Marc Crawford for the franchise record for wins as the head coach of the Canucks. Most remarkably, he accomplished the feat in nearly 100 fewer games than Crawford. The win obviously meant a lot to Vigneault, as he was all smiles in his post-game interview, begging off the question of which goaltender would start on Friday with, “Y’know what, I’m the winningest coach for the Vancouver Canucks and I’m going to celebrate tonight and I’ll tell you tomorrow.”

But the most interesting revelation came earlier in the interview and was left out of Sportsnet’s clip online. AV was asked if he had a “sense that momentum is building?” He replied, “Ah, you mean my spidey sense.”

Ladies and gentlemen, Alain Vigneault is Spider-Man.

Ryan Kesler plays in his 500th career game

Kesler also reached a milestone last night, playing in his 500th game for the Canucks, which raises the question: who gets the game puck? Vigneault or Kesler? Which milestone is more game puck deserving? If you think this is a silly question – after all, there are several pucks used during a game – witness Malhotra stumbling and stammering after Joey Kenward asked him about getting the game puck for AV. I have a sneaking suspicion they grabbed a puck for Kesler and completely forgot one for Vigneault.

Teammates horn in on Burrows interview

If it was just Kesler, I would describe this as an auditory Keslurk. Since it sounds like most of the team, I guess it’s just great camaraderie. The organization was slightly lacking, however. You can see Dale Weise waiting for just the right moment to count everyone in, but before he can get to three, someone shouts out “Atta boy, Burr!” at a slightly lower pitch than his Marc Crawford impersonation.

Cory Schneider records his second career hat trick

Stick-tap to Luongold for the reminder.

Remember when the Canucks kicked in unison before a game? That was weird.

You may recall seeing this video of the Canucks’ pre-game routine from the locker room prior to their March 8th game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Like me, you may have wondered why in the world part of their pre-game routine included every player in the room performing an awkward synchronized kick. Well wonder no more. I got the story straight from Dan Hamhuis when he paid a visit to CLA Church a little over a week ago.

Apparently, that kick is part of Manny Malhotra’s ritual that he performs prior to every single game. If you watch the video again, you can see everyone in the room looking in his direction with a smirk, waiting for him to stand up and kick so they can do it with him. He had no idea they were going to do it.

Also in the video, further proof that Tanev never wears a shirt. Ladies.

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  1. Zach Morris
    November 24, 2011

    Long story short:
    The Canucks are entertaining.
    This blog is a treasure trove.

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  2. April
    November 24, 2011

    I would love to see the goalies doing the awkward pre-game kick

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