The Canucks’ win in Colorado Saturday was nothing short of ridiculous. They were thoroughly outplayed by the Avalanche for the entire game and outshot 46 to 29. The Avs even missed two shots at the empty net in the game’s final minute. Then, fortunes changed in an instant when the puck took a weird bounce off a stanchion in the Colorado end and landed right on Kevin Bieksa’s stick. He buried it, tying the game, and the Canucks would go on to steal the two points in a shootout.
It was a shameless miracle.
Frankly, the Canucks have been getting by on shameless miracles for awhile now. They’re 4-0-1 in their last five games, all of which have required last-minute heroics, the most recent four of which have gone to overtime — three of which have gone to a shootout. The Canucks of the last 5 games look nothing like the team Vancouver fans are used to, a team that defeats opponents with strong puck possession, hard forechecking, and a lethal powerplay. Rather, this recent team is getting by on nothing but “clutch” performances, where “clutch” means “heroic albeit unnecessary if they had played better.”
So what happened prior to this five-game stretch to turn the Canucks from the team Vancouverites know into a hapless group relying on cheap miracles to eke out wins?
Ryan Kesler Tebowed.
Yes, as usual, Ryan Kesler did this. The photos above and at right are from the annual Dice & Ice Charity Event on January 19th, two days prior to the Canucks’ meeting with the Sharks. It drew chuckles. Most thought it little more than an amusing aside.
But it was far more. With this seemingly simple gesture, Ryan Kesler unknowingly invoked a Tebow loop.
What is a Tebow loop? A sports team’s worst nightmare, that’s what it is. Rather than playing well and deserving the win, teams caught in Tebow loops spend the bulk of the game laying an egg, only to watch it miraculously hatch into a victory. Then someone Tebows and you do it all again the next day.
I have proof. The Canucks are being compelled to Tebow after Tebow-y wins without even knowing it. Here’s Roberto Luongo, for instance, immediately after stopping Jay McClement to give the Canucks the 3-2 shootout win in Colorado, the state in which Tim Tebow resides.
Really, is there anything more Tebow-y than Roberto Luongo winning a shootout versus the Colorado Avalanche? Again, that’s Luongo, maligned shootout auto-fail machine, stopping all three shots against a team that came into the game undefeated in shootouts. It’s a Christmas miracle, and sure enough, Luongo can’t help but Tebow after it’s all over. He probably has no idea that he did it.
And he’s not the only one experiencing out-of-body Tebowing after undeserved wins. Two games prior, after Cory Schneider managed to drag a listless Canuck performance versus the Chicago Blackhawks into overtime, Daniel Sedin did this after scoring the miraculous winner:
Like the rest of his team, the poor guy has no idea he’s trapped in a Tebow loop.Tags: Canucks, Ryan Kesler, ryan kesler did this, tebowing