Pass it to Comics: Kevin Bieksa, stanchion killer

Pass it to Comics is a regular collaboration between PITB and cartoonist Chloe Ezra, whose Tumblr page, Blue Soup, is a must-follow for any Canuck fan with an appreciation for quirk. Today, we recognize the source of Kevin Bieksa’s uncanny luck with the partition.

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Video: Relive Kevin Bieksa’s game-tying goal from the perspective of an Avalanche fan

I can’t be the only one that still remembers the Canucks’ 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on January 20, 2009. You might recall: this was the game that drove Canuck fan Richard Beach to flip out, swear off the team in an angry letter, and cancel his cable. Granted, it was an overreaction, but the frustration he felt was understandable: in dire need of a rallying win after eight straight losses, the Canucks had been trapping their tails off, desperately hanging onto a lead against the superior Sharks for nearly the entire game.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t hang on, and not long after Devin Setoguchi sent the game into overtime with a goal in the final minute, Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner.

If you remember that game, think back to the disappointment you felt and consider that Coloradans likely felt a similar disappointment after Kevin Bieksa’s game-tying goal Saturday. The only thing more frustrating than being a Canuck fan for most of Saturday afternoon’s win in Colorado? Being an Avalanche fan at the end of it.

You can really hear that frustration in the goal call by Colorado play-by-play announcer Mike Haynes.

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Maxim Lapierre totally lied to Vigneault to get in the shootout

While Maxim Lapierre picks up a few goals every season, he isn’t exactly known for his scoring. So it may have seemed odd to see him come out as the first shooter in Saturday’s shootout against the Colorado Avalanche. After all, scoring in the shootout had already been a struggle for the Canucks; how was sending out a fourth-line energy forward going to make things better?

So why did Alain Vigneault choose Lapierre? Simple. Lapierre lied to him.

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Anti-Fantasy League: Week 17

I planned on weekly updates for the Anti-Fantasy League, but life has a funny way of taking your plans and using them as an improvised weapon against you. Even with the minus-4 attack penalty, it can still knock you for a loop.

Suffice it to say, I missed a couple weeks of updates and I apologize. You didn’t miss too much: holidayblues remained in first place the entire time and Emerys is still in last. In between, however, there was plenty of movement. For instance, I am no longer in 91st place; I have made a massive leap up the standings to 81st.

Is it a bad sign when you’re terrible at your own game?

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