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.

BIEKSA IN THE SLOT LOOK OUT! Score.

Granted, you’re typically not supposed to recognize the agony of the devastated fan in the announcers’ voice, but it’s still interesting to feel the other side’s pain for a moment. While Canuck fans were slapping their knees and foreheads with incredulity, Avalanche fans were double facepalming in anguish.

There the Avalanche were, a foot away from icing the game into an empty net. Then, all of a sudden, Bieksa dives out to save a sure goal, seduces the stanchion, and punches the entire state of Colorado in the gut. Great.

This win would have meant a lot to the Avalanche. Colorado has only one win versus Vancouver in their last 9 games, so you can imagine how tired the fanbase must be of losing to the Canucks. Furthermore, a fully-earned win versus the clearly superior Northwest Division rival would have been a major confidence boost for a sputtering group that’s gone 3-5-2 in its last 10, falling to 10th in the Western Conference.

The Avalanche are one of five teams that still have a realistic shot at the eighth playoff seed, but losses like this, which shatter a team’s confidence and bleed away valuable second-half points, are a debilitating blow to everyone with a rooting interest in that team.

If you know one, hug an Avs fan.

 

Thanks to good buddy Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy for the tip.

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30 comments

  1. superreggie
    February 6, 2012

    Naaah, it used to be the other way around… and I don’t recall a lot of sympathy coming our way…

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  2. Jon
    February 6, 2012

    I absolutely remember that game against the sharks. Man was I disgusted.

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  3. B
    February 6, 2012

    Hahaha, his call was hilarious!

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  4. Eugen
    February 6, 2012

    The Nordiques franchise moved to Colorado has kicked us in the arse in similar fashion so many times, it still hurts just to remember it. If it was not Hejduk (who had a devilish pleasure of scoring goals on us at any tiny hope we would have…), it was for sure Sakic. It was the time when Quenneville has coaching the Avs, a time when there was a goon named Moore and he took liberties on the ice…
    Let them suffer as much as possible. How is that for tasting how it feels on the other side of such games? Let’s enjoy it while we can!

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    • obituary mambo
      February 7, 2012

      Milan Hejduk has long been my favorite non-Canuck. Even when he was scoring high-light reel hat tricks against the Canucks, I found it difficult to get truly angry — the goals were just too amazing to really be upsetting. As much as I disliked the Avs and wanted to see the Canucks win, I also enjoyed Hejduk’s sheer joy and enthusiasm for the game. He was such a joy to watch. He’s slowed down quite a bit, but I’m still a supporter. And the team just isn’t good enough for me to waste time and energy wishing suffering upon them.

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  5. KentfromNucksMisconduct
    February 6, 2012

    On behalf of the group of Canucks fans who still remember how regularly the Colorado Avalanche used to completely embarrass the Canucks, I have two words: Boo. Hoo. Circle of (hockey) life. We all knew once Roy, Sakic and Forsberg were gone the Avs would falter. I refuse to feel sorry for them. These kinds of losses look really, really good on them.

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  6. jason
    February 6, 2012

    LOL AT “SEDUCED THE STANCHION” ugggggggggggggggghh I love you guys.

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    • cathylu
      February 6, 2012

      I so agree…the best line in the story! Also thanks to all the commenters for the insight into the past Canucks-Avs history. I sense quite a bit of bitterness there. I must say I was surprised to look up in their arena and see TWO Stanley Cup banners. I definitely need to do more hockey history studying.

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  7. Timmy Wong
    February 6, 2012

    Schadenfreude.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 6, 2012

      Gesundheit.

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  8. J21
    February 6, 2012

    “Colorado has only one win versus Vancouver in their last 9 games, so you can imagine how tired the fanbase must be of losing to the Canucks.”

    Yeah, like others have said, the shoe was on the completely opposite foot for so long that it’s not much more than a return to neutrality. The difference being that we had to actually endure expansion and decades of losing before we got a competitive team in Vancouver, whereas they got the Stanley Cup handed to them before they knew what it was.

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  9. BedBeats
    February 6, 2012

    Remember when there was an Av’s Canucks rivalry?! Seriously…how many times did Milan Hedjuk make me want to punch my TV through the wall?!

    But yeah…that call was comedy hour.

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  10. sarah
    February 6, 2012

    As a fan, I didn’t feel good about that win, but I’m going to feel ad for the other team. I’ve witnessed my fair share of frustrating loses in my 17 years as a Canucks fan. I remember one where the Canucks were about to snap a decent losing streak against Detroit only to be scored on with 2 seconds left in regulation. It’s part of being a fan; knowing that some bounces go your team’s way and some don’t and when the bounces aren’t going your team’s way, they really aren’t going your team’s way.

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  11. Canuck in Oz
    February 6, 2012

    Look, I know us Canadians are supposed to be nice and friendly and all that, but I think this whole sympathy thing is a bit much. I can’t ever remember thinking bad about any of my teams beating rivals – a deserved win or not – because I know, just as sure as God made cute little puppies that if the shoe was on the other foot, there would be no sympathy coming the other way. Ever.

    Besides, losses like that build character. At least that’s what I was told about the Canucks in the 70s. And the 80s. And a good chunk of the 90s. If I actually cared about Colorado & their chances of making the playoffs, it’d be interesting to see how they come out next game…

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    • madwag
      February 6, 2012

      surely not “sympathy”, but a little empathy is warranted.

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    • obituary mambo
      February 7, 2012

      They beat the much hated ‘Hawks 5-2! And the Blackhawks woes continue… *she said with a devilish glint in her eye*

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  12. akidd
    February 6, 2012

    um, off the topic here but i was perusing the nhl stats and an interesting one came out: winning % when outshooting opponents and winning % when being outshot. the canucks are .577 when outshooting (8th)and .625 when bewing outshot(3rd). interesting as the top two teams for winning while being outshot are the bruins and the wings.

    i’m not sure what this means actually but it must mean something. anytime you’re grouped with the wings and bruins it must be a telling stat. except that in 4th place are the leafs who are just .333 when outshooting opponents.

    what does all this mean? a lot to crunch so if anyone wants to weigh in and clarify how some elite teams win more often when being outshot than outshooting i’d be all ears. it can’t be as simple as goaltending can it?

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    • akidd
      February 6, 2012

      the canucks are 22nd in shots against(1607) and the bruins are 18th(1595.) the wings on the other hand are having none of it and sit at 5th( 1444.) how are the bruins and canucks giving up so many shots and still sitting up at the top of the standings?

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      • BedBeats
        February 6, 2012

        Sometimes SOG are a decieving stat. When teams are defensively sound…the shots are from the outside…basically getting pucks to the net…which can be converted. The Wings are so defensively minded with the forwards in which they take that option away. I reckon that is by design, considering Babs loves his teams to shoot from anywhere.

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  13. Chicky
    February 6, 2012

    Well, I’d much rather hug an Avs fan than a Bruins one…

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  14. Ken Johnson
    February 6, 2012

    You only pretend to hug the Bruins fan so you can get close. Then, shankey-shankey.

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    • Nee
      February 6, 2012

      Lol

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  15. Chris
    February 6, 2012

    I feel like I’m pulling out my tiny violin case with such regularity these days. And I most certainly will do so for the 85% full Pepsi Center with 2 Stanley Cup banners hanging in less than 2 decades of existence (you know, after the Nordiques fans got screwed out a team on the verge of greatness after supporting a mediocre one for so long). The Avalanche and their fans get not one iota of sympathy from me.

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  16. shoes
    February 6, 2012

    If for no other reason, I would not feel sorry for the AVs…..check out the video, 3 floaters all waiting for the clearing attempt so they could score into the empty net. A minute left you have to be more involved before I feel sorry for you .

    Besides those AVS announcers Haynes and Dater (called MasterDater by his detractors) are the two silliest homers in the history of the game…..and shoes had a run-in with them during the Moore/Bert fiasco because shoes was belittling the man they called “the magnificent John Michael Liles” Turned out I was right and they sent his holiness packing and now leafs fans are starting to call him the “magnificant one”. Just can’t feel sorry for disallusioned bums.

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  17. shoes
    February 6, 2012

    is it just me or did the puck come off Edlers stick rather than the stanchion? I have fairly crappy broadband down in the boonies here, so I cannot swear, but it looks like Edler directed the puck out from the sidewall.

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  18. SteveB
    February 6, 2012

    “BIEKSA IN THE SLOT LOOK OUT! Score.”
    I love the teeny-tiny score font! :D

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  19. G. McRae
    February 6, 2012

    “If you know one, hug an Avs fan…”

    …in order to bring them closer to plant a much deserved knee to the nuts. That will make up for yesteryear.

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  20. invisibleairwaves
    February 6, 2012

    Meh, as someone who also cheers for the Leafs I definitely don’t need reminding of what it feels like to suffer a crushing last-minute defeat when wins are absolutely necessary. The 5-4 Penguins win last week…ugh. Unbearable.

    I do hope the Avs make the playoffs, though. I mean, c’mon, who would you rather see in the first round against the Canucks? The friggin’ Wild?

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  21. yapperface
    February 7, 2012

    This announcer always does this for the other teams call. Seriously, look up any other goal, I’ll wait.

    It’s always “score”

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 7, 2012

      Maybe not to this extent.

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