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.Tags: Bieksa, homer announcing