I Watched This Game: Canucks at Minnesota Wild, February 9, 2012

Leave it to the Minnesota Wild to put everything into perspective. The Canucks were 7-1-2 in their last 10 games heading into Thursday’s contest — the league’s hottest team — but most Canuck fans would admit that their record was incredibly misleading. Anyone who had actually watched those 10 games could have told you Vancouver had been playing some nigh-unwatchable hockey over that stretch.

Of course, then the Canucks touched town in Minnesota and played some actual unwatchable hockey. My goodness, Canuck nation, are we ever spoiled. For the past 5 games, we’ve griped about the Canucks needing overtime to solve their games, but at least it’s been exciting. Tonight, we were treated to a 60-minute regulation win, and when I say “treated to” I mean “stabbed in the brain with”. Somehow it felt like it lasted twice as long. Seemingly forever, I watched this game.

Canucks 5 – 2 Wild

  • In the 3 games leading up to Thursday’s contest, the Canucks allowed 40, 46, and 43 shots. Tonight there were 48 shots total between the two clubs. This game was like whale sounds on ice.
  • Speaking of whale sounds, I let out a deep groan when Alex Edler got caught at the blueline and Dany Heatley was able to walk in and open the scoring 13 seconds in. Not because it was the worst possible start the Canucks could have had, mind you, but because the Canucks had spotted the Minnesota Wild a 1-goal lead from the outset. I cringed at the prospect of watching the Wild sit on that goal for an hour like it was an egg waiting to hatch.
  • Thankfully, Vancouver’s pushback immediately following the goal was fantastic. Three times within the next minute, they crashed the crease, knocking the net off in the process. Byron Bitz was responsible for two of these dislodgings, and while he picked up a goaltender interference penalty for the second incident, I don’t think the coaching staff was all that bothered by it. A 6’5″ guy that goes to the net too hard is hardly a problem. Alain Vigneault’s got 99 problems but a Bitz ain’t one.
  • Bitz was excellent tonight, using his size well and once again setting up a Sedin for a pretty goal. This time is was Henrik, who he found with a backhand saucer pass on a 2-on-1. The look of incredulity on Henrik’s face after scoring the goal is priceless. Still, I must caution fans not to get too excited about this new Byronic Hero. Yes, Bitz has had a marvelous two-game stretch and he might be Batman, but he’s still got a long way to go before he reaches the heights Aaron Rome reached earlier this season.
  • The Canucks tied the game up after the Wild got into some penalty trouble of their own, yielding a two-man advantage in the back half of the first. Despite the coaching staff rearranging every other unit, the 5-on-3 unit stayed the same, and they showed why they’re inseparable, making 8 passes in 8 seconds before Edler put a shot off the post and Daniel flipped the rebound over Nicklas Backstrom. I especially enjoyed when Henrik and Kesler passed the puck back and forth below the goal line five times before moving the puck to Edler at the point. Hilariously, neither centre picked up an assist on the play because Edler and Salo went D-to-D and back, which is equivalent of leaving a room and coming back in Castlevania. It resets everything.
  • For the record, yes, one of this game’s most exciting moments was Henrik and Kesler passing the puck back and forth below the goal line. That’s how dry this one was. At one point, I was positive that I was watching a speech.
  • Maxim Lapierre would put the Canucks ahead for good with less than a minute to go in the first period. While the goal was called unassisted, it was the product of a great shot into traffic by Alex Edler and some strong work in front of the goal by Cody Hodgson, who may have poked it to Lapierre. Later, Lapierre dropped the gloves with Cal Clutterbuck and what’s more, he won the fight. It was his second win of the season (according to HockeyFights.com). He fell an assist short of the Gordie Howe hat trick, but he did manage to pick up a five-minute major for spearing in the final minutes. I strongly suggest a goal, a fight, and a dirty penalty forever be named the Lapierre Hat Trick.
  • Lapierre’s spearing penalty came during a strange stretch of reffing to end this game, as Brad Staubitz came by the Vancouver bench with the express purpose of starting something and yet somehow escaped the ensuing scrum without a penalty. Immediately after this, the two teams got into it again in front of the goal, which led to Kevin Bieksa throwing a glove — clearly an attempt to challenge someone to a duel from afar — and getting a 10-minute misconduct for it. Oh, what, so it’s okay to throw a punch but it’s not okay to throw a glove? Hypocrisy, I say.
  • In truth, Bieksa was just trying to stand up for Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis, who was being punched in the face by Cal Clutterbuck. Hamhuis would also pick up a 10-minute misconduct, apparently for allowing this to happen. He didn’t mind. Hamhuis saw that Clutterbuck’s confidence had been shattered after losing a fight to Lapierre and he just wanted to make him feel better.
  • Mason Raymond gave the officials a call they couldn’t possibly get wrong: midway through the second, he took the most obvious penalty in the history of the NHL, snatching Greg Zanon’s stick out of his hands and tossing it away. Evil Raymond strikes again.
  • Shorty and Garrett need to stop talking about Dan Murphy’s Twitter account right now, especially since they clearly have no idea what Twitter is (even though Garrett has an account). I imagine you could hand those two a black box with a blinking light on it and tell them it was Twitter and they’d believe it.
  • John Garrett: “I like Shreddies. You can add sugar.” You can add sugar to a lot of things, Garrett. A thing’s ability to be covered in sugar isn’t a reason to like it. You obviously just like sugar.
  • Quality outing for Ryan Kesler, who went 12-for-17 in the faceoff circle (including 7-for-7 in the first) and scored an empty-netter to extend his goal streak to 5 games. Full credit to Burrows for the feed, which threaded all 5 Wild players to land on Kesler’s stick at the blueline. It was a backhand saucer, just like the one Bitz used to set up Henrik for a goal in the second. Clearly, Burrows is feeling a little threatened. If he bites someone next game, don’t mind him, he’s just acting out.
  • The Canucks won only 7 of 18 defensive zone draws. 6 of those wins came from Manny Malhotra.
  • Speaking of Malhotra, he and Cody Hodgson traded places somewhat on Thursday, with Malhotra moving up to the 3rd line with Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen while Hodgson played between Mike Duco and Maxim Lapierre on the 4th. Both players bought into their new roles, too: Malhotra scored a goal, and Hodgson took two defensive zone faceoffs! Unfortunately, Cody lost them both. On the plus side, this might earn him a promotion back to the third line.
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56 comments

  1. Cody
    February 9, 2012

    Glad someone else picks up on this John Garrett Gold

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  2. peanutflower
    February 9, 2012

    There are more laughworthies in this IWTG than I can shake a stick at.

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  3. sarah
    February 9, 2012

    I’m so confused. Why didn’t the teams take turns taking breakaways on the other team’s goalie like they do every game?

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  4. stathead
    February 9, 2012

    Anyone else surprised that Henrik “Alumantium Man” Sedin not only wasn’t a 3-star selection, but that Canucks fans actually voted him lower than Schneids in that Hard Lemonade fan star selection? 22 saves out of 24 shots is good, but not exactly worth going starry-eyed over, esp as he was caught out of the net & had a giveaway or 2, though he controlled the rebounds well. Props to Hank for playing through the pain!

    And props to the Minnesota fans for voting 2 Canucks as highest stars over their own players.

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  5. mightystickbug
    February 9, 2012

    My favourite comment of the night was Shorty’s. “Like a young Drew Barrymore, he was trying to start a fire in front of the bench.”

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  6. invisibleairwaves
    February 9, 2012

    “Alain Vigneault’s got 99 problems but a Bitz ain’t one.”

    Outstanding.

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    • zach
      February 9, 2012

      my only regret is not getting here faster to write that exact same thing!

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    • Anonymous
      February 10, 2012

      I laughed throughout the IWTG but I had to stop and actually catch my breath because I laughed too hard at “Alain Vigneault’s got 99 problems but a Bitz ain’t one.” Just too perfect. Great work Messr Mooney!

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  7. Kate
    February 9, 2012

    Is it just me or do the Minnesota Wild’s home jerseys/logo look like it should be on a pizza box? Also, one of my favourite parts was when Duco lost his stick (or gave it to Salo) and he was just diving in front of the players with the puck. Good times.

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    • By-Tor
      February 10, 2012

      I was laughing pretty hard at that. Credit to Duco for his willingness to sacrifice himself to stay up with the team.

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  8. Canuckles
    February 9, 2012

    While I’m glad to see you got to the Raymond penalty as suggested, I’m a little surprised you didn’t also mention Garrett’s discussion about experiencing teenage girls.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 9, 2012

      Oh man, I missed that. At some point I just tuned Garrett out. He and Shorty drove me nuts tonight.

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      • By-Tor
        February 10, 2012

        Yeah I think they might have had too much sugar before the game.

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        • Brentals
          February 10, 2012

          and Garrett had Shreddies with his

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      • tom selleck's moustache
        February 10, 2012

        “Oh man, I missed that. At some point I just tuned Garrett out. He and Shorty drove me nuts tonight.”

        That was pretty apparent from your commentator commentary. I actually like them; but your comments were pretty funny,

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      • Cody
        February 10, 2012

        They are getting tired during the midseason grind and a game like this one doesn’t help (even with the goals). Maybe sportsnet should call a mandatory practice and make them refocus their game.

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  9. mikulpepper
    February 9, 2012

    I disagree that this was a boring game. This was the most exciting Canucks game since they played Boston. They actually looked good and they played a decent second period! Let me repeat that: the second period was won by Vancouver. Maybe it’s exciting to watch your team give up three on one breakaways but that isn’t the game I want to see.

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    • Julia
      February 10, 2012

      I’ve found the key is to not be able to watch the games (no VS or whatever it’s called now in my student cable package) and just follow them on Twitter or Team 1040. I actually got to watch this game and it was so exciting!

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      • Andre
        February 10, 2012

        Frankly, we have seen two levels of playing by the Canucks. The Detroit/Boston/Chicago games are intense, well played and exciting to watch. All the other games have them expend the least energy necessary to win. This one was closer to the later category.

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  10. FerenczyRAM
    February 10, 2012

    I learned long ago that watching wild games just aggravate my depression/seasonal mood disorder. Just reading about them here is always much more entertaining. Thanks for your work in fighting depression!

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  11. Shade of Blue
    February 10, 2012

    ‘my goodness Canuck nation, are we ever spoiled’

    I thought that last game when Henrick got hit by the puck. Not only does he provide maverlous Sedin wizardry on a regular basis, but he’s in the line up and a threat every freakin game season after season. He and his brother are just that much more valuable for being so sturdy.

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    • John Andress
      February 10, 2012

      Yeah, but not tough enough apparently. They never punch anybody in the face which, it appears, is the gold standard.

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  12. bea
    February 10, 2012

    I liked the biased comments by John and John during the Lappierre/Clutterbuck fight. What’s up with the super mario mustache?

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    • obituary mambo
      February 10, 2012

      I too found the mustache troubling… In fact, I found myself wanting to hold a mirror up in front of his face and ask “Are you sure — I mean absolutely positive — that you’re comfortable with this look?”

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  13. Phileo
    February 10, 2012

    Nothing like a boring Minnesotan Trap to wake the Canucks up from their unwatchable play of late.
    I don’t know about you, but I’m rooting for Bitz to keep his spot w/ the Sedins. The subsequent line combos (Kess/Burr/Booth, Higgins/Hodgson/Raymond, & Hansen/LaPierre/Malholtra have really interesting possibilities which could sharpen up the whole team (with apologies in advance to Duco and Wiese)

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    • tom selleck's moustache
      February 10, 2012

      I’m also hoping that things work out for Bitz with the Sedins if, for no other reason, it gives viable option if things dry up in the playoffs.

      But the bigger reason is so that, if someone starts screwing with them, then Bitz can be there on the ice to immediately punch them in the face (please let it be Marchand). If he takes a penalty for that, then that’s fine as Burrows can easily fill in for him while he’s serving.

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  14. Ginger
    February 10, 2012

    This IWTG was a million times more entertaining than the actual game, absolutely no hyperbole intended.
    I did laugh after Bieksa threw his glove at Clutterbuck, and then again when Malhotra came flying in to “save” Hamhuis as well. Dan “Community Man” is obviously very loved.
    It was so nice to see Henrik, Lapierre and Manny all score, I half expected Alberts to get the next one.
    I will continue to play “Ballroom Blitz” after every point Bitz gets, regardless of how irritating it becomes.

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  15. akidd
    February 10, 2012

    yes, what a slow game. my favourite garretism of the night was when he let out that huge sigh at an umpteenth icing late third. he must’ve been getting really hungry at that point. then he realized and tunsuccessfuly tried to recover with,”that looks like you skating up the ice, John”

    and i like the idea of burrows and bitz platooning the first line spot because it links thejm together and i can finally make the ‘bitz and bites’ joke i’ve been sitting on.

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    • Matt
      February 10, 2012

      I think of “Kibbles and Bitz”, with the stocky bulldog trotting along singing it in his tough doggy voice.

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  16. By-Tor
    February 10, 2012

    Bitz had a great game. He looked great with the Twins and he crashed the net like the man at the back said “Everyone attack!” It’s, it’s a Byron Bitz!

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    • Andre
      February 10, 2012

      I can see the idea behind AV’s experiment with Bitz and the Sedins. Burrows cannot stay long in front of the net, whereas Bitz can camp there and cannot be ignored. This changes the dynamic of the Sedin cycle because the big D-men must now stay with Bitz instead of positioning to disrupt the cycle. Same as with Big Bert(uzzi).

      So far, so good.

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      • SteveB
        February 10, 2012

        I’m probably being delusional given the small sample size, but as I watched Sedin/Sedin/Bitz play the last few games, I thought I saw a glimmer of the pre-Steve Moore Todd Bertuzzi in Bitz.

        A power forward with decent hands and hockey sense, creating space and time for his line mates. Give the Sedins time & space and wizardry ensues.

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  17. Michael
    February 10, 2012

    The tiny violins are playing for us fans of this team. We’ll be seeing a lot of this for the next few months. Cry, cry cry. It’s the last round of the playoffs that we will be losing our shit over.
    Please let a healthy team meet the Bruins[or whoever, but mostly them]. If Gillis has his way we get to have a lovely team for years to come, cup or no.

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    • obituary mambo
      February 10, 2012

      I’m hoping against hope that Carolina will go on a tear and secure a post season slot as the 7th or 8th seed, as that’s probably what would be needed to ensure a Canes/Bruins match up. Beyond possibility? Probably, but a girl can dream. On the other hand, I would really love to see the Canucks enact some much needed retribution against the horrid Bs (by which I mean sportsmanship-wise, not talent-wise). I’m at a loss as to which would ultimately be more satisfying.

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  18. I'mjustsuggesting
    February 10, 2012

    Fresh off the Presses: Referees/linesmen REFUSE to work Canucks-Wild games. They cite bench dumps, body checks and fists to faces for reasoning.

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  19. tj
    February 10, 2012

    Didn’t Bieksa get into another kerfuffle over a Schneids spear, too? He was very defendy last night. Although I wasn’t quite as bored as you, my comments during the fight were, ‘This is the most boring fight I’ve ever seen?’ and ‘Even Lappy looks bored’, then they even gave up before the ‘refs came in to break it up.’ Patently untrue. So, if Lappy is said to have won this one, it’s pretty sad. Also sad: no one took out Heatley. Although didn’t Shneids almost take a swing at him, or was that McMillan? I think the game frustrated me more than bored me, judging by my reaction.

    Your IWTG, though… Definitely worth the wait. Cheers!

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  20. peanutflower
    February 10, 2012

    What is it about Heatley that every team he’s on turns to crap? He’s such a talented player, but I always felt there’s something wrong that just follows him around.

    Anyway, I didn’t find this game all that boring. Was pleased to see the Canucks showed up for the second period. Did you notice though that the Wild fans booed for simply everything they felt should have been called? Everything. What a bunch of whiners. I guess that’s the place you get to when your team goes from first to close to the bottom. or heading for the bottom.

    Lappy’s fights are hilarious. There’s such a rigamarole about getting all the equipment off and getting to the perfect spot on the ice to begin. It’s like watching an old time boxing match with the fists cocked just right. He did win that one though. He’s definitely getting better. Lapierre has fully turned into a completely different player for the Canucks. I wonder what it is about the Canucks that managed to turn him around.

    Loved Bieka’s glove toss. Don’t you touch my Hammy! Get away! That was an odd series of events and entirely more odd, or odder, penalties resulting.

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    • CanuckFanInSF
      February 10, 2012

      This is one fight where Lappy didn’t turn into a turtle. He deserves props.. he was up against Cal Clutterbuck for crying out loud.

      Gone are the cries of “not the face! not the face!!!!” while shrinking into the fetal position.

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  21. obituary mambo
    February 10, 2012

    “and when I say ‘treated to’ I mean ‘stabbed in the brain with’. Somehow it felt like it lasted twice as long.”

    Not only is this excerpt hilarious, it perfectly encapsulates my feelings. I woke up at 2am for this game and I started to feel as if it would never end. When would I be able to crawl back to bed, content in the knowledge that the ‘Nucks had slapped the Wild down, I wondered. I may have even dozed off once or twice. *blushes* I figured I was probably being overly critical due to my exhaustion, but now it seems I might not have been. Perhaps a more appropriate title for this particular installment would be “I Suffered Through This Game”.

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  22. Dave
    February 10, 2012

    An IT Crowd reference? You guys are awesome.

    This game, however, wasn’t. That being said, I was very happy to see the Canucks actually play better than they have the last few games. Much like an empty-netter can sometimes set a guy on a goal streak, a good game against a bad team might bring the whole team out of their doldrums.

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    • obituary mambo
      February 10, 2012

      I particularly love the fact that the article included the tag “the it crowd is so much better than the big bang theory”. Hee!

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      • sarah
        February 10, 2012

        That’s awesome! I noticed the reference, but not the tag. He’s right: Moss >>>>>> Sheldon.

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  23. yobbei
    February 10, 2012

    I am keeping a close watch on Bitz – he could be our byfuglien.

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  24. madwag
    February 10, 2012

    Mr. Mooney

    There’s no reason to complain
    When Vancouver wins again
    For the record let me state
    Every game cannot be great

    Canucks did what they’d to do
    Scoring five to get the two
    Points they need to win the race
    Or at least to keep apace

    Of the Rangers and the Wings
    And those nasty Boston things
    I know you’d to watch it all
    The Nucks winning in St. Paul

    As you endured mediocre
    I was elsewhere playing poker
    But I not you have need to frown
    I ended up a dollar down

    Whisky Jack

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  25. CanuckFanInSF
    February 10, 2012

    I love how the MN Wild think that there is a “rivalry” going on between the teams. Apparently, Vancouver is “one of those games that you get up for”

    It’s really adorable.

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    • obituary mambo
      February 10, 2012

      Remarkably, I saw an article that listed every team’s top rival, and the numskull who wrote it actually picked Minnesota as Vancouver’s arch nemesis! This rivalry may exist, but it does so only in the minds of the Wild and their fans. Coincidentally, the article also tabbed Detroit as Chicago’s most hated foe. Whoever wrote the thing was clearly neither a Canucks nor a Blackhawks fan (and seemed to have never met one of either variety), or they wouldn’t have gotten it so dead wrong. Red Wings fans do seem to hate the ‘Hawks as much as your average ‘Nucks fan does, but it’s our team that occupies the most prestigious level of hatred as far as ‘Hawks fans (not to mention the team) are concerned.

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  26. J21
    February 10, 2012

    Byron Bitz’s name is so cartoonishly alliterative that I am certain that he is some superhero’s secret identity, if not Batman as such. His net-crashing penalty looked like a crowd-appeasing but incorrect call from what I could tell from the highlights.

    Speaking of crowd-appeasing but incorrect, yeah, someone explain that last sequence of penalties to me again? I didn’t actually see the Lapierre spear — I’m guessing that it couldn’t be anywhere near an actual major since I didn’t see anyone keeled over on the ice clutching his manhood or anything. Moreover, as you mention, Staubitz started the whole thing, and I’m not quite sure how he’s the victim in all that.

    And while you said it in jest, there is something wrong with a league and its culture when symbolically chucking a glove is seen as worse than repeatedly punching an opponent in the face. The way Canuck games have been officiated since Bieksa repeated what he was told here in Ottawa is bordering on the ridiculous, and while it may not be a conspiracy (because people who throw out that word appear not to know what it means), I don’t doubt for a second that there may be a lot of butthurt referees out there being a bit vindictive.

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    • bergberg
      February 10, 2012

      Wait, what was Bieksa told?

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      • J21
        February 10, 2012

        After the game in Ottawa, Bieksa was asked about Chris Neil’s antics, and he casually mentioned what one of the officials told him. I don’t think he was trying to embarrass the guy, though perhaps he was raising a bit of an eyebrow. He said:

        “First shift, I politely asked the ref to keep an eye on Neil. He told me they’re good friends and … he wouldn’t cross the line.”

        Canuck PP opportunities have dried up substantially since then.

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        • obituary mambo
          February 10, 2012

          Very interesting… *she said, stroking her non-existent beard* Thanks for the info.

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  27. puckhead
    February 10, 2012

    ~ Alain Vigneault’s got 99 problems but a Bitz ain’t one. ~

    I love that so much.

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  28. Chicky
    February 10, 2012

    Holy … we won in regulation?

    Oh, and Minny isn’t our most hated rivals. I’ll save that hatefest for Boston and Chitown.

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  29. Chris
    February 10, 2012

    If there’s any justice in the World, John Garrett’s tombstone will read “I like Shreddies. You can add sugar.”

    Though I disagree with you about the Lapierre hat trick. That should be a goal, a dirty penalty, and specifically losing a fight. By winning, Lappy probably should only be 1/3.

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  30. Chris
    February 10, 2012

    I mean 2/3, minus the lost fight, oops.

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  31. Square Ball
    February 10, 2012

    It’s great to have a Byronic Bitz.

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  32. SteveB
    February 11, 2012

    “Mason Raymond gave the officials a call they couldn’t possibly get wrong: midway through the second, he took the most obvious penalty in the history of the NHL, snatching Greg Zanon’s stick out of his hands and tossing it away. Evil Raymond strikes again.”

    Jan Bulis disagrees with that statement:

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