Did the Canucks cross the line with their celebration in Detroit?

It was the quintessential Alex Burrows moment. The game on the line, he found himself with the puck on his stick, skating in alone on the opposing goaltender. And, like he does so often in such situations, the Canucks’ winger converted, unsurprisingly, by way of the backhand move he employs so regularly we call it “Blue Steel“.

I asked him once if he worried that goaltenders were wise to it.

“I’m sure goalies have seen clips of it,” he said. “Personally, I think if I execute it like I can, it’s a tough move to stop.” Clearly, Burrows trusts the backhand shelf like Gordon Bombay trusts the triple deke.

Jimmy Howard soon learned why, as Burrows executed the move perfectly, leaving the Detroit Red Wings’ goaltender on his belly and putting the puck up high to give the Canucks the come-from-behind win. It was the second time in Burrows’s career that he had broken a meaningful streak with the move, so it wasn’t surprising to see him make reference to the last time in his celebratory gesture: to signify the broken streak, he feigned breaking his stick over his knee.

Canuck fans will remember Burrows’s gesture from the dying seconds of a 2009 game versus the Carolina Hurricanes, with the team in the midst of an 8-game losing streak and a 9-game home losing streak. Desperate for a break, Burrows got one, as Ryan Kesler poked a puck into the neutral zone to send him in alone, shorthanded.

He scored the game-winner with trusty ol’ blue steel, then introduced the Vancouver crowd to the stick-breaking gesture:

Considering what that goal meant to the Canucks and their fans, not to mention the fact that it took place in Rogers Arena, it was, without a doubt, the right place and the right time for it.

Thursday night in Detroit, however, may not have been. Jimmy Howard certainly didn’t think so. From Fox Sports Detroit:

After Friday’s practice, Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard was asked if he saw what Burrows did after he scored against him.

“I don’t even pay attention,” Howard said of the Canucks. “They’ve got a bunch of idiots over there. There are only several good guys on that team, and they know who they are.”

Howard was matter-of-fact with his comments and said that he didn’t care if he was quoted.

Shortly after Burrows did it, I wondered aloud if reprising the gesture might be seen as showboating in this case, since it wasn’t the Canucks’ streak being broken and it didn’t happen in front of their fans. You had to know that someone on the Red Wings was going to voice his annoyance with the Canucks’ celebrations.

Furthermore, when you add it to Roberto Luongo’s “Thanks for having us, you’ve been wonderful hosts” gesture as he exited the crease, it’s hard to argue the Canucks didn’t rub it in a little:

(As an aside, considering Luongo’s an Italian, this celebration needed a “Bellisima” gesture at the end. Mind you, in his defense, he was wearing gloves.)

Sure, all of this was welcome, exciting, and downright hilarious to Canuck nation (myself included), but to the Red Wings and their fans (some of whom were weeping as though they’d forgotten what losing at home felt like) it had to be pretty tough to take. The Canucks didn’t just celebrate a win — they reveled in kicking over someone else’s sand castle. If the roles were reversed, we’d all be pretty upset.

In the long run, it doesn’t matter all that much, but the next time someone talks about the Canucks being hated, instances like this are evidence of why. If you’re going to showboat after a win, you’d better be okay with being known as a team that showboats after a win.

The Canucks have done a good job most of this season at being a measured, even-keel team that avoids any attempts to play up regular-season contests as anything more than two points. Against the Red Wings, however, their actions belied any such dismissals going forward. Clearly, some games mean more than others, and Thursday night in Detroit was one of them. Unfortunately, failing to play that down only served to feed the narrative of the Canucks as classless.

Granted, if the rumours of their interest in Steve Ott are any indications, the organization hardly cares.

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77 comments

  1. TucoSalamanka
    February 25, 2012

    as a Canucks fan I thought the Luongo thing was pure comedy, but you cannot even say that about burrows celebration. I don`t believe that it was disrespectful to anyone, just symbolizing the snapping of the streak, be happy you set an NHL record Howard and stop raggin on Burr. Sure we have some idiots and also respectable guys on our team, isn`t that a description of every other team in the NHL (idiots = /$%$ disturbers)

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    • stathead
      February 25, 2012

      Agreed. If the celebrations had been out of line, then there would have been talk at the time. The commentators would have said “Wow, that’s a bit over the top” and Detroit fans posting on the game summary at NHL.com would have mentioned that they thought the celebrations were classless. Instead most of them were congratulating us on the win & complimenting Canucks fans and players on classy play & behaviour.

      The lag time for this to come up shows it’s a media-generated controversy. Reporter after reporter asks leading questions to Howard about the celebration, for example, until he can genuinely start to think it’s that that he feels aggravated about.

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  2. akidd
    February 25, 2012

    you’re probably right, harrison. burrow’s stick-breaking didn’t surprise me too much but lou’s flowery bow certainly raised my eyebrows. “really? a little early for rubbing it in don’t you think, considering the…er…not so distant past,” thought my eyebrows.

    but whachgonnado. the boys seemed pretty loose pre-game as per the hansen video so if they’re having fun i guess it’s all good. but still…it’s playing with fire from a pr perspective.

    players had mentioned that they had that game circled and were hoping that the wings could keep the streak going until they got there. i think the canuck bravado was based on how the wings had to break records to keep pace with the canucks while the canucks cruised sleepily along on one skate. i think the canucks were basically saying, ” is that all you got? because we’ve got way more in the tank.”

    ‘ill-advised’ i’d say but i’m not playing on the team that’s first overall in the NHL.

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    • peanutflower
      February 25, 2012

      I was going to give you a thumbs down, but that “cruised sleepily along on one skate” changed my mind. I sure hope that’s what’s going on.

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      • akidd
        February 25, 2012

        thanks for not thumbing me down peanutflower:) totellthetruth lou’s bow only raised half an eyebrow and for a millisecond as at the time i was busy enjoying the free endorphins. I’m not even sure who he was addressing. from the tv angle it looked like he was directing the gesture towards a bench. his own i thought in a ‘shootout ironic’ kind of way. it was just a flash and then i went back to basking in the victory and my own key role of successfully watching tv from my chair.

        personally, i’m getting tired of the ‘he said, she said’stuff. always with the drama. i’d rather discuss the 2nd line but so far no one has taekn me up on that.

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    • Nick
      February 25, 2012

      Burrows’ pretending to break his stick was a harmless gesture that will amp up what should be an outstanding series if these teams meet in the post-season.

      It wasn’t classless, as Howard told the reporters. Far more classless would have been for Burrows to tell reporters that the Wings are a bunch of idiots, or whatever Howard said.

      Luongo’s bowing to the crowd celebration in front of the Detroit fans was a bit more of a head scratcher. Great goalie, but sometimes he just doesn’t have a very good sense of how his statements about opponents and gestures to their fans are not quite the thing.

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  3. TubaNat
    February 25, 2012

    Sure, I’d be annoyed if it happened to us, but let’s face it – that’s part of what makes watching sport so fun. Besides it’s a bit hypocritical if the media makes a fuss out of a bit of showboating – they spent so much time talking up the home streak (pretty sure you couldn’t read an article on the Red Wings for a fortnight beforehand that didn’t mention it) no wonder the players were so happy to prove that the mighty could fall.
    The way Howard phrased his remark ‘they know who they are’ is a little odd – it’s like the good players are keeping it a secret from everyone else and not coming forward.

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  4. TucoSalamanka
    February 25, 2012

    Luongo did his best Jesus impression there. Hallelujah

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  5. Mark
    February 25, 2012

    If the Canucks had celebrated with the highest degree of sportsmanship by sending Jimmy Howard a nice gift basket with three different kinds of marmalade to his dressing room, the colour of the ribbon the Canucks tied it up in would be criticized.

    When it comes to this team, there’s no pleasing anyone.

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    • stathead
      February 25, 2012

      WIN!!! Best comment.

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  6. Timmy Wong
    February 25, 2012

    I say let them eat cake.

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  7. peanutflower
    February 25, 2012

    I already got myself flamed over at another board (that I failed to recognize as a Wings place :( ) but I’ll say a couple of things. I hardly think that Burrow symbolically breaking his stick majors any kind of media attention and outrage whatsoever — and don’t even think of bringing up the BUT HE BIT crap. There are tons of examples of way more extroverted showboating from everywhere in the league and I see it as a complete non-starter. THe Wings and their fans must surely know that the streak was going to end some time and to get all pissy about it and pick on everyone’s favourite whipping boy as “classless” is really just plain, well, classless IMO.

    As to Luongo, someone please tell me how many times Luongo has celebrated since 2007. I bet there’s not too many times. The two times that he has lately have been in shoot out wins, which as we all know have been old Boo Luongo’s nemesis, the bane of his existence. Can you honestly blame him for that in Detroit? He stopped EVERY SHOT IN THE SHOOTOUT. Yes, that deserves caps. Personally, I love it, but then I’m a fan so I would. I like to see old Bobby Lu be a happy camper. Happy campers stop more shots, I’m thinking.
    So I just say pooey on all the naysayers. It’s just sour grapes and one more reason to fuel the Canuck hater’s little pile o’ fire.

    I agree with TubaNat — this was a media-fueled hype, as usual, so don’t then get down on the winners for rejoicing. What would have been a good celebration anyway? I don’t think the Canucks would get any luv from anyone regardless of what they did or didn’t do. I must say that I’m pretty heartily sick of the “classless” comments though. I think I’d better stop now.

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    • Nee
      February 25, 2012

      Exactly. Does the media really need to overthink something that happened in-the-moment? Like I said below, celebrating when you’re ending something that was very special to the other side…that’s going to bother them. Fair enough. I would feel the same. But I think it’s unfair for the media (not including PITB…love you guys!) elsewhere to make some kind of drama out of in-the-moment reactions seems unfair. It’s not like Lu and Burr planned their reactions.

      That’s over the top, IMO.

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      • stathead
        February 25, 2012

        Actually, I like PITB but think they’re being unfair here. It’s like that classic media claim:”Why do athletes always give canned speeches? It would be so refreshing if they’d bring out their personality and say what’s on their mind.” [So that we can write articles dissecting every word, criticizing, and bringing it up forever after... tyre pumping, anyone.]

        I don’t see why people want to see athletes behaving like future presidential candidates, afraid to even celebrate in case it might offend someone.

        If it was a prolonged taunt, this criticism might have some purpose. As it is, this is nothing but that preteen mock-shock/fake horror that we showed in school when someone got called to the principal’s office, generating drama for the sake of it.

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        • Harrison Mooney
          February 25, 2012

          Here’s the thing: I don’t really have a problem with what Burrows or Luongo did. I’m just looking at why the Red Wings and their fans would, and asking if the Canucks should be doing stuff like this. That said, I love stuff like this. I wish more teams did it.

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    • peanutflower
      February 25, 2012

      I’m addenduming myself — after reading a few Wings blogs today I’m now sort of getting the sense that the Wings and their fans are a pretty self-entitled bunch. I guess they’re, well, entitled to be that way after so many years at the top, but it would explain sort of why they don’t take kindly to anyone dissin’ the team.

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    • Nick
      February 25, 2012

      Burrows’ celebration was NOT a personal insult and not really much different than all of the fist pumping in the air that Howard is known.

      All it did was add to the intensity and hype when these teams meet again.

      The reporters are all over this and blowing it way out of proportion because that’s what reporters do … they overreact and spin stories to make things sound far more glorious or far worse than they really are.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 25, 2012

      BUT HE BIT ;-)

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  8. J
    February 25, 2012

    It’s funny that I heard Boston fans chirping the Canucks on twitter for their muted celebrations ( HNIC highlighted this in Van-Tor game). And now Howard is criticizing them for showboating. Was it a little much? Perhaps. But, there was such a build-up to the game, that a little over-exuberance is to be expected. Frankly if the roles had been reversed and a Red Wings player had done that, I would’ve thought it was funny and that would be that. Maybe that’s just me though.This narrative is getting quite tiresome, to the point where I just want the Canucks to go full heel and embrace playing the villain. If people are going to nitpick and look for things to hate about the Canucks, they should really give them something to hate.

    I agree with one of the other commenters, Howard’s comments were strangely phrased. “There are only several good guys on the team”? Is he trying to say there are only a few good guys on that team or is he trying to say there are several good guys on that team excluding the “idiots”?

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  9. Nee
    February 25, 2012

    I get that if the shoe was on the other foot, it would be irritating. But I think the team had the right to be a bit excited by something no other team had done since November 3.

    Both Lu and Burr’s celebrations were in the moment, so I don’t really have a problem with it. They were reacting at the moment of winning. I get that. And so often, the criticism of hockey today is that the players act robotically, without personality.

    Yeah, in retrospect maybe it wasn’t a great thing to do. But I don’t want us to get to the point of neutering any signs of personality, or hints of emotion, in the game.

    So to me, Howard’s comments are just sour grapes. While Lu and Burr were reacting in the moment, perhaps a bit to forcefully, Howard had the benefit of a few days to reflect, and then chose to make that “idiots” comment. That seems more disrespectful to me.

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    • stathead
      February 25, 2012

      Exactly- not a prolonged taunt. Just a celebration in the moment, and everyone looking for something to pretend to find controversial so they can draw out the presence of the game for a bit.

      Why do you guys want players to act like politicians in the 2 seconds after winning a shootout, PITB? Not a rhetorical question. Why don’t they get 2 seconds to go “Woo-hoo!” in the manner of their choice?

      Maybe someone should start a website with “approved” celebrations! You may pump the fist up to twice, but no more as that’s disrespectful, etc.

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      • peanutflower
        February 26, 2012

        Yes, like Harrison’s Puck Daddy hockey hug blogs — hockey celebrations of the week instead.

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  10. Deb
    February 25, 2012

    I don’t believe they were really “rubbing in” anything…Burr is always passionate during a game. The guy woo’ing and high fiving also whoops it up when he scores a gamewinner – it’s just how he rolls (sometimes even on his back). I don’t think the actions were directed AT the Red Wings as much as they were over an emotional win that put the team in first place.

    And Lu – in knowing the flack he’s taken and struggles he’s had with shootouts…I read it more as a “Thank God”/whew moment as he seems to be turning the corner with that aspect of the game.

    This team wears their hearts on their sleeves but not without good reason…theirs has been a turbulent ride and they’ve battled a lot of obstacles along the way. So yes, they have moments where it all comes pouring out. But I don’t find fault in that.

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    • Laplace
      February 26, 2012

      100% agree, I didn’t think the thumbs up button was enough.

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  11. sarah
    February 25, 2012

    Yah, they’re not the most sportsman-like moves, but it seemed to be in good jest and we already know Lu’s thoughts on the Lady Bing award. It was obviously a built up game and Burr and Lu were excited about snapping the Wings record setting streak.

    That said, if the Canucks meet the Wings in the playoffs, they better be able to back it up with their play because the Wings would probably welcome the chance to return it. Fortunately, I think the Canucks can. Honestly, I’m hoping for a Wings/Canucks WCF match-up. I’m guessing it would make for some pretty awesome hockey.

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    • peanutflower
      February 25, 2012

      And that’s not forgetting that the general non-Canuck, media, and everyone else’s consensus is that the Canucks only won because Datsyuk was not playing. Right? Let’s not forget that. They don’t stand a hope in hell of winning against Datsyuk ;)

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  12. steven
    February 25, 2012

    Am I the only person who thinks that Jimmy Howard sounds and looks like Jay of Jay and Silent Bob fame?

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  13. Gabrielle
    February 25, 2012

    I thought the Red Wings were supposed to be legendarily classy and stuff… this surprises me. But hey. It was in the moment. I’ll compare it to the Canucks’ bench reaction when Daniel tied it: guys were literally jumping up and down and hugging each other as though we’d won a huge playoff game. It was out of pure joy and exhilaration that the celebrations came to be.

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    • Nee
      February 25, 2012

      Exactly.

      Jagr has done his ‘salute’ to opposing fans a couple times this year, and it wasn’t even for big games. (most recently, he did it in Winnipeg). And yet, no one makes a big deal about that. Patrick Kane has been known to add a post-goal flourish. Same with alot of star players.

      And Lu’s not the only goalie to have celebrated after a good win (which he doesn’t even normally do)…Carey Price does that frequently, as the most notable example.

      It’s just really not a big deal, IMO. Especially since it’s not something the team makes a habit of doing. They just got swept up in the moment.

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      • Nee
        February 25, 2012

        I should add that if I felt the Canucks had done something wrong, I would have no problem calling them out. I hated when Burr bit Bergeron last year.

        I’m not blinded by the blue and green…though I am infected with the disease : ).

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  14. lORTIMER
    February 25, 2012

    All the moral comments are hilarious you don’t get ‘it’….sports is ENTERTAINMENT…duh?

    and both Luongo and Burrows were terrific at entertaining/enraging the audience..

    its theater, it sells tickets…If they hate you they still are talking about you..

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  15. Gabrielle
    February 25, 2012

    Not to mention Jimmy Howard sounded pretty bitter.

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  16. Dave Robinson (@dcrwrites)
    February 25, 2012

    If any other team had broken the streak their players would have acted similarly. No, it didn’t respect the Red Wings’ feelings about the streak, but that’s not their job. Lu celebrated a perfect shootout – and can you blame him? And Burr celebrated a big win.

    Perfectly normal behavior.

    People need to put on their big girl panties and deal with it.

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    • LaLou
      February 25, 2012

      Agreed. Perfectly normal behavior. As is Howard’s. Who wouldn’t be upset with the Canucks for breaking their streak and loving it?

      The Red Wings are an amazing team and deserving of great respect. But when we beat them the other night, I yelled “Suck it Detroit!”, because darn it, that’s how I felt.

      Burr and Lu are allowed to celebrate. Howard’s allowed to be pissed off about it. That’s the deal.

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      • Ablefish
        February 25, 2012

        (I’ve actually been yelling “Suck it Phaneuf!” at all sorts of odd times ever since the All-Star game.)

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  17. Chris
    February 25, 2012

    Would the Wings prefer the Canucks just skated off quietly like they’d just beaten the Blue Jackets? A team that beats the best home team in the history of the league in dramatic fashion on their home ice deserves to celebrate. Howard’s sour grapes are more childish than anything the Canucks did.

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  18. RG
    February 25, 2012

    Maybe if the entire Canucks team had stood at centre ice and mimicked Burr, we’d have a problem.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 25, 2012

      That would have been AMAZING

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  19. zach
    February 25, 2012

    and every time I see something like this, I understand more and more why other fans/teams hate us

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    • peanutflower
      February 25, 2012

      You are joking, right? You forgot the little smiley face, right? These two little minor examples of joy and you jump right on the Canuck hating bandwagon? Seriously, that’s just not right. The Canucks are pretty restrained in their showboating and these were certainly not particularly egregious examples of anything remotely bad. Just get yerself right back off that particular wagon…

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      • Harrison Mooney
        February 25, 2012

        Well, there’s nothing wrong with understanding why other teams hate the Canucks. Doesn’t mean that you have to hate them. Thing is, I get it. In some cases I think it’s overblown (like I said in the post, I don’t think this is THAT big a deal), and sometimes I think it’s just mindlessly plugged into the narrative, but I get it.

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        • peanutflower
          February 25, 2012

          You’re right. I apolog — no, wait, I’m not going to apologize quite yet — why does something like Burrows’ stick thing and Luongo’s little bow dance even enter into why a team or anyone should hate the Canucks? It just seems there are too many things that the Canucks are allegedly guilty of that every other team does as well. Every other team. No one is any different and some are way worse. So no, I retract my apology. I’ll give it a half apology instead.

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          • Harrison Mooney
            February 25, 2012

            Ha. No need for any apology. We can disagree on this. I framed the post as a question anyway.

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            • stathead
              February 25, 2012

              With respect to the best hockey bloggers around, I think you’re being disingenuous to say you framed the post as a question. You know about leading questions as well as loaded questions. If you took a quick street survey, I’m sure you clever men know that you’d get very different results from the question “Did the Canucks cross the line?” than with the question “Was the celebration an innocent well-meaning move in the moment?” Both questions create an image and plant an idea, slanting the results that come out.

              No section of the article that puts forward the idea that this was only a spontaneous, exuberant gesture, like all celebrations. No part that says it was not a prolonged taunt, being less than a second for Burrows, and aimed at his own bench for Luongo. It doesn’t point out that some fans like to see honest celebration just like we like to see fights, regardless of whether it’s very gentlemanly.

              What about links to similar and more prolonged celebrations by other teams, showing that everyone does it? What about linking to the game recap, where Detroit fans posted praise of Canucks and enjoyment of the game, and where the very few people who criticized the celebrations have net negative comment rating with Wings fans stepping in to defend Burrows? (NB these comments don’t appear right after the game, either.)
              http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020902&navid=sb:recap

              You put forward the suggestion that the celebrations were “classless” and defended this position.

              It’s your right to do that in a blog post, but to claim then that you were “framing it as a question” is very Slytherin. (So, thumbs up to that bit of cunning.)

              And I disagree – if we’d lost and they celebrated like that, it wouldn’t give me a happy feeling (am very tired of the image of Chara raising the cup over his head), but I wouldn’t say it was a classless move and I’d think they & Chara were right to celebrate. Weird, dishonest posturing not to.

              Surely it’s more disrespectful to the Red Wings if they’d acted like it was no big deal.

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      • zach
        February 25, 2012

        ok hang on – first of all, maybe I should rephrase what I meant – the Canucks are no worse than a hand full of other teams who have players who often do things like this. I have played hockey all my life, and any time somebody beats you and then rubs it in your face it made me mad. Do I care that the Canucks are hated? no. Did I say I hate the Canucks? no. I simply stated that I understand why fans and teams around the league dislike our team. We win, we have players who are notorious for getting under others skin, and certainly there is no lack of confidence or arrogance on this team. Is it a bad thing? certainly not. Probably means that you’re a pretty good hockey club. I am a die hard Canuck fan just like you, but as a hockey fan, I know that if I were a Red Wings fan, I probably wouldn’t like this celebration too much. Think about how the Wings felt when Lu gestured “thank you for your hospitality” to the entire bench. If I were the Wings, I probably would have been calling him an idiot. Now, granted, we are no worse than anyone else, and when things like this happen, it just adds fuel to the fire. And finally, I will restate what I said – every time I see something like this, I understand more and more why other teams/fans hate us. Maybe you should think about it first before you jump down my neck. good day.

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  20. cathylu
    February 25, 2012

    I personally loved both Lu and Burr’s reactions, especially Lu’s. I agree with the above commenter who said it seemed more like a “Thank God I survived another shoot-out” gesture. I’m guessing I could go to Youtube and find hundreds of goal celebration videos that are more “showboat-y” than Burr’s.

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  21. Lisa
    February 25, 2012

    Haters gonna hate!

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    • Nee
      February 25, 2012

      Taters gonna tate!

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  22. Jo
    February 25, 2012

    I’m sure the “most over rated team in the league” label was in the back of their minds too.

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  23. s
    February 25, 2012

    Since when are we supposed to care about what Howard thinks? If this was coming from Lidstrom it’d mean something I guess but nobody seemed to bring this up when the Blackhawks were “showboating” their way to a stanley cup. Once again another double standard that goes against the Canucks, can’t believe the CBC has been starting to defend us lately.

    For the record, the league needs this so Byfuglien taunting GM Place is just as okay in my books as this.

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  24. Nick
    February 25, 2012

    Bottom line for me is that I couldn’t care less what other teams’ players and fans think of the Canucks.

    If the shoe was on the other foot and somehow the Flames or Leafs were in the finals, I wouldn’t suddenly convert to becoming a fan of those teams after years and years of cheering against them. Not a chance.

    If you’re in Boston or Chicago or Calgary or wherever, and you’re slagging the Canucks, I really couldn’t care less … and this probably what you should be doing if you’re a rabid fan of your own team.

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  25. Matt
    February 25, 2012

    The Canucks went into Detroit wanting to be the team who broke the Red Wings streak. After an intense contest that had a last gasp goal and then went the distance to a shoot out; I’m not surprised the Canucks were feeling emotional when they came out victorious.

    They went in there wanting to prove they would snap the streak. They snapped the streak. Burrows just made that very clear.

    It’s not classless, they had a record to stop and they celebrated when they stopped it.

    Plus, in the heat of the moment, after an emotional game like that one, an action where you would normally go “hmm, maybe this isnt a great idea” becomes “YES LETS DO THIS”, so we can’t blame them for being excited.

    On another note, I’d die of glee if the Canucks got Steve Ott. He’d be perfect.

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  26. Chris
    February 25, 2012

    How did Howard make it to the NHL if his skin is so paper thin?

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  27. Lenny
    February 25, 2012

    Dustin Byfuglien. Enough said.

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  28. superreggie
    February 25, 2012

    I have another theory… there’s actually a lot of Canucks fans in the audience… you can hear them. Now, for me, I really don’t see what the big deal is with the stick breaking. The Luongo thing, if it was taunting the fans… it’s, like, a magnitude above the Burroughs move in tactlessness. I mean, you score a goal, you are allowed to celebrate with your team. Luongo was gesturing to the crowd. If it was intended to goad them, then, yes, there is (finally) an actual real reason to hate the Canucks (I’ve really been trying to find a valid reason)

    BUT, I suspect it was a gesture to a contingent of Canucks fans, because I can hear a lot of positive hootin’ and hollerin’ (god bless ‘em)…

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  29. John Andress
    February 25, 2012

    Small minded quibbling in my opinion. Watch the end of the match in which the Red Wings achieved the record. There was a bit of celebration going on then. On the one hand the the Canucks are criticized for not being tough enough and on the other hand, when they prove that accusation to be a load of rubbish by winning a pressure-filled, meaningful, hotly contested game, they are criticized for enjoying the moment too much. But I suppose it is an off day with no game so something has to be written about. This is a trifle too insignificant an issue for me to worry about.

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    • Nee
      February 25, 2012

      “quibbling”, “trifle”

      I like the cut of your jib, sir.

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  30. superreggie
    February 25, 2012

    It’s like they can’t even just enjoy winning a game without getting •••t upon. It’s like having your mom tell you to keep it down at your birthday party. Why oh why does everyone dump on the Canucks so much? My only explanation is in Howard’s comments: clearly sour grapes.

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    • stathead
      February 26, 2012

      Well, it can’t be sour grapes since even their own bloggers do it! Force of habit, maybe?

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  31. SteveB
    February 25, 2012

    Classless showboating would’ve been an Anisimovian sniper rifle gesture at Howards.
    This was pretty harmless.
    Get over it, critics.

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  32. JeffR
    February 25, 2012

    Nothing disrespectful at all. Kind of makes you wish reporters would stop trying to make stories out of nothing and being S&$t disturbers

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    • RG
      February 25, 2012

      Bloggers =/= reporters.

      Analysis of the team you breathe for is allowed, and judging from the PITB following, very much encouraged by this rabid fanbase.

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      • stathead
        February 26, 2012

        Sure, but it’s a pretty one-sided analysis, in fairness, in this particular article.

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  33. Raftgeek
    February 25, 2012

    I think more then wanting to break the streak Detroit had going they just wanted to beat Detroit. Detroit force feed us our lunch last time we played at Rogers Arena. I think they want to make a statement we are the best team in the west still. This Spring you are gonna have to come through us if you want to prove us wrong. Lou was getting it pretty good from the crowd not usual for any arena but that coupled with his perceived or real lack of success in shootouts and playing the very talented Red Wings 7-2 now I think his celebration was totally okay. Burr nothing wrong with that either, no worse then Buf an very years ago. Go Canucks, GO

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    • Chris
      February 25, 2012

      Yeah, it’s funny how fans like to taunt and boo and tease all day long and then get really touchy when the other team wins and gets to enjoy it.

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  34. I'mjustsuggesting
    February 26, 2012

    Meh. No one would have even talked about the so-called ‘celebration’ if it hadn’t’ been the Vancouver Canucks.

    The haters will pick a apart every action and comment from a Canucks player or coach – it’s the nature of being on top with an ‘alleged’ history that they have in some circles.

    As for the Lu celebration, I thought he was thanking his team for ending the shoot out in a quick fashion vs having to go 3 more rounds.

    Either way, this team will be measured how it does this year in the playoffs – not in 1 game during the reg season.

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  35. sox/canucks fan
    February 26, 2012

    Within hours of the Burrows/Luongo celebratory release Wings blogger George Malik called the Canucks “self absorbed” and “assholes.” Getting beat by the Canucks pisses teams off. Luongo ironically gestures to his team on the bench about looking decent in the skills competition. The Sedins are *soft* and that makes their ability to render opponents helpless maddening. Despite skill and clean play, this narrative isn’t gonna change, so bring it on. Ott would look good in the blue and green.

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  36. Tired in NS
    February 26, 2012

    Loved the gestures at the time.
    Upon further reflection, Harrison’s assertion is correct in that neither does anything to quiet the rhetoric of the “much hated Canucks”.
    Moreover, Luongo knows first hand the dangers of improper tire-pumping.
    Will this explode in a stick-breaking, crowd serenading mess in the Western Conference Finals?

    After last year’s heartbreak, I prefer the path of least resistance.

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  37. Mt
    February 26, 2012

    Luongo’s celebration was fine, he was just pumped, maybe a bit goofy/awkward/classic Lu.
    The stick on knee? A bit of a dick-move/classic Burr. It’s not celebrating Vancouver’s win but Detroit’s loss.

    I love the competitiveness of wanting a chance to beat the hot team. That was just a poor way of expressing it.

    Funny though.

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  38. Jim
    February 26, 2012

    I know if the shoe had been on the other foot, I might have grumbled about it, but I wouldn’t take any major offense to it. Burrows’ celebration was clearly about breaking the streak, but I though Luongo’s was more of a ‘Hey guys! I did well in a shootout! LOL’ than a ‘Suck it Detroit, I am God!’.

    All this means is the next time the Canucks and Wings meet up – please, please let it be in the WCF – we’ll have something else to talk about beyond the fact that these are two very good teams. If Howard is angry about it, let him be – the Canucks were upset when Byfuglien taunted our crowd, so it’s only fair. However, notice how Chicago still went on to win the cup that year…

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  39. Cathylu
    February 26, 2012

    Goals ARE TO BE CELEBRATED! I love it when we score a goal on the road but I so miss hearing our goal song and fans celebrating.

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  40. Max
    February 26, 2012

    The only team that comes out of this looking badly are the Red Wings. If they are so sensitive, maybe they should stay in the locker rooms and sit in the showers to cry. Jimmy Howard especially, I have no respect for any more. Those kind of comments should not be made after a loss, you come off like a sore loser with a fragile ego. They’re gonna get punished in the playoffs.

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  41. Lenny
    February 26, 2012

    Howard: ““I don’t even pay attention,” Howard said of the Canucks. “They’ve got a bunch of idiots over there. There are only several good guys on that team, and they know who they are.”

    So there are only several guys on our team who are NOT behaving properly, so not bad I say.

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  42. sukher
    February 26, 2012

    Another great article. If if was any other team, it would be just in fun and no big deal. In fact Det could probably take it as a compliment that Van got SO jacked for this game. But with the ridiculous (high school like) jealousy in the NHL against the Canucks, it may be smart not to do things like that so overtly. You dont need to give your potential playoff opponents extra motivation.

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  43. Steveston Mark
    February 26, 2012

    Hmm… I thought the Wings were made of somewhat sterner material. Perhaps the Canucks should start saying ‘so sorry’, and ‘excuse me’ when they score steak-breaking shootout winners on such a “classy” team.

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  44. vancouver0cups
    February 27, 2012

    hopefully burrows will be able to snap that stick again, if, Vancouver can break their franchise record of no cups won streak. now that will be a real celebration lmao

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  45. Chicky
    February 27, 2012

    Please, we all know that had Detriot pulled off the win against the Canucks that there would’ve been calamari confetti all over that ice. This was a brilliant game, played by awesome teams. If other teams want to go ahead and believe that we’re ‘overrated” by all means, bring it on.

    Howard just sounds bitter. Bitter, table of one please….

    I think that if these two met post season it would be a helluva showdown. IMO Boston, on the other hand, doesn’t have enough class to fill up Howards’ baby toe nail, so I’m cool with the bitter.

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