It was a slow first period Sunday in the Canucks’ afternoon tilt with the Dallas Stars. When the horn sounded, the shots were 8-6 Vancouver, but you’d be hard-pressed to remember any of them. In recent years, with Marc Crawford coaching the team, these games have been played at a fairly nice clip, but with the Stars’ new system under Glen Gulutzan, this one was reminiscent of the 2007 playoff series between the two teams (which, coincidentally, is where the “Pass it to Bulis” name comes from).
But there was one standout moment. With four minutes to go in the period, the Stars went offside near the Vancouver bench, and when the camera cut to Alain Vigneault shortly thereafter, he was caught cracking up so badly he had to cover his face with his lineup card:
It took Vigneault nearly a full minute to compose himself. What was so funny? What could cause the Canucks’ bench boss to break like Jimmy Fallon in the Debbie Downer sketch? Did Vigneault start thinking about Gob Bluth’s chicken dance? Was famous nerd Cody Hodgson doing Monty Python lines at the bench? Did someone pass gas hilariously?
According to Dan Murphy, Stars’ forward Vernon Fiddler’s “Angry Bieksa” impression is just that good:
Apparently AV laughing fit (as well as Bieksa breaking up) has to do with Vernon Fiddler doing a Kevin Bieksa “angry face” impression.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 26, 2012
Okay, that really is hilarious. We’ve noted Bieksa’s remarkable grumpy face in the past, so it’s good to see we’re not the only ones mining it for comedy. As source material goes, it’s pretty solid. Murphy added that Fiddler’s been doing this impression since he was a member of the Nashville Predators, and, clearly, it remains very, very funny to Vigneault. And considering the cameras caught Bieksa chuckling as well, he likes it too.
UPDATE: Derek Jory at Fort Nucks has provided us with a decent photo of Fiddler’s Juice-face:
Clearly more of an homage than a full-on impression.
Vigneault has cracked up a few times before, most notably during a postgame press conference when someone suggested that famously docile Kyle Wellwood was playing “like a man possessed.”
But, until now, we’ve never seen the Canucks’ bench boss break down into a fit of laughter during a game. He should do it more often. Laughter’s good for the heart.Tags: angry bieksa, Dallas Stars, hilarity, no one breaks like jimmy fallon, vernon fiddler is funny, Vigneault