I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens, March 10, 2012

The Canucks had a strong first period in this one, outshooting the Montreal Canadiens by a margin of 15-5. Unfortunately, Carey Price held his team in the game, stopping all 15 shots. If he hadn’t done so, this game would have been very different, most notably because Vancouver would have gone into the second intermission with a 15-goal lead.

That would have been a fun “I Watched This Game” to write. But, sadly, that’s not how this game went down. Instead, this “I Watched This Game” tells of a game in which the Canucks scored 14 fewer goals. I watched this game.

Canucks 1 – 4 Canadiens

  • People are making a big deal about the Sedins’ scoring slump, and it’s clear that these aren’t the same twins we’re used to. I’ll tell you what’s got me concerned: their minor penalty slump. Shockingly, neither Captain Hook nor Assistant Captain Hook has been whistled for a stick infraction in 7 games. These aren’t the same guys, and frankly, I think the scoring slump might be caused by the penalty slump. I hypothesize that Daniel and Henrik use the two minutes of solitude to plot their wizardousness.
  • Some are going to cite the above stat as evidence that the Sedins just aren’t into these games, but here’s a stat that runs contrary to that notion: For all his non-effort, Henrik Sedin had 4 hits tonight, tied for the game-high in hits among both teams. Yeah, that’s never happening again.
  • Alex Burrows and Chris Campoli seemed to be getting under one another’s skin quite a bit in this one. It surprised me because, after last April, I was under the impression they worked well together.
  • I would wager that Campoli’s issue with Burrows was the direct result of Burrows reminding Campoli of that incident. But, speaking of reminders, Burrows took one of his own in this game. When the two took offsetting minor penalties midway through the third, I couldn’t help but notice Burrows skating to the penalty box with a red glove under his arm. That’s right: he stole Chris Campoli’s glove. Considering the history between these two guys, I choose to interpret this as a sign of affection, especially since that’s what it is when John Brooke steals Meg’s glove in Little Women.
  • There were a ton of Montreal Canadiens fans in the crowd for this game, which confirms my suspicions that even Montrealers would rather live in Vancouver.
  • This was an All-Canadian affair, but when Ryan Kesler’s line opened the scoring midway through the second, I began to wonder if it was going to be co-opted by an American entity, like when Wendy’s bought Tim Horton’s. They were excellent up to that point, controlling the play in the first and finally being rewarded for it in the second. But they weren’t the sole reason the Canucks got the goal: Montreal’s coverage was brutal. While P.K. Subban is the defender that leaves Ryan Kesler’s wing wide open for the quick wrister, he’s actually not the one to blame here. He had to come over on David Booth after Alexei Emelin overplayed Chris Higgins, and Subban wouldn’t even have had to do that if Lars Eller hadn’t misplayed David Booth at the beginning of the breakout. Hockey lesson: if you screw up the defensive coverage on all three members of a scoring line, a goal is likely to follow.
  • P.K. Subban can play like such a twerp sometimes.
  • I suspect the referees were on strike tonight. Or maybe their whistles were. If not, then this was one of the worst officiated games of the season. The officials overlooked penalties aggressively. One exchange that had me dropping my jaw came in the second when Max Pacioretty crosschecked Alex Edler into the boards from behind. After there was no call, Edler realized martial law had been declared and proceeded to grab Pacioretty’s stick, then Pacioretty himself, and then crosscheck Pacioretty in the back multiple times. All of this happened with the official staring on and doing nothing, as though he was back in officiating school, watching a video on what a penalty was.
  • The lack of calls made it especially facepalm-inducing when the Canucks earned two consecutive penalties for clearing the puck over the glass in the third period, leading to P.K. Subban’s 5-on-3 goal to put the game out of reach. The first was a pretty standard call, but the second was Carollesque nonsense, as Chris Higgins swatted a puck out of mid-air, only to have it unintentionally go yard. They were the right calls by the book, but the officials had been going off-book the entire game like a troupe of veteran actors. It was frustrating to see the Canucks get beaten by moronically strict officiating after a game of strictly moronic officiating.
  • We had a few people tweet us saying that the Higgins penalty shouldn’t have been a penalty. False. From the NHL rulebook: When any player, while in his defending zone, shoots or bats (using his hand or his stick) the puck directly (non-deflected) out of the playing surface, except where there is no glass, a penalty shall be assessed for delaying the game. That was definitely an at-bat from Higgins. Sure, he didn’t intend to go yard, but unintentional home runs happen. And sure, his batting stance wasn’t exactly textbook, but I’ve seen worse, because I’ve seen Kevin Youkilis.
  • But don’t get me wrong. It’s still a stupid penalty. In the offensive zone, if a player bats a puck out of the air and into the goal, it makes the highlight reel every time, because it’s nigh impossible to swat the puck out of mid-air and put it where you want it. And yet, it’s a penalty in the defensive zone, where it’s suddenly assumed every player has the hand-eye of sensei Miyagi and the capacity for evil of Johnny Lawrence.
  • Zack Kassian had his first fight as a Vancouver Canuck. It was with Brad Staubitz, formerly of the Minnesota Wild. If pressed, I’d probably give the decision to Staubitz, but Kassian won me over with the tongue waggle he gave the Rogers Arena crowd after the tilt. Not since Shane O’Brien have we seen such delicious, post-fight mugging. Could Kassian be capable of bringing back the famed double gun salute in the postseason? This is an encouraging sign. So is this.
  • Roberto Luongo can’t let Erik Cole’s backhander beat him 13 seconds into the third period. Unfortunately, this message is three hours too late. Also, he doesn’t read this blog so he wouldn’t get it anyway.
  • The pairing of Chris Tanev and Marc-Andre Gragnani hasn’t paid any massive dividends over their first two games together, but we can assume they’ll be getting a few more looks nonetheless. They look fantastic together and Alain Vigneault seems to approve, as the duo got 16 minutes of even-strength icetime together. They move the play forward like rising action.
  • I didn’t like Alex Edler’s game tonight for two reasons. First, he was defensively suspect, finishing a well-earned minus-2. He was to blame on both goals, allowing Louis Leblanc to beat him along the side boards on the Geoffrion’s 2-1 tally and making an ill-advised pinch on Erik Cole’s 4-1 knockout punch. But second, I didn’t like his complete lack of physicality. Edler is supposed to be the big checker in that top four, and this was a game that necessitated a big check. He finished with zero hits. Bieksa and Hamhuis finished with seven between them, but if Gragnani and Tanev are going to stick, Ham-Juice can’t be the only defensive pairing providing physicality. When Henrik Sedin finishes with four more hits than Alex Edler in a game, something has gone horribly awry.
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37 comments

  1. Chazz Ranger
    March 11, 2012

    *sits in the corner crosslegged, wringing hands and rocking back and forth*
    NO WORRIES THIS IS ALL JUST PART OF THE PLAN DON’T FLIP THE POOL NO WORRIES THIS IS ALL JUST PART OF THE PLAN DON’T FLIP THE POOL

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    • tj
      March 11, 2012

      My mom called me last night 5 mins into the third, while I was trying to breathe deep and go zen. She was damn near hysterical and so did not take kindly to me suggesting she calm down, and stop only blaming Luongo. (That I defend him at all sends her into orbit).

      But the thing is, if Montreal plays their hardest in a meaningless game by banging and crashing, and the Canucks can’t get past them because of the officiating and a few guys not producing, we’re going to have some difficulty in the playoffs. It’s not pool-flipping time, but it’s worrisome.

      Did the new folks shake up the chemistry of the team, as my mom insists? Are there injuries no one’s acknowledging? One month from playoffs, all the top teams are slumping, I reminded her in my best zen-holler. She was not comforted and I’m afraid I won’t be getting a free lunch next time we meet.

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      • Nick
        March 11, 2012

        It’s going to be tough few days for Luongo apologists.

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      • Nick
        March 11, 2012

        It’s time to bring the “stopper” back in net several games and stop this skid.

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  2. Brent
    March 11, 2012

    Glad I stayed up to read this. In a really bad mood after finishing watching the PVR’ed game. Mood was slightly better after watching Community Man talk about doing..well..community things (but we need to find out more about this Christmas tree thing!). But feel better after reading this. Ya Lou looked bad on the first cole goal, but I thought he played pretty good otherwise. I assume Schnider will be in on Wednesday, need to rest Lou and give Schnider some more starts. Agree with you on Edler, he was brutal defensively, again. I am actually less worried about the offence and more worried about the defence. Suban IS a twerp. It was like he was out to injure a Sedin. maybe he should go play for Boston. I think Kassimonster should have fought him instead. Reffing was brutal, but I guess this is how the playoffs will be called so we better adjust. I think we sit Raymond and let Bitz or Weise play next game. I think we will need their size come playoffs.

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    • Brent
      March 11, 2012

      PS How do you know Luongo doesn’t read this blog. I mean who in Canuck nation doesn’t?

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    • shoes
      March 11, 2012

      somebody needed to clock PK very early and very often……….along with Cole, as they did to our stars. Once the Habs figured out nothing was coming there way, they decided WTH, less move up to a worse draft pick.

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      • tj
        March 11, 2012

        I thought that’s who Kassian would go after. Wasn’t he brought in to ‘defend’ the top guys? And honestly, with the Sedins unable to catch a hooking call, why not hit back?

        I”m glad the post mentioned the four Sedin hits. I didn’t realize that and will be able to defend what seemed like a deja vu Sedin rollover. Jeez, I hope this isn’t going to be the same thing we see through these playoffs: every team going after the Sedins like that. It would seem the Sedins are wondering the same, if they’re forced to hit back. I would love to see a Sedin clock someone once or twice. Take the penalty and send a message. (When did I turn into Don Cherry, ffs. Must be almost playoff time.)

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        • shoes
          March 11, 2012

          Good luck with your mom TJ, but hardcore women hockey fans are not to be messed with and you should know that at your age.

          But listening to the media and others calling for the Sedins to fight is just plain wrong, what they need to do is a good healthy old fashioned gordie howe elbow, hell nobody will be expecting it including the refs and it will go unnoticed except by the recipient. As for Kassian playing with the Sedins, Zack has been so off the last few games he wasn’t in the mix, I don’t think, but he should have hit somebody very, very hard and took his penalty if needed, and by very hard, I mean wobbly knee hard…….not hoping for injury, but that is the ONLY way the Canucks can and should respond. We simply do not have a fighter and fighting doesn’t seem to do anything but make fans forget how bad their team is actually playing and that is only if they win the fight, which Kassian did not.

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  3. sarah
    March 11, 2012

    I bet Dan Hamhuis only stole that Christmas tree in order to give it to kids who really needed some Christmas cheer.

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  4. WorldTravels
    March 11, 2012

    Desperate to see the Kassy tongue waggery.

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  5. Canuck In Oz
    March 11, 2012

    It is such an odd time for a Canuck fan. After all the wins we’ve had over, say, the last 2 3/4 seasons, losing – and not just by a goal or two but by three – as much as we have the last little while, and playing as poorly as we have in the past month – save, maybe the St Louis game & the Winnepeg game – well, I know I’m questioning what the hell is going on. Sedins have one point in seven games? Canucks are 4-4-2 in the last 10? Edler looking decidedly non-All Star like? Goaltending controversies? Well, ok, maybe the last one is normal. Thank the hockey gods Kesler & his linemates are doing some scoring, the majority of Canuck Nation would be burning effigies of Gillis & AV, with pitchforks and signs reading “Come back Cody, all is forgiven”or something equally nonsensical.

    Maybe this is why I appreciate PITB/IWTG so much – relative normalcy on this blog, as opposed to, say, Facebook, where Lu is still getting calls to be traded, and getting figuratively ripped to shred for not only not stopping two defensive breakdowns & a shot on a 5-3 power but also not going the length of the ice and scoring himself a few times during the game. Although that’d be something to see.

    Anyway. Here’s hoping that the next few days gives the team what they need, and the next month calms the cities’ nerves.

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  6. Brent
    March 11, 2012

    Just went to canucksTV and watched AV’s post game interview. Man he looks pissed! My prediction, Edler sits and Rome plays. Also seems annoyed about the Sedin’s lack of production. Will he break them up more next game, or even possibly “rest” one of them? Move Burrows down and someone larger up? Be an interesting few days of gossip and rumour.

    Like Canuck in Oz sez, this is the place for level headed discussion. Don’t go to the CBC sports comment page. The haters are out in force and lots of Canucks fans are jumping off the bandwagon, jamming their caulk boots into luongo and the Sedin’s

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    • hockeyispretty
      March 11, 2012

      A smart Edler would stay out of his way… AV looked almost menacing when he said “I don’t know where he is right now…” no, I think he’s probably cleared off quietly. I would. :)

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  7. hockeyispretty
    March 11, 2012

    Who were the CBC announcers tonight? Scott Oakes was it, and who was the other one? One of them was completely determined that there would be goaltending drama. Mentioning once or twice that there’s an awesome backup is one thing, but he started to sound like he was up in a little pulpit or something at one point. I got worried he might ask viewers to call in or vote by text on who should be starter, because he was a man on a mission.

    I think someone has a man-crush…

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  8. akidd
    March 11, 2012

    what’s with those habs?!? they’ve been finding ways to burn the nucks these past couple of years. last in the east my a$$. what’s their problem anyways? just take the lottery pick for crissakes. what the big deal coming out hitting like that. don’t they realize the coast to the playoffs is on and all the fans are effectively ‘donating ‘ their ticket purchases?

    the first truly soft goal by lou in ages. and then ya, some weird form of justice where guys are allowed to crosscheck other guys into the boards facefirst but the punishable transgessions are the delay of games which ostensibly put the game away. ya, i know the rule and always though it was dumb. tonight it looked absurd. just shows the wisdom of mandaTORY sentencing.

    the habs got lucky but they were also plucky. get the sedins to a sweatlodge. one of them must’ve run over a cat and kept driving or something. surely gillis has a purification doctor tucked away somewhere. get on it.

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  9. The Bookie
    March 11, 2012

    ” beaten by moronically strict officiating after a game of strictly moronic officiating.”

    This needs to go on a t-shirt or something.

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  10. whisky jack
    March 11, 2012

    Canucks Fall to Montreal

    essentially first plays practically worst,
    but after one,
    scoring none:

    although the habs had one almost
    as a weak shot went off the post,
    the busiest player on the ice,
    habitant goalie carey price,
    was there to keep his team alive
    who were outshot fifteen to five.

    though kesler scored the game’s first one,
    soon tying it boom boom’s grandson,
    which jenny thought was rather nice,
    as good as ryan beating price.

    not so pleasing their second goal,
    a weak backhand from eric cole.
    jenny wren screamed, “&%#@ oh my word!
    thirteen seconds into the third.”
    and shortly after they’d two more:
    canucks one, canadiens four.

    she left to set the clocks ahead,
    then brushed her teeth and went to bed.

    whisky jack

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  11. shoes
    March 11, 2012

    I am utterly at a loss as to what is up with NHL officiating these days. If it was just the Canucks I would be content and happy with a conspiracy “levelling the playing field” thingy, but its league wide with the odd exception. For example, no whistles in Canucks game against the Jets….Many whistles in Flames game against the Jets. Is this just another way for the NHL to make it appear as if all teams are equal or close enough to contend? If so, a tip of the hat to the midget, because it works and nobody notices or cares.

    The Canucks need to assign one of their coaches to study the reffing in the first period and then apply changes accordingly. We will never know, but I suspect if the Canucks had of retaliated in kind we would have heard manly chuckles from the CBC crew followed by the ‘ole..”they always get the retaliation” Regardless as I said it appears more or less league wide and appears to be hurting the teams that were built for the ‘new’ NHL and helping the teams that were built for the old NHL rules. There is that parity rising up again.

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  12. Cathylu
    March 11, 2012

    Darn, another one for the “Pretend It Never Happened” file. It seems like we have all the good parts but they just aren’t fitting together somehow. I’m thankful for PITB/IWTG also – it always makes me feel better after a bad game. What doesn’t make me feel better (after a loss) – listening to Team1040 on the radio. I have a new rule about that.

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  13. JDM
    March 11, 2012

    The Higgins penalty shouldn’t have been a penalty – because on the zone entry that led to that penalty, Rene Bourque was approximately 1.72 LIGHT YEARS OFFSIDE. He stopped playing he was so far offside. That is an unforgivable non-call by the linesman who usually err on the side of “if it’s close, whistle it”. This one wasn’t close. I was so mad when they scored there I turned it off.

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    • shoes
      March 11, 2012

      I think it was less light years, but it was several meters offside and yes bad calls can effect the outcome of a game. That one quite possible did as 2-1 is different than 3-1 with an entire team feeling sorry for themselves. The offside call was so obvious that everybody stopped and the linesman froze….I really wish they had cojones like in baseball, where they came over and said “sorry”.

      however I am feeling better about that game than any Canuck fan has a right to after watching it. Why you ask? Because it was the bottom, no question and most NHL teams that slump seem to need a trigger to turn it around in a hurry. The trigger is usually a very embarrassing loss (check) following by a game that is going so-so until an unlikely hero steps up and leads the charge ….or even a likely hero like Kes or Burr. A lot of people are questioning Luongo but really even the first Cole shot, was just a lucky hole and it wouldn’t have even been noted as a shot if it had not snuck through. And as for the rest …..just plain bad play all around defense, back check, forecheck and neutral zone. BAD.

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  14. Zach Morris
    March 11, 2012

    also contributing to the Twilight Zone feel of yesterday’s game was the odd decision by CBC to mute the crowd noise at Rogers Arena.
    if you were watching the game on CBC, I can assure you there were people in that arena.

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    • J21
      March 11, 2012

      There is always very little crowd noise picked up in Vancouver, and I know it’s not just the “white-collar fans”. It seems to be on other networks too — it’s got to be positioning of microphones or something, but it even dulls the excitement value when watching on TV.

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  15. RG
    March 11, 2012

    Henrik had 4 hits, no points, and went 2/8 in the face-off dot. Perhaps the Bra-barian is playing Henrik imposter?

    http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/09/sep2109_cowan_b.jpg

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  16. John Andress
    March 11, 2012

    The thing that concerned me most about this game (after another Sedin no-show, a Luongo softie and an AWOL power play, that is) was the way the Canadiens man-handled the Canucks. I thought that a lot of the moves made by GMMG this season were a response to the “the Canucks aren’t tough enough” mantra which seems to have echoed around the squad all year. I thought that the acquisition of Dale Weise and, to a certain extent, David Booth, earlier in the year, the call-ups of Mike Duco and Byron Bitz and the trade for Zack Kassian were all intended to find size, grit and toughness for the line-up. Last night, as the Canucks were physically pounded by a team not particularly noted for being rough and tough, none of these luminaries were in attendance with the exception of Kassian who granted, did what some consider to be the right thing when he fought Brad Staubitz. For my money his heroics just proved the futility of having a guy fight the other team’s thug. It really doesn’t impact the game or the behavior of the opposing players at all. The tilt that was really warranted was Henrik Sedin v P.K. Subban. That didn’t happen. Nor should it. Ever. But it has me wondering. The Canucks seem to have lost their identity. They have stepped back from a blazing speed and skill format to one where they want to be able to grind with the tougher teams. This has led to a deterioration in the play of entire team and that toughness isn’t even in the line-up. If, as some suggest, we are looking forward to the playoffs when the games count, it is well to remember that sometimes when you try to flip the switch, the switch snaps off at your touch. I am concerned. If we don’t see a turn around in the next game or two, I will be very concerned. I am looking to Coach Vigneault for leadership here. The players seem to have lost their way.

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    • shoes
      March 11, 2012

      A good set of thoughts in your post. I totally agree with the Kassian on goon fight, because in a game with no real whistles, you might as well be trying the flattening route, hits from behind and a bit late. It would have either made the whistles come out or took some wind out of the sails of the Habs…..The fights by challenge may work in some instances, but not with the Canucks and Henrik and Daniel will never fight again after their experience with attempts 3 years ago Chicago in the playoffs. They need to answer in their own manner with devastating PP’s and total puck possesion on 5 on 5. That is all they can do and it should be enough.

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  17. Lenny
    March 11, 2012

    I have a feeling that the Sedins are being asked to play a different game that they are not used to. A more playoff-like, simpler type of game. It seems like it is the Canucks coaching staff and management who have forgotten that they were one game away from winning the Cup last year.

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  18. CanuckFanInSF
    March 11, 2012

    In the spirit of Liz Lemon – all I can say about this game is “Blergh”

    Any ideas what words were exchanged between Juice and PK during tbe dying minutes of the first period? For some reason, PK made Juice laugh. Was PK doing his best Kevin Bieksa “y u mad bro” face too? Or was this moment courtesy by the Green Men?

    Speaking of. Have we won a game with the green men at Rogers? Maybe bad luck charms? This needs to be researched.

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  19. peanutflower
    March 11, 2012

    Simpson and Hughson had a fairly lengthy discourse about how the Sedins, and particularly Henrik in this game, needed to just flatten someone. THey felt that Henrik dropping the gloves against Subban (and man, that guy operates on the edge, huh? ) and fight him. They said the Sedins are sending out the message that they can be manhandled (such a great word) way too easily and that opposing players know that nothing s coming back at them if they poke a Sedin. I dunno, I think Kassian should have been out there with the Sedins and had it out with Subban. Maybe that would have helped. Sigh.

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  20. Dave Robinson (@dcrwrites)
    March 11, 2012

    I have to admit that I hadn’t thought about the disappearance in stick infractions on the part of the Sedins. Having said that, I’m pretty sure I speak for a lot of us when I say that I’m getting pretty angry and frustrated about the scoring drought we’re seeing. Something has to give.

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  21. Chris the Curmudgeon
    March 11, 2012

    What this reminds me the most of is the first couple of weeks of every recent season, where the team struggles to find chemistry, doesn’t score much, and sees a few really questionable and deflating goals get in past Luongo. We in Canuck Nation have learned to take the long view in October, because we’ve seen that movie before. HOWEVER, during most of those seasons the GM didn’t decide to remake a first place team RIGHT BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS. I’m not saying that we’d have won all of these games with CoHo in the lineup, as much as I’m saying that top to bottom the team looks out of sorts, and I think the fact that many of the team’s forwards are all adjusting to entirely new linemates (be it at even strength or PP) is a contributing factor. With the Sedins slumping, we now have only one line capable of scoring, and none capable of preventing goals apparently. So yes, maybe they’ll right the ship and this will pass just like those early season swoons, but I think Gillis needs to look in the mirror if he wants to know why the team that was 16-1-3 leading up to the trading deadline is now 2-3-1 since it, including 3 ugly home ice losses. For all we’re praising Kassian, he played a team low 8 minutes and got his ass kicked: I hardly think Cody would’ve been worse.

    Another very disturbing trend over the last few games is the complete letup at the end of the second/beginning of the third. In 3 in a row now, the Canucks have gone from leading by 1 with 5 to go in the second, to down 2-1 or 3-1 5 minutes into the third. A lapse in focus perhaps, but extremely atypical of the way this team has played most of the season.

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      March 11, 2012

      Oops, I meant 12-1-3 in 16, not 16-1-3. Point unchanged though.

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      • SteveB
        March 11, 2012

        I thought that Luongo’s “snack goal” came about 19 minutes early and it confused the Canucks into thinking they were going to OT again, so they decided to play a man short the entire period.

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  22. JanBanan
    March 11, 2012

    Once the first period was over, this game became hard to watch. I thought the pairing of Tanev and MAG worked really well- they were exciting to watch, and MAG’s passing was on point (for the most part). Other than them and the AMEX line, there really was little jump in this game. The Sedins and Burrows were really only noticeable because they were getting beat up on by Subban and the like. I thought Kassian was invisible, other than his fight. He fumbled the puck twice behind their net, and I counted 4 checks he could have finished, but instead just skated up the boards, trying to cut off the pass. I get you have to play heads-up hockey, but his role is to bring a physical presence. If Henrik Sedin has more hits than you do, and Mason Raymond is the one getting involved in scrums at the net, something has to change.
    I also really did not like Kevin Bieksa on the second or third goal. Whichever one it was, he went down on his knees, trying to block the cross-crease pass. His job is to tie the winger up in front of the net and let Lu take care of the butterfly. That being said, Hamhuis did the same thing in the third but it worked, so I’ll leave that one alone.
    Overall, a great first period, but the loss of focus after the first intermission was frustrating.

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  23. Amor de Cosmos
    March 11, 2012

    The thing about this version of the Canucks is that, when on song they’re extremely predictable — in a good way. We know how it goes. Early pressure, control the boards, look to set up a cycle, generally end the first period a goal or two to the good. Second period, the vulnerable one, back off a bit, allow the oppo more time on the puck, if lucky the first period lead will be maintained, if not we’ll give back a goal. Third period, short shifts, wear the other team down, jump on their mistakes then use our speed to add goals. When that pattern changes, even a little bit, things go south — sometimes in a big way. I guess we seem to lack “in-game spontaneity” or something. If we’d scored in the first period last night it would have undoubtedly ended differently, when we didn’t our game got increasingly weak and I — and I suspect others — just knew how it was going to play out when Montreal got the tying goal at the end of the second period. It was predictable in a bad way. We’re not a really good “come from behind” team at the moment and, the scary thing is, I don’t know if we know how to be.

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  24. Nick
    March 11, 2012

    I miss the days when it was the 2nd period they took off.

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