Earlier this season, Chris Higgins missed time with a mysterious infection of some sort, and we at PITB immediately screamed “Zombie bite.” Of course, no one takes our opinions seriously (which is probably a good thing), so our suggestion was ignored.
But then the infection struck again, and Higgins missed even more time. A highly-resist strain of infection? Definitely zombiism, which isn’t just highly-resistant, it’s potentially virulent.
And yet still, we were ignored. Eventually, Higgins was brought back to health with antibiotics and rest and returned to the lineup, where we have secretly feared that he would pass the infection onto his teammates ever since. And, judging from this photo from the Canucks’ tilt with the Phoenix Coyotes, it would appear that our concerns were justified. I’m not sure how this isn’t a bigger story, but on Wednesday night, Chris Tanev and Sami Salo ate an official.
Kudos to Rich Lam, the photographer here. Between this and the kissing couple, he’s clearly becoming Vancouver’s best documenter of apocalyptic imagery.
But there’s no time to marvel at the craft. It’s Z-Day, people. Seriously, this seems downright lifted from our ongoing zombie apocalypse fanfic saga. I mean, look at Tanev, licking his lips, eyes wide at the thought of devouring Don Henderson’s delicious, delicious brain as he and Sami Salo drag the linesman into the bench. That’s some scary stuff. (Although, in fairness, Salo will eat pretty much anything.)
Be sure to take note of Marc-Andre Gragnani’s face, by the way. Lam managed to catch him just the virus began to tinct his skin and take over his system.
Maybe you don’t see what I’m seeing in this photo. Admittedly, it’s hard to see zombiisim without, say, the green skin and the gaping wounds, so I punched it up a little.
But it’s clear from the original photo that this isn’t one of those zombie strains that changes the skin colour. It just makes you go insane. Looks to me like it’s more in line with films like 28 Days Later and The Crazies than, say, Romero’s Dead trilogy. For further evidence, I submit this photo of Mason Raymond from the same game:
Same crazy eyes and tongue waggle. Yep, it’s too late, friends. If you need me I’ll be boarding up the windows.Tags: Canucks, I Find this Photo Odd, Raymond, rich lam, Salo, tanev