I Watched This Game: Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks, March 21, 2012

After a long streak of sub-par play from the Canucks, all the talk leading into this game was regarding whether they would wake up for a meeting with their hated rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. That likely won’t be discussed as much after this game, where the Canucks put forward a hard-working, physical effort and played with a passion and emotion that hasn’t been seen in some time.

Unfortunately, one of the causes of that emotion was an ugly, ugly elbow by Duncan Keith that knocked Daniel Sedin out of the game. The result: a massive outpouring of concern and vitriol from Canucks fans, an entertaining game on the ice, and a certain suspension for Keith. I watched this game.

Canucks 1 – 2 Blackhawks (OT)

  • As we all know, ninjas can strike quickly and without warning; it took just 27 seconds for Jannik “Danish Ninja” Hansen to open the scoring. Samme “Sami” Pahlsson hit him with a superb outlet pass through the neutral zone and Hansen did the rest, powering past Johnny Oduya and using his left leg to protect the puck before snapping it past Corey Crawford’s blocker. The quick goal shouldn’t have come as a surprise: Sudden Strike is one of a ninja’s key abilities.
  • Apparently Hansen had it out for Oduya, as he further embarrassed the former Jet with a massive hit that knocked an entire pane of glass onto a row of Blackhawks fans. Inexplicably, Canucks.com doesn’t have a highlight of the hit at the time of this writing, but does have Alex Edler’s crushing of Andrew Shaw mislabeled as a hit by Henrik Sedin.
  • Mason Raymond came back like the cat in his first game after being unceremoniously scratched against the Minnesota Wild. He was inarguably the best Canucks skater on the ice, using his shiftiness to draw an early penalty on Viktor Stalberg and his speed to create scoring chances throughout the game. He had a team-high 5 shots and added 3 hits in over 20 minutes of ice time, capped off by a confident end-to-end rush in overtime where he went, shockingly, straight up the middle.
  • It’s hard to say that the officials didn’t try to keep control of this game early, sending Dave Bolland to the penalty box simply for trying to re-enact the original cover to Spinal Tap’s classic album Smell the Glove with Zack “Mac Daddy” Kassian.
  • The refs decision to give Duncan Keith only a 2-minute minor for his elbow to Daniel Sedin’s face, rather than a 5-minute major and a game misconduct, however, led to the game going a little off the rails. Daniel not only didn’t have the puck — he never touched the puck. If only it was blindside, it could have been a perfect combination of everything the NHL is trying to get out of the game. An in-person call from Brendan Shanahan should be forthcoming. It was an infuriating, inexcusable hit. Elbows don’t get that high accidentally.
  • Or maybe they do, if you’re Duncan Keith. He played dumb after the game, saying “It’s a fast game” and that he’s “not trying to hurt anybody.” Expect him to claim tomorrow, “I don’t even have elbows.”
  • TSN made sure to point out during the second intermission that Daniel had hit Keith in the head earlier in the game and some Blackhawks fans might say this excuses or justifies Keith’s elbow. Anyone who says this is a complete and utter moron and deserves to play the prancing role in the Fish Slapping Dance.
  • The Blackhawks tied up the game with some quick passing that moved the puck from behind the net to the slot in less than a second. Luongo clearly lost track of the puck off Hossa’s stick, as he thought it was a shot and he had stopped it. While he paused to let Hossa know who killed Dumbledore, Patrick Kane roofed the puck.
  • Since Keith was still on the ice, Zach “Daddy Mac” Kassian went after him in the Blackhawks crease after a whistle, leading to all 10 skaters getting tangled up. Seabrook cleared Kassian out, while Bieksa threw some jabs at Keith and Burrows gave him an amateur facelift. As a result, Burrows got 4 minutes in minor penalties and a 10-minute misconduct, Kassian got a 2-minute minor and a 10-minute misconduct, and Keith got 4 minutes and a 10-minute misconduct, despite being the victim. Really, the refs were trying to save his life. Dan O’Halloran slipped him bus fare and told him “Get out while you still can!”
  • With Daniel out for the game and Burrows and Kassian unavailable with their misconducts, the top-line turned into a mish-mash, with Raymond, Weise, and Booth all getting shifts with Henrik. Weise tried to make Henrik feel at ease by drawing a goatee on his face with a red sharpie, but ended up offending him instead. Too soon, Weise, too soon.
  • The Canucks had chance after chance in the third period, but Crawford matched with save after save, even when those saves weren’t pretty. Chris Higgins had two one-timers in a span of 9 seconds that Crawford turned aside with two of the most awkward saves you’ll see this season, with the second going off his skate and between his legs with enough room for an actual, literal beach ball to get through.
  • Sami Salo has been uncharacteristically tentative at times this season. He hesitated to pinch down the boards after a rebound off an Alex Edler slap shot, leading to a rush back down the ice for the Blackhawks. With Salo’s gap control a little off after his hesitation, Dave Bolland was able to feed Oduya coming into the slot. Oduya’s shot deflected off Andrew Shaw’s skate and in, which was a nice piece of redemption for both players after Hansen punished Oduya in the first period and Shaw got destroyed by Edler, or rather, Henrik.
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78 comments

  1. Cattreefever
    March 21, 2012

    Daniel got exactly what he deserved for his late head hit on Keith. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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    • Nick
      March 21, 2012

      That’s just a ridiculous thing to say.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      March 21, 2012

      And we have our first volunteer for fish slapping! Huzzah!

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    • Nee
      March 21, 2012

      Incidental head contact deserves flying elbow? Not to mention that Keith wasn’t even attempting to get at the puck, which Daniel didn’t have possession of.

      The former play could have gotten a minor, the latter most likely will get a suspension. If you can’t see the difference, then I don’t know what to say to you.

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      • Andre
        March 22, 2012

        Nothing you say makes a difference to Chicago trollers. They’re rabid, thoughtless, and plenty ripe for fish slapping, though the fish might object.

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        • beano
          March 22, 2012

          did someone forget to change your diaper?

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      • Dan
        March 23, 2012

        Wow are you kidding me…I have read post after post where Sedin’s gutless cheap shot prior to keith’s retalitory cheap shot is either ingnorned all together or charachterized as incidental contact. keith did not have the puck at tghe time and was looking the other way..never even saw the hit coming. Sedibn clearly raises his elbow and tries to take his head off…the only difference was Duncan did not get injured. The ref’s let it gop so Duncan was not abput to let him get away with that and Sedin should have expected it. Canucaks fans and their sportswriters are the biggest hypocrites out there. No Credibility whatsoever when you only choose the facts that support your case and disreagrd the facts that don’t.

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      • Dan
        March 23, 2012

        Wow are you kidding me…I have read post after post where Sedin’s gutless cheap shot prior to keith’s retalitory cheap shot is either ingnored all together or charactherized as “incidental contact.” Keith did not have the puck at the time and was looking the other way..never even saw the hit coming. Sedin clearly raises his elbow and tries to take his head off…the only difference was Duncan did not get injured and Sedin did. The ref’s let Sedin’s cheap shot go so Duncan was not about to let him get away with that and Sedin should have expected it. Canucks fans and their sportswriters are the biggest hypocrites out there. No Credibility whatsoever when you only choose to acknowledge the facts that support your case and disreagrd the facts that don’t. Atleat the Chicago sportswrites acknowledged Keith’s hit was a chap shot, albiet in retaliation to Sedin’s cheap shot which ultimately is why he is now out. This is Hockey…don’t dish it head shots if you don’t want it back in return Sedin/Canucks fans.

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    • Slappy Cat
      March 21, 2012

      Hopefully , Shanny will wield the sword back @ Keith .

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    • Warpstone
      March 21, 2012

      Dude, if Daniel lives by the sword, then he uses a paper epee fashioned by a kindergartner. I mean sure, it could poke an eye out, but he’s just as likely to give himself a paper cut with it.

      Keith on the other hand decided to make like the Highlander and swung a decapitation strike while exclaiming “There Can Be Only One [Sedin]!”

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    • Cam Charron
      March 21, 2012

      When in doubt, I defer to the defence of the person who DOESN’T have two first names, when you look at the case of Daniel Sedin (1) v. Duncan Keith (2).

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    • Josh
      March 21, 2012

      “Karma will bite these contact-shy losers in the ass.”- Said this clown, yesterday….

      Yep, nothing to see here.

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    • Knight of Cydonia
      March 22, 2012

      Good, our first catch of the day…

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    • the real bob
      March 22, 2012

      so by your wonderful logic, marchand should be forced to retire by now.

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  2. Nee
    March 21, 2012

    There is no excuse for Keith’s elbow being that high. Reckless, dangerous play. Daniel’s hit earlier had incidental contact to the head…it was a bit high, but that type of check is not uncommon to see at least once a game. Shoulder contact. And no intent. I don’t pretend to know the inner thoughts of the Canucks players, but if there is any person(s) I can make this claim about, it is the Sedin’s.

    I hope Daniel is okay…it looked afterwards like it might be more of a jaw injury than a concussion. Fingers crossed that it’s not serious.

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    • Nick
      March 21, 2012

      I’m glad he didn’t finish the game … and I wish Daniel didn’t even try to play that single shift after the hit.

      As we’ve learned from Crosby’s injury, the brain is extremely vulnerable during the first 24 hours after impact. And trying to play while the brain is in trauma can make the injury and recovery time far more pronounced.

      Get well Daniel.

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    • Zach Morris
      March 22, 2012

      An elbow like that is virtually guaranteed to give Daniel a concussion. He was spun around by the force of the blow, and he got hit squarely in the jaw, an area notably connected with concussions.

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  3. Warpstone
    March 21, 2012

    Ugh. I would give NHL refs a break if they actually, you know, USED THE RULEBOOK + LOGIC:

    1) Where’s the puck?
    2) Was the hit player defenceless?
    3) Is it wings for dinner or is the hitter hanging an elbow
    4) The head is on top of the body, right?

    Add all that up and you get 2 minutes, which is ridiculous given how hard the refs wanted to corral this game early on.

    If Keith gets at least 5 minutes, the power play cools off tensions on both sides. Instead, chaos because 4 zebras decided they’re going to try harder to enforce GK interference consistently rather than hits to the head (“where’s the head? Who cares, that hitter used his elbow, call it elbowing…”).

    It’s as if there simply isn’t enough memory available for the refs to handle multiple points of emphasis.

    Sigh.

    At least you always knew where you stood with the 8-bit officials in Blades of Steel. :P

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  4. TheOldFirm
    March 21, 2012

    It’s almost a shame Burke is no longer our GM, he would’ve been proud of the boys’ truculence.

    Despite the shenanigans, it was an entertaining game to watch. I guess we’ll see if it really lights a fire under them for the remainder of the season.

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    • Nee
      March 21, 2012

      Starting tomorrow night against Dallas. Boy are they going to be tired after this game, especially down 3 guys for a good chunk of the game.

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    • the real bob
      March 22, 2012

      nice to see the boys step up and respond to a cheap shot. If the canucks and bruins go for round 2, marchand has to watch his back this time

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  5. DaNucklhead
    March 21, 2012

    Daniel Sedin threw a hit! Dear God it’s true – the world is coming to an end!

    I really do hope Daniel is going to be OK, but I won’t complain if Henrik re-learns how to score on his own again. Look at the numbers when Daniel was out for those 18 games – Hank had a hat trick for crying out loud and had 10 goals in those 18 games. If Hank becomes a scoring threat, when Daniel returns they will be better than they have been all year

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  6. Snepsts
    March 21, 2012

    No comment on the goalie interference non-call on Luongo late in the third (I forget who the Chicago player was but he high-sticked Luongo)? It was a *tad* egregious, especially after what was arguably a dive by Crawford on Weise’s drive-by exhale.

    Also, what about the five consecutive penalty kills by the Canucks in the second period, and the overall defensive play, which was stellar? Has there even been a game with five consecutive penalty kills in a single game this season? Ok there probably has, but that was awesome. I felt like handing out cigars as the fifth PK timed out.

    I critique with love, this blog is generally awesome and I follow it like Hal Gill follows a trail of mayonnaise, but maybe this write-up was a tad hasty…

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  7. Anonymous
    March 21, 2012

    Along with Lu and Mayray, I thought Hank had a great game. However his post game quotes pretty much stole the show:

    Henrik Sedin says D. Keith said something to the effect of “I’m going to get you” to Daniel after Daniel’s 1st period hit on Keith

    Henrik on Keith threatening Daniel before hit: “You have to ask Keith. He’s a tough Canadian guy so I am sure he is going to be honest.”

    More Henrik: “It’s one of those hits where things were said before from a certain guy and he did what he wanted to and that’s too bad. .

    More Henrik: “But again, they are the tough team over there and we’re the diving bunch so I guess there’s not much to say about that.”

    All from Twitter. Good to know he’s tired of the narratives as much as we are! Love when our captain gets sassy.

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    • the olde coote
      March 21, 2012

      after having been forced to sit
      raymond displayed both speed and grit

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    • Pyewacket
      March 22, 2012

      I adore it when our captain gets sassy. Good for him!!

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    • Brian
      March 22, 2012

      Yeah a ‘sassy’ Captain is just what the canucks have been lacking. Alex ‘Hair Pulling” Burrows should get the equivalent of whatever happens to Duncan Keith for his manly knee to jewels while laying on top of #2.

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  8. Nick
    March 21, 2012

    It’s time for AV to put a moratorium on all blind back passes for anyone not numbered 22 or 33.

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    • Andre
      March 22, 2012

      Or lazy ones, at any rate.

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  9. jenny wren
    March 21, 2012

    Vancouver now’s lost six of eight
    But Mooney says we’ve but to wait
    Until the day playoffs begin
    When they’ll remember how to win

    Perhaps that is how it will be
    We will just have to wait and see
    As for the game I watched tonight
    Like Skeeter Dan I’m left uptight

    Since dirty blackheart duncan keith
    Elbowed poor Dank right in the teeth
    I hoped someone would with his stick
    Eviscerate the fecal dick

    Though otherwise the game was great
    I could not rid myself of hate
    For keith and ev’ry other goon
    Who care not for careers they ruin

    And sure oh yes I realize
    That my third verse the fourth defies
    Because I truly loved to see
    Burrows crotch-driving with his knee

    Like you I guess I’m still uptight
    And pray that Dank will be alright

    Jenny Wren

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    • hockeyispretty
      March 22, 2012

      Fourth verse- are you sure about that knee? It’s trending as usergroup commentary, but wasn’t really mentioned in the media (and def would have been, as it’s Burrows) and it looks to me like it goes north of the alleged goal.

      That being said, I would give $100 for the opportunity to knee Duncan Keith in the junk with all my little might.

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      • Brent
        March 22, 2012

        The internet feed I watched, the Chicago colour guy was claiming that Burrows kneed him and deserved to be thrown out. He then went on to say that Vancouver was taking liberties on Chicago players. I choked on some of my scotch thinking of Daniel being out of the game! Jerk! Then he brought up the hair pulling incident, and derided Burrows. The announcer guy was pretty good though.

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  10. zach
    March 21, 2012

    “I mean, when a big body like Sedin is coming in like that, I’m just trying to protect myself. I’m not out there to hurt anybody” Duncan takes this one from “Brad’s top excuses to avoid suspensions” handbook.

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    • Zach Morris
      March 22, 2012

      “I hope Shanahan throws the whole library at him”

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  11. Chris T
    March 21, 2012

    Great game from Lu. Haters, where ya at??? Crickets??
    Also great to see Raymond playing well and the defense being accountable and solid most of the night. And the offense finally came in the third period. I’d still like to see more of it.
    Lastly, fuck Duncan Keith and lets all hope that Danny is good to go.

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  12. yapperface
    March 22, 2012

    t’s hard to say that the refs didn’t try to keep control of this game early, sending Dave Bolland to the penalty box simply for trying to re-enact the original cover to Spinal Tap’s classic album Smell the Glove with Zack “Mac Daddy” Kassian.

    It’s actually some player named “Bollig” apparently.

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  13. hockeyispretty
    March 22, 2012

    I was surprised the refs were so angry with our guys and so harsh with Henrik. I know a lot of Canuck fans prefer we don’t criticize reffing because of “conspiracy theory” reputation. But that was just ugly. We got so many more minutes than the Hawks and an extra misconduct to Burrows as well. I can understand the call on the hit to Daniel being so soft (wrongly) at first, since they can’t review and can’t see everything. But isn’t there an unwritten rule that they try to balance it out later if they realize they got it badly wrong?

    Here they seemed really angry with the Canucks for trying to stick up for Daniel, yet during the Bruins playoff series, they seemed angry with the Canucks for not sticking up for themselves and wouldn’t make a lot of calls, like that one of Henrik standing there in front of the ref and getting repeatedly hit in the face after the whistle.

    Hockey is pretty, but I think the NHL isn’t very pretty.

    Regardless of whether the poor officiating results from conspiracy or ineptitude, it’s ugly. Suspension is necessary, but doesn’t make up for poor officiating during the game itself.

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    • John Andress
      March 22, 2012

      One of the referees was Dan O’Halloran who I have felt for some time is one of the officials that has most bought into the “soft Canuck divers and whiners” opinion. I don’t think that he is part of a conspiracy though, Rather, I think it is incompetence.

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      • hockeyispretty
        March 22, 2012

        Maybe not conspiracy-conspiracy. But I can’t help thinking, sports is one of the most tribal things there is. By definition, all the guys in the NHL have got a long history of affiliation with and support for certain teams, not to say dislike for other teams. It would be rather surprising than otherwise if they were able to 100% overcome all feeling of bias in making all calls, though maybe they can.

        Colin Campbell’s emails are a pretty good window into the culture of what kind of… um… conflict of interest in officiating is normal and allowable behind closed doors in the NHL.

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  14. hockeyispretty
    March 22, 2012

    BUT it was great to see Luongo on such great form, so calm & on top of things! (Even when other players are on top of him.) Are refs supposed to blow down play when another player is on top of the goaltender, or is it in the rulebook to let it continue? Either way, he was a star! Even if he didn’t actually get a star. We at PITB commentating section award him an unofficial first star of the night, as did the good people of the Mike’s Hard Lemonade vote.

    Was very funny during the game: anybody else hear that very determined guy starting the Luooooooon-go chant that got picked up every so often during the WHOLE game? Was OK to try to rattle him in 1st and 2nd periods, but dude, by the third period, you’re just reminding the guy of his 30+ awesome saves. #backfire

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    • hockeyispretty
      March 22, 2012

      Oh man, oh man. Lu can’t win. I have just checked out the game preview for tonight on the Canucks.com website and it says:
      “With Luongo slumping, Vancouver could turn Thursday to Cory Schneider, who is 2-1-0 with a 1.35 lifetime goals-against average versus the Stars, with all three starts coming in Dallas.”

      Slumping?? IWTG, but I’m not sure that guy did.

      Schneids might start, but maybe because Lu has just had a rather busy night followed by a very long flight.

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      • bergberg
        March 22, 2012

        What? That’s crazy. Lou was unbelievable. It was a weird feeling, but I was really proud of him. I hope they keep playing him and let him get rolling for the playoffs.

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        • hockeyispretty
          March 22, 2012

          True all dat – but AV is always a wildcard. :) I wouldn’t be surprised either way.

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  15. KB
    March 22, 2012

    I thought the Canucks’ response to losing their top scorer– quite possibly for the rest of the season–was extremely weak. Duncan Keith was not injured in return. No one even laid a hard ht on him, and he is just a little guy. Nor did the Canucks target any of Chicago’s other elite players. This sort of tepid reaction simply encourages more of the same abuse. I would not be surprised to see other teams follow suit and chop down more of the Vancouver’s best players in coming games.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      March 22, 2012

      Duncan Keith is notoriously hard to hit even when he doesn’t know he is a target. He’s not a big guy, but he’s incredibly shifty. The best the Canucks could manage was to go after him in the scrums after the whistle, and they did so. From what I can tell on Twitter and such, you’re the only one who thought the Canucks didn’t respond well.

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      • KB
        March 22, 2012

        I don’t think there is much point in responding with a legal check. The point is to hurt the guy.

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        • Brent
          March 22, 2012

          But then that makes us as bad as them. I don’t want that. Clean hits, maybe a fight, no dirty hits.

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          • Andre
            March 22, 2012

            They can’t tell the difference.

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        • bergberg
          March 22, 2012

          Why would the point be to hurt the guy? That’s stupid.

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        • sgolesor
          March 22, 2012

          That is absolutely the wrong response. The last time the Canucks decided to go after and hurt a guy for injuring their top scorer was March 8, 2004. We all know what happened next.

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      • hockeyispretty
        March 22, 2012

        Well, looking at the penalty minutes on the box score, I think the refs also thought the Canucks didn’t respond well, unfortunately.

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      • Nee
        March 22, 2012

        I absolutely would not stand for any attempts to injure Keith. Hard clean checks, sure, try and fight him if he’s willing, sure, but NO WAY should we be looking to injure someone.

        Yes Keith did something very wrong, but I cannot support trying to injure him or anyone other Hawk in return.

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      • Chako Mika
        March 22, 2012

        The best response would have been a goal on the following powerplay. That can send a pretty strong message, and can help win the game- even better payback.

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        • JDM
          March 22, 2012

          Well actually Daniel, Vigneault wasn’t too pleased with the response; he described it as them losing their composure. But the original comment is silly – the response to your guy getting hurt is go out and injure the guy who did it? What is this, Thunderdome?

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          • KB
            March 22, 2012

            A violent response may not make sense if you are trying to score morality points , but if your goal is to win it certainly does. The fact that Duncan Keith received only a two-minute minor for deliberately attempting to injure Daniel Sedin, indicates that the sport is in fact a version of Thunderdome. The Canucks were defeated in the playoffs by a team playing outside the rules last season, and judging by the Chicago game, that’s precisely what will happen again this year.

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  16. Brent
    March 22, 2012

    Surprizingly, being outside the country in a time zone far, far away, I actually also watched this game, on some weird internet feed with Swedish commercials. Overall I thought the canucks played well defensively, something I have been concerned with for a while. Saw the Keith hit on Daniel on replay but not the apparently “brutal dirty” hit by Daniel that precipitated it (Not my words, go to the cbc page for lots of diatribe). There will be a suspension, I am just not sure how long. Canucks struggled in the second, partly because of all the penalties. GREAT PK! Could have won it in the third. Unfortunately had a feeling they were going to lose it in OT, play was going to much the other way. Luongo should have stopped that last goal, he OBVIOUSLY should have KNOWN that the shot was going to go wide and deflect off the skate/shin. Seriously though, the old Lou is back, good news. Happy to see Raymond had a good game, he didn’t seem to be falling down as much.I thought he would come back strong from sitting, and surprisingly I was right!!?? VERY tired, will be a very long day, but it was worth it to WTG.

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  17. J21
    March 22, 2012

    A Keith suspension will only increase the likelihood that the Canucks play the Hawks in the first round, something I don’t want to see. The only way a suspension would be meaningful is if it kept him out for the first round, which it of course will never do. Instead it will just let him rest up while Chicago positions itself to play the Canucks, knowing they can do whatever they want and be labelled the good guys.

    All I want is for Daniel to be OK. :( The NHL will treat Keith with kid gloves regardless because he is a “good Canadian kid” on an Original Six team.

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      March 22, 2012

      Indeed, if anything, the Hawks would love to see Keith get a league mandated rest right about now. They aren’t going to drop lower than 6th, in all likelihood, and probably would rather play the weaker 3rd seed from the Pacific than one of Nashville and Detroit. This way, Keith gets to rest up before the playoffs without Quenneville having to healthy scratch him.

      Nothing is worse than a player guilty of a seriously dirty play getting punished by sitting out meaningless games.

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      • hockeyispretty
        March 22, 2012

        I wish they would put off the disciplinary action until playoffs begin! :) Wishful thinking, I know.

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  18. Aderam
    March 22, 2012

    Is anyone else getting a little tired of this rivalry? It used to be about two elite teams playing good hockey, but now it’s mostly bad insults, fighting and dirty hits from players I otherwise respect (on both sides of the ice).

    Can we just not anymore?

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    • Nee
      March 22, 2012

      This rivalry started from a line brawl during the regular season back in ’09. There’s always been a dirty/nasty element to it.

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    • Daniel W.
      March 22, 2012

      I still think this was a good game between two good teams! Sure there was a lot of post-whistle-brawling, but it still was a very entertaining and good game!

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  19. sarah
    March 22, 2012

    If this season were a lifetime movie it would definitely be called “Mother, may I begin to panic?” I’m going to be on edge all day until I hear an update on Danny. Man, I hope he’s ok. That hit was ugly.

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  20. Jim
    March 22, 2012

    It amazes me how Canuck fans can say that Keith had no right to retaliate for Sedin’s earlier shot to Keith’s head off of the play. If you are going to engage in that type of play you have to expect the same, especially if you do it when nobody is looking and no penalty is called, like Sedin did. At least Keith did it out in the open.

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    • hockeyispretty
      March 22, 2012

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that in truth, you’re not all that “amazed”. You’ve got your negative preconceptions of Canucks fans and are not the least bit surprised whenever you read a comment that supports them.

      Very few if any people have said that Keith has no right to retaliate to a hit that made incidental head contact after body contact.

      We have all been saying that players should not ignore the puck, skate up behind a player who does not have the puck, and raise an elbow to smash them in the head.

      I’m going to keep saying this even if I ever see a Canuck player do it, which I never have, in spite of all the assertions about them being hated, dirty, yawn, whatever haters.

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  21. JanBanan
    March 22, 2012

    This game was a good one to watch after the dull and duller ones in the weeks past. I was really impressed by Mason Raymond- he brough the puck towards the middle for goodness sake! He really earned his ice time last night and it was nice to see him really put in effort. I think he’s earning that spot on the second line, especially because, if Daniel is out for a period of time, lines will need to be shuffled and there are a lot of forwards who can fill those spots.
    I don’t have the opportunity to watch many games (thank you SNP blackouts), so I’m using a small sample size, but this is the first game this season where I’ve actually shouted at the TV in frustration. The first 60 minutes were tolerable, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a worse OT collapse. Was it Tanev who passed the puck straight to Chicago? It was definitely Bieksa with that deplorable drop “pass”. Someone also fumbled the puck and ended up deeper in our zone because of it. Either way I was unimpressed. Did we use up all of our extra-time magic in January? I hope not…

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  22. John Andress
    March 22, 2012

    “Kevin Bieksa might need to work on his drop passes in overtime…Sami Salo has been uncharacteristically tentative at times this season.”

    I thought that the Canucks made some headway in this game but the above captioned quotes from your IWTG represent, for me, what has been perhaps the scariest problem over the past few weeks and indeed, to some extent, throughout this entire season. The Canucks defense has not been up to their standard of last year. I don’t for a moment associate this with the departure of Christien Erhoff but with an overall lack of focus and some soft, thoughtless play by the entire defensive corps. John Shorthouse has said “The puck is cleared to the blueline but not out” so many times it must be tattooed on his forearm. The recent lack of scoring, the AWOL powerplay, some spotty goaltending and an overall lack of focus and intensity has all been manifest in the recent slump which has so many fans verging on the hysterical but, in my view, the biggest fundamental problem is the deteriorating blue line. The other issues would seem to be temporary and repairable. I am not sure about the defense.

    Post Script: If Brendan Shanahan does not issue some sort of suspension to Duncan Kieth for his elbow to Daniel Sedin’s face, it will cast terminal doubt on the NHL’s commitment to getting head shots out of the game. Daniel’s earlier hit on Kieth was a bit late and a bit high but Kieth’s head, although contacted, was not the “principal” point of contact. In Kieth’s hit on Sedin, the head was the “only” point of contact. This has to be punished or the NHL’s concern about head shots will have the hollow ring of hypocrisy to it.

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  23. Chris the Curmudgeon
    March 22, 2012

    Positives in this game:
    -the first 30 seconds didn’t suck
    -Mason Raymond played the best I’ve seen him in a long time
    -ditto Luongo
    -the PK K’ed the P’s
    -we got a loser point
    and now onto the negatives…

    Bottom line is, the team couldn’t score a goal in over an hour of hockey in a game they should’ve been pumped to play, and the Hawks carried the flow of play for much of it. They got some good goaltending and a few decent individual efforts, but this game reeked of the languor and discombobulation that have plagued the last month, and now they can’t use the “meaningless games” excuse. Not good.

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  24. superreggie
    March 22, 2012

    Plan A:
    We train our Fourth line players to intentionally concuss the star of any Cup-Favorite team we play. Why did they waste Duncan Keith? Any time fans of that team complain we go on their message boards, and call them *#@$%ies, and tell them that maybe they should go watch Soccer or something… I mean, really, that is the logical strategy for any team that hopes to win the Cup. Score over 25 goals? Don’t have the puck? WHAM!

    Plan B:
    Switch to Soccer. I’m so sick of the NHL. Maybe I’ll start a blog called “Pass it to Bebeto”. I’ll wait until to the Olympics to watch real hockey.

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  25. Rituro
    March 22, 2012

    I was so happy when I saw a D&D reference off the top. Then I saw it was 3.5rd Edition and a part of me died. Consider yourself nerdsnobbed, PITB. 3.5E? Pah. Ffft. OBVIOUSLY, the only edition worth talking about is 3rd Edition. Obviously. Pfft.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      March 22, 2012

      Oh sure, if you like playing an edition with massive balance issues. Bard, please.

      But I think we can agree: at least it’s not 4th edition.

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  26. Unknown Comic
    March 22, 2012

    Animal Planet says you have to kneel on a turtle to get him to pop his head out. Animal Planet is Alex Burrows favourite channel.

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  27. iceman
    March 22, 2012

    Another great IWTG. I was so pissed last night because I badly wanted to shove a W into the faces of the classless Hawks and their rowdy fans. Thanx Daniel for your keen observations and witty comments, which eased my pain.

    Now on my wish list: 1) Danny’s injury turning out to be not serious and making a full recovery in time, 2) Duncan Keith getting min. 5-game suspension for his dirty headshot 3) Chicago getting swept from the 1st round by [any team] – plus DK getting a knee to his groin in the process.

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    • gla
      March 22, 2012

      1. i agree
      2. 2 games at most
      3. Your sorry team had a chance last year up 3 to 0 as the 1 seed. Didn’t happen then, won’t happen now. Your guys couldn’t even retaliate properly. It was a nice 2 points for the Blackhawks.

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      • hockeyispretty
        March 22, 2012

        It was 2 points for the Blackhawks.

        But it wasn’t nice. It was ugly.

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        • hockeyispretty
          March 22, 2012

          Watching the Red Wings get two points when they beat us clean with high-skilled, passionate hockey – now THAT’s a nice two points.

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  28. DavidGInNewWest
    March 22, 2012

    Funny stuff.

    There should have been a My-elbows-accidentally-ate-a-marijuana-brownie comment, as in,

    “Elbows don’t get that high accidentally… unless they accidentally eat …”

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  29. Stanley mug
    March 22, 2012

    When the Canucks try to go physical this is what happens, they lose. Hodgkins had 2 goals last night, a trade that VANCOUVER WILL REGRET. 2010 Vancouver lost their cool and the Hawks won the Cup.

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