I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers, April 7, 2012

It wasn’t that long ago that we considered the Canucks to have no chance whatsoever at first place in the Western Conference, let alone the Presidents’ Trophy. On March 20th, for instance, the Canucks were a full 6 points back of the Blues with just 10 games remaining and were coming off their 7th loss in 10 games, leading PITB to theorize that the Canucks were taking it easy to close out the season. To top it off, Daniel Sedin was injured by the dirtiest cheap shot of the season.

It looked like curtains for the Canucks’ chances at finishing first overall, but they responded to Daniel’s concussion by going 8-1 over their next 9 games, leading to a dramatic final game against the Edmonton Oilers. With the Rangers losing and the Blues winning earlier in the day, the Canucks had to pick up, at minimum, a single point to win both the Western Conference and the Presidents’ Trophy.

Unlike the rest of the season, the Canucks overachieved when I watched this game.

Canucks 3 – 0 Oilers

  • In all seriousness, winning back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies is an impressive feat that deserves big kudos. So, here goes:

KUDOS

  • The best player on the ice played for the losing team: Devan Dubnyk played a phenomenal game, making 39 saves, many of the genus crikey. Unfortunately for him, the Canucks took 42 shots.
  • Dubnyk was superb early, as the Canucks were dominant in the first period, taking 10 shots before the Oilers even got one, but his best save came when the game was already decided in the third period. Chris “Kiss Huggins” Higgins was coming off 5 goals in 7 games and looked sure to make it 6 in 8, staring at a wide open net from the slot after a sweet feed from David Booth. Instead, Dubnyk dove across, made a tremendous save with his stick, and covered up the rebound with his glove, robbing Higgins of the goal and the hug.
  • Higgins’ reaction to the save-of-the-year candidate was priceless, giving the goaltender a look that could be interpreted one of three ways: the biggest woe-is-me pout you’ll ever see, a grudging not bad Duby, or a terrible Deniro impression. Definitely not as good as Vernon Fiddler’s Deniro.
  • Unlike Dubnyk, Luongo had very little to do in this game, picking up the 60th shutout of his career with just 17 saves and plenty of help from his goalposts. Typical Luongo: even when he gets a shutout, it’s a particularly chokey shutout that won’t silence his critics.
  • Luongo’s best save came on a shorthanded breakaway by Ryan Jones, though he was helped along by Alex Edler backchecking hard from behind. Of course, when I say “backchecking,” I mean “hooking” and when I say “from behind” I mean “right in front of the referee.” It definitely could have been called. And by “could,” I mean “should.”
  • The reffing was problematic all game. Burrows was called for a high-stick on a clear follow-through, giving the Oilers a 5-on-3 in the first period, but other than that it was all in the Canucks’ favour. Edler hit Eberle from behind, but the only call was on Eberle for the retaliatory slash. Salo caught Horcoff in the mouth with a high stick, causing him to check to make sure all his teeth were still there, but it was missed entirely. When Salo himself was hit in the mouth with Nugent-Hopkins’ stick and the refs missed it, a linesman made the call. Malhotra sent VandeVelde into the boards awkwardly from behind, but Eager was the one to get the penalty for cross-checking Malhotra in return. Clearly the referees were getting their favourable calls for the Canucks out of the way before the playoffs started.
  • Ales Hemsky was easily the best skater for the Oilers, finishing with a team-high 6 shot attempts: 5 of them hit the net and the 6th hit the post after a gorgeous move. He also set up Sam Gagner with an open net after making Bieksa look silly by pulling up on a 2-on-1 and letting him slide helplessly past. Hemsky pulled everyone’s attention his way as he stood alone in the slot, then slipped the pass through to Gagner with an open net to shoot at. Well, open except for Edler sprawled in the crease. It wasn’t quite Dwight Howard on Mehmet Okur, but Edler was still credited with a blocked shot.
  • The game remained scoreless through 35 minutes and the Canucks needed something to spark the offence. Fortunately, Tom Renney obliged by sending Darcy Hordichuk and Ben Eager onto the ice. After Maxim “Lappy 486” Lapierre steamrolled Hordichuk, he came out of the corner like he was Baby and he had just been put there. He attempted to elbow Kesler in the head, sparking a mad scrum where both Hordichuk and Eager went after Lapierre, leading to a 4 minute powerplay for the Canucks. But man, their toughness really made the Oilers’ stars feel safer. Really.
  • Though Higgins was held off the scoreboard by Dubnyk, the third line, ostensibly a checking line, once again contributed offensively. Samme Pahlsson cut off Dubnyk’s clearing attempt around the boards, chipping it back behind the net to Jannik Hansen. Pahlsson then made like Brett Hull and found a soft spot in the Oilers’ defence to send Hansen’s return pass just over Dubnyk’s right pad with a one-timer. Before you start referring to Pahlsson as the next Brett Hull, however, keep in mind that it’s very, very easy to find soft spots in the Oilers’ defence. They’re like a baby’s skull.
  • Prior to the game, the Canucks gave out their team awards, with the bulk of them being selected by the fans. This sent many into conniptions that the fans got the choices all wrong, that Henrik wasn’t the team’s MVP, Edler wasn’t the best defenceman, and Higgins wasn’t unsung – he was totally sung! The one that got everyone’s britches in a twist was David Booth as the Canucks Most Exciting Player, as he had just 15 goals heading into game 82 and was coming off 10 games without a point. So Booth went out of his way to justify the fans’ choice, having arguably his best game of the season and putting a gob-smacking 11 shots on net.
  • One of those shots even went in, and it was plenty exciting. On the powerplay, Booth came flying through the neutral zone, picked up the drop pass from Bieksa, then completely burned Jeff Petry and made a nifty move to beat Dubnyk. Petry, of course, is the player whose emergence this year allegedly made Tom Gilbert expendable at the trade deadline. If that’s the Oilers’ idea of a top-notch defenceman, I’m looking forward to many more games against the Oilers in the coming years.
  • With Mason Raymond out of the lineup becoming a father, the red-hot Lapierre was moved to the second line with Kesler and Booth, which seemed to spark the line. The trio out-shot the entire Oilers’ team 20-17, with Lapierre getting 4 shots on net himself and having another 3 attempts blocked. Given Lapierre’s recent success on the top line and Higgins’ fantastic work on the third line, Lappy 486 might have earned himself a spot in the top six for the start of the playoffs. At least, until someone hits his USB self-destruct button.
  • The atmosphere in Rogers Arena was excellent to end off the regular season. I may not like the wave, but the game where the home team wins the Presidents’ Trophy is probably the least inappropriate time for it to occur. I also appreciated the standing ovation they gave the Canucks for the final minute of the game and the one last Luuuuu for Luongo’s final save of the game.
  • Prior to Vigneault’s appearance on After Hours, CBC showed the Canucks’ “Please Celebrate Responsibly” PSA. As it  ended, you could distinctly hear Vigneault chewing on a cough drop. Never change, AV, never change.
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82 comments

  1. TubaNat
    April 8, 2012

    Great Season PITB, Great Season Canucks – on to the main event!!!

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  2. invisibleairwaves
    April 8, 2012

    The best team over two straight 30-team 82-game seasons. Incredible. I can’t believe they actually pulled it off.

    There’s only one thing better than this…

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    • invisibleairwaves
      April 8, 2012

      Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to summon the proper levels of vehemence… http://passittobulis.blogspot.ca/2010/04/la-kings-are-bad.html

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      • obituary mambo
        April 8, 2012

        That was awesome; thanks for the link.

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        • taco
          April 8, 2012

          That’s what I call old school bulis. Yet, still fresh after all these years.. I am surprised PIT didn’t just repost that beauty and go for a soda.

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          • Daniel Wagner
            April 8, 2012

            We might yet.

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            • Harrison Mooney
              April 8, 2012

              No doubt.

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              • Frank
                April 9, 2012

                and so you guys did!

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  3. Josh D.
    April 8, 2012

    IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP IF YOU WANT TO ROCK AND ROLL!

    That road begins now.

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  4. obituary mambo
    April 8, 2012

    Excellent IWTG. And thank you for bowing to peer pressure and tweeting a pic of your adorable baby doing the wave as well as for recapping this game in such an awesome fashion.

    I’m thrilled the Presidents’ Trophy doesn’t have to find a new home and ecstatic that Lu got his 60th career shutout. Here’s hoping Booth’s absolute beauty of a goal will be enough to get the haters off his back. Also, I say we make a concerted effort to usurp the title King Henrik and bestow it upon its rightful owner — our captain, natch. I would love to see #therealkinghenrik trending before long. Make it happen, Canucks faithful.

    I am still on such a high after last night’s game. Can’t wait for the real season to start. Go Canucks!

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    • obituary mambo
      April 8, 2012

      Also, just out of curiosity, why is it the Presidents’ Trophy and not the President’s Trophy? How many Presidents are we talking about here?

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      • madwag
        April 8, 2012

        “Well… there’s been more than one NHL President,” is one person’s explanation i found while researching for an answer to your query. of course, the head of the nhl is no longer called its president, but rather its commissioner, so at least, happily, it’s not bettman’s trophy.

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        • canucks in europe
          April 8, 2012

          and by researching you mean reading wikipedia I assume…?

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  5. obituary mambo
    April 8, 2012

    OMG, I am so scatter brained. I totally forgot to mention my disappointment at the Canucks having drawn a boring defensive team in the first round; I was hoping things would fall the other way. Whatevs, Canucks will stand strong regardless.

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  6. josiahbc
    April 8, 2012

    Another great season indeed. My favorite PITB moment – being relieved the Canucks were scored on as no team had won the cup without allowing a goal at the zenith of team1040 panic about lack of scoring. Wonderbar.

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    • stathead
      April 8, 2012

      Too many top PITB moments to name. Thanks for gloating with us over the good moments and helping salvage the laughs from the losses.

      (That allowing a goal one was great. I’m using that during the playoffs.)

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  7. jenny wren
    April 8, 2012

    playing against the second worst
    vancouver just might finish first
    but though the nucks had shots galore
    on d dubnyk they did not score

    four times the teams had their almosts
    when ringing shots off both the posts
    then on their twenty-seventh shot
    hank scored the goal might mean a lot

    a one-zip lead into the third
    “Just like last game,” is what was heard
    “When Calgary went on a spree
    And beat the Nucks by scoring three.”

    tonight there was no deja vu
    as pahlsson put them up by two
    and when booth scored so prettily
    ’twas clear we’d worried needlessly

    so once again we are the best
    of all the teams both east and west
    regardless of what happens next
    this is a team the flock respects

    jenny wren
    chicken chick
    chicken hawk
    whisky jack
    clay pigeon
    the olde coot

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    • obituary mambo
      April 8, 2012

      Bravo! And nice to see that all of your personalities are in agreement on this one. Hooray for unity!

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      • jenny wren
        April 8, 2012

        you’ve not met Cyanocitta Jay / whose not Italian by the way

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        • obituary mambo
          April 9, 2012

          Dare I ask? Or is it one of those things better left in the dark?

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          • jenny wren
            April 9, 2012

            see mr. mooney on the badness of the kings.

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  8. Warpstone
    April 8, 2012

    I’m fairly sure that CBC caught Lapierre saying something that ended with “…your wife!” while he was yapping at Hordichuk and Eager in the box. If there is one player I would love to see mic’d for a game, it would be Lappy 486. :)

    I’m stunned by the second President’s Trophy… mostly because it always felt like our team was missing something/under-achieving/winning ugly if you followed them through most other media sources.

    Thankfully, I’ve been well-served by PITB all season, where I have been usually made aware that this team is … quite good.

    Note: my only complaint is that we drew LA instead of SJ. I would always choose the team with the weakest defence/Goalie as the preferable match-up. Still, given how the stars-aligned to give the Canucks a shot at the President’s Trophy, I can hardly complain (much). :P

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    • peanutflower
      April 8, 2012

      I saw that too. I replayed it a few times, and definitely “your wife” was part of Lzpierre’s little conversation. Hordichuk is just silly. He’s like Shane O’Brien when he plays against the Canucks, all about the I’ll show you instead of concentrating on playing the game.

      Anyway, I have to say I sure didn’t see this coming back in January/February. Heck, I didn’t see this coming at all this year, and strangely, the excitement level for the Canucks achieving back to back Presidents’ cups is pretty low, for me at least. There’s a bigger prize, right?

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      • stathead
        April 8, 2012

        Yeah… hard to see this coming when a win is greeted with articles saying *another low-scoring victory – Henrik Sedin is snakebitten, hasn’t scored in 21 games [17 assists don't count really] – top line not scoring – Canucks powerplay slumping – Luongo staggered through to a win, looked shaky on many saves – Schneider seen sharpening machete and looking cunning on the bench – team seemed low energy*

        I was almost apologizing to people last night when I said it would be nice if they would win the PT – I wasn’t alone. Bieksa tried to give his PT hat away to a reporter, who boomeranged it right back. (Dude – he doesn’t want it. They won’t even touch the trophy itself. Just take the hat off his hands for him.)

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        • peanutflower
          April 8, 2012

          I never read that stuff anyway. David Booth was wearing his playoff hat, backward, natch. It’s his first time in the playoffs isn’t it?

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  9. Zach Morris
    April 8, 2012

    To the Kings:

    The day of the game will soon be at hand. And no matter how hard you pray to a higher power or how many foam accoutrements you wear in support of the team from your area, your team will be defeated.
    We will win and you will lose. This is your fate.
    Prepare for humiliation. It shall be upon you at the designated hour.

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    • Cathylu
      April 8, 2012

      Please Canucks, make it so!

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  10. Scout
    April 8, 2012

    If Dubnyk is going to play like that (all amazing and stuff) I don’t want to see him in the Oliers’ goal next season — depriving Higgins of hugs is unthinkable.

    I *do* want to see two months of playoffs! We’re so lucky to have an amazing team to support!

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    • Lindsay
      April 8, 2012

      Dubey only plays like that against us for some reason… My Oiler fan friends tell me to trust them-he sucks! But there was last night and the shootout on Jan 24th and he didn’t look so bad. However, we are 1st and they are 29th… Go figure…

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    • obituary mambo
      April 8, 2012

      Depriving Higgins of hugs is like stealing a dog’s favorite toy or knocking a kid’s ice-cream cone to the ground — inexcusable and wretched behaviour.

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      • obituary mambo
        April 8, 2012

        BTW, is there a spelling preference on this site? As an American, I’m familiar with our spelling rules, but I live in Europe and am also comfortable with British spelling (although spellcheck does not recognise* it as being correct — a prime example right here *). My understanding is that Canadian spelling falls somewhere between the two and in some places diverges all together.

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        • peanutflower
          April 8, 2012

          I doubt anyone would notice anymore what kind of spelling you use, but I have to say that my pet peeve is “defense” In Canada it is spelled “defence”. It’s not the Department of Defense. Or a defenseman. It’s defence. with a C. I guess it’s just the Americanization of the NHL, right? I lived in Long Beach CA for years and I was always getting called out for my spelling, but I think those lines are getting pretty blurry now. Except for defence. It’s spelled with a C. PITB, take note. :)

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          • obituary mambo
            April 8, 2012

            Thanks for the input. I’ll try to remember to use the c in any spelling of the word defence.

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          • hockeyispretty
            April 8, 2012

            Translation: people will notice what kind of spelling you use.

            Yes, it’s a big mishmash here, summed up by the place you get your tires rotated. “Tire Centre”. American spelling of tire, British spelling of centre.

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  11. Cathylu
    April 8, 2012

    Since I was lucky enough to be in the arena last night I just want to say how great the experience was. The crowd was amazing (even doing the wave) and Lu was given lots of love. Coming back from the arena we saw the King-Shark game through the window of a restaurant and we stood outside watching to see the Sharks win. Now it’s time for me to head home to enemy territory. We’ll see you all in the arena for games 3 and 4! Go Canucks!

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    • Nee
      April 8, 2012

      Vancouver is addicted to the wave, I swear. It has happened at every game I’ve attended in the last 2 years. Mostly, those have been big wins, so it’s understandable, but one time:

      The awkward moment when you’re doing the wave and the other team scores.

      I love you Vancouver : )

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  12. sarah
    April 8, 2012

    Great IWTG – as per usual.

    Well, now that that’s out of the way, bring on the Playoffs! Too early to break out the green and blue nail polish? I don’t think so!

    I’m wondering if I need to dig out my middle-school make-up and incorporate the blue and green eye shadow too. Tacky, yes…but it’s the playoffs boys and girls!

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    • obituary mambo
      April 8, 2012

      Mine have already been done!

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      • hockeyispretty
        April 8, 2012

        Nice! My toes are green, going blue today. As for the eyes – can use a bright blue top eyeliner with a little green at the corners, then neutral browns/greys on lid and lower liner if you want a less blazing Canuck themed look for the eyes.

        If Daniel and Harrison want to do a Breakdowning on how to do Canuck makeup for the playoffs, we are willing to provide stills and play by play ;)

        Or, you can just feature AV’s appearance on After Hours for us

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        • sarah
          April 8, 2012

          I have a blue liner [yah, I want through a colour phase]…so I might use that with green eye shadow. Thankfully we’re no longer rocking the red/yellow/orange jerseys or the red/burgundy/silver. Neither of those are quite as conducive to self-decorating.

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          • obituary mambo
            April 8, 2012

            I generally go with a green eyeshadow combo and a surprisingly untacky navy blue eyeliner with silver sparkles in for the post season. The problem arises when it comes to mascara — I’ve got black and purple, neither of which works for playing the Kings, so I’ll have to look around and see what I can find that isn’t so horrifying I can’t be seen in public. ;) I love the blue and green and wear clothing in those colours every game day — regular and post season. Having said that, back in the day I used to rock a pewter/silver combo with black eyeliner and mascara, which was actually pretty awesome (also, I was in my punk phase, so it was fitting).

            The yellow/orange/black days were before I started dressing/applying make-up for team benefit. Though, I’ve actually got some really nice understated yellow eyeshadow that I had to put away during the SCF and have pretty much been afraid to pull out since. I’d hate to think what I would have looked like as a pre-teen/teenager trying to match my make-up to the Canucks’ colour scheme. Talk about nightmare inducing visions.

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            • sarah
              April 8, 2012

              I think if you have the rest of the eye done up Canucks colours you can stick to black mascara.

              Canuck make-up tips: exclusive to PITB?

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              • obituary mambo
                April 8, 2012

                Considering this is one of the few places female fans feel comfortable outing themselves, it seems likely. PITB: smashing barriers left, right and centre!

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              • Harrison Mooney
                April 8, 2012

                FWIW, if you ladies produced an in-depth visual tutorial on how to do Canuck makeup, we would gladly do a post on it. Gladly. That sounds like really strange, fun, original content.

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      • Chicky
        April 8, 2012

        I have both the blue and green in my repertoire, wait, haven’t the playoffs started yet? I’m Hells Bells ready here, people!

        Love the overrated team winning the Pres Trophy again.

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  13. MelT
    April 8, 2012

    Does Samme Pahlsson have an animal nickname yet? He needs one…

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    • stathead
      April 8, 2012

      Who’s Wolf? A Canuck tweeted about him lately. We need some sort of index.

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      • Hips
        April 8, 2012

        Wolf is Ballard. I think that Pahlsson needs a name that fits his hardworking reliable style. Donkey?

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        • Phileo99
          April 8, 2012

          sorry, but donkey has too many negative connotations and Sami is too hard working for that.
          Maybe Ox ?

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    • Nick
      April 8, 2012

      yes he does … he’s known on all the teams he’s played on as “Sammy the Bull” … for good reason

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      • hockeyispretty
        April 8, 2012

        I think Kesler or someone is already Bull. Maybe Pahlsson can be Red Bull? :)

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        • MelT
          April 9, 2012

          Maybe someone with a Masters Degree in English can confirm the whole nickname issue for us.

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          • Harrison Mooney
            April 9, 2012

            I’d love to help, but I dropped out of grad school prior to writing the thesis SO I’M OF NO USE TO ANYBODY.

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            • MelT
              April 9, 2012

              You’re like the reverse career trajectory of every junior hockey player. If that whole university thing doesn’t work out, there’s always hockey.

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  14. Wagman
    April 8, 2012

    Hopefully the rest of my pre-season prediction made in a comment on your “An unreasonably pessimistic Canucks season preview” will now come to fruition (see http://vansunsportsblogs.com/2011/10/05/an-unreasonably-pessimistic-canucks-season-preview/):

    Wagman
    October 5, 2011

    You said it was “unreasonably pessimistic”. Unfortunately it sounds like the typical attitude of too many Canucks fans (Luongo can’t handle the pressure, the Sedins shouldn’t be first liners, there’s no depth, etc.) Can’t wait for the “unreasonably optimistic”… I’m all for crushing last season with a 111 points to take the Presidents’ and then Stanley in a stunning 16 games. Hopefully it starts with the Penguins Thursday!

    :)

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    • Nee
      April 8, 2012

      Are you Harry Potter?

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    • J21
      April 8, 2012

      In that same comment section, I posted: “And both Sedins are due for injuries, let’s face it, especially with the amount of abuse they take.”

      So I was half-right, but for the wrong reason.

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  15. John in Marpole
    April 8, 2012

    AV on HNIC-AH FTW.

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    • obituary mambo
      April 8, 2012

      Can we please have a post about all the awesomeness contained in this appearance?

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      • john in Marpole
        April 8, 2012

        Yes, please.

        And thanks.

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  16. Dylan
    April 8, 2012

    A HOMESTARRUNNER REFERNECE!?! Sewious yuu guyyes….

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  17. Brent
    April 8, 2012

    I think the KUDOS should have been larger, possibly 32 font Arial.

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  18. stathead
    April 8, 2012

    Anyone else notice they’re still trying to claim Luongo isn’t playing very well in the media? Not necessarily malevolent – my feeling is, they all have a nose for a story, know the Canucks will go far, and want to be able to do the dramatic Luongo “comeback” or something. Even on our own Canucks.com game preview, the writeup selected the last [number of games that made Lu's numbers look as bad as possible] for wins-losses (which are a harsh thing to pin on a goaltender alone). And anyone reading it would assume the loss in Calgary was Schneids’. Check it out:

    “Schneider has prompted chatter of a possible goaltending controversy by going 13-3-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average since Christmas. Luongo probably wouldn’t mind a confidence-boosting performance after going 3-3-1 with a 3.41 GAA in his last nine starts. He was pulled from his most recent outing Tuesday against Anaheim after yielding four goals on 15 shots. Schneider … came in and stopped all nine shots he faced in a 5-4 shootout win. That was the Canucks’ seventh straight victory. The loss at Calgary was their first defeat since March 21 at Chicago”

    As a great man once said (lately): “It’s getting old.”

    Huzzah for both our goalies and the rest of our team who are all champs to us! Keep up the zombie-ism and “uninspired” play, boys, it’s working!!

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    • stathead
      April 8, 2012

      “standing ovation they gave the Canucks for the final minute of the game and the one last Luuuuu for Luongo’s final save of the game” – not mentioned and probably not much appreciated by the CBC announcers, who started off the game discussing how shaky Luongo looked and then had to put up with this shutout nonsense.

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    • Jess
      April 8, 2012

      Jeez stathead … this is a nice moment for the fans today. Why do you have to stir up the negativity. That’s what’s getting old.

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  19. Andre
    April 8, 2012

    Let me please comment on your intro.

    We went into a losing skid in March while NY and the Blues (sounds like a band) soared to great heights. Then everything got turned around and we eventually squeaked to the top.

    To me, this reflects how tough this league is. Fans can look at the Columbus and Calgary stats and predict an easy win, but that does not win the Canucks any games. There were no easy games this season, save perhaps the Toronto blowout, which was made easy by their poor coaching and team dissaray.

    Let’s not forget this fact when we lose one or two game and all the fan neuroses pour out.

    Let me restate this: all year long, the Canucks faced determined adversaries and played tough games. And yet, we prevailed. Viewing it in that light, winning the President’s Trophy is nothing short of amazing. What an incredible accomplishment by the Canucks!

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  20. canucks in europe
    April 8, 2012

    This PT came as a surprise and I think that’s good. Last year we were focused on because it was a first for us. This year it was just the end result of consistent hard work, something we are getting familiar with. It’s almost as if the Canucks didn’t care if they won it but were content to play how they wanted to for the whole year and low and behold they come out as the best team.

    And speaking of Bulis…I saw him playing a KHL conference championship game today on Czech television…unfortunately no one was passing it to him either.

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  21. iceman
    April 8, 2012

    Another stellar season and back-to-back PT. Has it been ever done before? Regardless my hat’s off to everyone with the team who made this possible and of course, to PITB for all the brilliant articles to keep us sane :-) .

    Now there’s only one unfinished business and we all know how it begins… “Beat LA!”

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    • peanutflower
      April 8, 2012

      Four times I think. And three times I think the winning team went on to win the SCF in their second year of winning the presidents trophy

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  22. hockeyispretty
    April 8, 2012

    Having a happy Easter morning rewatching the game and baking. Thumbs up if you think it’s hilarious, the frustration in the media over AV’s refusal to set in stone the “first, second, third, and fourth” lines. Top quotes from the CBC: “Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows is with him, and so is Andrew Ebbett on the top line, or what should be the top line…” “… some different line combinations that probably, well maybe will be together for the playoffs but maybe not.”

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  23. Nick
    April 8, 2012

    I see now why the Oilers think the refs have had it in this season … that was one of poorest officiated games I’ve seen in awhile, and Edmonton got the short end for sure

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  24. Brent
    April 8, 2012

    Happy that Kessler managed to avoid Hordichuk’s elbow. Would have been really bad to lose Kessler before the playoffs. But what did people think of PJ Stocks comments about him being suspended for it? I am not sure you can be suspended for something you try to do?

    I am assuming this missed elbow was one of the reasons Hordichuk got the double minor? Not exactly “roughing” but I think the ref was trying to send a message.

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    • hockeyispretty
      April 8, 2012

      I think you’re right – I don’t think they can suspend for that. But one of the commentators after the second period seemed to think Lapierre should be suspended for something & I couldn’t see the problem with it particularly. Does anyone who knows what I’m talking about think that should be reviewed by the league?

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      • tj
        April 8, 2012

        You misheard, I believe. The Lapierre hit was good, but it was the Hordy/Eager headhunting that followed which caused the commentator(s) to refer to a ‘suspendable’ action.

        From a Kuzma piece: “Lapierre has done a better job at picking his spots to get the opposition off its game and did it to perfection against the Oilers. Despite the Canucks holding a 24-6 shot advantage in the second period, he drilled Darcy Hordichuk into the corner boards with a heavy check. Ben Eager took exception and Hordichuk weighed into the fray that resulted in a four-minute power play. Less than a minute later, Henrik Sedin ended a 22-game scoring drought.”

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  25. Farmerwrites
    April 8, 2012

    A big part of me knows that the Canucks could use the time to rest up and get healthy – one Canuck in particular comes to mind – but there’s another, persistent, overly excited part of me that wants the playoffs to start tonight.

    Or, like, right meow would be good too.

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  26. rabbidfan54
    April 8, 2012

    Wasn’t sure if PITB was going to do an article on the rather bland interview with AV in the ‘After Hours’ segment on CBC. Highlight for me was at about 6:34 you will see our beloved sung/unsung hero Chris ‘Kiss Huggins’ Higgins walking in the background with 2 very attractive specimens of the opposite gender…. he struts by with such swagger that only a hero can manage.

    I wonder if he was going to celebrate with hugs and show off his shiny trophy..

    After hours clip below.
    http://youtu.be/kW0YR5qqqww

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    • Brigitte
      April 8, 2012

      Haha nice catch! Go Higgy!

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    • Phileo99
      April 8, 2012

      Those were just two of the groupies who were completely mesmerized when Kiss Huggins flashed his abs of steel.
      Time to go workout now……

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  27. Phileo99
    April 8, 2012

    we won back-to-back Presidents Trophies.
    WE WON BACK TO BACK PRESIDENTS TROPHIES !

    Great IWTG. And yeah, the KUDOS could have been bigger. RIP Steve Irwin.

    And so the quest for 16wins begins a new, with the Kings being the first challenge. If the mantra of playing within our system, and playing the right way has been sufficiently drilled into the players heads, then we should have no problems beating the Kings. Of course, the LA Kings might have something to say about that, so that’s why we play these games. I still think the Canucks will take it in 6.

    I’m really rooting hard for the Sharks to win their series against the Blues in 7 games. For two reasons:
    1) Because that means we play them in the 2nd round if we win the series with LA. I think the Canucks match up well against the Sharks.

    2) I want Nashville/Detroit/Hawks to beat each other up. A lot. It’s a bigger advantage for the Canucks to deal with them in the conference finals as opposed to the 2nd round, so that we don’t have to expend too much energy too soon unnecessarily.

    3) Travel time/distance favours playing on the west coast time zone as long as possible. Again, this keeps the troops physically and mentally fresh as long as possible.

    Pretty excited about this years playoffs. Can’t start soon enough!

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  28. Tamara B
    April 8, 2012

    Hockeyispretty — they were talking about the attempted elbow I think — not Lappy.

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    • hockeyispretty
      April 8, 2012

      OH. Thanks! That makes sense – guess I really do need to crack out the tin foil toque if I just assumed they were talking about Lappy.

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  29. the real bob
    April 8, 2012

    Here’s to 16 winning IWTG in the playoffs!

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