I Watched This Playoff Game: Canucks at Los Angeles Kings, April 18, 2012

It would be tough to overstate the impact that Daniel Sedin had in his return to the lineup Wednesday night, but I’m going to try: Daniel’s impact was the essence of impact itself; by the game’s end, Quebec’s MLS club had changed their name to the Montreal Daniel Sedin.

The guy made a difference, is what I’m saying. In his first game back from a concussion, Daniel had a game-high 11 shots attempted, over 20% of the Canucks’ shot creation. He and Henrik were on the ice for all 3 Vancouver goals, and although they only picked up points on the third, their presence on the ice opened up space for everyone else and gave the entire team a spark. And not just any spark — the Allspark, which gives life to Autobots, Decepticons, and other cold, lifeless mechanisms, such as the Canucks’ powerplay, which came suddenly to life, going 2-for-3 in this game. And I watched this game.

Canucks 3 – 1 Kings

  • Rejected joke: Daniel had more impact than 10 pages of LOLcats captions. (It was a font joke. No one likes font jokes.)
  • After 10 minutes of (in)action, it looked like we might be in for another 1-0 finish Wednesday, which is what made Mason Raymond’s loathsome defensive play on the Anze Kopitar goal so infuriating. As the puck squirted out into the neutral zone, Raymond darted ahead of Kopitar and reached the puck first. Then, for whatever reason, instead of collecting it, he attempted to throw a shoulder check into Kopitar, missing, taking himself out of the play, and leaving Kopitar to pick up the puck and beat Cory Schneider high with it. Could Raymond have played this worse? He could have snatched up the puck and attempted to score on Schneider himself, but considering his offensive struggles, even this might have been preferable.
  • What’s even more frustrating is that Raymond’s thing is defensive reliability, but this is the second time in this series he’s cost the team a goal by missing a check on Kopitar. Raymond was the last man back after Kopitar picked off that Alex Edler drop pass in game 2, and he tried to throw the exact same check. It’s inexplicable. Raymond’s not strong enough to lay Kopitar out even if he does make contact. He’d bounce off so hard he’d take off like Team Rocket, and disappear into the sky with a twinkle.
  • Raymond had seen 7 shifts in the first 13 minutes of the game until he made the error. In the remaining 37 minutes after that, he only saw 7 more, including just 1 in the third. His 10:05 of icetime was less than everyone but Zack Kassian, and more than that, it was only the 2nd time all season that Raymond has seen fewer than 11 minutes.
  • While Raymond did himself no favours in the P.R. department Wednesday, Alex Edler found a measure of redemption by scoring the game-tying goal on a powerplay early in the second period with a wrister from the point. Quick was being screened by Ryan Kesler on the shot, although he wasn’t set either, drifting too far to his left when Dan Hamhuis moved the puck along the blue line and losing his post. Word of advice: if you don’t want to lose your post, do all your writing in Word, then copy and paste it into WordPress.
  • Just over two minutes later, Kevin Bieksa gave the Canucks the lead, taking a feed from David Booth and putting another one past Quick. It’s worth noting that, while neither Sedin drew an assist on this play, they made it happen, following David Booth across the blue line and heading straight for the net and drawing 4 Kings with them. With the 5th drawn to the wall by Booth, that left the point wide open for the slapshot, and Bieksa stepped into one like a Slim Jim.
  • But if the Sedins’ contributions on the first two goals were unnoticeable, it was impossible to miss them on the third one, a powerplay marker that came on some high-level Wizardous Sedinerie. First, Henrik Sedin managed to evade two Kings checkers at the far wall, then he cut between them and darted back to the wall before feeding Daniel Sedin streaking through the slot with a no-look backpass. Then Daniel walked in, drew 3 Kings to him, and fed Dan Hamhuis with a twirling backhand pass. The rebound from Hamhuis’s shot jumped high into the air, and before it could land, Henrik swatted it into the goal. It was sexy, and it was good to have the true sorcerers back. Jannik Hansen tried to copy some of that stuff while Daniel was gone, but he only wound up making an army of brooms that wouldn’t listen to him.
  • That goal made it 3-1, but it could just have easily been 2-2 at that point had Cory Schneider not made a huge, momentum-sparing save on a Dustin Brown penalty shot attempt moments earlier. The chance came after Kevin Bieksa got a bit too nonchalant moving a puck at the blueline (yeah, he’ll do that) and turned the puck over to Brown, who streaked in alone. Bieksa took the winger down, leading to the penalty shot, but Schneider bailed him out with a big save. Amazingly, it was the first penalty shot save in Canucks’ postseason history. There have only ever been 3 attempts, but still.
  • Speaking of Schneider, while I didn’t love his rebound control at times in the early going, he really settled in. Plus I loved his goal control. Only Kopitar’s shot got past him, as the goaltender made 43 saves to stave off the LA attack and send the Canucks back to Vancouver with a still-faint-but-somewhat-brighter hope of getting back into this series. He was fantastic, and deserves to start Game 5.
  • Manny Malhotra went 13-for-17 in the faceoff circle, with all but one of those draws coming in the defensive zone. It was a big change from what we saw in Game 3, when Ryan Kesler took nearly all the defensive zone draws. (Kesler still took 12 Wednesday, but he lost 10 of them, which might have been why Manny saw more than usual.) But, more noteworthy to me is that Samme Pahlsson took zero defensive zone draws, and has only taken 3 in total since game 1, when he went 0-for-4 inside his own blueline and lost the draw that led to the game-winning goal. Alain Vigneault appears to have lost trust in him.
  • On the flipside, Jarrett Stoll was a menace for the Kings tonight in the faceoff circle. He won 12 of 16, including 7 of 8 versus Ryan Kesler and 4 of 5 versus Henrik Sedin.
  • Daniel Sedin’s sneakiest sequence came in the 3rd period, when he caught a puck bouncing up over the top of the Kings net and threw it down at the goal line. Sure, it wouldn’t have counted if it had gone in on its own, but by placing it where he did, Daniel increased the chances of either Quick or Drew Doughty accidentally knocking it in. It didn’t happen. But in the ensuing scrum, Daniel partook in bonus sneakery by punching Colin Fraser in the face. He was all, Tell your friends, sucka. Daniel Sedin’s back, and he punches faces now.
  • Speaking of Sedin headhunting, Henrik Sedin finally snapped in this game and stuck a minor elbow on Dustin Brown just after the Kings’ winger had been felled by a puck to the mouth. Henrik really only nicked him (it almost looked as though he changed his mind mid-chicken wing), but an elbow to the head warrants a second look. Will Hank sit? I doubt it. Considering it’s Henrik and that Brown was uninjured, I’d wager he gets nothing for the transgression, but a fine wouldn’t shock me either. But that’s okay. It’ll make Henrik seem tougher. Tell your friends, sucka. Henrik Sedin got fined for headhunting last week. He’s crazy, yo.
  • The secret 1st star of this game? Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis, who did everything onight. He played a game-high 34 shifts and team-high 25:34, including 3:00 on the first-unit powerplay and 2:13 shorthanded, assisted on 2 goals, had a team-high 6 shots on net, and added 3 hits and 3 blocked shots. And then he sang everyone to sleep on the flight home. What a guy.
  • And finally, do the Kings realize that Eric Cartman’s support reflects poorly on them? Every time he screamed, “Go Kings Go!” I laughed because if he thinks something is good, it means that Trey Parker and Matt Stone think it’s the worst thing in the world. He’s probably only pretending to support the Kings so he can cook Drew Doughty’s parents into a chili or something.
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80 comments

  1. invisibleairwaves
    April 19, 2012

    Ugh, the Cartman chant. Nothing like the sound of an already incredibly grating voice being pumped through a tinny arena sound system, run through the broadcast system,and out my crappy TV speakers. It’s too bad the Canucks got themselves into a hole in this series, as it means they can’t win without having a Game 6 at the Staples Center.

    That Henrik goal, though. No words, should have sent a poet…

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    • Warpstone
      April 19, 2012

      LOL, I had no idea that was Cartman. My wife and were wondering why the Kings used a recoreding of Courtney Love!

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      • DavidGInNewWest
        April 19, 2012

        I had no idea either. I thought it was the chick from Concrete Blonde screaming.

        Regardless, it’s a horrid noise and whoever approved it should receive a beating.

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      • Jyrki Lumme
        April 19, 2012

        Cartman huh? Thanks for sorting that out. Man, they sure play that A LOT at the big Stapler – they need some new material – crazy annoying. It was really bugging me as I was wondering who the F that was – sounded like Joan Rivers? Then I’m like, who uses Joan Rivers to pump up a crowd at a hockey game?

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      • yakkamut
        April 19, 2012

        Heh…I thought it sounded like Howard’s mom from The Big Bang Theory!

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    • Jason
      April 19, 2012

      Has anyone realized South Park takes place in Colorado? Shouldn’t it be the Avs using Cartman, if anyone?

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      • Joe P.
        April 19, 2012

        This bothers me as well. Perhaps Cartman roots for the Kings to draw the ire of the rest of the kids? That seems like something he would do.

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    • Phileo99
      April 19, 2012

      I noticed that none of the kings fans listened to Cartman after the Canucks’ 3rd goal on some Wizardous Sedinerie by Hank/Dank

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    • cathylu
      April 19, 2012

      As a big South Park fan I was mad at Matt and Trey about the Cartman thing but I like the way Harrison spins it. Cartman always does the wrong thing. And his video did no good last night for the Kings. Ha!

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  2. Taco
    April 19, 2012

    Wow, waking up at 4 A.M. to check on PITB really payed off this morning. First comment! Yay. But seriously though, I had some other really good reasons for being up this early. No seriously…

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  3. Taco
    April 19, 2012

    Arggg…. curse you invisibleairwaves

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    • invisibleairwaves
      April 19, 2012

      Ha! I’m like an insomniac ninja.

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  4. Josh D.
    April 19, 2012

    One thing: Wasn’t it Henrik that threw the puck down on the goalline before being cross checked into the net or am I just remember that wrong?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      April 19, 2012

      You’re remembering it wrong, but it’s an understandable mistake. They do look alike, after all.

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      • Josh D.
        April 19, 2012

        That’ll do it. I think I forgot which was which because I was talking to my uncle at the time as we discussed if knocking Daniel into the net and dislodging it constituted purposely knocking it off.

        After we were done doing our Darryl Sutter impressions.

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        • Jyrki Lumme
          April 19, 2012

          Josh D. : good question about Doughty cross-checking Daniel into the crossbar to knock the net off – I was wondering the same thing. I felt it should’ve been called as delay of game, as it seemed to me that Doughty clearly knew what the result of his crosscheck would be, particularly with the puck behind Quick so close to the goal line. Did the refs miss that one? Thoughts?

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          • peanutflower
            April 19, 2012

            So under what circumstances could a goal in that situation have counted. If Doughty had pushed Henrik and the puck had gone in? Was it the fact that Daniel was standing in the crease an issue that would negate any goal? Could he have pushed it in with his stick? I wonder if he knew what to do? That’s a pretty odd situation.

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            • Nick
              April 19, 2012

              The surprising thing to me was that it was O’Halloran who made the call … rumour has it that Vancouver is not his favourite.

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            • Phileo99
              April 19, 2012

              Given that they play soccer during warm-up, Dank should have headbutted in.

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  5. frankthetank
    April 19, 2012

    He’s been doing it for a while now (maybe since Daniel’s been hurt), but Henrik’s been playing a lot more physically. Instead of peeling off or giving a little bump, he’s been throwing some solid hits – I like it!

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  6. Taco
    April 19, 2012

    I agree, Hendrik has really shown the last two games why he is the captain. He looks like a general out there and I would say that some lessons have been learned. He is different this year, it’s palpable.

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    • tj
      April 19, 2012

      (Taco, please, I love your comments; they’re almost always a hoot, but it’s ‘Henrik’, no ‘d’. :) Not to be a stickler. Just a pet peeve of mine, as someone whose full name is oft spelled incorrectly…)

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  7. bc
    April 19, 2012

    Man, I’ve really missed the Wizardous Sedinerie. I’m torn between that and Henrick’s elbow to Brown’s face as my favourite highlight of the evening….

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    • whisky jack
      April 19, 2012

      Did you see Hank smack Dustin Brown
      When skating by while he was down?
      Mayhap he has his nasty side:
      Review the hit, then you decide.
      Of course it cannot be denied
      That Henrik’s hit was justified.
      A payback for a time before,
      ‘Twas just to even up the score!

      The Olde Coot

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    • Matt
      April 19, 2012

      Love the “Tell your friends, sucka…” lines!

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    • tj
      April 19, 2012

      (Ack, et tu, bc?! ;) Sigh. Clearly, I won’t win this crusade for spelling first names correctly… )

      Go, Hendrick!

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  8. Dave
    April 19, 2012

    The game was amazing, it was Canuck hockey again. And even better when the microphone picked up the few supporters in the crowd with the GO CANUCKS GO chant!

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  9. JDM
    April 19, 2012

    I would note that Edler bears a lot of the responsibility on the Kopitar goal, again. He made an ill-advised pinch, which is why Raymond was the guy backchecking (at the end of a long shift, no less). But it wasn’t just ill-advised, it was downright half-hearted, he didn’t even put in an effort. I really hope his subsequent PP goal gives him some confidence to get out of this funk because if he is the weak link going forward it’s hard to see this going 7.

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    • Nick
      April 19, 2012

      Edler is an interesting player … potentially great if paired with the right guy. But otherwise doesn’t seem smart enough (yet) to be good on his own. I hope the day never comes when his partner is MAG.

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  10. whisky jack
    April 19, 2012

    My gut is full of butterflies
    So fearful of our team’s demise
    I pray a win we’ll realize:

    The endings of two games I saw
    ‘Twas overtime in Ottawa
    Pittsburg beat Philly 10 to 3
    But neither meant a thing to me

    And then the one I’d waited for
    Wondering what it held in store
    Raymond was deked by Kopitar
    Who broke away and here we are

    With the Canucks now down by one
    I get the sense Vancouver’s done
    However forty minutes more
    Means we’ve still a chance to score

    Edler does on a powerplay
    Mayhap the team will find a way
    “Bieksa shoots deflection scores!”
    Reduced we are to either ors

    Either the Nucks go on to win
    Or it’s a jug of bathtub gin
    It was the former as you know
    So Sunday night another go

    Whisky Jack

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  11. mac n cheese
    April 19, 2012

    hey… I like font jokes! anyone? … no?

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    • SteveB
      April 19, 2012

      Two fonts walk into the bar, and the barman says, “Sorry lads, we don’t serve your type.”

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      • tj
        April 19, 2012

        Heh heh. Love the font jokes… The media-geek’s fart jokes.

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  12. zach
    April 19, 2012

    I cannot explain how happy I was, when in the second period, an amazing thing happened. All of a sudden, the Canucks started looking like the Canucks, and seemingly at the same time stopped playing the defensive grind down, which of course is the kings forte. I rejoiced.

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  13. J21
    April 19, 2012

    If Henrik were to be disciplined for giving Brown a token measure of his own medicine (there was no real possibility for harm there, let’s face it), then the League is as ridiculous as… well, as we already know it is. So I suppose he’ll get a 31-game suspension, since “THAT IS SO WAAY WORSER THAN WAHT KIETTH DID!!1!” says HFBoards.

    As I said right in the Game 1 comment thread — the absence of Daniel screws up the forward lines completely. His return not only brings back (the true) Henrik, it also kind of brings back everyone, because it allows the Canucks to have a proper #1 line (as in, one that does not contain a third-line checker out of position).

    Also, a comment on Alex Edler — he has been atrocious this series no doubt. But for the legion of mental giants that actually want to get rid of him on the basis of a 3-to-4 game sample size… seriously? After some 300 or so games of clearly being a very good NHL defenseman? You’ll throw it all away because of 3 games? Do you think you should get fired if you have a bad day at work?

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    • Warpstone
      April 19, 2012

      Given what Weber did, I doubt Shanahan could even mention Henrik’s elbow/glorified face wash with a straight face. He’s got more than enough real headshots to deal with.

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      • peanutflower
        April 19, 2012

        Well, it wasn’t actually an elbow at all. It was a good old fashioned duelling slap across the face. Kind of funny in retrospect. Dustin sold it good though.

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    • Nick
      April 19, 2012

      There’s a silver lining to Alex’s mini slump. This is his contract summer. His recent struggles make him cheaper to re-sign and make it less likely that someone’s going to offer him an Ehrhoff contract that the Canucks won’t be able to match.

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    • cub
      April 19, 2012

      On Eddie. Skill-wise a lot of pros are pretty similar but it’s what goes on upstairs that counts the most. Pressure changes everything and a lot are prone to flaking out, whether all the time like Erhoff or just sometimes like Eddie. Check out Hamhuis – the real anchor. Looks like his pulse doesn’t go above 100 no matter what’s happening. His good/bad decision counts under pressure are elite level.

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  14. obituary mambo
    April 19, 2012

    Garish eye make-up and alternating blue and green toe nails FTW!

    In all seriousness though, what a win! It seems Booth has been rewarded for his hard work throughout the series by being promoted to the first line, which pretty much rules. The power play looked amazing again (back from the dead, but in the most awesome way possible as opposed to the aimless walker variety of resurrection) and Schneider was a beast in net. This is the team I love and they’ve been sorely missed.

    Most amazingly of all, PJ Stock kinda sorta almost complimented the team(!) and even Ron MacLean seemed to have trouble finding something negative to say. At least that was my impression of in the 2nd intermission; I missed the first one. I wish they’d bring back Bruce Boudreau as I was surprised at how much I enjoyed his presence on the panel.

    At this point I’ve been awake for far too long. My mind is racing and there’s this vague jumble of thoughts and emotions coursing through. I need to rest, but I just wanted to pop by and sing the chorus of Don’t Stop Believing, only minus all the tension and suspense of the Sopranos series finale. Perhaps the Glee performance would set a more accurate tone? Plus, the dude who plays Finn is totally a Canucks fan.

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    • Warpstone
      April 19, 2012

      I think the gave PJ Stock a break by leaving Boudreau out. He kept owning PJ and making him look an over-reacting idiot… which is really what he is anyway/ Good for you Bruce!

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      • caj
        April 19, 2012

        stick to depends commercials!

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      • tj
        April 19, 2012

        Man, I wish Boudreau could be a permanent commentator. He’s a fresh of breath air ;)

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    • bergberg
      April 19, 2012

      OMG! I totally woke up with Don’t Stop Believing in my head this morning!

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  15. Zach Morris
    April 19, 2012

    I brought my old fashioned clock radio to work last night and my coworkers, the security gurd and me clustered around the radio listening to the game with growing excitement.
    It was awesome.

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  16. sarah
    April 19, 2012

    I almost teared up in the middle of a pub at the sight of Danny and Hank working together to create a goal. Oh Sedinary…how I’ve missed you.

    So glad the boys in Blue and Green extended this series, just so as to enjoy another IWTPG with all you lovely folks.

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  17. Lenny
    April 19, 2012

    Newell Brown gets to keep his job for now.

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  18. Tim Doubroff
    April 19, 2012

    Don’t you just love how a resurrection gets the people excited and hopeful? If only this one could REALLY mimick the Original One!! Love the Sedinary magic — made the Kings look like a bunch of Jokers.

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  19. Gabrielle
    April 19, 2012

    After we lost game 3, I decided to ask God for two power play goals. I thought that one might be a fluke, but two would be a big deal given the quality of the Canucks’ recent power plays.

    Thanks God!!

    I’m still praying for us to win the series. :)

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  20. Tom
    April 19, 2012

    I felt that they played good in game 2, and great in game 3. My point is, they`ve played well enough to win some of these games, so I do not feel like anything is inevitable. However, what’s important is that the Canucks should feel likewise.

    Win or lose, I am proud of this team.

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  21. Andre
    April 19, 2012

    To Live, to live!
    To see another day!
    And be set free from the curse
    Cast by the evil Black Bird!

    We herald the return
    Of the great Wizards from the North
    Slaying hideous foes,
    With powers unmatched.

    Again, we fight with determination
    Secured by massive ramparts.
    Defenders fleet of foot
    Blockading all assailants.

    Yet there is another one
    A Beast soon to awake.
    Woe be the Heathen King
    That stands before the Beast!

    Soon the King and his marauders,
    Will be cast into faraway pastures
    A land of green expanse
    With tiny little cups.

    We will march onwards,
    Courageous and undaunted,
    Until we finally claim
    That cursed, bloodstained Cup!

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  22. Kyle
    April 19, 2012

    Hahaha, the Team Rocket reference was awesome!

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  23. Phileo99
    April 19, 2012

    Great ITWG, and an awesome road win for the Canucks.
    Couple of points:

    - Bieksa needs to layoff his nonchalant attitude and start caring more. Although that turnover that led to Brown’s PS was the most egregious, there was another sequence earlier where Bieksa also turned over the puck at the blueline. It’s good that he scored, but it’s even better when he trades in the non-chalance for some intense focus on sound defence

    - TSN Bob MacKenzie remarked that Dank’s return also meant the return of Hank. We really got 2 for the price of 1. I could not agree more. I’ll have to take back my prior remarks in favour of splitting up the twins. They were meant play together. Gretzky/Kurri, Hull/Oates will always be great tandems, but Hank/Dank is the most uniquely pleasant tandem to watch bar none. GlobalTV even showed a shot of Hank/Dank swaying in unison together during the singing of the anthem!! It wasn’t just the Wizardous Sedinerie that setup the 3rd goal, but it was as if they could wait to execute their Sedinerie on almost every shift. I think Edler’s issue has been that he was too mesmerized watching the Sedins execute a no-look drop pass and back pass and thought he could pull it off too. But no one knows when and how to pull off the drop pass like the Sedins! Note how Edler’s game improved once he stopped trying the no-look drop pass. I hope he continues to keep his game simple like how he played last night.

    - Hip Check Ballard is back!!! Criticize him all you want, but I consider it a treat to be able to see him layout the hipcheck on that poor LAK.

    - everyone’s lamenting the loss of Schneids in the off season. Has it ever occurred to anyone that the Canucks may try to move Luongo in the off season? This is why I don’t like long term deals. Things change, conditions and circumstances change over time. I think Subsidizing Luongo’s contract in some equitable trade (eg. Rick Nash) is not out of the question. Forget Tampa, I think Philly would be dying for even a half decent goalie right about now.

    - is everyone rooting for the Sharks tonight?

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    • the real bob
      April 19, 2012

      The only way philly will take lou is we take bryz back in return. Tampa is still in play and luongo may waive his ntc to go there.

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      • Warpstone
        April 19, 2012

        You never know really. Ii just requires a sizable contract or two coming back the other way (even to bury in the minors).

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  24. peanutflower
    April 19, 2012

    Sedins! There was no way the Canucks were going down in 4. No way. That’s not my team. It was pretty wonderful.

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  25. Chris the Curmudgeon
    April 19, 2012

    Thought the Ballard-Tanev tandem was particularly reliable yesterday. Though I did think Finnish MacInnis and Juice had shakier games.

    And you captured my thinking exactly on the Raymond attempted hit. What exactly was he going for there? Raymond couldn’t put a dent on Kopitar if he was wearing titanium pads.

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  26. bergberg
    April 19, 2012

    Poor Mason Raymond, guy can’t catch a break. I may have cursed at him, like much of Canuck Nation, after his mistake. But after he skates back to the bench, you see him look up at the jumbotron and watch the replay, and then he hangs his head in despair. Then my heart broke a little for the poor guy, and I felt bad about my harsh words. What are we going to do with you Mason??

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    • timski
      April 19, 2012

      Trade his ass outta here the day after this season is done, that’s what! He’s built for European hockey and should do fine in Berne….

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    • By-Tor
      April 19, 2012

      Poor guy. I feel bad for him. I hope he can stick it out here, and become a dominant force. He has the skill set, just not the execution

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  27. Jyrki Lumme
    April 19, 2012

    At the risk of being mercilessly downvoted, I think we dodged a bullet last night, and Gingerbricks really saved our bacon. Yes a W’s a W and I’ll take it, but I’m not so sure we deserved it or earned it. Game 1 was a train wreck and game 2 could have gone either way (though we weren’t great, but certainly better than game 1). Game 3, however, has been our best effort by far, and I’d like to see us return to that form on Sunday. At the risk of sounding like Gallagher and finding something to complain about, I thought our D zone coverage was pretty scary last night, particularly against LA’s 4th line. Their 4th line! The Kings still threatened repeatedly last night, even though Brown had his least-beastly game of the series and Richards and Carter were (again) mostly invisible. Just imagine if they’re on and we keep playing D this way – cue Rita Macneil folks. Yes, there were some positives: the Sedinery was a sight to behold and it’s great to see our PP rise from the dead; and we did have lots of chances on Quick that required him to stand on his head (again). That said, the Nucks have lots of work to do on D if they don’t want their season to end Sunday, so let’s hope they’re not feeling as overconfident or oblivious to our defensive shortcomings as most in Nuck nation seem to be sounding right now. No the sky’s not falling and we live to see another day, but let’s not get too enamored with the Nucks performance last night – 43 shots and myriad scoring chances (I’m pretty sure LA significantly outchanced us, yet again, for the 4th time this series) are not going to get the job done on Sunday. Speaking of heat, if this greenhouse effect keeps up, we’ll all be living underwater. Feline AIDS is the number one killer of domestic cats…..

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    • J21
      April 19, 2012

      I can’t pass up the chance to respond to someone who also names themselves after Jyrki (that’s what J21 is in my user name). I agree the defense continues to be very… un-playoff-calibre, and the deterioration of Edler’s game in particular is worrisome.

      That said, I think the reason people saw some hope in this game (apart from the result) is purely because it marked the reemergence of offensive creativity. The Kings may have outchanced them, but the Canucks did get a plethora of grade-A scoring chances, especially in the third period. In the leadup to the Brown penalty shot, the Canucks’ PP generated more in about 60 seconds than they had, not just in the series to date, but in the last ten or so regular season games too. It was a breath of fresh air.

      No matter what, they had to shore up the defense. But at least (the implication is) that doesn’t mean doing so against the reality that the only way to win a game is by shutting out the opposition.

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  28. DanD
    April 19, 2012

    So, when I come back to playing in my low-intensity, old guy floor hockey league after a month off, I’m a complete wreck after one shift. Huge kudos to Daniel for not only playing like 18 minutes, but putting a ton of shots on net and getting an assist! Sometimes I don’t appreciate just how good, and how dedicated, the Sedins are.

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  29. Brandon
    April 19, 2012

    I love Daniel, missed him alot

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  30. GoTeamGo
    April 19, 2012

    Great article Bulis. Like you, I’ve been preaching the Sedin’s street cred after last game. There should be a Sedin posse next game.

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  31. Nee
    April 19, 2012

    “by the game’s end, Quebec’s MLS club had changed their name to the Montreal Daniel Sedin”

    hehe.

    Can we pretty please have a Breakdowning on the 3rd goal?

    That would be awesome. It’s been so long since we’ve seen a Sedinery goal…

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    • hockeyispretty
      April 19, 2012

      BREAKDOWNING!

      Seriously, PITB, I love you guys! So I don’t disagree with you for discussing so much Hank’s contact (elbow maybe, I couldn’t see myself) to that guy. But then can you please also list all the other equally dodgy love taps from the game? It’s not really fair of his own fan base to make it into such an issue (such as with Daniel’s not-so-bad but much vilified hit to Duncan Keith) just because it’s high profile, because it’s a Sedin and because there happened to be blood on the guy’s face from attempting to eat a high-speed puck (so he can’t have much going on in his head anyways ;) ).

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  32. cathylu
    April 19, 2012

    I was at the game and I can’t tell you how THRILLING it was to stand up and yell my head off not once, not twice, but THREE times!! Once we were ahead 2-1 I didn’t care what trash the Kings fans sitting around me were talking. And my husband and I were able to escape the arena to the safety of our car without getting assaulted so that was a bonus! I know we are still in a precarious position but I’m going to be happy for the next 3 days. (P.S. Cory is the MAN!).

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    • Nee
      April 19, 2012

      Wow…I’m guessing when you bought the tickets you didn’t know that it was going to be an elimination game right?

      Must have been really fun! : )

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      • Cathylu
        April 19, 2012

        That’s exactly right. We were in Vancouver for the last game of the regular season and when we got back to the hotel room my husband went online and bought tickets. I can tell you we even debated if we should go to the game or not because we knew it was going to be really good or really bad. In hindsight I’m so happy we went.

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  33. tom selleck's moustache
    April 19, 2012

    “the Allspark, which gives life to Autobots, Decepticons, and other cold, lifeless mechanisms, such as the Canucks’ powerplay, ”

    This was the best of an outstanding IWTG introduction. Thanks for that.

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  34. tj
    April 19, 2012

    Love this IWTG! After three painful IWTGs and a series of putting-on-our-best-face-in-the-face-of-it, there’s a giddiness to this one. It’s like when you’re forced to wait to open your Christmas presents, and then finally you’re allowed to go downstairs and it’s the best-thing-ever!

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  35. Daniel W.
    April 19, 2012

    ooooh I like the German poetry reference (after all, the Wizard’s apprentice is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem der Zauberlehrling)

    I loved to see the Sedins back at it, but I still intend to keep the little voice in my head that keeps saying: ”The season is still just about over”, but it sure as hell has become a whole lot harder!

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  36. Nick
    April 19, 2012

    Daniel’s return was one of the stories of the game, but Schneider’s play was stellar.

    I’m surprised that the game summary didn’t have something more about that than a quibble about his rebound control, and a comment about how he’s now settled in.

    Cory is playing “lights out” right now and, even down 3-1, he’s the kind of goalie that can steal the next few games.

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    • akidd
      April 19, 2012

      you were surprised, nick? i wasn’t. once they’ve made up their minds…it’s a brick wall.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        April 19, 2012

        Yes, because calling Schneider “fantastic,” as Harrison did above, is obviously thinly disguised hate.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        April 19, 2012

        Says the guy who somehow managed to overlook when I said Schneider was fantastic and that he deserves to start Game 5. We’re the ones with an agenda here?

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        • akidd
          April 19, 2012

          it was the 9th bulletin point. you’ve got to scroll a few screens before any mention. you framed it with d sedin as the difference-maker and finally got around to mentioning the first star, 43-save winning goalie who performed impeccably and unflappably in his first game as #1.

          it’s not what you say but how you communucate it.

          9th bulletin point. i know you’re easing into the schneider era and are left with stacks of ‘vote for lou’ posters back at headquarters so i appreciate the progress:) i wasn’t going to say anything but was giving nick a little support.

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          • tom selleck's moustache
            April 20, 2012

            Nah. When I read the posts, I don’t get an impression of grudging praise. I just read it as one note among many things that were (arguably) equally notable.

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  37. Brent
    April 19, 2012

    “It was a font joke. No one likes font jokes.”

    Hey I like font jokes. When in disneyland with the kids we met Aerial. I asked her what font she used and that she was my favourite font! She just looked sort of confused but her handler just about killed himself laughing. Plus I had the bonus of embarassing my kids, you can really never do that too much.

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