With the 2012-13 season in a coma (perhaps wandering about the world of The Odyssey, where no one reaches the age of 16 and tyrannical club The Tower rules over all), Monday night’s tilt between the Canucks and the Carolina Hurricanes was lost to us.
It’s a shame, too. Not only would this game have given Canuck fans an early glimpse of the new-look Carolina Hurricanes, who acquired Jordan Staal and Alex Semin over the offseason, but it would have given Canuck fans a chance to see the Sedins face off against perhaps the only pair of siblings in the NHL that could have possibly rivalled them.
That’s right: had there been a game to watch, it would have featured a full-blown clan war. But there wasn’t a game to watch, and thus, I didn’t watch this game.
Canucks 0 – 0 Hurricanes
No highlights to show you, so instead you get the Canadian Dance Moves video. The dance move themselves are a lot of fun, but it’s the song they’re dancing to that makes this thing so good. I especially like the four steps of being Canadian.
The battle between the Sedins and the Staals would have been a lot of fun. The Staals are bigger, stronger, and Canadian, so if they had managed to get the best of the Sedins on this night, Team 1040 callers would spend the evening railing on Daniel and Henrik’s damnably soft Euro tendencies. That’s right: we missed the likely first onslaught of misplaced ethnocentrism and prejudice directed at the Sedins of 2012-13, otherwise known as the unofficial starting point of the Canucks’ season. Thanks for nothing, lockout.
With today’s news that the NHL has tabled a proposal that would allow the 82-game schedule to remain intact and begin in November, it’s possible that this game will actually take place, tacked onto the end of the schedule. But it’s important to note that moving the game to the season’s last month rather than its first voids a lot of the fun and intrigue that this one would have brought. At the beginning of the year, we would have been eager to see if the Hurricanes’ makeover left them looking like a beauty queen or like a robotic nurse. By the end of the year, we’ll already know.
That in mind, had the Hurricanes won the game, people would be freaking out, because the Hurricanes were bad last season. Nevermind that they might be good this season. It would have been too early to tell, which means the only reaction is panic over the fact that the Canucks just lost to a non-playoff team. Someone would have questioned their will to win. It’s like they didn’t even want to win, which is the foremost trait of Europeans!
Of course, it’s also possible the Canucks won, the Sedins outplayed the Staals and everything went their way. In that case, Mason Raymond sure fell down a lot, didn’t he?
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