I Didn’t Watch This Game: Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning, October 28, 2012

That’s it: now I’m mad. Up until now, I’ve been remarkably blasé about the lockout. I mean, it’s upsetting that the games have been cancelled, but I’ve been filling my time with Abbotsford Heat games, more time spent with my family, and the baseball playoffs. As long as the entire season isn’t cancelled, I told myself, I could live with it. But now? Now the lockout has taken away Sami Salo. And that’s just too much to handle. While I was fine with Salo signing with the Lightningfrom a rational perspective, from an emotional perspective, it was a kick in the teeth. Salo, with his humble attitude and continual persistence in coming back from injury after injury, was one of my favourite Canucks of the last decade. I didn’t get to see his return to Vancouver, because I didn’t watch this game.

Canucks 0 – 0 Lightning

  • I have no highlights from the game that didn’t occur, but I do have this video of magician Matt Esschen at the age of 15 doing a handkerchief illusion. While his skill with prestidigitation is only slightly above-average, his dry banter is brilliant.
  • Another odd thing: Manny Malhotra scored a goal in both games.
  • Also odd: Keith Ballard picked up a point in each game, a goal in one and an assist in the other.
  • Less odd, but still notable: Cory Schneider got the start in both of those games as well.
  • Malhotra has a total of 18 goals over the last two seasons. Ballard has just 14 points in that time. Schneider has given up 4 or more goals only 10 times in the past two seasons. For all three of those things to occur in games against the Lightning, who the Canucks face just once per season, is pretty unlikely.
  • This, of course, means that we were deprived of a high-scoring, tension-filled 5-4 game decided beyond regulation, with a goal by Malhotra and a point by Ballard. Looking back at the box scores, Martin St. Louis would have had 2 assists in last night’s game, Steven Stamkos would have had a multi-point night, and only half of Vincent Lecavalier would have played. So, basically the same as every other Lightning game.
  • And finally, in remembrance of Sami Salo:

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4 comments

  1. jenny wren
    October 30, 2012

    The other night i watched game three
    Detroit is done it seems to me
    I fell asleep least once or twice
    Wanting the game that’s played on ice

    No not Curling I’m quick to say
    But Hockey Night on Saturday
    And Sunday morn PITB
    I want the way things used to be

    For Baseball seems as you all know
    Really soporifically slow
    I watched and read some Stephen King
    Awaiting someone to do something

    Bring back the game that’s played with speed
    Some real excitement’s what I need
    For hours really not much occurred
    This damn Lockout is most absurd

    I guess tonight I’ll watch game four
    Wondering if Detroit will score

    Jenny Wren

    Which Detroit did one can’t ignore
    But San Francisco scored one more
    Then Bettman nixed the winter classic
    The guy is from the Park Jurassic
    An anachronistic dinosaur

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  2. cathylu
    October 30, 2012

    I really wish you had a REAL game to watch. And I’m gonna miss Sami.

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  3. kavi36
    October 30, 2012

    Man, this was going to be the first game of my Ice Pak (minus a pre-season game that would have been pointless) and I was super stoked to wear my Salo jersey. Although, I was almost positive he would have been on the IR because of a wicked sunburn. Now I’ll never know… DAMN YOU LOCKOUT!!!

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  4. Nee
    October 30, 2012

    Good point Daniel. No Salo reunion. This is a travesty!!!!

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