Guest post: Notes on a scrimmage, January 17, 2013

The Canucks closed out their two-game scrimmage series Thursday night at Rogers Arena, and once again, we were unable to be there. On Wednesday night, we turned things over to award-winning Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole, who shared his scattered but kind of awesome notes with us on this very blog. Smartly, however, he turned down a repeat appearance. After all, blog once, and you’re a highly-respect journalist doing the underlings a favour. Blog twice and you’re a blogger. There is no greater shame. 

Fortunately, reader and longtime Bulie Dan Donkers volunteered to fill in for him. Granted, Donkers hasn’t won two George Gross awards, but the self-described “freckled hurricane” still managed to meet our stringent criteria: not asking for money. Thus, we turn things over to Mr. Donkers for a few notes on last night’s game, which saw Mason Raymond lead Team Grey to a 3-0 win.

BY DAN DONKERS

Hello, my name is Dan Donkers.  I’m a Masters’ student, Canuck fan, and lifelong Bulie (since the blog’s creation, anyway).  Today I signed up to go to the Canucks scrimmage, and happened to mention to PITB that I could take some notes and they said yes. I watched this scrimmage.  And here are some notes.

  • The game was general admission, which means we were able to get seats about 5 rows up from the glass behind the Team Blue goal. Lower bowl!  I felt so important. I wanted to pull out my phone and miss the entire first period making a business call.  Then I remembered I have no business.
  • Slightly different setup this time: 12 minute first period, 13 minute second, 15 minute third.  Still a shootout no matter what.  Penalties were still 1 minute.
  • After their double loss last night, the grays came out charging like it was Gettysburg. And, unlike Gettysburg, they managed to overwhelm the Blues early on. Also unlike Gettysburg: no one was fighting for their right to keep owning slaves.
  • Mason Raymond was hit hard early by Andrew Alberts, a collision clearly awoke evil Mason Raymond. He immediately started an unstoppable rampage, scoring every goal in the game. Yes, you read that right.  Mason Raymond scored every goal in the game. Unfortunately, he scored them all on Luongo, which does nothing to help Luongo’s trade value, so way to screw up as usual, Raymond.
  • Raymond was teamed up with Bill Sweat and Jordan Schroeder (although later Zack Kassian replaced Sweatt), and the Blue team defense clearly couldn’t handle their speed. All three goals came on beautiful passing on the rush. Raymond appeared to have a little chemistry with Schroeder, which might give Alain Vigneault something to think about.
  • On Raymond’s second goal, Alex Edler took a page right out of my own ball hockey playbook: Never block a shot.  It’s how you keep your shins intact for other important things, such as disco dancing.
  • There was Sedinery, to be sure, but it hasn’t reached the level of wizardous quite yet. It’ll get there. It was interesting having two lefties in Garrison and Edler on the point for the twins. Harrison and Daniel have written about Edler’s right side, so I don’t need to elaborate, but if I were to judge from this game, I would say “offense good, defense bad.”
  • While Raymond might have stolen the show, Cory Schneider was excellent, stopping 33 shots.  There was one point in the third where the Sedins and Burrows were pressing.  They had two or three good chances, but Schneider shut them down.
  • The shootout was all Gray as well.  After Lapierre scored Gray’s third goal in a row on Luongo, a fan in front of me turned to me and said, “That’s why he’s our backup.”  Vancouver fan, thy name is Fickle.
  • Zack Kassian is so big! And his hands are so soft! He needs a nickname. Did we ever decide on a nickname for him? How about Softy Bighands? … I’ll show myself out.
  • The line of Lapierre, Higgins, and Hansen looked great too.  They had some speed, and some slick passing.  Of course, I have to keep reminding myself that this is a scrimmage. But judging from yesterday’s notes, I think the boys were playing a little harder today.
  • Frank Corrado stood out by not standing out.  He played sound defense. Though he’s not staying with the team this year, but he certainly seems to be a bright young star.
  • Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis was his usual generous self.  He had last shot against Luongo in the shootout.  He graciously shot the puck right at Lu, then took about 5 more shots right at his pads. By doing so, he let Luongo save as many shootout shots as Schneider!  What a guy. Way better than that jerk Raymond.
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17 comments

  1. jimbob
    January 18, 2013

    Great first post Dan!-(also from a blog-long bulie). it really makes me think how much i miss the IWTG’s. CANT WAIT!

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  2. Kenji
    January 18, 2013

    *slow clap*
    *tears*
    *music rising in slow arcs indicating job well done, validation*

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  3. Dan
    January 18, 2013

    Raymond played with Kassian and Schroeder. Not bill sweat.

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    • DanD
      January 18, 2013

      That was the line at the start of the game, but there was some shuffling going on. I confess I wasn’t always paying attention to player numbers, but I do remember the shifts of Raymond, Schroeder, and Sweatt as being particularly effective.

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  4. Brent
    January 18, 2013

    Harrison and Daniel,

    Wow, you guys got competition!

    Only down side is that Don stayed up most of the night writing this and didn’t do that vital assignment for his masters. Unfortunately it looks like a future without much business to make a business call.

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    • nick
      January 18, 2013

      HEADLINE – Pass It To Bulis destroys life of promising student, sets eyes on next “guest blogger”

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 18, 2013

      For shame, Dan Donkers. FOR SHAME.

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  5. DanD
    January 18, 2013

    Haha thanks everyone. I also must admit that this looks a lot better thanks to Daniel and Harisson’s edits. They’re definitely still the pros!

    But it was lots of fun to be at the scrimmage and come home and write this up! I don’t know how you guys do it every game. I found myself wishing real life had PVR, because there was lots that I missed!

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  6. Jason
    January 18, 2013

    Well done

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  7. Blueliner
    January 18, 2013

    Bravo! I was thoroughly entertained by your post Dan! Good Job!

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  8. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    January 18, 2013

    “Harrison and Daniel have written about Edler’s right side…”

    Henrik, his name is ‘Henrik’. Oh wait, you mean the bloggers…!

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  9. Uhm...
    January 18, 2013

    Dang, I’ve been away from PITB far too long and can’t even remember my old handle… I know, I know… shame on me.

    Thanks for a witty & stylish (as much as Daniel’s headband LOL) IWTS, DanD. Didn’t know how much I missed the daily fun of reading the pieces here. Now the real season begins tomorrow… Man I just can’t wait!

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  10. Timmy Wong
    January 18, 2013

    Moments of the game for me:

    In the second period, there was some momentum going towards the blue team. Henrik had the puck on the right faceboff dot, with Burrows in front. Without hesitation, about 5 guys from our section screamed out SLAP-PASS. Sure enough, he did, and sure enough, Ginger Jesus stopped it.

    Oh…and 21′s hat-trick – right after that, I picked him up in my fantasy pool. Now let’s hope some other sucker is willing to trade for him :P

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    • Timmy Wong
      January 18, 2013

      I suppose I should add here that I’m glad the Canucks did this, although my disdain for the players and the league still stands. Many in attendance last night were families with young children (think ages 2-8). I was talking to the parents beside me who said that had they went to even a preseason game, it would have costed them $450 (5x$90) plus transportation and food (it adds up to about $525 or so).

      Sure, the game was bush-league/All-Star-Game-sloppiness material at best (think minimal checking, slow skating, and beautiful passes). but it was a fitting way to welcome back fans who are often priced out of regular Canucks games.

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  11. Frank N
    January 18, 2013

    Another cool/funny moment was Burrows and Frankie Corrado really getting into it in from of Schneider in the second period. Burrows pushed him out of the way repeatedly but you could really tell that the kid was having none of it and finally standing his ground and pushing Burrows out. Great little scrimmage! And great way of Burrows to introduce him to a bit of NHL level physicality!

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  12. eric blacha
    January 18, 2013

    Good job new guy. I laughed, which should make you feel good about what you wrote, but then again I laugh at lots of things so don’t feel too good.

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  13. Rituro
    January 19, 2013

    I knew I was reading something promising once we hit the Gettysburg line. Well done, Mr. Donkers.

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