New Canucks blog Bure’s Triple Deke has spent its brief time on the internet absolutely killing it with quality content. They are an excellent addition to the Smylosphere and one of the things they do best is the compilation video. Their YouTube account has several videos worth watching, from Henrik’s top 5 assists in 2011-12 to their comprehensive tribute to Alex Burrows’s patented backhand deke.
In the wake of Thursday’s announcement that Manny Malhotra is done for the season, they have produced the top 5 moments of his career as a Vancouver Canuck. Like Sex Bob-Omb, Bure’s Triple Deke is here to make you get sad and stuff.
At number 5, we have Manny’s first goal as a Canuck, which seems like an appropriate place to start. What I love is that it’s incredibly similar to another player’s recent first goal as a Canuck. Jordan Schroeder’s first NHL goal was scored by deflecting in a pass from Alex Edler just a little bit more towards the slot than Malhotra’s. The one thing that hasn’t changed is Edler’s passing ability.
Malhotra’s 100th career goal is next and it comes on a line with Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen, which was a solid checking line for the Canucks during the 2010-11 season. We happened to be at this game in Anaheim and the atmosphere was electric, with Canucks fans seemingly outnumbering Ducks fans. When Malhotra scored on the Canucks’ first shot of the game, the building erupted.
Moment number 3 was one of our favourite goals of 2012, happening to also finish at number 3 in our top 30 countdown of the best goals of 2012. One of the hallmarks of Malhotra’s game was always effort, and he put everything he had into this goal, diving full out and deflecting the puck past James Reimer.
At number 2 comes a pretty breakaway goal, shorthanded. The finish from Malhotra on this breakaway is sublime, but what puts it over the top, in my opinion, is who he steals the puck from in the first place. That would be Pavel Datsyuk, one of the best puckhandlers in the NHL, but Malhotra purloins the puck with seeming ease, then throws everything but the kitchen sink into his move to beat Jimmy Howard.
And finally, the number 1 moment is a perfect choice: Malhotra’s return in game two of the Stanley Cup Final, as the crowd chants “Manny, Manny, Manny, Manny.” It doesn’t get much better than that.
Malhotra came into that game and did his regular job, going 6-for-7 on faceoffs, with 6 of those faceoffs happening in the defensive zone. Even in his triumphant return to the lineup, he simply went back to doing the most thankless job on the ice. So, for that we want to thank you, Manny.
And thank you, Bure’s Triple Deke, for making me get all emotional this morning. If you’ll excuse me, I need to drink some water to re-hydrate.Tags: Manny Malhotra, The YouTubes