I Watched This Game: Canucks at Nashville Predators, February 22, 2013

During the broadcast of this game, Dan Murphy pointed out that it’s been over a year since the Canucks last played the Predators, which is crazy. It had been 366 days since they last met, but there’s more alarming news. The Canucks haven’t beaten the Predators in regulation since 2011. That almost makes it seem like it’s been two years! We should definitely be concerned.

Fortunately, the Canucks finally broke the streak, by beating the Predators at their own game, namely hockey. Defensive and boring hockey, to be specific. I nearly fell asleep when I watched this game.

Canucks 1 – 0 Predators

  • In retrospect, I’m guessing Alain Vigneault really regrets telling the team to “go full bore” in his pre-game speech, as he didn’t consider how it could be misinterpreted.
  • If you’re looking for someone to blame for this being a boring game, try Roberto Luongo. The Predators out-shot the Canucks 13-3 in the first period and, according to the beancounters at Canucks Army, out-chanced the Canucks 9-1. Luongo, selfishly, stopped them all. If the Predators had scored a goal in the first period, the Canucks would have had to open up their game, leading to more excitement, more scoring chances, and, potentially, more goals. Man, that Luongo. Never thinking of the fans.
  • An alternate explanation for that awful first period: on the second game of a back-to-back, they didn’t want to waste any energy and let the guys who didn’t play the night before do all the work. Hence, the Canucks leaned on the fresh-as-a-daisy Luongo and Jannik Hansen, who missed last game because he was suspended. Hansen was forced to take three faceoffs in the first period, which he lost, and Ryan Kesler, who was clearly tired of skating, sprung Hansen on a breakaway. That first period nap paid off, as the Canucks out-shot the Predators 21-10 through the rest of the game.
  • The story of the game, other than Luongo, was all about the two Canucks with the lowest ice time. Unfortunately, one of those was Kevin Bieksa, who left the game in the second period with a groin strain. The Sportsnet cameras caught him grimacing and swearing just before getting hit by Hal Gill, which is exactly what I would do just before getting hit by Gill, but apparently this was a sign that he was hurt prior to the hit.
  • The Canuck with the second lowest ice time was Dale “The Flying Dutchman” Weise, who scored the gamewinner off the kind of lucky bounce that warms the cockles of a PDO-proponent’s heart. I can attest to my cockles being nice and toasty.
  • Weise’s goal came off some nice work from Maxim Lapierre, who picked up the puck from Dan Hamhuis in the offensive zone, wheeled behind the net, spun, and fired the puck. Meanwhile, Weise took a wide arc across the top of the zone, losing his check, and picked up the deflected puck at the back door. The puck apologized to Weise for being such a jerk — he was just going through some stuff at work, y’know — and flung itself into the net.
  • Weise waited to score until halfway through the third period, which gave us about 10 minutes of somewhat exciting hockey as the Predators were forced out of their defensive shell. It would have been really nice to have 6o  minutes of this kind of hockey, but nooooooo. Thanks a lot, Luongo.
  • Alex Burrows decided to make things really interesting by taking a bad penalty in the offensive zone with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Clearly, Burrows prefers his hockey to be exciting. A real man of the people. Not like that jerk, Luongo. Vote for Burrows!
  • Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis covered for his injured defence partner, playing a game-high 26:10 in his absence. Then he went to a local youth hotline and covered for an injured crisis councillor. It was his second assist of the night.
  • Poor Zack Kassian: in on a 2-on-1 with Daniel Sedin, he did his best to emulate Burrows, slipping the puck back to Daniel on the give-and-go instead of immediately shooting. Honestly, it was the right choice as it would have given Daniel a wide open net, but the pass back was blocked like Minecraft. Kassian had a lot of bounces go his way early in the season and, now that he’s not getting them, it seems to be affecting his confidence. Really, he just needs to be told to be himself. Burrows is great and all, but you are valuable for who you are, said Hamhuis over the phone later that night.
  • After Burrows took his penalty late in the game, someone threw a catfish on the ice. We’ve gone on the record as being against throwing fish on the ice, but what confused me the most was the timing. Was it in protest for the poor entertainment value? Was it meant to inspire the Predators to score and tie up the game? More likely, they were waiting for the Predators to score a goal before throwing it and, even with a powerplay and the possibility of going 6-on-4 with Pekka Rinne pulled, he had no confidence they could tie up the game in the final two minutes. So, once again, a truly joyful moment was stolen away by Luongo. Thanks a lot, you big meanie.
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27 comments

  1. jenny wren
    February 22, 2013

    Canucks in Nashville Tennessee,
    Music City U S of A,
    Are quite outshot thirteen to three:
    The Predators control the play.

    Kept in the game by Bobby Lu,
    A whole lot better than okay,
    Canucks make Rinne stop a few
    As things go more Vancouver’s way.

    Into the third a scoreless tie,
    Two great goalies the reason why.
    With Garrett talking overtime,
    How long I’ve longed to make this rhyme:

    The puck first shot by Lapierre
    Rebounds to one who’s waiting there,
    And as he’s moving to the crease,
    The game’s one goal is scored by Weise!

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  2. Piker
    February 22, 2013

    Maybe Tony Gallagher should call Weise hamburger meat more often.

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    • chinook
      February 23, 2013

      I missed that – but no surprise, I avoid Gallagher’s stuff because he is unreasonably negative.

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      • John in Marpole
        February 23, 2013

        On the 1040 pre-game show Skeletor pulled out all the stops in describing Weise as basically not qualified to be an NHL player, that he is unskilled and so on.

        I’ve had to add the 1040 pre-game show to my list of things I don’t tune in to to avoid the aggravation of listening to that pasty-skinned weasel and his “expert” opinions.

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  3. Nee
    February 22, 2013

    Dan ‘Community Man’ Hamhuis jokes will never get old.

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  4. gumby
    February 23, 2013

    At one point, with the Canucks on the power play, Edler skated through the neutral ice and while i was calling loudly for the classic secret drop pass that me and the toddler ant the cats knew was coming, he rushed the zone on his lonesome! All one on 3 like! I was all, like, WTF?! And…he lost the puck and it was cleared, but still…Wow! Way to mix it up!

    Do the Predators and the Wild ever play? Because, man. Time to do some toenail maintenance.

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    • obituary mambo
      February 23, 2013

      I’d advise steering well clear of any game between Nashville and Minnesota. Unless you’re trying to get to sleep, that is. ~__^

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  5. Zach Morris
    February 23, 2013

    Dale Weise has scored three of his five career goals against Nashville.
    He is Schwarzenegger-esque in his dominance of the Predators.

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    • J21 (@Jyrki21)
      February 25, 2013

      For some reason, he thinks they’re in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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  6. Winsy
    February 23, 2013

    I love our Canucks and I love Pekka Rinne and I never miss a game, but even I nodded off during the 2nd period (and missed the whole Bieksa groin pull fiasco). Defensive hockey can be effective, but you don’t need to take Lunesta if you have insomnia – you can just watch Nashville play.

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  7. akidd
    February 23, 2013

    1ST PRIZE: a pair of predator season tickets
    2ND PRIZE: two pairs of predator season ticktes

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  8. The Bookie
    February 23, 2013

    gf texted me at 4:00 saying “It’s Friday! Lets go for buck-a-shuck oysters!!” I considered the fact that it was game #2 of a back-to-back and it was, well, Nashville, and figured I could deal with missing the first period or two. Got home just in time for 3rd period, saw the score was still 0-0, then looked at the game discussion on CDC and saw people discussing their favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Nodded, poured a beer and settled in for the third frame.

    I chose …. wisely.

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    • best behaviour
      February 23, 2013

      Where are the buck-a-shuck oysters, Indiana?

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  9. TubaNat
    February 23, 2013

    Actually did fall asleep watching this game, woke up just before Weise scored. Probably the right choice in retrospect… still, Weise!

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  10. obituary mambo
    February 23, 2013

    I think you’re spot on about the confusion of the term “full bore”. At one point I actually tweeted the hashtag #boredominNashville. Even though I woke up at 2am to watch this game, I never actually fell asleep, but I may as well have stayed in bed. Actually, if it hadn’t been the weekend, I wouldn’t have bothered even trying to watch this game, but I do like Pekka Rinne. It’s too bad he doesn’t play for a more entertaining team.

    Also, the running gag about Luongo being a big old meanie was hilarious! Good work. ^__^

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  11. Cathylu
    February 23, 2013

    I’ll take boring if it means we get 2 points.

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    • steveB
      February 24, 2013

      2Pts.
      F.G.

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  12. Andre
    February 23, 2013

    I’m glad we won this game. Not every team plays like Chicago: we have to win exciting games and boring games alike.

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  13. Colby
    February 23, 2013

    In Regards to the Catfish, I would imagine if one smuggles a Catfish in to a Hockey Game, and his team scores 0 goals, he doesnt want to leave with a Catfish.

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  14. TeeJay
    February 23, 2013

    A catfish throne in the ice? Do you remember the whale that was grounded in White Rock,now that’s a fish to remind the Canucks are boring that year 2012 cause MOTHER NATURE says so.

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    • Colby
      February 23, 2013

      If someone smuggled in an Orca, they would be my hero.

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    • Hyena
      February 23, 2013

      Catfish THRONE (sic)!

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    • TeeJay
      February 23, 2013

      Mother Nature was not yet done because there was shakin done with no tsunami just shakin, and then Jason Garrison arrived and we all know he is form White Rock,BC.

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  15. Prophet
    February 23, 2013

    Luongo is unquestionably a selfish, “me first” guy. How dare he train over the lockout period with Francois Allaire fully expecting to play like this for his new team as well as learning to Tweet like a pro. What a bum. Imagining the “unthinkable” trade that could have had him playing for Chicago this season brings a chill to my spine.

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  16. Smokey
    February 23, 2013

    It sounds like all the political advertising on Sportsnet is getting to you, Harrison.

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  17. nanodummy
    February 23, 2013

    “Burrows is great and all, but you are valuable for who you are, said Hamhuis over the phone later that night.”

    Solid gold, Mr. Wagner, solid gold.

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  18. steveB
    February 24, 2013

    A more considerate Luongo would’ve let a goal in in the final seconds, so the fans could enjoy overtime and the thrills of a bonus shoot-out.
    Way to be a jerk, Bobby Lu!

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