I Watched This Game: Canucks at Detroit Red Wings, February 24, 2013

Perhaps you watched the last Vancouver Canucks game, a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators, and you said to yourself, “Well, they got the win, but goodness gracious, that was boring.” Perhaps you lamented a game where the Canucks kept their mistakes to a minimum, shelved the shenanigans, and nursed home a tidy little shutout victory for Roberto Luongo because it was bland.

If so, you are to blame for the karmic blowback that was this game. You wanted action? You got it. You wanted shenanigans? Have at you. You were saying something about the blandness of low-scoring games? This bad boy had 11 goals, and some of them were so, so stupid. The universe gave us this game for complaining about the last game. I watched this game.

Canucks 3 – 8 Red Wings

  • As hard as this is to believe, the Canucks actually got out to a great start in this one. The Sedins were in fine form early, cycling the puck beautifully to orchestrate the game’s first goal a little over five minutes in. The real key to this play, however, was the pick set by Alex Burrows, who slid around behind the net and blocked Kent Huskins like a Twitter spammer.
  • Unfortunately, the great start was undone by two Red Wings goals in about the length of time is takes Nicolas Cage to steal a car. But the Sedins brought their team back to equal footing wizardously, as only they can, with one of their niftiest scoring plays of the year. Just outside the Vancouver blueline, Henrik iced the puck diagonally, banking it right off the end boards to a charging Daniel Sedin, who stayed onside, then pounced on the puck and beat Jimmy Howard over the shoulder. As soon as the play was over, the Sedins tore their shirts open to expose the NO TO NO-TOUCH ICING message written on their chests.
  • Someone photoshop that, please.
  • Clearly jealous that the game had already seen four hugs and he wasn’t in on any of them, Chris “Kiss Huggins” Higgins took it upon himself to kickstart the next one. In a great individual effort, he poked the puck off Justin Abdelkader’s stick, retrieved it behind the goal, came out the other side, and backhanded it into the Red Wings net. It was a nice wraparound, but the one that Alex Edler put on Higgins immediately after was even nicer.
  • Of note on the Higgins group hug: Jason Garrison nearly botches it. Higgins reaches out for a fist-bump, but Garrison nearly bowls him over botching the contact. It was the first of several blunders that Garrison would have on a rough night. It’s not that he was particularly bad tonight — it’s that every mistake he made was super noticeable. It’s as though he kept saying, “At least it can’t get any worse.” The secret is to say “at least it can’t get any better.” Then a butterfly will bring you a dollar.
  • But Garrison wasn’t the only one suffering from every-problem-results-in-a-catastrophe syndrome. The whole team had it tonight. You’d think it was a curse. Wait! The whole team watched game tape from the Nashville game! The tape must be cursed like in The Ring. If a sopping wet Pekka Rinne crawls out of a well and into their hotel room tonight, then we’ll know for sure.
  • Here’s a conundrum for you: in the second period, Jordin Tootoo took an unqualified run at Chris Tanev, cleaning out the Canuck defenceman in the corner. Immediately, Zack Kassian jumped in to avenge the dirty hit, and Tootoo turtled so hard in that red jersey, you’d have thought he was a Mario Kart weapon. If there were three of him, he’d be orbiting around a teammate. Seriously, he retracted like a Rolls Royce hood ornament. But gutless as it was, it worked brilliantly, as Kassian got two for roughing and Tootoo wound up negating the penalty he’d taken. So here’s the question: do you like what Kassian did there? I do not.
  • Speaking of nonsensical penalties, this game was filled with them. My favourite was Kassian’s goalie interference call earlier in the period. He high-sticked a defenceman, who slid into Jimmy Howard. He deserved a penalty for high-sticking, but it was clear that the officials missed the one he deserved and gave him one he didn’t. How do you argue that? I did nothing wrong… that you noticed.
  • Dale Weise was also given a penalty for an illegal hit to the head, which didn’t make a whole lot of sense because what he actually dished out was a legal hit to the shoulder. But in the officials’ defence, it’s hard to tell the head from the shoulders when they’re only separated by an ampersand.
  • The most touching moment in this game came in the first period, when Chris Tanev put the puck over the glass at the tail end of a Ryan Kesler penalty and joined Kesler in the box. Often times, teammates in the box don’t interact at all. This time, Kesler gave Tanev a consolatory pat on the knee, as if to say, “Don’t worry about it, kid.” Or maybe it was a pat on the toe. I’m having a hard time telling my knees from my toes ever since this game confused my heads and shoulders.
  • Congratulations to Ian White, who managed to finish this game minus-2 despite his team hanging 8 goals on the Canucks, earning the coveted “Katie Holmes in Batman Begins” award.
  • The Red Wings faithful were downright gleeful with their team’s performance. So gleeful they couldn’t refrain from a “USA! USA” chant in the dying seconds. The country of birth for their eight goal-scorers, in order: Canada, Sweden, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Switzerland, Sweden, Sweden. But Jimmy Howard was touched.
  • Poor Roberto Luongo, who picked up his first regulation loss tonight. He deserved to. In his defence, he actually wasn’t terrible, as he had a lot of bad luck. The whole team did. But when you let in 8, well, you’re gonna get blamed. If were Patrick Roy, now is when you’d blame the brass for leaving you in the net to get beaten that many times. Now is when you’d ask out. Unfortunately, he can’t do that, because he totally already did that. If he really wants to stick it to Gillis, he should demand to stay.
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59 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    February 24, 2013

    Without looking at other hockey sites, I know this will be one of two commentaries that defends Luongo, the other being by Cam Charron.

    I hate seeing Luongo (and the Canucks) lose so lopsidedly.

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    • Zach Morris
      February 24, 2013

      I’m really glad I have PITB for objective analysis and clever humor in times like these.

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  2. Donald
    February 24, 2013

    I love all the Clone High references.

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  3. kayfray
    February 24, 2013

    I cant have a problem with Kassian sticking up for a teammate like that. Canucks don’t need to seek out fights but gotta stick up for each other. It’s hard to even care about the penalty he took given the look of the PP this game

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  4. gumby
    February 24, 2013

    I stopped watching this game. And watched the rain instead. Looking forward to work on Monday, God help me.

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  5. best behaviour
    February 24, 2013

    Ha. This is the only place to come after a bad loss. What is a pick set? I also liked Burrows on the Chris Higgins goal. He sort of turns into a defenseman in the offensive zone sometimes.

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  6. steveB
    February 24, 2013

    It can’t get any worse D’oh!
    It can’t get any worse D’oh!
    It can’t get any worse D’oh!
    It can’t get any worse D’oh!
    It can’t get any worse D’oh!
    It can’t get any worse D’oh!
    It can’t get any worse D’oh!
    It can’t get any worse D’oh!

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    • Frank N
      February 24, 2013

      Would the Canucks not have lost 9-3 by the count of your lines?

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      • steveB
        February 25, 2013

        It can’t get any worse D’oh!
        :-(

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  7. Brent
    February 24, 2013

    This game was painful to watch! This could be the worst second period ever! EVER!

    I did think the officiating was really bad this game, and not just completely against the Canucks. eg., the disallowed goal on the quick whistle, but they got it back on the power play anyway.

    Should have pulled Luongo after 6, no sense continuing the bleeding. Would Schneider have been pulled?

    In terms of Kassian taking the retalitory penalty, I don’t see it as a terrible thing. The perception is that Vancouver is soft and they won’t stand up for each other. I think it is OK to do this every so often and it was still a 4 on 4, which we are generally good at. Now if he had gotten a 5 min instigator penalty, well then that would be a bad thing.

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    • Nick
      February 24, 2013

      I’m with you Brent. Penalty or not, I didn’t have a problem with Kassian standing up for a teammate after that cheap hit. If anyone watching had doubts about Tootoo’s reputation as a dangerous player and a coward, I think they were put to rest after that play.

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      • best behaviour
        February 24, 2013

        I watched with Wings commentators – apparently the hit was clean as a whistle! They actually didn’t have a problem with either disallowed goal either, and on one or two of the penalties went, “well, um, we’ll take it, but…”

        Actually, it was a blowout loss but largely because one of the best teams in the league started clicking, as well as getting a few good bounces – that’s a lot easier to handle than if the Canucks don’t play up to their abilities and lose by 1 or 2 to a team you know is much worse than them. Oilers scored 9 on the Blackhawks last year at one point; in this league, any team can really school another any given night. And in a clean skilled game with the Red Wings, it’s really not hard to take.

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        • Brent
          February 25, 2013

          You know I always wonder about that statement “Clean as a whistle”. Cause when you think about it, whistles are full of spit.

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        • Nicklas
          February 25, 2013

          I watched with the Wings commentators also. They said Datsyuk’s stick was over the crossbar negating the goal. They were confused (like everyone else) when play was dead before the other one (by Eaves?) went in because Lou blocked the initial shot pretty much when the penalty whistle was blown before the guy scored on the rebound.

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  8. helen hughes
    February 24, 2013

    I haven’t cried with laughter in a long time…thanks Harrison that was an awesome read…particularly the order of the detroit goalscorers.

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  9. dunegig
    February 24, 2013

    I didn’t get to watch the game but from the highlights it seems pretty clear that Lu just lost all confidence after the 5th goal. He was stuck on his knees, begging for the game to finish during those final few goals. That’s just cruel, AV.

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    • J21 (@Jyrki21)
      February 25, 2013

      I’ve read Schneider was ill, which could explain a reluctance to pull Luongo.

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      • Brent
        February 25, 2013

        That would make more sense. I thought they would come out with Schneider to start the third, just for the change up. I guess it makes sense with Booth and (I think) a couple of trainers suffering from “flu like symptoms” that something is going around. It wasn’t 26oz flu was it?

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  10. Jacob
    February 24, 2013

    While I don’t love that Kassian took the Canucks off a powerplay, it’s worth bearing in mind that there aren’t many players in the league who’d turtle that shamelessly. Most would stand there and take their coincidental roughing/fighting penalty, and we’d get the PP. So as long as Kass can learn to pick his spots a little better, it’s nice to see him stand up for his teammates.

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  11. gretchen grouse
    February 24, 2013

    There’s simply nothing you can do
    About those shots past Bobby Lu
    At least it wasn’t pay for view
    And really all that’s left for you
    Is maybe quaff a beer or two
    Be thankful there’s a green and blue
    Trust Harrison to get you through
    And Tuesday night begin anew

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  12. Daniel Cohen
    February 24, 2013

    Kassian and Tootoo is interesting. What Kassian did seems to be exactly what the media wants to see from the canucks, and as the Johns (seriously, sounds like Men In Black) were talkin bout how thats expected of him, so its sorta impossible for him to not too without taking heat. As for what Tootoo did, smart play, but if someone on the canucks did that, we would never hear the end of it. sigh.

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  13. DanD
    February 24, 2013

    Nothing to say about this game. But can I suggest that we start calling Garrison “Argo”? He looks so much like Ben Affleck’s character it is ridiculous! I keep thinking he’s only playing because he wants to make a fake hockey movie to help get some Americans out of the Middle East.

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  14. Gord R
    February 24, 2013

    do I like what Kassian did there? Absolutely. Do I like incompetent officials making an even up call and demonstrating absolutely no recognition of the difference between the actions of the two? Absolutely not. There’s only so many times a guy can put his team shorthanded and keep doing the same thing he’s been doing. Referees in the NHL make FAR too much of a use of offsetting minors. I despise them. 95% of the time, one player is more culpable than the other, in which case you take one and send a strong message. Coincidental minors? big deal. That will also get rid of this bull**** of just turtling any time somebody comes after you to make you answer for what amounts to an attempt to injure. Tootoo is far from the only player who has done this. When rough stuff starts in response to a clean hit, you penalize the team who is retaliating. It’s black and white to me, and is one of the biggest demonstrations of the egregious incompetence displayed by the zebras in this one, something that is becoming a frightening trend this season.

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    • Nick
      February 25, 2013

      Right on Gord. The current state of NHL officiating is pretty much the worst of any professional sport.

      Folks like HNIC’s Ron McLean, the amateur ref, defend this by saying that the game is so fast and is therefore impossible officiate properly. But that’s not the problem. Bill McCreary, Andy Van Hellemond, Bruce Hood, John D’Amico, Paul Stewart … even Kerry Fraser … they were good officials.

      The current state of officiating is not up to this standard, in part, because today’s referees focus more on not having one of their calls “decide a game”, on trying to have some balance in calls against each team … and they are certainly more intimidated by a home crowd than the visiting players are.

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      • steveB
        February 25, 2013

        When they switched to a two Referee officiating crew, they diluted the talent pool, just like the NHL would be if Gary Bettman created another 32 franchises. The competent officials are simply spread too thinly and many games are whistled by guys who are out of their ability to keep up.

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  15. Gord R
    February 24, 2013

    And just as a brief addendum, I am in no way saying that the referees cost the Canucks this game, rather that they did a horse**** job in general and that they are held to far too low of a standard of performance. If a 17 year old kid working the deep fryer at McDonalds screwed up as frequently they would be fired. Yet these officials are often cut some slack because their job is considered difficult. Clean it up, NHL.

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    • best behaviour
      February 24, 2013

      I think the officials are pretty skilled; the fact that they make the calls like this tells you what the league expects from them. No video review; not even allowed to confer with each other on some calls e.g. offside; no off-ice review except in extreme cases… speed can’t be the issue with that nowadays.

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      • J21 (@Jyrki21)
        February 25, 2013

        For something like offside, it’s probably because there is no conceivable remedy. “Hey, Chuck (or Sylvain, or whatever), he was onside!” “Oh sorry about that… uh… I guess we’ll give them a free kick from the spot where the play was blown dead?”

        Even if a disallowed goal were overturned because of, say, a quick whistle, the case will always be made that the players let up when it appeared the play was going dead (or if you discourage this, there is more potential for after-the-play roughness and injury) and so it’s not fair simply to award a goal.

        I do wish they weren’t toal morons when the play does get reviewed, though. The fact that TV stations have more angles to look at than the vaunted “Toronto war room”, who doesn’t understand its own rules anyway, is very sad.

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        • best behaviour
          February 25, 2013

          I think remedies could be conceived.

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  16. gumby
    February 24, 2013

    The officiating did suck. It wasn’t the difference, but still. Almost random at times.

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  17. tom selleck's moustache
    February 24, 2013

    Ugh, glad that one was over. Thanks for the entertaining read, though; “Kiss Huggins” jokes never get old and I thought the Mariokart reference was brilliant.

    Did I like what Kassian did? From the standpoint that it took us off the powerplay, no, I didn’t like that part of it. However, I did like the fact that it does send a message that players trying to take runs on our players will be expected to pay a price for it. The fact that Tootoo acted in so cowardly a manner was just icing on the cake. Interesting point above though, that if a Canuck acted in a similar manner, people would be all up in arms about it.

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    • J21 (@Jyrki21)
      February 25, 2013

      I don’t believe anything Kassian did intimidated Jordin Tootoo — who does this in the NHL for a living — in the slightest, though. I just don’t believe “message sending” is a real thing when everybody is busy constantly sending them to each other. Everyone has the same damn message at the end of the day.

      Would Kassian have discouraged a meeker, Tanev-like player from throwing a similar hit? Sure, but those guys don’t throw those hits to begin with.

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      • Nick
        February 25, 2013

        Kassian’s willingness to step up was noticed by other Wings however. And Tootoo took no more liberties after that. On the other hand, if neither Kassian nor any other Canuck had stepped up, we might have seen more dangerous, cheap hits.

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        • J21 (@Jyrki21)
          February 25, 2013

          That’s the argument — but I don’t buy it. The types of hockey players who engage in reckless play aren’t afraid of a few seconds of wrestling. I didn’t see yesterday’s game, but how many opportunities did Tootoo really have to repeat that? And why would he, anyway? He obviously knew of the possibility of some retaliation (especially with Kassian right on the ice) and it obviously didn’t discourage him from doing what he does to make a living in the NHL.

          It just reminds me of two rival gangs who are each convinced they have to avenge the last attack — which was itself an attempt to avenge a previous attack — and each side seems to believe that somehow, some way, in spite of the years of history before that, one of them is going to find the card so high and wild they’ll never need to deal another.

          Gooning and retaliation have both been “responses” to cheap plays for as long as hockey has been around. Neither has ever really succeeded in accomplishing its goal — just in exacerbating the problem.

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      February 25, 2013

      Your trolling is extremely tiresome and not the least bit entertaining. This is a blog for grownups, surely there’s a good children’s website around somewhere, it’s 2013 after all.

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      • J21 (@Jyrki21)
        February 25, 2013

        Also anachronistic. 1967?

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  18. Carlo
    February 25, 2013

    What Kassian did was totally fine IMHO. Canucks need more toughness and they got it. About Lu not being pulled. I don’t know, the game was over as it was anyway. He’ll be fine, he’s a pro and a veteran. He’s been through that and bounced back strong in the past.

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  19. Smokey
    February 25, 2013

    We should also note that it was a full moon, craziness ensues.

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  20. TamaraB
    February 25, 2013

    Damn, that Evil Tanev guy is going to have more PIM’s this season than all his other seasons combined! ;)

    I liked what Kass did. Instead of being just a fast skating but poor agressive team, they have the toughness they need. Kass is all heart and emotion, he’ll learn to control it better as he goes, but Kass is skilled AND tough. A great combo!

    And as long as Kass is around, Evil Tanev will live to see another game :D

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  21. Rob
    February 25, 2013

    I’ve been saying all year that the Canucks look like they are sleep walking most nights and they need to WAKE THE !@#$ UP! I’m hoping this is the wake-up call they desperately need.

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  22. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    February 25, 2013

    Detroit, and Ogdensburg, NY (where Howard is from) are pretty much both far more “Canadian” than Vancouver is.

    I hate when people bring countries into the NHL. It just gives CBC fodder (until the Canucks make the finals, then it’s all ridiculous and we really ought to celebrate the Original Six’s heritage).

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    • Justin
      February 26, 2013

      As a Detroit fan, I was embarrassed at that ridiculousness. It’s hard to pull the patriotism card with all those retired Canadian numbers in red hanging from the rafters. And when your opponent is just as Swedish as you are.

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  23. Awful Refs
    February 25, 2013

    If hockey is entertainment, the refs failed horribly… and if hockey is a game that should be judged fairly, the refs failed horribly… what were the refs thinking?!! What a shitshow… really hard to blame Luongo in this farce (power play goals/deflections)… not sure what Red Wings take away from this one as winners, what a complete waste of time for players/fans…

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  24. jimbob
    February 25, 2013

    Thanks a lot Harrison! now i have a nursery rhyme stuck in my head! :)

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  25. Chris the Curmudgeon
    February 25, 2013

    Sometimes you lose a laugher. Happens to everyone and I guarantee there was less coach yelling in that locker room than after any loss this season, because you just have to admit the team stunk, the officiating stunk, the bounces were bad and the Wings were in top form. Can’t read into it too much, it’s one game, shrug it off and move along. The only thing to do is mark your calendars for March 16th and hope the team is fired up to pay it back.

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  26. cathylu
    February 25, 2013

    I couldn’t face thinking about this game last night so I waited to read this IWTG until Monday morning (also was kinda busy watching the Oscars). This is a game to forget about and move on. I also laughed at the “USA!” cheer – I think I counted 5 Americans on their roster (if anything the cheer should be “SWEDEN! SWEDEN!”).

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  27. obituary mambo
    February 25, 2013

    I tried to stay up for this game (an 11pm starting time here), but I started crashing at around 10:30 and had to be up by 6:30am at the absolute latest this morning. I’d really been looking forward to it, but in the end I decided I had to give it a miss and turn in for the night. It sounds like that was probably for the best…

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  28. obituary mambo
    February 25, 2013

    OK, just watched the highlights. I love the little exchange between the Johns after the USA! chant beginss.

    Shorthouse: “Brunner, Zetterberg and Datsyuk–”
    Garrett: “Yes, noted Americans.”

    Ha! I may be American, but I’m as befuddled by the chanting as anyone else is.

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  29. obituary mambo
    February 25, 2013

    Wait a minute — I’m not a troll! Why are my comments above the ones calling Kesler’s Nose out for his/her immaturity when they were made after them?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      February 25, 2013

      Mainly because he’s a guy who’s previously been banned from our comments section and comes back under new names. We generally just delete his comments immediately.

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      • obituary mambo
        February 25, 2013

        Thanks for taking the time to respond. I was confused by the timeline because the posts directly below mine had been posted before I got here but it looked as if they were in response to my comments. I’m not sure what makes trolls tick. I think of much more productive ways to spend my time than taunting random people on the internet.

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    • Brent
      February 25, 2013

      No one would ever mistake you for a troll. Especially with that cool graphic.

      So I assume it is work that takes you to Europe? WHat feed do you use for watching the games. I used to link through a site called rojadrirecta (mainly because I was in Italy). Got to see some interesting Swedish commentary between the periods.

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      • obituary mambo
        February 25, 2013

        You’re right, but it isn’t glamorous work. I’m just a teacher. I used to get ESPN America, but I moved this summer and no longer have the channel. Anyway, I found a site that streams live games, but the quality is pretty far from perfect, so I’m probably going to buy the NHL network package for PC. Right now, I’m just glad to have games to watch, even if the quality isn’t special.

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        • Brent
          February 25, 2013

          “Just” a teacher. Come on, pretty important stuff. Certainly notice it when my kids get a sub-optimal teacher.

          Try the rojadrirecta, can’t remember what the quality was like. At the time I was just happy to see the game. They have all kinds of sports on it. Compare for the next game, although it is a latter start, you will have to nap and then wake up for it. I know how hard that is.

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          • obituary mambo
            February 25, 2013

            I’ll check it out. The funny thing is, I rarely miss the 7pm starts, even though that’s 4am here. I was able to fit the back-to-back 2-2:30 am starts in because I had a light schedule on Friday (meaning I could nap) and I always have Saturdays off. I even managed to catch the Chicago game which meant waking up at 2:25am and powering through the rest of the day. By the time I got home (at about 8:30pm), I was just about ready to collapse. Oddly enough, I made it anouther hour or so before succumbing. In all honesty, it was the rivalry that powered me through it; I’m not sure I would have been willing to put myself through that if the Canucks had been facing another team.

            I absolutely get your point about a good teacher making a huge difference and I’m glad to hear that there are parents who appreciate the effort. I completely agree that it is an incredibly important job. I just didn’t want to give the mistaken impression that I had some sort of high-powered CEO gig. Not that I’d want one; there’s a reason I went into teaching.

            So, did you go to Italy for work, university, fun or a different reason entirely?

            It’s about time for me to crash. I wish you a wonderful rest of the day.

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            • Brent
              February 25, 2013

              Managed to go to Europe 2-3 times in that last year or 2 for work during the hockey season. Just 2 week trips. Pretty unusual for me though.

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  30. Adam
    February 25, 2013

    “The Red Wings faithful were downright gleeful with their team’s performance. So gleeful they couldn’t refrain from a “USA! USA” chant in the dying seconds. The country of birth for their eight goal-scorers, in order: Canada, Sweden, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Switzerland, Sweden, Sweden. But Jimmy Howard was touched.”

    Remind me, then, why we play Canada’s national anthem before Canucks games?

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  31. Blueliner
    February 25, 2013

    “As soon as the play was over, the Sedins tore their shirts open to expose the NO TO NO-TOUCH ICING message written on their chests.”

    T-SHIRT. NAO!

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  32. falkland
    February 26, 2013

    “strombone1 I just wanted to apologize to all the people who had to replace their Budweiser Red Light bulb after yesterday’s debacle #LUON8O” oh well, sheight happens

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