I Watched This Game: Canucks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, February 26, 2013

Don’t despair just because the Canucks didn’t win this game. In fact, it’s good that they didn’t. Hear me out: In 2010, the Canucks were blown out by a Central Division team — the Chicago Blackhawks, in a 7-1 debacle — then went on to face the Phoenix Coyotes in their next game. They played much better, but still lost. But then they got their act together and immediately went on a run that culminated in a Stanley Cup Final appearance!

Wouldn’t you know it, just two nights ago the Canucks were blown out by another Central Division team — the Detroit Red Wings, 8-3. And here they are in their next game, versus the Phoenix Coyotes. Again, they lost. But this can only mean that history is repeating itself and they’re definitely going on another Cup run this spring. There’s no other conclusion to reach. Rejoice, friends, just as I did when I watched this game!

Canucks 2 – 4 Coyotes

  • More good news: in the Canucks’ last game, they gave up eight goals. In this game, they only surrendered four goals. That’s a 50% reduction. Moral victory.
  • Speaking of moral victories, as the Canucks emerged from the tunnel tonight, we learned that Nickelback had been defeated in the entrance music voting thing, and Japandroids reigned supreme, just as we requested. As it turns out, Japandroids finished well ahead of Nickelback in the results. We take full credit for this. I know Pitchfork jumped on board too, but that was, like, a week later. We were Team Japandroids before it was cool. IN this instance, we’re Pitchfork, and Pitchfork is Rolling Stone.
  • Cory Schneider was upset with himself after the game. “I am tired of being an average goalie,” he said. It’s tough to blame for him for this loss, really, but you could see how he might be especially down on himself for surrendering Antoine Vermette’s 3-2 goal that turned out to be the game-winner. He got a piece of it, but the puck slowly trickled through his pads. On the bright side, there have been more unfortunates trickles. Auto racer Dick comes to mind, since his parents knew exactly what his last name was going to be.
  • And really, Schneider doesn’t even have to make that save if Alex Edler doesn’t fall asleep at the blue line, allowing Mikkel Boedker to step around him. Or if Jason Garrison doesn’t overplay Boedker, leaving Vermette all alone in the middle of the defensive zone. It’s funny that it was this duo making the error, because Garrison had been strong enough in his first game on the right side for the coaching staff to give the pair a third-period shift together, but with Edler on the left this time. This shift likely set that eventuality back a few games.
  • The real reason Garrison was out there is that he was shooting the lights out like Homer Simpson in this game. He had five shots, one of which went in for his third goal in 19 games as a Canuck. That would put him on pace for 13 in an 82-game season, which is pretty all right. Garrison’s goal came on a point shot after Ryan Kesler won a battle down-low and feed him the puck up high. But Garrison didn’t one-time it. Instead, he took his time and sneaked one past Smith, which was easy, since this one time, he sneaked six people out of Iran.
  • Dave Tippett’s entire coaching strategy is to take away ice. If he managed Rob Van Winkle, the guy’s stage name would just be “Vanilla” and the title of his signature hit would just be two commas and then the word baby. If he worked for Nintendo in the 80s, my favourite video game growing up would have been called “Climber“.
  • Maxim Lapierre had a rough night. You don’t beat the Phoenix Coyotes by outscoring them. You beat them by making fewer mistakes that lead to goals against, and unfortunately, Lapierre had two of those. On Kyle Chipchura’s goal, Lapierre got tangled up with Andrew Alberts and another Coyote at the side of the goal, leaving a wide open lane for Chipchura to walk out in front. On Mikkel Boedker’s goal, Lapierre kicked the puck right to him. Then he deflected the shot. When you deserve a goal and a second assist when an opponent scores once, something has gone wrong.
  • Is Kyle Chipchura the NHL’s most delicious-sounding name, by the way? A chip-churo sounds like a mouth-watering carnival treat. In my mind, you can buy chip-churos next to the Dippin’ Dots stand.
  • The Canucks kept this one close all night, responding quickly both times the Coyotes opened up a two-goal lead. After the Vermette goal, the Sedins went to work, on the cycle, eventually forcing another puck through Mike Smith on a shot by Daniel Sedin that Henrik Sedin may have tipped. Either way, it was one of those guys that looks like that.
  • Some evidence that Raffi Torres is a changed man: he had an opportunity in the third period of this game to take Andrew Alberts’ head off. Right behind the Canucks’ net, Alberts got knocked to his knees, but he still had control of the puck. He was in the official Raffi Torres hitting zone and completely vulnerable. Old Raffi would have smashed Alberts to bits, Gallagher-style. Alberts even winced. But new Raffi came flying through the trapezoid and avoided contact.
  • Mike Smith plays the puck a lot. I think, given the opportunity, he’d rush the puck himself. Next game, here’s what the Canucks should try: Skate up to him when he’s got the puck, but rather than pressure him, just shout, “You go! I’ll stay here!” The moment he takes off, have a second forechecker pressure him into giving up the puck at the blueline, then feed the open man in front.
  • Some questionable officiating in this one, most notably when the Phoenix Coyotes did all the penalties to Alex Burrows and didn’t get whistled for anything. Burrows took a crosscheck to the face and a punch to the face in this one. No call. In the referees’ defence, they didn’t actually see either foul, as Burrows had just been in God’s presence and his face was shining too brightly to look at. Really, it’s his fault for not putting on a veil.
  • Speaking of embellishment, Daniel Sedin’s diving call was abysmal officiating. It’s clear the official missed what happened, since he gave Michael Stone two minutes for slashing when that’s not what it was. Handing out a diving call when it’s apparent you didn’t see anything is pretty low. Daniel was tripped, and you can’t blame a guy for gravity. If you could, I’d win every game of Simon Says by ordering, “Simon says jump up,” then quickly saying, “Come down”.
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38 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    February 27, 2013

    The Sedins forced another goal through Pekka Rinne?
    Is Mike Smith hiding something (a Finnish netminder) up his wide sleeves?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 27, 2013

      What a weird error. I think he was on my TV when I was writing that.

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  2. chicken chick
    February 27, 2013

    Both teams lost on Sunday night
    (Two minutes left and twice they score
    Calgary five and Phoenix four
    And after one up three to two
    Vancouver fails to follow through)
    So of a win I want to write

    After twenty they were behind
    (With Phoenix first up on the board
    Nucks watching while Chipchura scored
    Next period they must forthwith
    Direct the puck past Mister Smith)
    Their scoring touch they need to find

    ‘Twas not because they didn’t try
    (But scoring’s what they failed to do
    Until the Dogs were up by two
    When at long last their number five
    Kept Vancouver’s hopes alive)
    I find I’m hoping for a tie

    So now beyond the final frame
    (Where Cory had one dribble in
    Before a goal by twin from twin
    But one into the empty net
    And any points they could forget)
    The Coyotes won this hockey game

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  3. Carlo
    February 27, 2013

    Argo reference was hilarious. Cup run this spring all right! LOL

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  4. akidd
    February 27, 2013

    hmm…not a lot of fun, outside of the sedins and burrows hustling and bustling. i know the team is tired and there’s a dearth of ride-side dmen but things are just not clicking on lines 2 thru 4. there was some good chemistry happening for a while and now it mostly gone. i suggest:

    kesler, higgins, kassian
    schroeder, hansen, raymond
    lapierre, weise, booth

    sure kassian was on for both goals but he’s gonna shrivel and die on the 4th line. i think a little grooming is required. so much upside, yet he’s warming pine so mr. can’t-hit-the-broad-side-of-a-barn-yet-somehow-enjoys-hunting can perform his usual ineffective on-ice meanderings.

    there are some great teams out there, for the canucks to keep up they will need kassian’s full powers. he could be a real difference maker, now and for a good chunk of time. and he’s gonna get nothing done playing with weise and lapierre. those guys just don’t have the hands.

    next to kesler is where kassian needs to be. let him learn in the heat of battle. can’t do much worse than -2 anyhow so what’s the harm?

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    • chinook
      February 27, 2013

      I agree with you there was not a lot to like in lines 2-4 the past few games but switching Booth and Kassian is not the answer (imo). Kassian has been poor, particularly in his own end where he often fails to chip the puck out of the zone or to pass it to a team-mate. He has to be better before AV will promote him to the second line. Booth hasn’t had any success but he does play hard on the boards and drives to the net.

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  5. steveB
    February 27, 2013

    The comparing of the tragedy of the recent murder of Reeva Steenkamp with Burrows’ lack of calls is regrettable. Brutality against women is not a joking matter.

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    • Maplemusketeer
      February 27, 2013

      It’s a reference to the Biblical account of Moses after seeing ‘God’
      Exodus 34:33

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      • Brent
        February 27, 2013

        Maybe it got changed? Seems as though Steve would not have made such an error.

        And what is up with references to the bible? Noticed a few lately, seems a little out of character as it isn’t recent popular culture.

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        • akidd
          February 27, 2013

          it did get changed and for the better. steve was not hallucinating.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 27, 2013

      You know right? You’re right. That was in completely poor taste. Apologies on behalf of the blog.

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      • Brent
        February 27, 2013

        Way to take responsibility Harrison. If only more people (especially politicians) would admit to their mistakes/lapses in judgements.

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      • Ryan
        February 27, 2013

        Glad to see that got addressed. That’s actual not-sarcastic class, there.

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  6. Barry
    February 27, 2013

    The defensemen played terribly tonight. Most notable in my mind are Alberts, Tanev, and even Garrison.

    Alberts is at fault for the Chipchura goal. It is Alberts’ check that sets the pick on Lapierre, so Alberts should have identified that and rotated checks (to the puck carrier) when it happened.

    Despite Garrison scoring the goal and having 5 shots, I think he had his worst defensive game on the year tonight. He mishandled the puck many, many times. When Schneider was pulled for the extra attacker late with under 2 mins left, Garrison couldn’t hold the line with his backhand – that hurt.

    Tanev also looked awful on some shifts: there was one where I counted three mistakes. It’s great that Tanev a very steady guy, but it seemed like his relaxed approach led to him not respecting the speed of the Phoenix forechecker.

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    • Alex Levy
      February 27, 2013

      I disagree.
      I thought Albert had a fantastic game and was the most solid defense man all night. Did you even watch the game or do you just base your opinion on past results that tsn has told you about?
      Tanev was also fantastic again apart from one or two times in the 3rd.

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      • Amor de Cosmos
        February 27, 2013

        Yeah, Tanev and Alberts were just about the best of the bunch last night.

        I can’t help but feel that this team has something fundamental wrong behind the blueline though. It’s more than just a matter of guys rounding into form, or getting used to their partner. The whole defensive approach seems to be off. Defenders are too eager to get up ice before they’ve finished their own zone-work. The ability to clear the puck out of their own own end ought to be elementary, but they fail repeatedly. I know — and understand why — AV likes defensemen to join the rush, but not all of them, all the time surely? Alberts does better when he stays in his own end, Tanev, like Hamhuis, doesn’t appear to have a natural desire to play in the other half of the rink either. Yet all of them are showing up on the other teams blueline more than they used to. No good. Won’t end well.

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      • Barry
        February 27, 2013

        I can understand that it’s easy for you to make some antagonistic assumptions about me because (a) your opinion differs and (b) it would be convenient for a simpleton.

        I actually might’ve changed my opinion on a point that I previously disagreed with! In this case though, I can’t. The tripe you have replied with translates to “I disagree with your opinion, therefore I think you are stupid. Can you even say ‘I Watched This Game’?”

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        • Doop
          February 27, 2013

          Sensitive lad.

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        • Alex Levy
          February 28, 2013

          Your mom wears army boots.

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  7. James W.
    February 27, 2013

    The Canucks played much better tonight. The goals were due to defensive lapses, but Schneider should have had at least the last one.

    However, the Canucks were fighting an uphill battle against the refs all night. The Daniel Sedin diving call was terrible – you could have argued that he deserved a penalty shot instead. Also, with the puck in the air, Antoine Vermette jumps for it.. and punches Burrows in the face mid flight. I’ll bet the league doesn’t even revue it.

    I’ve been watching hockey for my whole life, and honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen officiating this bad. It’s not like there’s a whole new set of rules to consider or anything… refs and linesmen are just so inconsistent nowadays, it baffles me. It seems like the first period of a game is spent finding out what the refs will and won’t call tonight, the second period is spent trying to toe that line, and third period is spent complaining that the referees aren’t following the rules they arbitrarily set in the first period.

    It’s not just the Canucks – every team seems to be upset. I distinctly remember the officiating being bad for both sides in the Chicago game, but watching other games, I’m seeing obvious calls missed, and weak calls against.

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  8. cathylu
    February 27, 2013

    I agree about the bad ref-ing, especially the diving call on Daniel. How do you not fall down when someone trips you? But a little more scoring would have overcome the bad calls. I’m looking forward to our guys getting it together and playing like we know they can (Juice come back soon!).

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  9. Rob
    February 27, 2013

    I try to see the positives in everything Canucks in an effort to avoid being swept up into the flip-the-pool mentality of the band wagon jumpers but right now it is not possible.

    The defence corps is a disaster. IMO AV is ruining Elder (who was an allstar defenceman 2 seasons ago) by forcing him to play on the wrong side to accomodate everybody else. When you have a guy who has that kind of potential, you make somebody else accomodate him – not the other way around. The Canucks already had Edler’s partner in Tanev. Sure the kid is young and will make some mistakes, but to go out an sign another $4M d-man and give him and NTC without any idea of how is is going to work was completely uneccessairy. Alberts is usually very solid defensively and would make a great guy for the 3rd pair and Ballard has been excellent as well and would be a good 5/6 dman except he makes about $3M too much. The defence should look something like this: Bieksa/Hamius Edler/Tanev Alberts/Ballard (if he made closer to 1.5M) . Garisson was completely unneccessairy and now they are stuck with him. I would like to see Ballard stay with the Canucks but not with the contract he has.

    Booth is a waste of ice and $4.25M, And because he is getting completely undeserved minutes on the 2nd line (if you can call Kesler-Higgins-Booth a 2nd line) Kassian is being wasted grinding out 4th line minutes. It would benefit Kassian more playing on a line with better players – even though he makes mistakes and has bad games he would be better off learning the game from Kesler instead of Lapierre.

    Garrison, Ballard, Booth, and Luongo or Schnieder have to go this offseason, surely one of the Goalies can be traded, that leaves 3 guys (one with an NTC) with 2 compliance buyouts.

    Alberts, Higgins, Lapierre, Raymond, and Malhotra are UFA’s. Manny isnt coming back, Lapierre can be replaced, Higgins could be replaced but I wouldnt be upset if he stayed, Raymond is now showing too much promise to be let go and will probably stay for around the same money he is making now, and I believe Alberts would re-sign if he was gauarnteed a regular roster spot. Shroeder and Tanev are RFA’s and are probably going to get a raise to the tune of $2.5M. Weiss is an RFA, and I dont htink he is worth keeping around.

    Mike Gilles has an opportunity after this season to completely re-shape this team. I really hope he does because right now the team is a mess.

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    • Rob
      February 27, 2013

      I dont understand how somebody can call a whole group of players over rated like that. Over rated compared to what? Take a look at other teams around the league and their defence, the Canucks defense is as good as any team in the league on most nights going back to the 08-09 season the Canucks have finished 7th, 13th, 1st, 4th, and this season they sit 11th in fewest goals against per game. Hamius and Tanev are solid stay at home defenseman and are definately keepers. Edler was a promising young defensman who has lost his way under AV. Remember that he was invited ot the all star game two years ago. He still has great potential but this constant blender of defensman has taken away some of his game. Bieksa , IMO, is not over rated. Some people like to hype him beyond his worth but I find its more the non-canucks fans who dont like his personality or his playing style that are the ones who say he is over rated. Going back to the 08-09 season he has played 288 games has recorded 137 points and scored 33 goals and is +41. Those are some solid numbers. They arent Weber/Chara/Kieth like numbers but they are still very solid. He brings a physical edge to the team but he is streaky in his play and has a habit of being a little too careless with the puck it’s concerning but that’s not a reason to replace him. Ballard has been a pleasant suprise this year, he has really re-created his game to be more relieble in his own end. He would make a solid #5 or #6 d-man but not for $4M+. Signing Garrison was a mistake, it wasnt necessairy – the Canucks didnt need him and they certainly didnt need another NTC on the blue line either.

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  10. JDM
    February 27, 2013

    Hey Harrison. Remember when you guys talked about realignment and how it was going to be super awesome nice not to have to watch Minnesota’s excruciating brand of hockey all the time anymore?

    Well, welcome to the Coyotes’ division.

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  11. Brent
    February 27, 2013

    I agree that there were a lot of defensive miscues in this game, but the reality is, if we had above average goaltending in this game, we would not have noticed it as much. I think the defence will come around, possibly when they stop the blender exercise (weren’t they doing that at the end of last season as well?). What actually concerns me more is the power play. It continues to be sub-optimal. If the power play was clicking, we would notice the defensive miscues even less . The power play was not effective in the stanley cup final, and was terrible at the end of last season and the playoffs. Yes I realize that Daniel was away for part of that but there are going to be injuries to key players, we need to adapt better. So this begs the question, does Newell Brown need to be replaced? I guess I must be getting close to flipping the pool. Maybe a bout of yoga will help me more than it helped the Canucks? Do I really need special clothes Harrison?

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    • best behaviour
      February 27, 2013

      Well, as long as the refs keep calling them like that, what would we do with a good power play unit?

      Anyone else think that in the box score and game recap, the NHL should be forced to post the video clip of what actually happened next to each call?

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    • Brent
      February 27, 2013

      Sorry everyone, I think it is my fault Kesler is injured. As you can see about I said that it “there are going to be injuries to key players”. Obviously I jinxed it. Sorry Ryan.

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  12. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    February 27, 2013

    I didn’t see this game, but have read a lot of criticism of Alberts. Which of course was very predictable (and predicted by me in the comments of this blog and elsewhere) because the guy hasn’t played NHL hockey for about a year.

    I’ve posted this before, but it went ignored, so I will say it again: what is wrong with rotating players in and out of the lineup, especially older guys? Why do the top 12 forwards and top 6 defenseman have to play every game they are able to? In soccer it is quite common to dress different starting XIs from time to time, why would it automatically be seen as a “benching” or “doghouse” move to give a veteran defenseman a night off from time to time in the middle of the season, so as to keep other guys fresh? This is Vancouver — half the D-corps will be out by mid-March. It would be nice if the replacements (as long as they’re keeping both Alberts and Barker up) aren’t playing their first real action at the most critical point of the season.

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    • James W.
      February 27, 2013

      I agree, but the counter argument is that ‘every point counts’. In a shortened season, it’s easier to fall out of a playoff spot than it is to climb back into one, so there’s a sprint mentality. You just know if Burrows was a healthy scratch, the entire province would be either calling for AV’s head, or that Burrows trade rumours would go crazy.

      Last season, the only guy who got rotated out of the line up was Salo, but it really wouldn’t be a big issue if they did it more often – especially with the defencemen. Barker deserves to play a few games, and Alberts hasn’t looked out of place.

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  13. naturalmystic
    February 27, 2013

    The Casucks are a second tier team masquerading as a Stanley Cup contender. After realignment, the Casucks will do no better than 4th in the conference.

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  14. Rob
    February 27, 2013

    I always get a good laugh when people try to twist the Canucks name into something like ‘Cajunks’, ‘Casucks’, ‘Cathugs’. It makes me seriously question the maturity and intelligence of the person who posted it. In a way I actually feel sorry for them becasue the highlight of their day is creating a very poor, unimaginative, and immature twist on a name for the sole purpose of trolling.

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    • James W.
      February 27, 2013

      Right? The only people who think like that are fans of the Coilers, Flamers, Maple Laughs, or the Senaturds.

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    • Rob
      February 27, 2013

      Oh, my apologies. ‘BECAUSE’

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      • John in Marpole
        February 27, 2013

        A typo is hardly a spelling mistake, which troll-boy likely knows. However, the need to score a ‘flame’ on you over-rode any tiny flicker of intelligence there may be engulfed in the juvenile gloom of the echo-chamber of his skull.

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  15. Connor
    February 27, 2013

    Their record is good right now, but I would say their level of play has been abysmal all year. I can’t point to a game where I felt they played anywhere close to their potential.
    It feels like they are coasting again this year, doing the exact same thing they did last year.

    I am generally pretty calm about making roster changes, but I feel something has got to change on this team, something to shake them up a bit.

    There has been a decent amount of player turn over the last few years, but the one thing that has stayed the same is the coach. The team has looked flat for the better part of two seasons. AV is a good coach, but I am really beginning to think his time is up.

    What do you guys think?

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    • Rob
      February 27, 2013

      I totally agree. It feels like they have been sleep walking through most games this year, and it felt like that most of last season too. After the loss to Boston, it’s like they lost all their drive and determination. I have been and ardent supporter and defender of AV, but it appears he can’t get his team to play hard for a full 60 anymore. I won’t call for his head yet but something has to wake the Canucks up.

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  16. Dougster
    February 27, 2013

    The best part of this game was reading IWTG here… During the lockout this is what I really missed, thanks for the great writing!

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  17. iceman
    February 27, 2013

    The thing that worries me the most is that Canucks didn’t seem to be able to make a tape-to-tape pass often enough to save their lives, whether it is moving the puck out of their own zone or gaining the zone at the other end of the ice. Last night the puck was bouncing all around on the way from a Canuck player to another often ending up at one’s skates rather than his stick. And then there were also many occasions when the puck did move from tape to tape, it’s only because a Coyote player intercepted it.

    To me that’s what is most notably missing from this year’s team compared to the previous editions. Last time I checked Canucks were still known to be a dominant puck possession team built on crisp passing and winning the puck battle along the boards. I might have seen a flash or two of those traits once in a blue moon this season, but that’s about it — not enough to convince myself this is the Canucks team I have known for years.

    One could argue a part of the reason for struggle last night was Phoenix’s style of play, which is based on tight defence and ferocious backchek/forecheck to apply pressure while also forcing turnovers. Well, guess who’s coming to town Saturday? That’s right, the LA Kings who literally “suffocate” the opposition with their big AND fast skaters who can also pass and shoot with the best of ‘em. When Kings are at the top of the games very few teams can keep up, not to mention getting the other team off of their game plan out of a pure frustration. That’s how LA won the cup and it seems they’re fully at it again now, riding on a 6-game winning streak.

    Just so you know I hate Kings and their style of play because it takes away the joy of watching exciting end-to-end hockey, from the fan’s point of view. But do I wish Canucks played like that?

    You bet I do.

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