The Dreaded Two-Goal Lead: Cox on Luongo, mask on Schneider, and Jensen on the way

Canucks news comes fast and furious, and sometimes we find ourselves playing catchup. Thankfully, the Dreaded Two Goal Lead – often called “the worst lead in hockey” – is super easy to come back from. Everybody knows it’s a guaranteed death sentence for those that hold it. Well, much like an ice hockey team coming from two goals down, PITB will now effortlessly catch up.

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Embellishment is embarrassing, says Bruins coach; indeed, says Canucks fan (VIDEO)

We’ve been having a great time dealing with a website that refuses to stay online this week. Just a whale of a time. For whatever reason, the blog has begun to derive a sick pleasure from crashing, like a character in a Cronenberg movie, and it’s caused us to miss a few things. One such thing: another excellent video from “M A K A V E L I”, known among Canuck fans as the guy behind that Boston/Vancouver/Daily Show mashup that went viral last year.

Let’s set the stage: on Sunday night, the Boston Bruins fell 4-3 in a loss to the Montreal Canadiens despite leading the game at one point by a score of 3-2. What was the turning point? After Alexei Emelin crosschecked on Tyler Seguin undetected, even though he broke his stick in half in doing so, Zdeno Chara made a beeline for Emelin and made him pay in punches. Unfortunately, Chara’s revenge also took him off the ice for 17 minutes in penalties, and while he was in the box, the Canadiens hung two on the Bruins and won the game.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was understandably upset about the game afterwards, but not at Chara. Rather, he took the podium to complain about the Montreal Canadiens’ shameful embellishment throughout. It was “embarrassing for our game, the embellishing,” according to Julien. This led Makaveli (I refuse to spell his name the way he wants us to) to point out that Julien seemed to be struggling to see past his own nose, since, speaking of noses, he coaches Brad Marchand, among others:

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I Watched This Game: Canucks vs San Jose Sharks, March 5, 2013

This game was nail-bitingly, edge-of-your-seat-sittingly, passing-out-from-forgetting-to-breathingly thrilling. The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks traded scoring chances in a fast-paced affair, going back-and-forth all night, which makes the game sound significantly more lurid than it really was. It was truly exciting, as the Canucks battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the second period, with both teams coming agonizingly close to ending the game in regulation.

Instead, it ended in a dull and anticlimactic shootout. Ugh.

I wish every Canucks game was as thrilling as this one, but that would likely require the Canucks to give up a couple goals early so that they’re forced to open up and play a more high-risk game, which I don’t want. I would prefer that the Canucks are the club opening up an early lead, forcing their opponents to take more chances. But that’s not what happened in this game, and I would know, because I watched this game.

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