I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Detroit Red Wings, March 16, 2013

The Vancouver Canucks gave their fans a history lesson Saturday night, putting aside their usual blue and green attire to don the duds of their predecessors, the Vancouver Millionaires. The look was downright fantastic.

Unfortunately, the Canucks took their tribute to history a little too far. While it was nice of the club to show us what they would have looked like in Millionaires jerseys, I didn’t think the Canucks needed to show us what it would have looked like if the Millionaires had gone up against the 2013 Detroit Red Wings. It was a lesson I could have done without. While the jerseys looked excellent, the team in them looked decidedly less so when I watched this game.

Canucks 2 – 5 Red Wings

  • The Canucks got on the board just six seconds into this one, as Alex Burrows struck quickly for the fastest first goal in Canucks’ franchise history. Brian Lashoff was the goat for the Red Wings, as he sprinted to the wall, hoping to cut off Daniel Sedin, only to have Daniel cut inside on him and take Alex Edler’s pass through the middle of the ice. Just like that, the Canucks were in 2-on-1 to start the game. Daniel fed Burrows, who made no mistake, wiring the puck like it was a young Kanye West’s jaw.
  • Unfortunately, the Canucks utilizing Mike D’antoni’s “seven seconds or less” playbook was the high point of the game. Pavel Datsyuk would tie the game up in short order, banking a puck off of Justin Abdelkader’s skate and past Roberto Luongo. It wasn’t the only time Datsyuk would orchestrate a goal this way. Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey would tell us that Datsyuk loved playing with Abdelkader because he went to the net or some such thing, but it seemed clear to me that Datsyuk’s favourite thing about Abdelkader was that he appeared to be made of Flubber.
  • Datsyuk got a lot of love in this game. Much of it was deserved, as he was very, very good, but the broadcast crew strained unnecessarily to praise him at times. On an Alex Burrows breakaway later in the game, Datsyuk just happened to be there when the puck jumped off of Burrows’s stick, and the crew practically lauded him for making the ice unsmooth. “Datsyuk is so good he gives the ice goosbumps,” Ball said. “Datsyuk gives ME goosbumps.” Hrudey said. “I’m gonna ask him to hockey prom.”
  • David Booth has been the recipient of some terrible, terrible luck this season. First he strained his groin on the first day of practice. Then his first goal eluded him just shy of forever despite strong possession play. Then, the game after he finally scored, he was fallen upon by Brendan Smith and twisted his left ankle. Why is this happening to him? We can only assume that, during one of his hunts during the lockout, he happened upon a cabin with an old book and read a Latin passage from it. That’s a surefire way to get a curse. Remember, kids: most Latin is curses. If you can help it, never read it.
  • A residual victim of Booth’s curse: Tom Sestito, who had just one shift in the second period and zero shifts in the third as Alain Vigneault shortened his bench after losing another forward. Sestito reportedly spent the rest of the game counting people in the building he was taller than.
  • I really appreciated the showmanship with which the official signalled Jannik Hansen’s penalty shot. The extra strides made it all very dramatic, as did the triple salchow into double axel combination. Very well executed.
  • Unfortunately, Hansen’s penalty shot wasn’t as well-executed. He came in slow on Howard and opened up a little room to the right, which was good, but he couldn’t finish. Like Cambo in the comments section, he disappointed everyone by hitting post.
  • This was one of Alex Burrows’ best games of the season. He scored both Canuck goals, the first on a blistering one-timer, the second on a backhand in close, and he led all skaters with six shots on goal. Most impressively, that’s six shots on goal with no others attempted or blocked. Every time he released, he forced Howard to make a save. Unfortunately, Howard made the save often, sucking the life out of the Canucks’ attack. I haven’t seen a Howard so obsessed with sucking the life out of things since Anne Rice.
  • Ten points to anyone who gets that reference without clicking through to the link.
  • Pavel Datsyuk felt all the love tonight as the CBC crew played Simba to his Nala, but I thought Howard was an equally big difference-maker in this one. The Canucks outplayed the Red Wings in this game, at least in terms of scoring chances and shots, butHoward kept Detroit in the game during the first half. Meanwhile, this game was still winnable for the Canucks in the third period, but some mediocre goaltending from Roberto Luongo saw the lead expand right out of reach.
  • The Vancouver powerplay is now 0 for its last 33, which is, as I understand it, pretty bad. The issues are numerous: for one thing, the puck never seems to go in. Actually, that’s pretty much it.
  • Finally, this was a game where the Canucks really missed Ryan Kesler — not just because he might have been able to help the Canucks’ abysmal powerplay with his shooty goodness, but because he might have been able to battle Datsyuk to a standstill somewhat. Datsyuk is an incredible player not just because he can score, but because he can score while shutting down the opponent’s top line, and as thin as the Canucks are at centre, Alain Vigneault really had no choice but to let the Sedin line go head to head with his. Datsyuk and his group will win that matchup most of the time. Busy Datsyuk with Kesler, however, and this is a completely different game.
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78 comments

  1. chicken hawk
    March 17, 2013

    Vancouver scored six seconds in
    And then Detroit went on to win
    Jimmy Howard versus Bobby Lu
    The first the better of the two

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  2. MaggieLizer
    March 17, 2013

    So, am I the only one who spent a substantial part of their childhood reading Anne Rice? Yes? Ok,..

    Haa, but really though. I feel like lately there’s been a lot of Canucks games when I’ll feel comfortable in the first, and then it all comes crashing down.

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  3. best behaviour
    March 17, 2013

    Thanks for noticing about the odd Datsyuk love too… one of the CBC commentators kept gushing a promise to show us a goal Datsyuk made last night. Yes,and if we want to see we can click a link on the NHL site. Or maybe you can replay it during a lull in the action. But stop acting like it is the big reason everyone tuned into tonight’s different game against a different team. Once some replays came up and he got so excited, then – oh, no, htese are just replays from tonight. Yeah, that’s just Burrows’ goal, and then a Red Wings goal. We’ll have Datsyuk’s goal from last night for you later tonight!

    Also weird was when one commentator brought up Burrows’ cool rise from ECHL – AHL – NHL, and the other one just couldn’t be bothered to comment on Burrows and told us all about a minor league baseball player he used to know. Dude. It’s HOCKEY night in Canada, and there are Canucks fans watching. Just say “yes, I love stories like that.” Even that intense guy who sits next to Don Cherry has learnt to stop dissing Burrows.

    Didn’t like seeing Booth go down… hope the news isn’t too bad for him! That being said… I miss Kesler. I want him back now.

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    • Nick
      March 17, 2013

      Kelly Hrudy doing colour commentary sounded like a rookie.

      I thought Rick Ball was ok on play-by-play, but not in Shorty and Hughson’s class.

      Together, they’re definitely the C team … and I hope we don’t have to hear them again

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      • John in Marpole
        March 17, 2013

        You haven’t already forgotten how horrible Mark Lee was when he was the HNIC play by play guy in western Canada, have you?

        Ball knows the Canucks better than most HNIC PxP guys, he calls their games on 1040 when Shorty is on SportsNet. I agree that Hrudey & Ball aren’t nearly as good as The Two Johns, but that’s quite probably a combination of Ball not wanting to sound like a Canuck homer and the fact that the 2 of them have worked about 10 games together, total.

        Broadcast teams need time to gel, just like sports teams do

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        • Chris the Curmudgeon
          March 17, 2013

          I’ll take Lee over those guys any day of the week.

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          • DanD
            March 17, 2013

            No way. Lee is the worst always.

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  4. jeremy
    March 17, 2013

    Am I the only one continually frustrated by Jason Garrison’s play? The second Red Wings goal – and the point at which you could tell that the momentum had tipped terminally in Detroit’s favour – was all on him, as he layed himself out trying (unsuccesfully) to make a statement hit on Pavel Datsyuk. He then skated away from his mark as if the Russian machine was no more threat than Boris Yeltzin after a formal dinner. Of course, Datsyuk orchestrated the goal. It was a really odd play from Garrison at a time when the Canucks really needed to keep up the smart, careful hockey that they used to push through the 5-on-3.

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    • Nick
      March 17, 2013

      During the course of a game, you see Garrison paired with at least 3 other guys … and it must be harder for him to develop consistency and learn a new system than if he just played with one guy most of the time.

      Garrison and Ballard played well together in Florida. This constant scrambling of the defense pairs is a bad idea.

      I agree with your take though … I thought, for a 5-year megabuck contract, we’d get someone better than a #5 defenseman.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        March 17, 2013

        Garrison and Ballard didn’t actually play together much in Florida, and from what I’ve heard from Florida fans and advanced stats folk, they were awful together. Just didn’t fit together at all.

        As for this season, Garrison has been quite good, actually. If the worst you can say about him during a game is that Pavel Datsyuk made him look bad, then that’s not much. Datsyuk makes everyone look bad.

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        • jeremy
          March 17, 2013

          Wagner, are you being paid by CBC now? “Watch how Pavel Datsyuk uses psychic power to turn literally invisible after Jason Garrison attempts to force him from the puck. I mean, Crosby’s Crosby, but Pavel Datsyuk is right up there in the league.”

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          • Daniel Wagner
            March 17, 2013

            No, I’m just sick of the unjustified hate for Garrison. Datsyuk made a nice play on him to avoid the check, then managed to get open because it was, you know, a bloody powerplay. Garrison had to head to the net as the puck was on the opposite side of the ice. If he stayed with Datsyuk, that would have been the wrong play.

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            • jeremy
              March 17, 2013

              Aww, c’mon, it was a joke! Anyway, I don’t hate the guy, I just don’t think he’s settled fully yet, and I do agree with Nick’s implication that it’s probably more to do with him not having had the chance to develop chemistry with anyone particular. For me it extends to him not finding the forwards with his passes as well as his D-man cohort do. I have no doubt he’ll ease into a comfortable top-4 spot in the squad and I’ll be happy to see that – it’s just times like that I wish it’d come a bit sooner.

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              • Daniel Wagner
                March 17, 2013

                Sorry about that, I’m little tetchy after that bummer of a game.

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        • Nick
          March 17, 2013

          I was thinking about Ballard and Garrison together based on their game here as Canucks. They looked good. Probably Garrison’s best game.

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        • Chicken Chick
          March 17, 2013

          “Datsyuk makes everyone look bad.”

          I came to pray remained to mock
          Chris Tanev’s looking for his jock

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          • chinook
            March 17, 2013

            chicken chick = Leonard Cohen, reborn as sportscaster

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  5. Sean
    March 17, 2013

    Yet another shameful game during a year filled with them.

    Oh well guess we get to see if the boys decide to show up next time.

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    • jeremy
      March 17, 2013

      Shameful’s a pretty strong word. The squad’s confidence is down – losing a key, top-6 forward and battling through a 5-on-3 only to see it rubbed away by a second consecutive weak penalty call – which resulted in a quick-fire conversion – made sure it would stay down for another 48 hours at least. The struggles of the powerplay show more than anything that this is a mental problem. The issue isn’t that they’re not “showing up” – it’s that they’re overthinking what it takes to show up at all.

      It’s frustrating to watch but it’s a ways from the playoffs yet, and the mental makeup will have changed radically by then. I don’t think this team is bad enough that they can be psyched out of even a top-8 spot, but this slide needs to end soon. I think we’re seeing the last of it.

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      • Sean
        March 17, 2013

        They’ll snap out of it, just like last year, right?

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        • jeremy
          March 17, 2013

          You’re right, the Kings should have been a pushover last year – the Kings! Certainly we should have been able to beat those nobodys. Even without our no.1 scorer in the lineup.

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        • whisky jack
          March 17, 2013

          With so much wrong so little right,
          The entire team is too uptight.
          Their turnaround will not commence
          While everyone is so intense.

          Snake-bitten by old Lady Luck,
          What they do now is fight the puck,
          And only when they loosen up,
          Will come the chance to win the Cup.

          The problem is they care too much,
          That with the Way they’re out of touch:
          One wills without willing as though
          A function of time’s faultless flow.

          Try not to try and notice then
          There’s effortless success again

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    • Nick
      March 17, 2013

      They outshot the Wings, outplayed them for long stretches, but were facing a hot goalie.

      Calling their play shameful is a bit over the top.

      I expect to see that type of hyperbole after loss when I read Province stories from Tony G or Botchford though.

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  6. Dan
    March 17, 2013

    “Like Cambo in the comments section, he disappointed everyone by hitting post.”

    I laughed for a good minute. No offense meant to Cambo!

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  7. Chinstrap Joe
    March 17, 2013

    Am I the only one who feels the slow, sickening descent into hockey mediocrity?

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    • Sean
      March 17, 2013

      No they’re going to snap out of it, just you wait.

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  8. Tom 1040
    March 17, 2013

    Does this mean Booth will miss some of the hunting season?

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  9. Naturalmystic
    March 17, 2013

    Millionaires tribute jerseys = Lipstick on a pig

    No surprise the Casucks were crushed by the Wings. Anyone still believe these losers are going anywhere but home after the first round?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      March 17, 2013

      Funny, don’t recall you commenting on the Canucks/Predators IWTG…

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      • Naturalmystic
        March 17, 2013

        I watched Pittsburgh rape the Leafs that night. I only comment on games that I watch.

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        • Brent
          March 18, 2013

          I would say this qualifies as an inappropriate comment.

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          • Harrison Mooney
            March 18, 2013

            Yep.

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    • Angry Canadian
      March 17, 2013

      Save the unoriginal “Casucks” stuff for the Facebook pages. We fervent readers of IWTG expect a bit more from everyone – even the trolls.

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      • Unknown Comic
        March 17, 2013

        “And this offends you as a Canucks fan?”

        “No, it offends me as a comedian.” – Seinfeld

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    • shoes
      March 17, 2013

      Did I just hear a trailer park in the flatlands calling you and your mullet home?

      Comments like yours beg for comments like mine.

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    • Tom 1040
      March 17, 2013

      Are they going to make it to the first round?

      Certainly not a certainty (and in the NW)!

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      • Naturalmystic
        March 17, 2013

        The Casucks have the Oilers, Flames, and Colorado to inflate their point total. With three losers in their division the Casucks are assured of making the playoffs. The Casucks in the Northwest division reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer was beating up little kids in a karate dojo.

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  10. Most disappointing thing is
    March 17, 2013

    that the Wings should have been the tired team, but from the second period on they not only outclassed the Canucks, but seemed to totally outhustle and outwork them… I hate it when the team I am going for/play with looks like they don’t care as much as the other team…

    Also, Luongo’s performance didn’t help matters (seems like before it was Chicago and now Detroit is in his head), probably should go with Schneider next game and see if he can finally man up and play like he can…

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  11. Arlo
    March 17, 2013

    Remember, kids: most Latin is curses. If you can help it, never read it.

    Haha… Having taken two years of Latin in undergrad, I can attest to that!

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    • chinook
      March 17, 2013

      Too damn right! Like decoding brail wearing gloves. (I did Latin for one year)

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      • Gretchen Grouse
        March 17, 2013

        I’m Gretchen Grouse the Grammar Geek
        noting Latin’s shaped the way we speak,
        and should you deem it merely curses,
        you’re unaware of Virgil’s verses,
        the blessed joys of Midnight Mass
        with faith in lux and veritas,
        or if Episcopalian,
        verba sesquipedalian.

        So to you trolls I will be blunt,
        “Damnat quod non intellegunt.” *

        * So said the Roman Cicero,
        some two thousand annos ago.

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        • Harrison Mooney
          March 17, 2013

          Oh, Gretchen Grouse. I knew you’d rise to Latin’s defence.

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          • Gretchen Grouse
            March 17, 2013

            You know, “Nec aspera terrent,”
            So’s we speak well with good intent.

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            • gumby
              March 17, 2013

              Semper ubi sub ubi!

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        • chinook
          March 17, 2013

          Dear Gretchen, How about an ode in King Arthur’s English, that ancient strain of our current tongue, giving equal tribute to Beowulf. After all, your own name hints at those roots.

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        • Taco
          March 17, 2013

          Priceless..

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        • nanodummy
          March 17, 2013

          Virgil is filthy.
          Absolutely filthy. Like
          a pornstar would blush.

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  12. TubaNat
    March 17, 2013

    Well the uniforms looked great, but I think that just made me angrier and more disappointed in the end because I was thinking “why can’t you play as good as you look!?”
    The 5 on 3 where the powerplay barely took a shot, though, that was too painful.

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    • chinook
      March 17, 2013

      Detroit 5 on 3 PP was just as anemic – at that point in the game I still had hope.

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  13. EllynBleu
    March 17, 2013

    Thank you, Harrison. I can count on your comments to be realistic, honest, and yet with some humour involved:
    “I really appreciated the showmanship with which the official signalled Jannik Hansen’s penalty shot. The extra strides made it all very dramatic, as did the triple salchow into double axel combination. Very well executed.”
    Far better than reading the TSN commentary.

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    • shoes
      March 17, 2013

      I do not care for officials grandstanding, as I believe it makes them be part of the “show” instead of part of the “support” for fair play. I would hate to see them pandering to their favorites crowds or hometown crowds in their own hockey city.

      In addition to that, in this particular case I think he was trying to decide whether he could get away with giving them both 2 minutes.

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  14. Zach Morris
    March 17, 2013

    Good things about this game…both team’s jerseys looked pretty nice…Detroit had some nice goals…

    After watching this game, I can see why people are getting frustrated.
    I disagree entirely with the sentiment that the Canucks/Millionaires outplayed the Red Wings. For long stretches of the third, the Canucks were stuck in their zone. They couldn’t connect on more than two passes all game (with the exception being on the goshdarn 5-on-3 late in the game. They literally refused to shoot. It was like the powerplay against Dallas; my buddy even exclaimed “They know there are only six minutes left, right?!”) and they seem to be more attached to the drop pass and cross ice passes than they are to the Division Lead.
    The power play was terrible. Luongo wasn’t great. About the only thing we can say is nobody got injur-OH WAIT, BOOTH TWISTED HIS ANKLE.

    I’m a pretty positive fan, but I Hated This Game.

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    • chinook
      March 17, 2013

      Agree with you about the PP. At one point on the PP late in the game, the puck came to Daniel low in the zone (in the face-off circle) with lots of open space toward the goal and a traffic jam in front – and he skated to the side-wall to set up the next pass. I groaned.

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    • dougster
      March 17, 2013

      Totally agree with the sentiment… there was a time in 2010-11 where it looked like the Canucks were becoming the new Detroit… owned games and seemed to score at will, and teased their opponents. Detroit at the time was looking old and a bit un-Detroit like. I was expecting a much better game last night given that Detroit played the night before in Edmonton… but by the third period Detroit was looking like the Yzerman/Lidstrom Wings and we were the ones looking tired. The problems are accumulating at a worrisome pace… in addition to a lack of quality at center we have defence issues and lacklustre “average” goaltending. I am not usually a fan of making desperation moves at the trade deadline but GMMG needs to shake this team up fast or we may be on the outside looking in come playoff time. :( :(

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  15. chinook
    March 17, 2013

    Game’s turning point was obviously Booth’s injury and his leaving the game. (may not be true but can’t resist saying so)

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  16. Cathylu
    March 17, 2013

    I agree with all the comments about Datsyuk. Yes he’s a very good player but all I got out of this game (besides Burr’s fabulous 6-second goal) was “Welcome to the Pavel Datsyuk Show! Starring PAVEL DATSYUK and some other guys!”.

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    • Nick
      March 17, 2013

      More and more, Hockey Night in Canada is slipping. It’s been awhile since I’ve preferred them to Sportsnet and TSN broadcasts. It sounded like Kelly Hrudy was unprepared for the colour assignment, and was just winging it with platitudes about Datsyuk and a few well-known other players.

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    • Cathylu
      March 17, 2013

      Though I thought I heard the announcers call Jannik “The Danish Dash”.

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  17. Nick
    March 17, 2013

    Last season Mason Raymond “underperformed” and was forced to take a salary cut.

    I wonder if they would ever do this with coaches?

    Newell Brown’s handling of the PP this season is almost the definition of underperforming.

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  18. Drew
    March 17, 2013

    While the losses of late are no fun, I’m even more frustrated by what feels to me like a shift away from the uptempo style that served the Canucks so well over the last two years. During 5 on 5 play, they are relying almost entirely on the chip and chase, looking to regain possession on the forecheck and then cycle it around until they get an open look. Rarely do they try to create off the rush, and very rarely does a defenceman jump up in on a rush to create an odd-man advantage. It seems to me they’re all so worried about defensive coverage that they’re not pushing forward in numbers.

    There are too many games this year that the Canucks have played with a Nashville-like conservative approach that I’m increasingly feeling that it’s the Canucks that are to blame for this and not their opponents. It’s only when they are playing truly up tempo teams like Chicago or Los Angeles or Anaheim that the Canucks are showing flashes of what made them both an effective team and a ton of fun to watch over the last two years. From the parts of the Winnipeg v. Toronto game that I caught last night, those teams played a way more up tempo, create off the rush style that anything I’ve seen from the Canucks so far this year.

    What’s so frustrating about all this is that when the Canucks have played up tempo this year, they’ve been more successful than with this conservative grinding style. They’ve taken Chicago to two shootouts, for example. And as importantly for me, the conservative style sucks from an entertainment perspective. Forget the wins and losses – the Canucks this year are just not as fun to watch. That’s highly disappointing, as even though I would love to see playoff success, I’d rather enjoy watching entertaining hockey for six months and see the team exit in the first round than see a team like last year’s Coyotes grind and bore their way to the third round of the playoffs.

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  19. steveB
    March 17, 2013

    It has become a worry for me when the Sedins are caught up in the Defensive end for nearly an entire shift.

    In the Offensive zone, they can own the puck and play keep-away from the defenders, but in their own zone, they often turn into a pair of Phil Kessels and wait for someone else to get them the puck.

    Where do their puck pursuit talents go when they’re in their own end of the ice?

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  20. Nee
    March 17, 2013

    I’m not saying I’m worried, but I did a Google earth search last night of the nearest pool.

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  21. shoes
    March 17, 2013

    A few minutes into the 2nd period the Canucks were outshooting the wings 20-6. The play was not that lopsided but they were keeping the Detroit shooters to the outside while blasting away at Howard.

    When Burrows took the rather brutal crosscheck to the face and then went straight to the penalty box for it….it was the turning point of the game and led to the go ahead goal. It was eerily similar to the 8-3 game where the Canucks appeared to have the upper hand and strange call after strange call occurred until Detroit was in control. THEN in both freekin games when the Canucks had completely given up, and were not skating at all…. they get handed PP after PP, which looks like it was an “evenly” called game.. What is that? How does that work for ya Mr. Campbell?

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    • Tom 1040
      March 17, 2013

      Ummm, shoes…Mr. Campbell is long gone.

      Maybe you want to comment on Naslund’s lack of production, too.

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  22. Chris the Curmudgeon
    March 17, 2013

    I am so conflicted right now. On the one hand, I wonder how much more of this pathetic excuse for hockey that we have to see before something is done to improve this team. On the other hand, I’m terrified of what new boneheaded move Mike Gillis might make that even further cripples our team, weakens our prospect pool and dilutes our already underskilled team.

    On the plus side, that was one of Zack Kassian’s best games of the season.

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    • Nee
      March 17, 2013

      “On the plus side, that was one of Zack Kassian’s best games of the season.”

      I see what you did there…

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    • Nick
      March 17, 2013

      Kassian joke aside, well said

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  23. Dane
    March 17, 2013

    Any news on Keslers return? Or how long, if at all, Booth will be out? I can’t seem to find anything.

    There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said above. I thought Raymond was practically invisible, and Jannik played a good game. Beside that, it was a sub par performance. They seem so close, yet so far, from dominating.

    I watched this game with the red wings feed. While I don’t really like ads, I dislike a screen reading ’1st intermission’ more so. Anywho, the red wings call team on fox were pretty damn good! There was a lean towards Detroit, sure, but as a whole, they were pretty un-bias and I enjoyed their insight and some for there quips back and forth.

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  24. akidd
    March 17, 2013

    hats off to the wings. the rumours of their demise were…greatly exaggerated. datsyuk, zetterburg, holstrom, fillupa, cleary…those guys can play and think the game. they’ve lost some important supporting cast but they haven’t lost that veteran ability to do what it takes to win. as a canuck fan i’m disappointed but as a hockey fan i’m pretty happy that the wings are still delivering the goods.

    it might be simplistic to say that the difference in this game was the goaltending, but it kinda was. 9 goals allowed in two games isn’t going to get it done. lou played very well at times and it’s hard to fault him on any particular goal but i’m going to go out on a limb here and say that schneider gets the next start:)

    i guess what worries me is that in the kind of game i like to watch, playing the style of hockey which requires the most skill, the canucks just weren’t good enough. the sedin line seemed like the only legitimate scoring threat.

    secondary scoring remains the key on this team. is kesler going to be able to bring that? it seems like a lot to expect from a guy whose body has been under siege to the degree that it has. kesler is going to need some time to find his legs and there might not be time if this team continues on this arc. gillis needs to make a move. and at this point they need both their goalies as neither is consistent enough. there are other assets. i’m guessing the gillis will be dipping into ‘the savings’ pretty soon.

    in the meantime(and let’s hope kassian’s back is okay) i think schroeder should come back and centre hansen and raymond. that line looked really good and then it disappeared into the juggle centre of AV’s brain.

    move lappy to the third line with higgins and kassian and let weise, pinnizoto,and ebbett hold it down on the 4th line.

    another move might be to put kassian up with the twins for another twirl and try burrows at 3rd line centre.

    and the first unit pp should be sedins, burrows, edler garrison. i mean come on. it isn’t rocket science. screw the right hand shot.

    regardless, i expect a centre coming via trade any day now.

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  25. akidd
    March 17, 2013

    and congrats to burrows on the new notch in his canuck belt. probably could have had a hat-trick against a cooler goalie. he’s gotta be my favourite mortal canuck(the twins are in the valhalla division.)

    just trying to find a bright spot:) how bout that burrows?

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    • Burrows is great!
      March 17, 2013

      I wish we had more guys with heart like that… another positive is that if the Canucks do happen to miss the playoffs this year, as they will if they keep playing like they played against Detroit, I suppose the draft is supposed to be quite deep right?

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  26. Amor de Cosmos
    March 17, 2013

    There’s been a lack of cohesion in their game for over a year now — in comparison to the previous two or three seasons at least. It’s hard to say whether its the result of a lack of urgency or confidence. Whatever the reason it’s pretty clear that a rebuild is necessary. It’s just a matter of how extensive it is and when it should happen.

    Beyond the acquisition of a defensive centre (which GMMG is supposedly working on now) I’d wait until the summer to make changes. How significant they should be depends on how the season plays out. Best case (we win at least a couple of playoff series) the goalkeeper issue will be resolved and a healthy Kesler will be back next year. Worst case (like last season, or don’t make the cut at all) at least one or two of the “untouchables” will be moved, ‘pour encourager les autres’ and bring in new blood.

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    • Nick
      March 17, 2013

      How many of the untouchables got no-trade clauses?

      Off the top of my head, I can think of the Lu, Daniel, Henrik, Kesler, Hamhuis, Bieksa, Garrison, Burrows, and Edler. There might be more.

      Handing NTCs out like candy might hamstring a rebuild.

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      • Amor de Cosmos
        March 17, 2013

        Very true. Though no one really wants to stay where they’re not wanted, Also, many of those players took a healthy home-town discount. It’s probable they could do better financially somewhere else.

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  27. Nick
    March 17, 2013

    One of the advantages for the home team with the last line change is matching their top D pairing against the other team’s #1 line. The Sedins, for example, usually face the other team’s best D men.

    One advantage that Vancouver loses when AV and Bowness constantly scramble the D pairings is that we have no #1 shut-down pairing.

    If we do, I’m not sure who it is … or who AV thinks it is. Seemed like the D playing against the Wings’ top line varied from one shift to the next, almost randomly. Is this clever strategy, or the same quality of coaching that they’re using for the PP and shootouts?

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  28. BakerGeorgeT
    March 17, 2013

    Well at least I won’t be taking shots at David Booth for a while. Hey-oh!

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  29. Pinner
    March 17, 2013

    Yesssss!! 10 points for Anne Rice!!

    And a most excellent Cambo burn, AND Gretchen Grouse’s sweet sweet Latin!? Oh my head, I’ll take a loss any day if it results in this bounteous reaping.

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  30. Snepsts
    March 17, 2013

    Don’t we get to tie Newell Brown to a cross and send him over a waterfall now, or something?

    Kesler’s gone but we have more than enough good enough players to score goals with the man advantage. I also like the comment that Howard stole the show. He was incredible…so, how does Vigneault play Luongo after the eight-goal clown show? Clearly Detroit has a little Luongo doll all stuck with pins in their dressing room…

    I didn’t really have a problem with the Datsyuk business, but then again, I showed his picture to a female friend last night who said she thought he was “ok”, to which I responded with and indignant, “really?!”

    So, uh, going to drink some scotch and watch MacGyver now.

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