I Watched This Game: Canucks at Edmonton Oilers, April 27, 2013

The Canucks closed out the 48-game 2013 regular season the same way it began: by surrendering seven goals in a humiliating loss. Now, granted, this one isn’t quite as concerning as the season-opener against the Anaheim Ducks, which featured the full Canucks lineup, save Ryan Kesler. This time around, the Canucks flipped the script, icing a lineup that featured Ryan Kesler and little else. Jason Garrison, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Alex Burrows, and Daniel Sedin all sat this one out.

So did Henrik Sedin, although not officially. The Canucks’ captain started this game between Steve Pinizzotto and Dale Weise, and we were excited to watch him spend the whole game there before demanding a trade to Buffalo, as one does after such deployment. But instead, Henrik just left the game. As it turned out, he was only dressed so as to protect his iron man streak, and once he had done what he needed with one shift, he promptly suited up and called it a night. Like Henrik Sedin, I watched this game.

Canucks 2 – 7 Oilers

  • Some people were upset with the little stunt Henrik and Vigneault pulled in order to keep the streak intact, which was weird, since nobody seemed to mind when Cory Schneider got 28 seconds in a game in 2011 to become Jennings eligible. This time around, however, it was seen as disrespectful in some way. I’ll admit it was a little cheeky, but I don’t know how much more meaningful it would have been for Henrik to watch the game from the bench, really. And if he’d played the whole game, that would have drawn a lot of criticism too. Far more disrespectful to the iron man would have been stealing Tony Stark’s arc reactor and using it to power a reverse-engineered replica armor suit.
  • How can you tell Henrik missed his brother? His shift was 22 seconds. What a creep.
  • Henrik wasn’t the only one to leave early. The rest of the Canucks did the same after the second period. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell Roberto Luongo they were going, hanging him out to dry for six goals in the third. He was reportedly furious after the game, leaving without media comment, and he had every right to be upset. There was no reason to leave him in once this one got out of hand. Joe Cannata would have relished the opportunity to jump in. Luongo was the only one who seemed engaged for much of this game and he was effectively punished for it. That was a crap move by a checked out Alain Vigneault.
  • That said, there’s really no reason to be worried about the Canucks’ goaltending situation if Cory Schneider isn’t ready for Game 1. Sure, Luongo was beaten seven times, but I would remind you that the guys in front of him checked out completely. Furthermore, speaking of the guys in front of him, Derek Joslin, Andrew Alberts, Cam Barker, Frank Corrado and Keith Ballard   all played over 18 minutes tonight. Barker played 19:46, and I remind you that if Cam Barker plays over 19 minutes, you lose automatically. It’s in the Bible.
  • The thing that bothered me most about the goal-heavy third-period was that every goal made the clock stop. That was cruel. When Yakupov scored the hat trick goal and the ice crew came out to clean up the hat shower, I found myself shouting, “Play around them! Drop the puck!”
  • Comedy: Edmonton’s goal outburst in the third may have cost the Oilers about $5 million in bonuses. Daryl Katz was probably almost as mad as Luongo.
  • Derek Roy scored the game’s first goal on the powerplay, finishing off a pretty passing play by Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen. I liked Hansen’s work the best, as he caught Corey Potter napping in the crease and backed away unnoticed to get open for a pass. Once Raymond found him, Hansen immediately move the puck to Roy, and Roy fed the net like it was a giant blood-sucking plant.
  • Nail Yakupov put the Oilers ahead early in the third, and if this game was completely meaningless, nobody told him. His running man celebration was a little over the top. You’d have thought he just escaped from Shawshank.
  • But I’m glad he did it, because it made for the funniest moment of the night, when Tom Sestito, of all people, tied the game up with his first goal as a Canuck. After burying the rebound, Sestito mimicked Yakupov’s exuberant celebration perfectly. At least, that’s what I assume he was trying to do. It’s possible that he scores so rarely he forgot how to celebrate, so he just copied the last guy he saw do it.
  • Maxim Lapierre finished with a plus/minus rating of minus-4 and a game-worst Corsi rating of minus-11. I know he’s been hitting a lot, but his possession game has fallen off completely of late. He has a tendency to sort of re-appear during the playoffs, and let’s hope he does. If not, don’t expect Alain Vigneault to use him much.
  • It’s hard to say you liked anybody’s game after a debacle like that, but all things considered, I liked what I saw from Frank Corrado. He made some nice hits, and he finished with a team-high seven shots attempted. Plus we found out he plays the guitar. That’s important. If D2: The Mighty Ducks taught me anything, it’s that you need a guy who can play the guitar so you can sing “We are the Champions” around a campfire during the closing credits.
  • And thus ends the 2013 regular season. It’s been weird. Portland weird. Weird newscasters weird. Mats Sundin as a Canuck weird. See you in the playoffs.
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34 comments

  1. Jaxsun
    April 28, 2013

    This game was tied 2-2 then I went to make soup, when I came back it was 6-2, I think I’ll stick to solids for the playoffs.

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  2. kenahora
    April 28, 2013

    I saw the first goal …I saw the tied score..The Canucks were 8n the gane…in spite of those M.I.A.

    I turned the channel. Watching a sports channel…I had to look twice when the score indicated 7…

    I hope the team gets a good head shake…lest 5hey be sucker- bait for the sharks…Why couldn’t Lapierre be excused from playing. HE WORKED HIS ASS OFF against the Blackhawks.

    Maybe the team shoulda gone to Edmonton for a holiday and skipped the game..
    I was in EDMONTON once. BUT it was closed…!

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  3. lucky
    April 28, 2013

    i don’t understand everyone getting their panties in a bunch over henrik only playing 22 seconds. chill the eff out!

    on to the playoffs!

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  4. TubaNat
    April 28, 2013

    Frankly the biggest disappointment of the night was Detroit winning. Once our season was sewn up that’s what I was going for!

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  5. paul wodehouse
    April 28, 2013

    …some iron man…22second shift a real feat of strength…that’s a cheat not a brag…good luck with san jose as well… couldn’t beatem’in 3 tries this year … just don’t burn down the town when y’go out in the first round

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    • Angry Canadian
      April 28, 2013

      It concerns me when hockey fans in general have more than two years to come up with something new about the Canucks – but can’t. Geez, the riots happened so long ago, most people were still buying DVDs.

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    • J21
      April 28, 2013

      The fans have only ever rioted when they had gathered, drunkenly, to celebrate a possible Cup win in game 7. The “don’t riot” jokes don’t even make any sense with early exits.

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  6. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    April 28, 2013

    Is Vigneault hellbent on making sure that Luongo takes nothing but bitter memories from his time in Vancouver? I don’t get it… Why pull a Tremblay-on-Roy when the only thing we need from Luongo at this point is to be ready if he has to play in the playoffs? If I’m Luongo, I’m seriously demotivated right now.

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    • jenny wren
      April 28, 2013

      Just a little idle chatter
      Re a game that didn’t matter
      When many of your stars aren’t there
      You’ve simply said that you don’t care
      Whether it is you win or lose
      And nothing’s here that should confuse
      For with a playoff birth assured
      To rest your best is not absurd

      But leaving Lui out to dry
      Has caring fans now asking why
      It was an act of disrespect
      He’ll gladly go I now expect
      Although before his time is up
      Mayhap he’ll win for us the Cup

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      • Chinook
        April 28, 2013

        Thanks Jenny, you’ve made my day! “Playoff birth assured” is the first (and only) humour from last night’s game or PITB. I don’t even want to make any wise-ass remarks about who might be giving birth. hee hee hee hee

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        • jenny wren
          April 28, 2013

          Whooooooooooooooooops!
          You are so right and what’s to say
          I hope Vancouver’s good in May

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        • jenny wren
          April 28, 2013

          Do have a laugh at my expense
          For this error I’ve no defence
          So careless with a homonym
          My bird brain cried, “You are so dim!
          As you without acuity
          Sent forth this incongruity.”
          And thus I with feathers ruffled
          Went to my room and softly snuffled
          But sobbing simply made things worse
          So I came back and wrote this verse
          To thank you Mister/Ms Chinook
          Henceforth I’ll take that second look

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          • Chinook
            April 28, 2013

            Pleased you replied in verse and took no offense from my amusement at your expense. Your Canuck comments (and others of the flock) are a treat to read.

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  7. neil B
    April 28, 2013

    Personally, I thought that it was nice that Coach V let his good pal Mario Tremblay coach that game. If the idea was to give it his best for the ‘Nucks to start the playoffs with Joe Cannata in net, well, he did his best. History being what it is, people should put money on Florida winning the Cup next year.

    Now I know that Lui is a very classy dude, and that he will find a way to blow this off and be ready for the team when they need him; still, this was a huge show of disrespect for a classy individual. Yeah, I’m sure Coach V didn’t mean it that way. Much like the Captain, Coach V only coached 22 seconds of this game.

    Tomorrow I’ll be fine. But today, I’m very displeased with our boys, and our team.

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  8. smj
    April 28, 2013

    Blurgh. Poor Luongo.

    Seriously people have time to be upset about the 22 seconds? seriously? He is an ironman and he CERTAINLY doesn’t need to play (insert whatever number people deem appropriate) minutes to prove that. What if he had been injured in the first few seconds, and come back the next game, would people claim he should lose his streak. Grrr. I’m just grumpy. Onto the next season, playoffs!

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  9. Naturalmystic
    April 28, 2013

    I am not sure what the hell MacT was thinking. Every other bottom feeder was throwing games trying to improve their lottery chances What do this moronic team do, they win their last two and move up two spots in league standings cutting their chance at the first pick by 50%. How dumb is that? Playing for pride is what I was told by a lot of Oiler fans, but where was that pride and intensity in 15 home losses and going 7 for 10 in the end stretch to end the season. Hiring MacT was a mistake, he was a disaster as coach and he will be a disaster as general manager. Krueger has to go, he failed to motivate his team. The old guard of 80′s Oilers needs to be purged from the organization. Players like Mullet man, Extreme DUI Goalie, Ales “Mr.Glass” should be sent packing too. The team needs to trade their draft pick and maybe one of their young forwards for a solid top tier defenceman. Chris Pronger turned that team around, the Oilers need someone like that(with a wife that doesn’t hate the frozen north). Sadly, Katz is more than happy to let his Lowe, MacT, and his other 80′s Oiler playmates run the team into the ground. They should have been so much better this season. Ridiculous.

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  10. Chinook
    April 28, 2013

    With 20/20 hindsight, its a dumb coaching move to ice a line-up that results in a blow-out loss AND a PO’ed goalie. No danger of being over-confident going into the playoffs.

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    • Naturalmystic
      April 28, 2013

      Luongo should have been the back up and Kesler should have been watching from the press box. He was lucky to not have been seriously injured by that puck. Can you imagine if he had been hurt and unable to start the playoffs because Vigneault insisted on dressing him for a meaningless game? Did he really need one more game to get ready for the playoffs? I agree hanging out Luongo to dry was a huge mistake. It shows a lack of judgement by Vigneault. Has he really changed since last season when he was out coached by Sutter?

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  11. Archtyrex
    April 28, 2013

    22 second shift….typical Canuck move! Cheap and worthy of an * in the record book. You fail to mention Edmonton was missing 5 regulars as well (RNH, Hemsky, Whitney…). Bottom line…Oilers get another top draft pick and the Cannots get another first round exit on their way to the bottom. Judging by the amount of playoff tickets left unsold, it seems like the Cannot fans realize this. GO SHARKS GO!!

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  12. EllynBleu
    April 28, 2013

    … I am still in shock this morning!

    And what’s also bad are all the hateful comments that Canucks fans will have to endure from the media and non-Canucks fans.

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  13. Zach Morris
    April 28, 2013

    F*** that game.
    That was ridiculous.
    That’s the second time this season.

    I am angry for Luongo.

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    • steveB
      April 28, 2013

      I’m not at all confident that this team will be playing very deep into May.

      Except for a very few games, they’ve been missing in action for entire periods or longer, let leads slip away, let other teams out-work them… they haven’t looked like they have the determination to do what needs to be done to dominate and win.

      Maybe they’re saving their energy for the playoffs, but they have done very little to give me any hope of them winning it all.

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  14. garth
    April 28, 2013

    here’s the sestito gif for your collection

    http://i.imgur.com/5m5gJz2.gif

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  15. Serena
    April 28, 2013

    Alright. So we lost last night. It’s okay! Playoffs are next week we should be excited! And supportive! Lets not give Lu and Hank and AV and everyone else a hard time. This wasn’t a do or die game or anything, so lets try not to treat it that way.

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  16. Piker
    April 28, 2013

    The best part of the game was when CBC threw to Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda, who treated the remainder of the Sharks/Kings game as an audition for the national broadcaster.

    It was like I was watching a real game of NHL 2K11!

    It also washed that God-awful Kelly Hrudey commentary out of my head.

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  17. Matt
    April 28, 2013

    I think this recent business of “resting” half your team before the playoffs start is really disrespectful to the fans who pay money to attend games. If I was a Vancouver fan in Edmonton who bought tickets months ago, I would have been *pissed off* to go to a game where the Daniel & Henrik, Burrows, Hamhuis, Garrison, and Edler were all resting. The only stars they played were Kesler and Luongo.

    After Luongo misplayed the puck that resulted in the fourth goal, I was yelling at the TV for Vigneault to put Cannata in. Why not? You’ve already decided the game is meaningless, why not let the kid get a taste of NHL action? Bizarre move by AV.

    Finally, regarding Henrik’s iron man: I’m sure this is 100% a management / coaching decision and if Henrik had the option he’d have played 20 minutes.

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  18. John in Marpole
    April 28, 2013

    Kind of hard to defend the decision to leave Luongo in for that whole Turd period , but had Cannata been put in and Edmonton hit, say, 10 goals, I’d wager that just about as many comments here/in the press would have been to criticize AV for putting the poor kid through that kind of trauma in his first NHL appearance.

    ‘AV is going to ruin that kid/hates kids/doesn’t know how to treat kids’, as has been said virtually every time he does something perceived by all of the experienced NHL coaches and GMs who live in Vancouver.

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  19. Brent
    April 28, 2013

    So do we know Luongo wanted to come out? Guy is such a competitor that I doubt he wanted out. I missed the last part of the game but just hear the fallout. I also suspect Henrik wanted to play and AV did not so this was a compromise, but ya, it looks stupid. More fodder for the haters.

    Well I never did watch that last Chicago game and it still is on the PVR, maybe I will watch that and try to be optimistic about the playoffs.

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  20. akidd
    April 28, 2013

    well, that was no fun. was that five goals in five minutes? sure the canucks were just floating at that point and those were some good shots but it brought back some bad memories of meltdowns past and reinforces why i had had enough about the canucks fortunes being all about one guy and his demons.

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  21. Thank God I Didn't Watch the Game
    April 28, 2013

    But it is pretty funny reading the comments second guessing AV for playing Kesler or for not playing the Sedins… people need to save their “freak out” for a game that the Canucks blow that actually means something….

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  22. Boomer
    April 29, 2013

    Have to cut Henrik some slack on the iron man. No doubt he wanted to play the whole game, and no doubt he’s played other nights when other players wouldn’t have. Remember the hit he took from Dustin Brown in last year’s playoffs … he didn’t even miss a shift let alone a game.

    For active streaks, don’t forget he’s also got 71 playoff games during the streak that don’t get counted in the total. Officially, he’s only 6 games behind Bouwmeester, who’s played, well … zero playoff games before this week.

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    • paul wodehouse
      April 29, 2013

      cut him some slack??? sure …enough slack to hang himself…the hockey gawds watch everything boomer… first round exit for cheating…32 thumdsdown outta 36 votes I get here still says 4 peeps who think your boy’s a cheat…beware of canucks old pal ANTTI NIEMI…the former Blackhawk goalie who spoiled everything a few years back…beware

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  23. Warren Peece
    April 29, 2013

    Typical Canuck’s poor sportsmanship. Pulling Sedin after 22 seconds so he could continue an “ironman streak”. This whole organization is an embarrasment.

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  24. paul wodehouse
    April 30, 2013

    beware the ides of may…by then the team will have garbage bagged their lockers and started to make tee times eh?

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