I Watched This Playoff Game: Canucks vs San Jose Sharks, May 3, 2013

One day while growing up on my parents’ farm, I was playing outside with a couple friends. It was summer and were having a water fight, running through the fields. The sun was shining, birds were singing, and I was laughing. Life could not have been better.

Then I ran full-speed, directly into an electric fence along the cattle run. It hit me directly in the gut, simultaneously taking my feet out from under me and shocking me. Normally when you get shocked by an electric fence, you pull away immediately. Since I was running, I couldn’t pull away from the wire. Also, I was wet from the water fight. I went from joyful laughing to dry heaving in an instant. It felt like I had been punched in the gut and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get enough oxygen in my lungs.

The end of this game was like an electric wire to the gut of the Canucks, except it wasn’t a fence built for cows — it was one of the fences from Jurassic Park. I needed Dr. Alan Grant to perform CPR after I watched this game.

Canucks 2 – 3 Sharks (OT)

  • Many will tell you that the only two Canucks who showed up tonight were Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo. Don’t believe them. The Canucks as a whole were vastly improved from game one, with the Sedins and Burrows playing particularly well. The top line finished with 11 shots on net and created numerous scoring chances, but, like a lucky blind fish, couldn’t find the back of the net.
  • Ryan Kesler was clearly the best Canucks skater, though not for the entire game. In the first period, when he was playing on the wing with Roy at centre, Kesler was on the ice for numerous scoring chances for the Sharks. It was only when he was moved back to centre that Kesler transformed into beast mode and began to dominate the game.  Essentially, playing at centre in the playoffs is to Kesler as an energon radiation overload is to Beast Wars-era Transformers.
  • One of the reasons that Kesler needed to move back to centre is that Maxim Lapierre just wasn’t able to cut it in the faceoff circle, going 2-for-8 and 1-for-4 in the defensive zone. Kesler ended up taking 15 of the Canucks’ 24 defensive zone faceoffs, impressively winning 12 of them. Henrik also turned things around after his struggles in game one, winning 12-of-20 faceoffs, including 9-of-10 in the offensive zone.
  • I hate to bring up reffing, particularly in a loss, as it tends to sound like sour grapes. With this game, however, it’s unavoidable and we’ll just have to make a little wine. The Canucks were called for five penalties in this game, with two of them extremely questionable and one just blatantly wrong. Jason Garrison’s soft cross-check to TJ Galiardi after Galiardi cross-checked him in the face was bad, especially considering what tends to go uncalled in the playoffs, but it’s at least understandable to call a retaliation to avoid escalation. Alex Burrows getting a goaltender interference penalty after being pushed into Antti Niemi, however, was tougher to swallow.
  • The worst call of the game came when the Canucks got their first powerplay of the game, only to have it end on the ensuing faceoff when Henrik Sedin was called for delay of game for using his hand to win the faceoff. It’s a new rule this season that was meant to make winning faceoffs easier for the attacking team in the offensive zone. Only problem is that Henrik didn’t use his hand to win the faceoff. Instead, he swept it back with the shaft of his stick while on his knees. His hands never left his stick. The second worst call of the game came from Ray Ferraro as he repeatedly said that Henrik used his hand to win the faceoff over top of the replay showing the exact opposite.
  • Roberto Luongo was, once again, outstanding, except for when he had to make a save, in which case he was outbutterflying for the most part. For the Sharks, he was the first stage of grief: denial. He denied Galiardi in alone with his right pad, then denied Brad Stuart from the slot. In the third, he denied Andrew Desjardins, getting just enough of the puck to deflect it off the post. His best save came on Raffi Torres in the second period, as Torres had a yawning cage but was stifled by a diving Luongo.
  • Alex Edler played nearly 29 minutes in this game and, for the most part, was quite good. It was those least parts, however, that caused the problem. The Sharks opened the scoring after the puck pinballed in front of the net until Joe Thornton could swipe it past Luongo. Standing in front, failing to tie up Thornton’s stick and, in fact, dropping his own stick? Edler. It all happened awfully quickly, but that’s why you tie up your check’s stick first and find the puck second.
  • The Canucks began taking over the game in the second period, out-shooting the Sharks 14-8. Kesler began asserting himself physically. On one shift, he threw Joe Pavelski aside while gaining the offensive zone, then began barrelling into every player with a hint of teal on their jersey. The shift ended with Tommy Wingels cross-checking  Kesler in the face, which, of course, Kesler embellished a bit to draw the penalty. It was the embellishment that sealed it: Kesler was back.
  • Kesler sent a message at the end of the second period, running over Justin Braun along the boards, then yelling at the Sharks bench, “There’s more where that came from.” He then went into an interview with Farhan Lalji and declared, “We’re going to find a way to tie this game up and find a way to get ahead.” In the third period, Kesler took it upon himself to fulfil that promise.
  • The Canucks tied the game on the powerplay in typical fashion. The Sedins created space with their cycle game, then set up the one-timer from the point with Burrows screening in front. The main difference is that it wasn’t a defenceman like Edler or Garrison taking the slapshot; it was Kesler, who placed the puck perfectly in the top corner like he was arranging a curio cabinet.
  • Kesler then scored the go-ahead goal after a terrible turnover by Pavelski, who deflected a Dan Boyle outlet pass right onto Kesler’s stick in the slot, who wired it like emergency funds to a teenager who got mugged while on a European vacation. Since Kesler is an exceedingly humble individual, he then proceeded to mime ripping open his shirt as if he were Superman.
  • It wouldn’t be the Canucks without some crushing disappointment, of course. After Jannik Hansen missed an empty net from centre, the Sharks came back and, with a minute remaining, tied up the game. There’s plenty of blame to go around: Henrik Sedin can take some of it for throwing the puck into the slot while defending a one-goal lead in the dying minutes instead of keeping the puck along the boards. Daniel Sedin can take some for inexplicably sliding to block a non-existent shot. You can blame Vigneault for putting out the Sedins to defend a lead in the final minutes. Or you can blame Luongo for not quite squeezing his pads tight enough on Patrick Marleau’s initial shot, allowing the puck to trickle through behind him for Marleau to tuck into the net. Or you can blame the fickle finger of fate for making you a Canucks fan.
  • The Canucks came agonizingly close to winning the game in overtime, as Daniel deflected an Edler point shot off the crossbar. Had that puck gone in, the narratives of this game would have shifted completely. No one would be talking about Edler’s struggles. No one would be questioning the Sedins. No one would be wondering about the Canucks’ heart. It’s amazing what a difference a few inches make.
  • That’s what she said.
  • Instead, Raffi Torres won the game for the Sharks after Edler had a shot blocked that turned into a 2-on-1 the other way. Kevin Bieksa, a man who has been addicted to sliding on the ice in the past, stayed on his feet and couldn’t block Brent Burns’ cross-ice feed, leaving Torres with an easy goal and leaving the Canucks with a tough row to hoe.
  • For Canucks fans, it was a lousy end to what was actually a pretty great game. Do you need something to put a smile back on your face? I recommend a healthy does of Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles.
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53 comments

  1. paul wodehouse
    May 4, 2013

    …kama’s a bitch !…sharks in six…or maybe five or maybe bring out the broom …

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    • John in Marpole
      May 4, 2013

      Hey Paul, remind us again how many times the Sharks have even made it to the show. Surely that amazing Sharks team has a long history of playoff success. Right?

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  2. paul wodehouse
    May 4, 2013

    LouLou played as well as he could have given the fact that he’s playing for an idiot coach that left him out to dry against the lower than whale sh!t Oilers…roberto remembers everything and Vinyos’only got himself to blame…this game provides the quintessential nail in the coffin…swept in their own barn…nice work boys…they can’t possibly rebound from this…they haven’t got the jam…death by paper cut

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    • Zach Morris
      May 4, 2013

      Your sentences are like acquaintances at a cocktail party. They kinda go together, but not really, and they just look awkward side by side.

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      • mac 'n cheese
        May 4, 2013

        He’s just making word salad, man. Although I am super curious to what it means to “got the jam”.

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  3. Raftgeek
    May 4, 2013

    I blame the fickle finger of fate!

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  4. TubaNat
    May 4, 2013

    Thanks for the Whose Line, I can honestly say I needed that. That game was like drinking a fine scotch and then being hit repeatedly in the testicles. With a golf club.

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  5. paul wodehouse
    May 4, 2013

    …and whata shame your squad couldn’t get Torres at the trade deadline …what must have happened there …was it something he did ? or said when he had the whale signage on his chest? anyway he decided to go with the sharks [a good thing] and the rest as they say…
    … is history…

    now i’m done …

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    • sierra
      May 4, 2013

      You seriously need to get a life.

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  6. jenny wren
    May 4, 2013

    Arriving home at nine – o – four
    I witnessed Kesler tie the score
    Then put Vancouver up by one
    But seconds left things came undone

    As for the rest I’ve naught to say
    Except we’ll still beat San Jose

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    • paul wodehouse
      May 4, 2013

      …easier to find some words that rhyme with suck

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      • whisky jack
        May 4, 2013

        like “luck”, schmuck?

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  7. paul wodehouse
    May 4, 2013

    …alrighty… hangover is still there?…does it feel like it won’t get better?…you’ll feel like this til your bad karma laden team’s in Silicon Valley … getting spanked AGAIN!!!

    can’t wait for all that thumbs down action too… I just LIVE for this !!!! whooaaa!!!!

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  8. Lenny
    May 4, 2013

    Bruins lost their 1st 2 home games in 1st round 2011 as well. Channel your inner Bruins! Canucks in 7!

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    • paul wodehouse
      May 4, 2013

      oh Lenny… too late to channel anything “ïnner” for this team …get a fork bub…

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      • Lenny
        May 4, 2013

        …get a life, thanks.

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  9. Brent
    May 4, 2013

    Well I was at the game. Never been to a playoff game before. Really exciting, crowd was loud, especially in the third, but yes, poor ending, both to the third, and then the Raffi cattle prod to the testicles move. They sat back a bit last 5 min of the third, big mistake. At one point they had a potential 2 or 3 on one, and two players just peeled off, one of them Daniel. Jannik is going to think about that empty net for a while. Oh well, it is over. lets hope they make it respectable and win 1 at SJ so they can bring it home. I am afraid this signals some big changes in the organization. We will see what the summer brings.

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  10. biznow
    May 4, 2013

    Alright Paul Wodehouse, time for bed, I think you’ve had a few too many.

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    • paul wodehouse
      May 4, 2013

      …yo biznow

      haven’t had “a few too many” since the last year of that old millenium bud…thanks for the offer though…i sleep really well now that i know this squad of yours is on its way to the golf course…trouble is my own troll mode gets suspended right after yáll go out and i won’t have much to say other than all the great things about ANY other team but yours…

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      • biznow
        May 4, 2013

        Relax

        I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re an oilers or flames fan. Hockey is over for you now, go play outside.

        side note: Can’t wait for the “I’m not an oilers fan!” reply, you know its coming, and you know he’s sitting in his moms basement wearing a Nuge jersey right now.

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        • paul wodehouse
          May 4, 2013

          biznow m’boy…my mums been dead longer than you’ve been alive
          …and i’m not a flames fan…i don’t live in edmonton …

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          • Tom 1040
            May 4, 2013

            Whatever team you cheer for or against, gotta love the photo.

            High-larious.

            Well done.

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            • paul wodehouse
              May 5, 2013

              …and look at you Tom1040

              two negative thumbsdown for your good vibe…

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  11. Alex
    May 4, 2013

    the sharks are solid at home, what are the odds that this is the end of the season for the Nucks? (as well as the end of many other things, presumably)

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  12. Matthew
    May 4, 2013

    Checking in from California with a question: is there always comments that the refs screwed the Canucks in every loss? Anyone from any team can point to missed calls…the elbow to Galliardi’s head in game 1 could have led to a suspension… Etc.

    The Canucks outplayed the Sharks for most of this game. But.

    It seems the team takes on a bit of Vignault’s persona… Bitch, bitch, bitch… Worry about influencing the refs instead of just playing. How a team with the deep talent of Vancouver continues to struggle this much in the playoffs shows me there is a core issue in that “process” noted in an accompanying article. Play hard more, bitch less. Especially given the constant bully crap by guys like Bieksa, who it gave me tremendous pleasure to see him as the victim of the 2 on 1 .

    This series is FAR from over. If the teams play exactly the way they did last night, Vancouver wins 9 times out of 10. Let’s see if the Canucks staff and players decide to look inside for their problems or continue to bitch outside looking for help.

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    • jeremy
      May 4, 2013

      can you point me to exactly who was bitching about officiating after this one? wagner* (*not officially affilated with the canucks) mentioned the penalties because he is an analyst of hockey and penalties are, it turns out, an important part of hockey. it would be poor analysis not to mention them, when other details are scoured so thoroughly.

      the canucks’ own response certainly wasn’t full of self-pity or frustration at their woeful misfortune. it was as optimistic as it could be after such an unlikely, heartbreaking loss and they have their priorities right – keep playing that same, hard-working game. it’s all you can do.

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  13. Dougster
    May 4, 2013

    Remember that Boston dropped the first two games to Montreal in their first series of their Stanley Cup run. Also, remember we beat these guys 4-1 two years ago. Last night we should have won the game… My money is still on the Canucks to win this series!

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  14. Cathylu
    May 4, 2013

    That game really was a heartbreaker. I was there, up in the rafters. The crowd excitement level was pretty high – I think it’s the loudest I’ve ever heard in Rogers. We (the crowd) gave Lu soooo much love – I’m sure many were thinking this could be our last time to “Luuuuuuuu”. In the end it just wasn’t enough. Hopefully we can take at least one game in the Tank.

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  15. Dmac in TO
    May 4, 2013

    The sad/depressing part is that it all seemed so predictable. You had the feeling that Torres was going to score a big goal at some point; the feeling that the missed open net was a bad omen; that this game was a bit of karmic reversal of game 5 in WCF two springs ago. The reality is this – a battle between two teams with an ageing core is that one has to lose. So unless Schneider can come back and trigger a tremendous come back – ala Boston from 2011 vs Canadians, or teh 2002 Red Wings, we will soon be talking about the new coach and possibly the new GM.

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    • Zach Morris
      May 4, 2013

      Who was the last team that lost two in a row at home and then came back to win the series?
      The Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins, in 2011.
      Of course, if we follow their path, we have to beat the Canucks in the finals…which actually works perfectly. The true enemy is within.
      We will conquer our inner demons!
      GO CANUCKS GO

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  16. Azial
    May 4, 2013

    You know someone’s desperate for attention when they’re trolling a hockey blog.

    But yes, the ending was rather comparable to a kick to the gut. Things aren’t looking too great, but hope springs eternal I suppose.

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  17. Brian
    May 4, 2013

    Argh! The fickle finger strikes again! :’(

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  18. cambo
    May 4, 2013

    Time for golf Nuck nation.

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  19. ColbyD
    May 4, 2013

    Kesler only has so many Beast Modes left before he turns to dust, the rest of the team needs to show some intensity!

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  20. Naturalmystic
    May 4, 2013

    Casucks were punished by the hockey gods who haven’t forgotten the blasphemy of making a goaltender team captain.

    However, the Casucks played well but were unlucky. No one would believe the Casucks would drop 2 straight @ Rogers before the playoffs began. I think the Casucks have another gear while the Sharks are playing at their peak. Don’t be surprised if the Casucks win the next two games in San Jose.

    Casucks in 7.

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  21. B-fitz
    May 4, 2013

    Once again, Vigneaults plan to nurse home a 1goal lead fails. the Canucks are a team built to attack, not sure why AV thinks they can play shut down for 15 minutes to close out a game. pretty sure the Sharks would have a tough time scoring if the puck was in their end for longer than it takes to retrieve a dump in. Not sure why the twins were out in the final minute and not the Kesler line. Harrison, you forgot to mention our man Edler standing there watching Marleau tap in the tying goal.

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  22. akidd
    May 4, 2013

    gut punch, indeed. i was trying not to get too emotionally involved in this series because well…you fellow fans all know how it goes. then that ryan kesler fellow sucked me in. and then, with the guard down, came the soft tying goal, and then the raffe torres deathblow. and then another evening of feeling bad because of circumstances out of my control. it’s getting tiring. very tiring.

    too many weaknesses. edler playing a generally solid game is very nice. how nice of edler to be generally solid. just a couple of wee turnovers. he watched marleau tap it in. he made a blind clearing attempt that got picked off and led to the thorton goal. and then got caught for the torres two on one. he’s a nice guy but he’s not the dman he once was. if lou thinks his contract is bad he should talk to edler.

    lou was great. amazing 1st period saves. shoulda been 4-0 sharks. but again canuck fans get to watch him let in a crucial softy and lose. it really is too much what the fans have endured. is it a cruel existential joke or what?

    i’ll watch the rest of the series and if the canucks rally and win i’ll be very happy but i think it’s over. i think it’s the end of this era. it’s not like that infamous Av’s game but it may be as final. when you can’t sell out a playoff game in a canadian city, management/ownership listen.

    AV will be first out the door. followed by lou, edler, booth, raymond, and ballard. do the sedins retire? or does henrik just hand over the ‘c’ to kesler? i’m not just looking for scapegaots here. just saying that this can’t go on. this team isn’t good enough. the bandwagon is emptying. a lot of folks have seen enough.

    I’ll be happy to eat my words. very happy. i’m just tired of feeling shitty about things that are out of my control.

    Pool, consider yourself flipped!

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    • Amor de Cosmos
      May 4, 2013

      That. Every single word of it.

      I really don’t believe this group of players has another gear. Not any more, not consistently. We saw the last of their best in Boston in January last year. There have been glimpses since, against Chicago, and last night for two periods. But that’s it.

      The time for picking over the remains will come soon enough. Right now the heartbreak’s too, too, deep.

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  23. Chinstrap Joe
    May 4, 2013

    The kings were a talented and underperforming team last year when they fired their coach (was it Terry Murray?) and hired Sutter. We all witnessed the same group dominate the playoffs like no one else in the last 20 years.

    Coaching matters.

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  24. sarah
    May 4, 2013

    Any reason Booth is not with the team.? I get that he’s injured but wouldn’t he still be traveling with the team rather than instagraming pictures from Michigan and his sisters prom?

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    • Chinook
      May 4, 2013

      Players who are close to returning to the line-up travel with the team. Injured players don’t. They do physio and/or off-ice conditioning / weight training on their own. Kesler, for example, did not travel with the team when he was injured. I expect Canucks OKed Booth going home to family rather than hanging around in Vancouver.

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  25. Tom 1040
    May 4, 2013

    In my opinion, the Canucks are done without a healthy Schneider.

    Luongo looks very similar to years of old. Plays well, makes one or two desperation saves (i.e. out of position) and then allows a goal at a crucial time either between the legs or fails to cover a puck in the crease.

    Missed empty net goal cost the Canucks the game?

    Well, SJ missed two empty nets (Thorton and Torres). What’s more, they had a goal disallowed that should not have been disallowed (Wingels in the crease).

    And, why didn’t the first Torres goal count (from his belly)? After the whistle?

    This series is, so far, quite similar to the regular season: no scoring and a suspect D under pressure.

    Not being a homer, but trying to be objective lessens the disappointment.

    Gillis is already preparing his excuses.

    Once again, if Schneider is healthy, the Canucks still have a chance.

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  26. Jacob
    May 5, 2013

    I haven’t always been a Canucks fan. Growing up in Vancouver I felt that being born in Toronto meant I should cheer for the Maple Leafs. I wasn’t allowed to stay up for overtime in 1994 but I remember hearing people cheering down the street after Greg Adams’ goal and crying because I knew what it meant. But as I got older, the ineptitude of Leafs’ management drove me away and I started paying attention to the Canucks.

    Here’s the point: I don’t cheer for this team because I have to, I do it because I want to. I do it because they’re different. Because management uses advanced stats, and Mind Rooms, and shuts players down against their will so they don’t get hurt. Because our captain is a quiet, Swedish wizard with red hair and an identical twin, and sometimes our defencemen get stuck in trash cans. And I do it because they hurt me.

    Because for every gut-wrenching loss this team puts me through, I know there will eventually be a redemption. Burrows slaying the dragon would have been exciting regardless of circumstance, but the two years of heartbreak beforehand gave it real meaning. The Canucks will eventually win the Stanley Cup. Maybe in June, maybe in 2063, but they will, and it will feel so. good. Better than it felt for Red Wings fans or Penguins fans or Ducks fans. Better because we’ve suffered so much more for it.

    I can’t tell people how to be a Canucks fan. Maybe the suffering isn’t worth it for you, and you’ll go off and find another team, like I left my childhood Leafs, or maybe you’ll just call Team 1040 and criticize AV and Gillis. Me? I’ll be cheering my heart out tomorrow, believing we can do this. The way I see it, the alternative is cynicism, and cynicism leads to people like paul wodehouse: trolling a blog, relying on bringing people he’s never met down to feel good about himself.

    GCG.

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    • Baldrick
      May 5, 2013

      Well said Jacob, very well said, particularly in regard to the trolls like Mr Wodehouse. Your comments remind me of the masthead motto of my hometown newspaper when I was a kid – illegitamus noncarborundum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Always true.

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      • paul wodehouse
        May 5, 2013

        Illegitimi non carborundum is nonsense. It pretends to mean “Don’t let the bastards wear you down.” Mixing up fake Latin from English words for comic effect is called “macaronics.”

        particularly in regard to the trolls like Mr Wodehouse. . . that has a certain ring to it doesn’t it B? i so appreciate good manners …the credo i was brought up on at school was “Manners Maketh Man” so you’re in my good books sir… my take on Canucks hockey isn’t unlike many here …’cept i recognize the writing on the wall…LouLou = great goalie Rest of the superstars = NOT scoring goals…simple… plus the ‘snakebit’ thought processes spinning in each and everyone of these hockey players heads…that’s the HUGE part … schneider won’t be sharp canucks won’t be winning and the brooms are coming outta the closet …jus sayin’it’s my view from the grassy knoll …without all the itching and chafing SHARKS SWEEP !

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  27. BBoone
    May 5, 2013

    Well, the series is not over yet…Regarding next year and beyond they will have to rebuild on the fly but they will not need all that much. There are a lot of teams that would like to have the core players the Canucks have. AV and his staff may be nearing the end of a pretty good run but no NHL coach has the same job for life. In a salary cap environment the good organizations continue to put good teams together each year and realize that winning the championship is ultimately out of their control. A lucky bounce here or there… This Canuck organization has given us fans a good team to follow for a lot of years now. You can’t ask for much more than that. You want to go back to the Bill Laforge era ? How about Keenan and Messier ?

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  28. Glovesave
    May 5, 2013

    Wouldn’t you rather have Dr Sattler give you CPR?

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  29. tj
    May 5, 2013

    I like reading your recaps. But I must say, the tenor of the comments has changed greatly over the years. Not for the better. It makes me sad that there’s so much vitriol and lack of humour from the newbies. Kudos to the long-time PITB’ers for trying to keep it real around here.

    I wish this was like J-tv and I could block the trolls. Alas…

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    • paul wodehouse
      May 6, 2013

      …tj…

      ah you’re sad …too bad…your team”s in decline friend get over it … last chance this was no?

      …wishing’s for children… love trolls don’t block them …sharks sweep tuesday

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      • tj
        May 6, 2013

        I believe it is you who is sad. You probably pick on children, too. What kind of pathetic life you must have to come onto a site to crow about a hobbled team. I’ve had no delusions about this team all year, so your chirping means nothing to me.

        What I’m sad about is the devolution of this blog, and I don’t know why you’ve not been banned.

        As it is, I will no longer be a part of this ‘community’ until I see folks like you gone. There’s a reason I don’t go to PuckDaddy or the like: pathetic basement dwellers like you make me sad for the human race.

        Carry on, as this must bring you your only empty happiness in your woeful little life. Keep the tissue box handy.

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        • paul wodehouse
          May 6, 2013

          …hobbled team ? last I checked this team of yours finished eighth overall in the NHL..

          what part of the Canucks are choking again don’t you understand ?…

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  30. steveB
    May 5, 2013

    well, that didn’t go as hoped.
    Down 5-1 to the Sharks. :-(
    fffffuuuuuu-

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    • Tom 1040
      May 5, 2013

      but pretty much as expected…

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