We’ll have plenty of time in the summer to dissect what went wrong for the Canucks this season, as it is extremely likely that it will be a long, long summer. Only three teams in NHL history have come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs and the Canucks have not given fans much confidence in their ability to be the fourth.
But we’re going to save the analysis, finger-pointing, and recriminations for another day. Right now we have something far more important to do. You see, one of the photographers at Sunday’s game between the Sharks and Canucks took a humorous photo and we have no choice but to show it to you, make fun of it, and create a ludicrous photoshop out of it.
You may recall early in the first period that Patrick Marleau took a hi-sticking penalty on Ryan Kesler. If you don’t recall this moment because you’ve blocked the entire game from your memory, I don’t blame you. Fortunately, Christian Petersen captured it perfectly.
This photo is beautiful. You can see the helmet flying, propelled by Marleau’s stick as several fans gasp in shock and awe. One of my favourite moments of game three game after the penalty was called. You could tell that a replay of the penalty was being shown on the centre ice display as the entire arena erupted in boos, seeming to believe that Kesler had embellished a hi-sticking penalty that launched his helmet 20 feet.
Look, I know that Kesler has a reputation for diving from time to time, but this probably wasn’t one of those times. If you’re wondering why he held his throat on the ice when the stick didn’t hit him there, consider that the chin strap of his helmet was there one moment and then 20 feet away the next moment.
Of course, this photo makes the penalty look even worse than it actually was. It looks like Marleau switched out his hockey stick for a vorpal sword and went snicker-snack across Kesler’s neck, severing his head, then went galumphing back to the bench proclaiming it to be a frabjous day.
Kesler doesn’t let something like losing his head dampen his spirits, of course. Beast mode isn’t just reserved for the ice; he’s been known to break out beast mode on the dance floor as well.
Little known Tru Fakt™: Kesler was one of the original members of *N Sync, but was kicked out for not adhering to the all-black dress code.
There’s plenty more that can be done with this photo. Harrison got us started with the above image, but we’re all about encouraging creativity here at Pass it to Bulis. So here’s the cut-out Kesler image to get you started:
Is he a prize to be won in a claw game? Is he strapped to the front of a semi-truck like Lotso Bear at the end of Toy Story 3? Is he climbing a cliff alongside Captain Kirk or Ethan Hunt? You decide!
Stick-tap to @rsen9 for passing along the photo.Tags: I Find this Photo Odd, Ryan Kesler