I Watched This Playoff Game: Canucks at San Jose Sharks, May 7, 2013

Trailing by a goal and facing elimination heading into the third period, Ryan Kesler made it very clear what the Vancouver Canucks needed to do to keep their scant playoff hopes alive. “We just got to go out,” he told Farhan Lalji, all fiery determination and temerity, “and compete like bastards.”

Now, admittedly, I’m not entirely sure how a bastard competes. Did he mean the Jon Snow type of bastard? Or the Inglourious, Nazi-killing type of basterd? Personally, I would have appreciated Kesler spelling it out loud instead of just saying it.

Either way, the Canucks did indeed come out in the third period like a group of lovechildren and, by the eleven-minute mark, they had turned a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. Unfortunately, Kesler’s speech had also inspired the officials to officiate like bastards. Two illegitimate powerplay goals against later, the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated. For the last time in 2013, I watched this game.

Canucks 3 – 4 San Jose (OT)

  • A quick disclaimer: the Canucks didn’t lose this series because of the officiating (although San Jose’s absurd, 24-10 advantage certainly didn’t help). Truthfully, they didn’t even lose this game because of the officiating. They lost it because their penalty kill killed the wrong team. That said, the Canucks shouldn’t have had the opportunity to lose this game on the penalty kill, since the last two calls that went against them were absolute rubbish.
  • The victim on both calls (apart from the Canucks): Tommy Wingels, who apparently became a made man at some point between Game 3 and Game 4. How and when he went about making his bones, I have no earthly idea, but from that moment on, the officials introduced Wingels as “a friend of ours”, and he was an untouchable. Kevin Bieksa was the first to learn this, pushing Wingels behind the goal and earning a cross-checking minor. It was the sort of “cross-check” that befalls a Sedin about a bajillion times a game without any reaction from the officials. But Wingels went down, one would argue of his own volition, and an official’s arm had the equal and opposite reaction of going up, like Newton’s Third Law of Motion except for terrible officiating.
  • The Sharks scored on the powerplay, sending the game to overtime, where Daniel Sedin committed the cardinal sin of touching Wingels again, making mild and completely legal shoulder-to-shoulder contact with the winger in the corner. Wingels lost his footing and went into the boards awkwardly, which was unfortunate. Daniel was sent to the box for boarding, which was also unfortunate, but also unbelievable and wrong. The Sharks scored again on the ensuing powerplay and that was that. You’d have thought Thing T. Thing from the Addams Family was a ref tonight, because the officials had a hand in deciding this game.
  • Daniel Sedin was given an additional penalty at the end of this game for abusive language. What did he say? If I could hazard a guess: “Tommy Wingels sucks.” You can’t speak ill of Wingels, either.
  • If there was another offending party on the overtime goal, it was Cory Schneider, who did not give the Canucks the goaltending to which they’ve grown accustomed. He was shaky all evening, and really shouldn’t have had trouble with that Joe Thornton shot. In hindsight, you can certainly say that Roberto Luongo should have been in goal, but only in hindsight. Schneider was the right move going in. He was healthy, and he had outplayed Roberto Luongo for the second year in a row and won the right, fair and square. This was his game to lose, and unfortunately, he exercised his right.
  • The fact that this season ends with Schneider looking bad and people overreacting by clamouring for Luongo a year after they overreacted by clamouring for Schneider is darkly hilarious. You’re ridiculous, Vancouver.
  • Speaking of unfairly-maligned individuals accused of being terrible by flippy-floppy, flipping flip-floppers, this was more than likely Alain Vigneault’s last game behind the Vancouver bench. He remains an excellent coach who at first did a lot with little, then developed what he was given into a lot, but his time with this organization is probably over. After two first-round exits in a row, I think it’s fair to say he’s hit his ceiling here. Knowing this and expecting their market share to drop significantly as a result, the Cadbury candy company, which owns both Halls Cough Drops and Trident gum, announced layoffs in Vancouver.
  • This broadcast opened with a great stat. As the TSN team set up the matchup, they explained that the Canucks’ needed to score more goals, and highlighted it by telling viewers that, not only had Chris Higgins gone 18 games without one,  but he had also gone 468 shifts without a goal. I like the idea of producing a more shocking number by citing your stat in a larger denomination. I kept waiting for them to tell us that Henrik Sedin had gone 910,800 seconds without a goal.
  • Watching this game with Daniel, I remarked that Mason Raymond had all but stopped existing some time ago. I wondered if, perhaps, he had inadvertently gone back in time to the year his parents met and fell in love, then gotten hit by the car that was supposed to hit his father and made himself the object of his future mother’s affections, then come back to 2013 without sorting it all out. We all saw what happened to Marty McFly’s guitar skills as his existence was being threatened. Raymond needs to go back there before it’s too late, not just for the sake of his career, but for the sake of his existence. Anyway, then he scored a game-tying goal.
  • Raymond may have also played his last game as a Canuck. He has a lot of good qualities, but one thing I won’t miss: his tendency to slow up on puck races and attempt to body the guy he’s racing away from the puck. He did it several times tonight. It was infuriating every time. Raymond: you are faster than most and stronger than few. This is the exact opposite of what you should be doing. Does The Road Runner try to defeat Wile E. Coyotes in hand-to-hand combat? No. He plays to his bloody strengths.
  • The one penalty from this game that nobody can doubt: Scott Gomez’s call for slashing the Canucks’ bench. Who slashes people who are sitting down? A young Guns n’ Roses playing an intimate coffee shop venue, that’s who.
  • Not long after hitting his second soul-crushing post of the series, Daniel was still able to help produce the game-tying goal, hooking up with brothers Hank and ‘Ank for some wizardous sedinerie halfway through the third. The give-and-go play with Henrik was nice, but I loved the pass to Burr more, as Daniel fed Burrows with a little backhand saucer flip that went over Brad Stuart’s stick but through his legs. It was like some sort of Groverian lesson on direction.
  • Granted, the wizardry came a little late in the series, but as you probably know: A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. It’s the downside to employing wizards in a game with a clock.
  • Shortly after Daniel’s goal, Alex Edler put the Canucks ahead, blasting a slapshot over Antti Niemi’s shoulder and just inside the post. It was a perfect shot, and it came on a perfect pass. After Mason Raymond tied up Brad Stuart in the corner, Burrows skated onto the puck and then sent a backhand feed all the way across the zone and right onto Edler’s stick. It was a pass so sweet, you’d have thought it was delivered by stork.
  • But as it turned out, the primary purpose of Edler’s goal was to gather up our bits of cut-up heart one last time, and turn them from diced to minced. Shortly after that, the penalty parade started, allowing the Sharks to steal Game 4 like they stole Game 2. It was the worst parade since the one at the end of Animal House.
  • And that’s that. Thanks so much for reading us this year. We’ll still be posting daily through the summer, as we do, so please check back with us occasionally. We’ll also be accepting guest posts, so by all means, reach out to us at passittobulis@gmail.com. In the meantime, we’ll get started on the autopsy of this season. I imagine it will be about as much fun as this one.
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49 comments

  1. mac 'n cheese
    May 8, 2013

    When the post shows on the home page, you can see it says “No comments”.
    Let’s just leave it at that?
    Thanks for all the great posts all year, you guys! I enjoy this blog.

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  2. kenahora
    May 8, 2013

    It’s 9ne thing to battle a solid team . It’s another to have officiating so bush league and arrogant. ..to factor into the outcome of a game.

    The energy level and noise at the Sharks rink is a model for Vancouvetes to embrace ….’cause Rogers Arena is so dead-beat for much of an night throughoyt the season and but for a few shrills during the playoffs.

    The Canucks are a better team…yet they held their sticks too tight.
    On vas voire….it is what it is.

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    • mnbeancounter
      May 8, 2013

      Yes, you are right, the Shark Tank was extremely noisy last night. But its that way for most Sharks games since Sharks fans love their Sharks.

      “The Canucks are the better team”…Really? Check the game results for the entire season. The Sharks won all seven games between these two teams, including three at Rogers Arena. How are they better?

      Would you like a little cheese with that whine?

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    • Kelowna Farmer
      May 9, 2013

      how can you possibly say the “Canucks are a better team”???
      another disappointing year, nothing accomplished again, huge expectations, same old results. Out in four straight. Who is the better team?? the team that moves on. Give your head a shake.

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      • tom selleck's moustache
        May 9, 2013

        Guys, I’m willing to give kenahora the benefit of the doubt when he says “Canucks are a better team” (which is way different than “Canucks are THE better team” and not what he’s saying at all). I think he’s just saying that the Canucks are a better team than a four game sweep indicates. That’s not an unreasonable statement to make.

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    • J21
      May 9, 2013

      He said “a better” team (i.e. that they were). Not “the” better team.

      Calm down, defensive Dannies.

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      • J21
        May 9, 2013

        Heh, the Moustache’s post had not yet shown up when I began typing my message. Not trying to duplicate or nuthin’…

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  3. Brent
    May 8, 2013

    Thanks for all this Harrison and Daniel,

    Depressing outcome but I am happy in a strange way. Not about the loss, that sucked big time, but by the effort of the Canucks. After the heartbreak of the game two loss, and then going down 3-0, they didn’t have to play hard, but they did and should have won. That means that this team still has heart. Not sure what the composition will be next year but lets hope that carries on, hopefully in a more consistent manner.

    It is too bad Schneider had a sub-optimal game. I know he made some great saves, but you could question just about every one of the 4 goals. he does not have a lot of playoff success. Does the goalie controversy continue? If you can’t trade Luongo, do you trade schneider? Oh well, give you guys lots to write about. Let the post-mortum begin!

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  4. Zach Morris
    May 8, 2013

    One of my favorite IWTPG, thank you.

    I am honestly not too cut up about this loss.
    NO WAIT LET ME EXPLAIN
    Since 2011, the Canucks have been doing a Joaquin Phoenix-style “I’m still here” kinda game, desperately trying to stay in the spotlight with increasingly stranger decisions.
    Imagine someone coming in second in a talent show, and then doing the same act for the nect two years.
    I am glad that change is coming.

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    • Zach Morris
      May 8, 2013

      Also, interesting in the handshake line how a lot of the San Jose players hug Luongo, but no one hugs Schneider.

      :T

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        May 8, 2013

        A lot of Canadian Olympians on the Sharks, they know Luongo personally.

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    • rsen9
      May 8, 2013

      “Imagine someone coming in second in a talent show, and then doing the same act for the nect two years.”

      Hahaha, this is the best summary I’ve read.

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  5. Dougster
    May 8, 2013

    We’ll rise again… The reality is this team just wasn’t good enough to overcome the challenges in the playoffs. 0-4 is a pretty harsh message to receive for the players and their fans. This is still a good team that still has the core of a great team…. We’ll revise again! vuN0j72uIek

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  6. Dougster
    May 8, 2013

    The YouTube link didn’t fully make it into my post… http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=vuN0j72uIek A bit of the Rankins is just what I need right now and maybe you do too!

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  7. rsen9
    May 8, 2013

    Thanks for running this blog Harrison, Daniel. Everyone else here too, including some of the trolls. It’s always a fun discussion here about everything serious to everything silly.

    I am more interested in if Henrik and Daniel could just lash out like that during games just to surprise everyone. Perhaps Captain Hook and Assistant Captain Hook will evolve into a “Hack & Slash” duo next season.

    Mostly just for something different, I admire their dedicated pacifist playing style.

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  8. ColbyD
    May 8, 2013

    Have a good summer everyone, thanks for all the laughs PITB! IM OUT.

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  9. TubaNat
    May 8, 2013

    As always guys, you are the most enjoyable thing I read on the internet, and a huge thanks to both of you for getting me through another season. Obviously I’ll be hoping for a much better result next season, but all things considered I enjoyed this season. It was a fun ride even if the ending sucked.
    Suggestion for the off-season: Increasingly childish pranks performed on he on-ice officials. Because we could be adults about this, but quite frankly this sounds more fun.

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  10. Lenny
    May 8, 2013

    So everyone knows it was Kelly Sutherland who called the Daniel penalty in overtime. Just saying.

    Raymond is afraid of getting hit from behind. I don’t blame him. At the same time we need to have big guys who are willing to hit from behind to induce this kind of fear to the opposition.

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  11. Ricard
    May 8, 2013

    Bieksa’s crosscheck was a penalty folks, and a stupid one at that.

    Now Daniel’s was a poor call–It looked bad from Sutherland’s angle but reply clearly showed a clean hit.

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  12. Amor de Cosmos
    May 8, 2013

    Two questions:

    How long will the curse of Stephane Auger continue to haunt this team?

    Why does everyone else despise us so much? Are we really that evil? (cf: Allan Maki’s column in today’s G&M)

    As to the loss. I don’t really care for play-off hockey — to steal a line from Bull Durham: it’s fascist, it privileges bullying, intimidation, thuggery and cheating, over speed, skill and elegance — so I’m not really that fussed. But I am sorry that this particular Vancouver team who, when on song, displayed most of the positive qualities of the game, is likely to be dismantled. I just hope the process will be as gradual and painless as possible,

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  13. McBruceWX5
    May 8, 2013

    After all that happened after the Canucks took the lead last night, the most shocking thing to me is that the whole team is still trying to go easy on the refs in their public comments. Maybe THIS is what has to change. A few accidental-on-purpose hits or errant high shots on anyone who shows a propensity for Auger-like or Sutherland-like BS, and a public statement or two from management that a special fund has been set up to offset fines would be better and more effective than the Sedins saying ‘we know if we treat them with respect we’re going to get some calls eventually.” It’s been three years since the Auger incident and this ISN’T going away. It’s time to stop believing that it will and start calling it for what it is, not holding anything back.

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    • I'm just sayin'...
      May 10, 2013

      Here’s the thing…

      Most people who are NOT Canucks fans say that the team takes a lot of “little” liberties after the whistles… lots of trash talk, lots of little whacks, lots of face washes, and then there are the comments in public that MIGHT make the refs feel like one were insulting their intelligence.

      Take them individually and they aren’t that big of a deal – every team does that to some extent.

      But when they are done over and over during a game… well… if you are a ref, how many are you going to let go without looking for a reason to give them a penalty???Three??? Four??? Five???

      And if you are in the other team’s building AND the other team has momentum – which I would argue the Sharks did prior to a couple of questionable calls – well… refs are humans too, aren’t they?

      All I am saying is that the Canucks might have taken “muddying the waters” a bit too far.

      BTW: I personally DON’T hate the Canucks. I rooted for them against the Bruins. I thought the power play goal they scored in Game 4 against the Sharks was a thing of beauty. And I developed much respect for Kessler during the 2011 playoffs against the Sharks. He took a very hard hit from Crankshaft (Douglas Murray) in Game 5, and if memory serves, he later scored the game-tying goal, didn’t he?

      Anyway, I don’t see a reason that you guys need to “blow up” your team. But you have had a few busts with recent signings, and if you could just get a couple more pieces to fill out the puzzle, I don’t see why you can’t be contending again.

      Hopefully you will get your goalie situation fixed soon. Both those guys deserve a shot at being a number 1, in my opinion.

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  14. Chris the Curmudgeon
    May 8, 2013

    And with that you can close the curtain on another disappointing finish. It was only two short years ago that we had a thrilling run to the Finals, with much the same core, and yet one wonders if the physical toll of that run has healed, or frankly whether it ever will. Last season’s team went out too soon, but gave us a glimmer of hope before ultimately succumbing in the first round. However, this year’s first round exit had a more final feel to it. Losing to a hungrier, tougher and more disciplined team not widely thought to be better than you will do that. Certainly, some officiating could come into question, but there was no question as to who was the better team here.

    One now has to look inward, and reflect about the veteran winger who can’t seem to catch a break from the injury bug. About the center with Selke candidacies past but perhaps not future, and with injury woes to boot. About a collection of forwards one year older and further into their primes, with few high draft picks coming up through the pipeline due to an extended run of success and trades designed to extend the life of the present group. About players who had overachieved and outplayed their contracts but are now being paid to their value at the expense of cap flexibility. About battleworn defencemen contractually attached to the team by long term deals. About goaltending which seemed more than adequate but in which an underwhelming playoffs may have called into question. About a coach whose Jack Adams credibility might be just about used up on the dressing room.

    Yes ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t just the end of a season, but perhaps also of an era. It’s going to be a long offseason for your 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks.

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    • Zach Morris
      May 8, 2013

      Very well done.

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  15. Nick
    May 8, 2013

    When the Canucks turned up their intensity, they played at a level that is as good or better than anyone in the league.

    The questions I keep asking myself are why this happened only in brief spurts?

    And how they can play with that kind of speed and intensity on a regular basis?

    Is it physical or mental?

    Can the voice behind the bench affect how often it happens?

    We know they can still bring it … and be outstanding.

    For me, this reinforces that they’re still very skilled … but either lazy, mentally weak, or not motivated enough.

    AV may not deserve it if he’s let go … but I definitely won’t miss Newell Brown’s work with the PP/PK or Rick Bowness’s handling of the D.

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    • Taco
      May 8, 2013

      Nick, check out the scoring chance data at canucks-army. They are counting 15-5 even strength and 28-7 including power-plays. Anyone who thinks the nucks were “good or better than anyone in the league” last night is kidding themselves as they were clearly badly outplayed. This was the best they had to offer but would have been lucky to get a win out of it. Don’t get me wrong, there was miles of effort on display, but it just didn’t result in a meaningful production of chances.

      Let me just say that I love this team, and the last 3 games have been some of the hardest to watch as a fan that I have ever endured. Torres, then the Schneider softball, then the calls… It was almost too much to bear and especially so given the history.

      And the what if’s pile up. What if Torres was ours and not theirs; how different would we look then. What if our penalty killers had been out the last minute of game 2; could they hold them off? What if Lu had gotten the start in game three? What if the refs were constant? Who knows, who knows?

      Well, it’s going to be a long hot summer I tell you. The sun is shining and the pool is coming out of hibernation and so for now I’ll bid you all ado and hold my peace until the wet clouds roll in and the cold east rains begins to fall.

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      • Nick
        May 8, 2013

        I wasn’t referring to whole game Taco. Just the 15 minutes or so in the 3rd period when they were flying and pressuring and SJ looked completely overwhelmed. Why can’t they sustain that?

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  16. Cody
    May 8, 2013

    I have been waiting for the lord of the rings reference to wizards for so long. Thank you for making it happen!

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  17. BakerGeorgeT
    May 8, 2013

    You can legitimately say this season went out with a bang: Tommy Wingles banging into the boards after being leveled cleanly by Daniel Sedin… wait a minute! Daniel Sedin?!

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  18. bluemoonjones
    May 8, 2013

    Have to chime in here to echo all of the “thank ye’s” to Daniel and Harrison for making PITB the best hockey blog in the universe; I’m not much of a participant, but reading this here blog is an essential part of my daily existence – ‘and it’s specially vital to me since I’m a hockey-loving ‘nucklehead living in NBA-land (it’s hard, but that’s for another day). You guys reach across borders and make us closer, you know. Or something like that…

    Hate to see too much over-reaction take place with this team; yes some changes are obviously in order, but you be nuts if you don’t believe that there’s a whole lot of good in place to work with here, and sweeping wholesale changes are just not necessary.

    Sad. No Canuck games until October. I’ll just have to make do until then by hoping beyond hope that at least somehow, someway, both the Blackhawks and the Bruins go down before the finals. That’ll make me feel at least a little better. Which is good.

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  19. jenny wren
    May 8, 2013

    A season all will well forget,
    Though it should not be over yet:

    If referees you wish to blame
    Because Vancouver lost this game,
    Then I for one with you agree,
    As all those do who watched with me.
    But doesn’t matter what we say
    As it’s all over anyway.

    While once was hope there now is none,
    It’s still a game we should have won!

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  20. steveB
    May 8, 2013

    First of all, thanks to Harrison and Daniel for creating the most enjoyable sports blog that I’ve ever followed. I learn something new in every edition and usually close the tab with a smile.

    As to this Playoff series, I had little hope that the Canucks would get past the Sharks and none whatsoever that they’d still be playing deep into June.

    I thought that at best, they might make a series of it and get one more Home game. I did not expect a sweep. A rare case of myself being insufficiently pessimistic.

    Hockey can be a game of inches and sometimes (hello, Nathan LaFayette.), the puck doesn’t go in for you, but does for your opponent.

    As Ray Ferraro said, “From a Vancouver standpoint, you have to feel like any time there has been a 50/50 call, it’s gone against you. They have to be furious.”

    There was a stunning lack of the so-called make-up penalties to “even’ the discipline. I had faint hope that the Canucks would get a few coin flips go their way, but it seems that Harvey Dent provided the coin used for the officiating.

    As the Third period wound down and the Canucks were clinging to the one goal lead, I said aloud, ‘just about time for another ticky-tack penalty’ and sure enough, the whistle blew.

    I had the same uneasy feeling during Overtime- the referees weren’t done with the Canucks yet.

    I had some hope they could kill off another penalty, after they did so well on Hamhuis’ double-minor. They were showing heart and determination, surely they could overcome the disadvantage.

    Alas, it was not to be. A rebound that Corey Schneider usually smothers sat there agonizingly until Patrick Marleau hammered the final nail in.

    It would’ve been kinder to have another lop-sided loss. Losing in Overtime is the worst- there is no time to prepare yourself for the final blow.

    sigh, it’s going to be another very long Summer. :-(

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  21. akidd
    May 8, 2013

    what kind of a team was this year’s canucks? we didn’t know and after last year’s slide into the playoffs a lot of us feared the worst. well, it was what we all feared. it was a swept-in-the-first-round team.

    yes, the reffing sucked. but we all knew it would. it always does. if the canucks want to win in the playoffs they have to be 60% dominant. 51% dominant isn’t enough in the ‘auger-bettman era’. and they were not even close to that.

    the sharks aren’t really that good. not cup good anyway.and likely won’t be favoured in the 2nd round. the kings, blues, or hawks won’t be taking any prisoners. those are tough teams. for the canucks to have revealed themselves as contenders in my view they would’ve had to do much more than just try to scratch by against those sharks. of course momentum ebbs and flows and one good game can lead to the next and maybe if they had a level playing field they could’ve got that momentum going. but it’s not a good sign when a team has to rely on backing in.

    so ya, refs suck. but that really should be a given for any canuck fan who’s been paying attention. remember the kings’ series of 3 years ago? the redefining of the kicking motion? or the bruins’ series. where if those same bruins were playing these sharks with the same refs the penalties would be 100-11.

    it’s really just a given. refs are part of the asset-management department of the nhl.

    this year it didn’t matter so much. it still sucks though.

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    • I'm just sayin'...
      May 10, 2013

      “the sharks aren’t really that good. not cup good anyway.”

      Unfortunately, I would probably have to AGREE with you about that.

      Look at our second power play “unit”:

      TJ Galiardi: A player so nondescript that no sharks fans actually know what the the “TJ” stands for in his name.

      Scott Gomez: A player who was such a bust in Montreal that the league insisted on a last-minute accelerated compliance buyout procedure (Now known as the Gomez / Redden clause) in the latest collective bargaining agreement. I mean, how much of a disappointment do you have to be that a special clause is written into a labor agreement specifically so you can be jettisoned???

      Raffi Torres: Do I REALLY need to explain about Raffi Torres?

      And on the blue line:

      Brett Burns: Hey, aren’t you that guy who wasn’t good enough to play defense so we signed you to like a 6 million dollar a year contract and make you play forward now?

      And finally…

      Matt Pelech… wait, I mean Matt Tennyson… no, wait, I mean Matt Erskine… ok, ok, some other guy named “Matt” whose last name I can’t remember plays the other point on the second play unit.

      anyway, all I am saying is that we are probably NOT going to be striking fear into the hearts of the Blackhawks / Kings / blues

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  22. Brosef Stalin
    May 8, 2013

    Great year for blogging guys! Your articles always brightens up my dreary existence as a Canucks fan. I don’t post much anymore but I’ve been reading for 4 or 5 years now and I will keep reading until you inevitably sell out, write a book and brag about your experiences with groupies attracted to your skin tight green suits… wait… wrong guys… ;)

    Keep up the good work! Look forward to an extra 34 games (and hopefully more in the playoffs) of IWTG and Bulis-ness next season

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  23. cathylu
    May 8, 2013

    Thank you Harrison and Daniel for helping me get through this weird and ultimately kinda terrible season. At least I can look forward to a “regular” season starting this fall with all the new exciting (?) possiblilities of “realignment”. But you’ll help us get through that too, right? Hope you guys enjoy your summer! :)

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  24. HeHughes376
    May 8, 2013

    It’s been said by others already, but I’d like to add my thanks to the awesome Messrs Mooney and Wagner for a blog that lightens my day, every day, and often makes me cry with laughter. Also, thanks to the many commenters whose insightful, funny and poetic comments have helped this new fan understand the game that little bit better.

    Looking forward to more entertainment in the off-season and a 2013/14 season filled with even more hilarity courtesy of PITB.

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  25. Tom 1040
    May 8, 2013

    Well, I’m not surprised. In fact, I gave the Canucks more credit than they deserved.

    Actually, this series also highlights how much a healthy Cory Schneider masked how bad this team really is/was.

    Anyone want to pat me on the back, or ….?

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  26. TamaraB
    May 8, 2013

    So much WIN here Mooney, too bad it’s about a loss.

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  27. Zach Morris
    May 8, 2013

    Uh, I believe that would be the California Golden Seals.

    WORST. LOGO. EVER.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      May 8, 2013

      Not much point in ever responding to Cambo. All of his comments get deleted due to some truly awful comments he’s made in the past.

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  28. I'm just sayin'...
    May 8, 2013

    I don’t know which is more enjoyable… watching the Sharks sweep the Canucks last night, or reading all the denial of reality by the Canucks fans today.

    Yes, it was ALL the ref’s fault.

    I am sure that Corey Schneider was afraid that he would get a penalty for stopping those two bad-angled shots by Logan Coture in Game 3, which is why he let them fly by unencumbered.

    And that was great defense on the game winner in overtime in game 4. How about let Joe Thorton cut to the middle of the ice at the top of the face off dots and fire a shot. Gee, is the high slot a danger area?

    That’s ok, at least your D had the good sense to box out Marleau from in front of the crease. Oh wait, that is when they decide to play “defense by telepathy.”

    You do understand that Patty Marleau is so un-physical that the Sedin twins call HIM “Mr. Softie,” right?

    Oh, and Bieksa just “bumped” Wingles… with his stick… the shaft of hist stick… held between his two hands… horizontally to the ice… in a shoving motion… across the numbers on his back. Geez, no reason for the ref to think that was a cross check.

    As for the D. Sedin boarding call on Wingles, you KNOW that if it was the other way around and, say, Kessler had been bumped into the boards, he would have lied there writing in agony until a medivac flight arrived to take him away.

    and the ironic thing about that whole sequence was that if Daniel had taken one more stride and been willing to crash into the BOARDS himself – instead of into wingles – to protect the puck, he probably would have got it cleanly and been able to box out Wingles at the same time.

    Oh, and I forgot: Ref’s used their psychic powers on Daniel Sedin so that his puck went off trajectory and missed the wide open net. Same thing happened in game 2 with Hanson / Higgins / whoever it was who couldn’t hit the open net. Stupid telepathic refs…

    Bieksa said it best when he said (more or less) that they (the Canucks) put themselves into a position where one bad call would decide the series. Yes, even the guy who tried to geld Marty Havlat has the insight to realize that is not a recipe for success.

    But that’s ok because the Canucks have a plan; run your best playoff performer (and probably the classiest guy on your team) out of town.

    Get back to us same time next year and let us know how it goes.

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    • Tom 1040
      May 8, 2013

      Long time no see.

      I’ve been looking for my buddy Big BA, too.

      T.

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  29. shoes
    May 8, 2013

    Kelly Sutherland seems to either have a problem with D. Sedin or he falls hard for players that are playing the Canucks. Ridiculous reffing and anybody naive enough to think that it does not affect the outcome of a series is semi-brain dead. The penalties against the Canucks were more suspicious in their timing then the number of them in all 4 games and if the games were reffed more or less equally for both teams the penalties would have been equal. The Sharks were given a gift and if they expect it to continue they best request Daddy Kelly.

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    • Tom 1040
      May 8, 2013

      Gee, shoes…

      It’s not like you to blame the officiating.

      By the way, I’m pretty impressed with your determination to post your comments.

      Not bad for a 7-year old.

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    • "I know nothing" Dreger
      May 10, 2013

      The kicker for me is that Kelly Sutherland gave Daniel an unsportsman like conduct for abusive of officials at the end of the game…what’s the point? Meaningless thing to do..Does Kelly Sutherland not know the situation at the time and how emotional players are at that moment – being eliminated and by not the least a bad call from him? Or was he trying to prove another point and get back on his high horse that he is above the player? That’s a bit of arrogance in Kelly Sutherland that i don’t like. Same BS thing that created the controversy with AV in the first place with his grandstanding

      One more thing – all these talks about how players need to respect the officials and we should not criticize the officials, etc. Fair enough, but I think respect is a two way street – all too often lately, I have seen officials barking/pointing at coaches/players and even shoving players…Where is the respect from them? NHL refs are not above the players and they are just as accountable for their actions. I hear pundits like Ron MacLean (a supposedly upstanding individual) demanding respect for the officials. Respect is not given (and rightfully not) but earned, so if NHL refs want respect, they better start earning them – by being fair, good at their job, and accountable. Why was Paul Stewart so respected? Don’t think it was because Ron MacLean said so..

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  30. R.W.Michelsen
    May 8, 2013

    I live in Seattle and have attended numerous Canuck games over the years. I have learned that over the years that the Canucks cannot win he big game. I think to much is placed on the twins and not the rest of the players. Luongo needs to go. When the Canucks were in the Stanley Cup against Boston a couple of years ago, my pre-teen daughter had figured out how to beat him (Luongo) depending where the shot was being taken from.

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  31. Nee
    May 8, 2013

    My hopes weren’t high for this year, and yet this loss still hurt. However, hope springs eternal and I will be expecting good things next year.

    It’s going to be an interesting summer!

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  32. tom selleck's moustache
    May 9, 2013

    I’d like to chime in and say a big thank you as well to you two, Mooney and Wagner. Your combination of well thought out articles, insight into the finer points of the game and, sometimes hilarious, humour continues to make PITB one of my favourite reads of the day. All the best and I look forward to your future posts in the summer.

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