I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers, October 5, 2013

We saw some changes this offseason, but one thing remains the same as it ever was: if the Canucks are the late game and the Leafs are the early game, the Leafs game is going to go to a shootout. Sure enough, we missed the Kypreos intro, the debut of the weird lightsaber stanchions, and the anthem as the Leafs and the Senators went to penalty shots to decide the second point. It never fails. Infuriating.

Finally, Hockey Night in Canada turned things over to Vancouver. Three minutes later, Ladislav Smid had bowled over both Sedins with one check, Jeff Petry had burned by Alex Edler then beaten Roberto Luongo with a bad angle shot, and Kevin Bieksa had lost an edge, inadvertently tripped David Perron as he was falling, and put the Oilers a powerplay goal from a two-goal lead. Go back, I screamed. Go back right now. Fortunately, the Canucks recovered from that rough start in a hurry, putting together a pretty decent first home game. And I watched this game.

Canucks 6 – 2 Oilers

  • We have Jannik Hansen to thank for pulling this night from the railroad tracks like a damsel in distress. Out to kill Kevin Bieksa’s penalty, Hansen managed to get a stick on Ales Hemsky’s point pass, forcing the turnover that allowed Jason Garrison to spring Brad Richardson on a breakaway. Richardson did the rest, opening Devan Dubnyk up with a leg kick before sliding the puck five-hole. Only in hockey, by the way, does winding up for a kick make a man open his legs.
  • We’ve spent several years wondering how the Canucks would fix the fourth line, but John Tortorella solved it in the first period: play them basically never. It worked! Not only did they do nothing to hurt the team in the first 10 minutes of this game, because they only played 10 seconds, but they made the most of those 10 seconds, drawing a penalty. Way to go, fellas!
  • Dan Hamhuis had a rough first period. A few times, he was chased into his own zone, unsure of what to do with the puck (perhaps because of the new system), and wound up turning it over. It was unchsracteristic of The Community Man. Fortunately, he made up for his early struggles, scoring the Canucks’ second goal on a long shot that beat Devan Dubnyk after rising and falling like Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
  • (Hamhuis felt really bad about embarrassing Dubnyk like that though, which is why, once the Canucks were safely ahead he overplayed Ales Hemsky on the Oilers’ 2-on-1, allowing Hemsky to hit a trailing Boyd Gordon and get the goal back.)
  • The real reason anybody comes to Rogers Arena for a Canucks game these days is to see some Sedinery, which is why Taylor Hall handed the puck over to Henrik Sedin shortly after the Hamhuis goal. “Do a neat trick!” he shouted, and the twins, unwilling to disappoint an obvious fan, obliged: Henrik found Daniel in front, Daniel fed Jannik Hansen, and Hansen put the puck home with a one-timer. It was neat. Even neater: if you trace the path of the puck from Taylor Hall’s stick to the goal, it forms the constellation Cassiopeia.
  • But the twins weren’t done there. Sensing that Hall was unhappy with their neat trick for some reason, they did him one better, scoring one of the prettiest goals we’ve seen in years. With Hall in the box, where he had a great seat for the action, they morphed into Dark Sun world wizards, defiling the Oilers’ ecosystem with their wicked magic. It was a feat of Sedinery so wizardous that, while orchestrating this play, they fought the Balrog.
  • Extra credit goes to Alex Edler on that goal. He sold the shot so hard that three Oilers — two defenders and goalie Devan Dubnyk — hit the deck in a bid to block it. Instead, it came to Henrik, who was impressed, yes, but can’t handle not making the prettiest pass on a play. So he did Edler one better, making a twirling, one-legged backpass that was a skate hold and a second rotation away from being a Biellmann.
  • As fremesis of the blog Tyler Dellow noted, David Perron is dirty and dives. The Oilers are going to love him, because dudes like that are fun to have on your team. We would know.
  • Speaking of Kesler, his goal in this game, the Canucks’ fifth, chased Devan Dubnyk from the contest. It was my favourite Kesler moment of the night. My least favourite was when he fought some guy named Will. Listen, Kesler, I know you want to do it all, but you’re a star. You fight stars. You let stars take you off the ice for five minutes. Stars. If you fight a guy named Will, his last name had better be Smith.
  • The Canucks had an incredible first period in this one, outshooting the Oilers 22-8, and they were rewarded with a three-goal lead. Time to nurse it home, a frequent viewer of this team might think. But instead, the Canucks kept going right at Edmonton for all three periods, outshooting them in every frame and 44-21 overall and treating us to — dare I say it? — a complete game. I’m much more used to the Canucks taking a period or two off, even in victories, putting on shows that resemble the Backstreet Boys without you, girl, which is to say: iiiiiiiiiiiiiincoooooompleeeeeeeeete.
  • Just 10 blocked shots for the Canucks in this one. Granted, that’s because if you play the whole game in the opposition end, there’s nothing to block, but still: John Tortorella is gonna be pissed.
  • Finally, Jason Garrison scored his second of the season, showing a rare soft touch by sending a puck the length of the ice and into the empty net. Why was the goalie pulled with the Oilers down three? Because it still seemed like a better option than Devan Dubnyk.
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40 comments

  1. Doop
    October 5, 2013

    That was absurdly fast

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 5, 2013

      I’m a pro’s pro, Doop.

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  2. Zach Morris
    October 5, 2013

    I feel like Mark Donnelly is turning out to be a bust. He just doesn’t have the stamina, he takes a third of the anthem off every night, and I doubt he even knows the words to the middle bit at this point.

    Say what you want about him not getting enough ice time in the preseason, but you can’t blame Tortorella’s system for throwing him off, he’s got the same role as he did with Vigneault.

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  3. the olde coot
    October 5, 2013

    the green and blue are o and two
    as of nine thirty this friday
    the trolls blame torts and bobby lu
    what’s that, vancouver won you say

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  4. cathylu
    October 5, 2013

    Right after the game started something came unplugged at our house and we lost the internet. After going in the garage and jiggling some wires and things we got the game back to see that it was 1-1! Thanks for the entertaining IWTG – at least now I know what I missed.

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  5. Whatup
    October 5, 2013

    Anyone else see Healy after they showed Torts presser? Pretty funny.

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    • Sean
      October 5, 2013

      That guy does NOT know how to take criticism.

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    • peanutflower
      October 5, 2013

      I did not. what happened? Healy got all riled up in one of the between period bits about Torts. what happened? fill us in.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        October 5, 2013

        Healy criticized Tortorella chirping, Botch told him at the postgame presser, Torts responded, “I don’t give a shit”, because he didn’t. It really wasn’t that big a deal. He probably didn’t even need to be told.

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    • sox/canucks fan
      October 6, 2013

      Torts could care less, no doubt. But Elliotte Freidman called Healy a 14 year old for responding to Torts not caring less. #Schadenfreude

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      • Mt
        October 6, 2013

        Healy then gave him the supreme death stare, then said “we’re paid to give opinions” and then motioned at Elliot and said something like “not to be a candy swirl at the pony stand” or something ubsurd like (or unlike) that. Did anyone catch what he actually said? It was the climax moment of their silliness and I couldn’t make it out. Though that death stare itself was amazing.

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        • Dougster
          October 6, 2013

          He said “we are not being paid to be candy strippers..” Who are candy strippers? Young (usually female) volunteers in a hospital whose main job is to cheer up. People who need cheering up. Sounds like Healy needs a candy stripper!

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          • Dougster
            October 6, 2013

            Oops “striper” not “stripper”….that would lead to a whole different kind of cheering up!

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    • Kippers
      October 6, 2013

      At least Elliotte Friedman called him out for being a 14-year-old and acting like a complete child.

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  6. akidd
    October 5, 2013

    good game! but what’s up with the oilers? i thought they weren’t supposed to suck anymore.

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  7. Jackson604
    October 5, 2013

    Kyprios intro is up on CDC front page now for those interested. Thought it was pretty cool

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    • peanutflower
      October 6, 2013

      Oh, Kyprios. I thought everyone meant Kypreos intro and i’m like, what? thought i recognized that voice.

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    • Nee
      October 6, 2013

      The video is really cool. I don’t love the narration though – why is the official pump up video complaining about how other people don’t like us? I know that’s part of the Canucks story these days, but to actually bring that up in the video feels a bit weird to me.

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  8. Mike H.
    October 6, 2013

    Could you say on that first goal we saw a Breaking Brad?

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  9. Brent
    October 6, 2013

    Good thing we get to play the Oilers and the Flames! But regardless, we did look good tonight. Sure Lu would like that first one back, but it was a funny one, he was being hooked down and kind of sliced it. Of course if Lu hadn’t gone down, he would have stopped it.

    I didn’t rewind the Richardson injury. He came back, but he looked pretty hurt when he went down near the bench. Or did I get the number wrong? No replay because there was a really long period with no whistle and then commercials. Any more injuries and our lack of depth will really start to show. I want some people back soon so we can scratch Sestito.

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    • Doop
      October 6, 2013

      I’m so excited to see Zack Kassian doing some Tortorella style forechecking.

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    • clutch fan
      October 6, 2013

      I didn’t mind the 4th line this game. They outplayed the other 4th line and Sestito actually had two scoring chances. Obviously it could just be an anomaly but tough to criticize them after this one in my mind.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        October 6, 2013

        Agreed. I’m as big a critic of Tom Sestito as you’re going to find, but he was pretty good in this game. I mean, it’s still against the Oilers, so…

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        • wes
          October 6, 2013

          hit the crossbar on that one shot. took on the big guy and yeah… was kind of in position… (o o) space is big

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  10. Jake
    October 6, 2013

    Could Alex Burrows just stay injured forever?

    I love him, but I’ve noticed that whenever he hits the ice Vancouver ends up taking a billion ridiculous penalties and getting their rhythm completely destroyed.

    I’m pretty sure Alexa has been caught sleeping with a ref’s wife. Or all of them.

    At once.

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  11. shoes
    October 6, 2013

    LOL @ healsy… He must have put a tenner on Hallsy, Ebsy and Yaksy to runsy oversy the Canucksy. He did act like a 14 year old and a 14 year old Oiler fan at that. Speaking of which, I would be remiss in not saying Howdy to the 10,000 Oiler fans that would have posted here had the score been reversed.

    The Canucks played hard and efficient for 58 minutes. Hence the two Oiler goals, first of which should not have went in. If they play like that for the entire season they will win a bunch.

    Lets see how the back to backs work out with the up tempo game, as we have a record 17 of them this season.

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  12. the real bob
    October 6, 2013

    You know what’s funny?

    Taylor Hall’s +/- this game

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  13. PB
    October 6, 2013

    God the Oilers looked terrible, the most noticeable one was probably Schultz. Well and Dubnyk, but not for good reasons…I also was wondering about Richardson’s injury — that looked pretty bad when he went off but I don’t think he missed even a shift. What the hell was Sestito doing out there? Ragging the puck, skating well, even broke up at least one play with a strong back check — maybe Burrows isn’t hurt at all but they’ve grafted his brain into Sestito’s body? Well not enough time on the ice to tell but he was far better than he usually looks. Sad to see that PylonAlberts has now been leapfrogged on the depth chart by Weber, Sestito and Staunton but even as a depth option I think he may be done. Santorelli and Richardson I think are going to be better bottom six pickups than I previously thought — they seem to be tireless workers and good skaters so nice to see.

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  14. Lenny
    October 6, 2013

    You know the other team is no good when Sestito had 2 great chances to score in a game, and one of them even hit the cross-bar.

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  15. Brosef Stalin
    October 6, 2013

    was I the only one outraged that Zdeno Chara showing the hands of a 3rd line tweener and scoring made the HNIC Play of the Night instead of either Sedin goal? Or are we all just jaded by their past Bruins hard-on so much that it’s basically par for the course?

    Also, please let TSN snatch up Friedman and give him some real analysts to work with (and also Dreger)

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    • peanutflower
      October 6, 2013

      No kidding. I watched that behind-the-back-twirl-around-no-look-pass a billion times — it was great all billion times. CBC just sucks. They do. I used to love Hughson, but Hrudey and Rick Ball, is it? are just terrible. Both are — or tried hard to be in this game — Oiler homers. I guess the same could be said about Cheech and Garrison, but they at least try to be somewhat objective. I miss Larscheid… he called it like it was, no matter what team. Now we have to listen to Healy and his little hissy fits. As Elliotte said, he was acting like a girl.

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      • Brosef Stalin
        October 6, 2013

        ‘Twas Mark Lee. I would take Rick Ball any day over that clown. National broadcasts should remain as unbiased as possible. Nobody except displaced fans in Vancouver care about SNET’s ridiculous bias to us.

        …Did you mean Cheech and Shorthouse? :P

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        • peanutflower
          October 6, 2013

          yes. Geez, too many papers to read and write. brain dead. that’s embarrassing :)

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  16. wes
    October 6, 2013

    That Garrison shot at the end was on edge and totally curved in. More of a lucky shot, and yet a nifty touch of the puck for sure.

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  17. Andrew Morrison
    October 6, 2013

    I hope you’re getting paid what you’re worth, Harrison.

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  18. Daniel Wagner
    October 6, 2013

    It’s worth pointing out that the Oilers are currently missing their top two centres, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner. When they return, the Oilers will be a bit harder to beat.

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    • Brosef Stalin
      October 6, 2013

      Reasonable judgement? BOO THIS MAN!

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  19. Jim
    October 6, 2013

    Over the last few years I have been trying to figure out the main factor that turns a mediocre Canuck team into a Cup contender. At times I have thought, “Ability to clear from their own zone,” at other times, “forechecking.” Now I think its the ability to move the puck in the offensive zone, particularly “Sedin movement.” When those two can cycle the puck around, I pay attention because goals often result.

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  20. Jim
    October 6, 2013

    I thought Tortorella would not make it to Christmas without exploding on the press and its happening already. He needs some simple mechanisms to handle stupid questions. He had just explained why he yelled at the bench and the press feed him the CBC commentary. Instead of saying “I don’t give a shit what they say” he could have simply said, “they were not in a position to hear my players getting yelled at by the opposition coach, I WAS” The press will let him get away with irritability when the Canucks win, but when there is a losing streak they will push and push him to the breaking point. Tortorella is a smart coach, he had better learn how to coach his own mouth.

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  21. Paul from YT
    October 7, 2013

    Not to knock the intro… but the beginning part with the sledge hammers and welding reminded me of a Simpsons episode (We work hard, we play hard…):
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    “Everybody dance now……”

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