Last March, Alex Edler earned his first suspension from Brendan Shanahan’s Department of Player Safety after a collision with Mike Smith. It was a Shanaban we didn’t agree with, especially since Smith is basically the opossum of goaltenders — it’s usually mostly his own fault when he gets run over. But the DOPS saw it differently, banning Edler for three games and making the Swedish blueliner a repeat offender under the CBA in the process. You had to figure that was going to come back to bite him, and Friday afternoon, it did.
With the Canucks playing host to Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks Thursday night, Edler and Hertl came together during a puck race in the neutral zone. Hertl was reaching, no doubt feeling invincible after his four-goal game, and in a sense, you have to wonder if he is: he somehow suffered no injury or ill effects from the resulting headshot.
Edler did, though. Factoring his repeat offender status into the play, the Department of Player Safety has decided to suspend him for three games.Continue Reading —›
So the Sharks are apparently going to be pretty decent this season. One game removed from destroying Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers, 9-2, it’s understandable that they would be a little cocky coming into Vancouver. Turns out they had every right to be.
With their 4-1 victory at Rogers Arena, they have now out-scored their opponents 21-5. The Canucks, unfortunately, have been that opponent twice already, leading to some consternation among Canucks fans, particularly since that makes 9 straight losses to the Sharks, 11 if you include the pre-season. In my opinion, though, it’s time to stop worrying about that. Why worry about something inevitable. It’s clear to me that the Sharks are going to go 82-0 this season and will never lose to the Canucks again.
No point fretting about it. Just learn to stop worrying and love the bomb. After all, the Canucks will lose 5 games to the Sharks, but so will the rest of the Pacific Division. No big deal. I watched this game.Continue Reading —›