I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens, October 12, 2013

Saturday night’s affair between the Canucks and the Canadiens is all the evidence we needed that Vancouver is superior to Montreal. Not the hockey teams, mind you — not after this debacle. The cities. How else to explain all the Habs fans in Vancouver? How else to explain why the lower-bowl was more red than blue for this one? If the city of Montreal was so great, their fans would have stayed there.

That’s about the only positive I could mine from this game, which was about as painful to watch as the Flaman Fitness commercials that aired during it. Trust me. I watched this game.

Canucks 1 – 4 Canadiens

  • Coming into Saturday night’s game, I think you could safely say than Dan Hamhuis was having his struggles, but now, with this one behind us, I’m wondering what sacred item he recently stole from a vengeful spirit — the man was a walking calamity versus the Canadiens. Here is footage of Hamhuis’s worst shift.
  • I’m kidding. That wasn’t Hamhuis’s worst shift at all. That came late in the second, with the game tied at one and the Canucks on a powerplay. With the Canadiens changing up their penalty killers, Roberto Luongo handed the puck off to Jason Garrison, who gave it to Hamhuis, who lost it right into the Canucks’ goal from behind it.
  • Lars Eller received credit for the goal, and it’s actually sort of comforting to lie to yourself and pretend he did something to deserve it.
  • Hamhuis’s rough night didn’t end there. The Canadiens scored their insurance goal while he was in the box. A little later, he failed to get a shot through at the point, leading to a Canadiens’ break the other way and a Daniel Sedin penalty as he scrambled to get back. After the game, Hamhuis took his sweet time meeting the press, understandably. I’m not sure why they even waited for him: no way I’m standing anywhere near someone that unlucky. That’s how you get hit by a falling anvil.
  • Hamhuis didn’t just hurt his team’s cause tonight. He hurt the advanced stats community’s cause as well. Seriously, good luck telling someone he had an even-strength corsi of 60.5% (which he did).
  • If you’re looking for the turning point in this game, look no further than the bizarre own goal. The Canucks actually looked like the better team in this one up to that point. Afterwards, they only way they could have looked more shell-shocked is if they had been playing Super Mario Kart on battle mode.
  • Mike Santorelli played over 20 minutes tonight, skating on a line with the Sedins early and later, on a line with Ryan Kesler in what looked to be an attempt to get him going, perhaps by making him feel insulted that he was supposed to be looking to Mike Santorelli for how to play.
  • At least this game had some Sedinery. After a Jason Garrison shot yielded a juicy rebound, Daniel Sedin pounced on it, then made a backpass to Henrik, who put the puck into the open goal. How bewildering and unexpected was this play? It left the Canadiens in a literal pile in their crease. It was pretty great pile, although it’s got nothing on this pile.
  • That was one of an absurd 10 shots on goal and 15 shot attempts for Jason Garrison, who must have listened to a lot of Pat Benatar before the game, because he spent the night firing away.
  • Late in the first, Mark Lee confused Daniel Sedin for Dale Weise on an odd-man rush. Crazy. The Canucks have a guy who looks a lot like Daniel. I could see confusing those two. But Weise? How does that happen? Anyway, it was the highlight of Dale Weise’s career.
  • With the loss, the Canucks have now won three and lost three. What’s more, they’ve yet to beat what one would consider a playoff team. It doesn’t bode well. Bring back Vign — oh.
  • Finally, Don Cherry is amazing. He’s been a Kevin Bieksa fan for eight years, but he still can’t pronounce the guy’s last name properly. It’s even more amazing considering “Bieska” is allegedly his favourite player. “If I could pick one defenceman in the league, it’d be him,” Cherry said tonight. That’s pretty crazy. Bieksa’s good, but best in the league good? Hardly. Unless maybe Kevin Bieska is a different guy entirely, and he’s an elite defender. If so, the Canucks should trade Hamhuis for Bieska.
Tags: , ,

32 comments

  1. Doop
    October 12, 2013

    This time it was Henrik from Daniel. They look a lot alike though.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +11 (from 11 votes)
    • Brent
      October 12, 2013

      Don’t worry Harrison will fix it. But maybe it is Torts is writing this, apparently he can’t tell them apart.

      VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
      Rating: +4 (from 4 votes)
      • Harrison Mooney
        October 12, 2013

        Yup, fixed.

        VN:F [1.9.16_1159]
        Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  2. Brent
    October 12, 2013

    Ugh! I HATE loosing to Montreal! Especially with all their fans in OUR rink. Now I know how phoenix fans feel.
    Ugly goal by Hamhuis. Ranks up there with Steve Smith’s own goal that took the oilers out of the playoffs way back when. Wow, Luongo sounded bitter after. Community man better do some work at the Italian community centre or Luongo is going to want a trade. Hate Healy, but he is right, this game had Olympic connotations. Which is likely why Luongo sounded so bitter.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +18 (from 18 votes)
  3. jeremy
    October 12, 2013

    watching this game was like cooking a steak to a perfect medium-rare, resting it for an appropriate period until it was tasty, delicious and ready to dig into, and then tripping while you’re carrying to the table to se it flop face down onto the dirty floor. the goals after that immense stuff up were just those moments of sadness for the rest of the night where you peek into the rubbish and remember everything you could have had and never did.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +27 (from 27 votes)
  4. could be worse
    October 12, 2013

    Hamhuis has the yips, no question. Why have the Gods deserted him?

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +8 (from 8 votes)
    • steveB
      October 13, 2013

      I’m no Doctor, but I’ve studied Dr. mark Recchi’s journals and suspect that Dan Hamhuis has a bad case of Keithballarditis. Only known cure is quarantine in the Stabulum Canis. :-(

      VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
      Rating: +10 (from 10 votes)
      • Tom1040
        October 13, 2013

        ‘Keithballarditis’ – very well done.

        VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
        Rating: +3 (from 3 votes)
      • Frank
        October 13, 2013

        It’s hard to figure out how one of the guys you depend on the be your most steadiest and most reliable to be now the weak link in the defence.

        And while there may be some Keith Ballard haters out there still, I think Ballard’s heart was in the right place and that Coach V never figured out how to manage him. I saw some games where Ballard’s skill and talent were on display and in the right situation could be a top 4 defender in the league. I think the coaching staff can have major influence on how confident a player can be in the system.

        You don’t have to look further than Garrison’s play this year to see that he is more confident and that is a direct result of the coaching change.

        VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
        Rating: +5 (from 5 votes)
  5. Naturalmystic
    October 12, 2013

    Habs fans came in and took over the Canucks crib. Ticket resellers were asking for a thousand dollars for club seats. Leafs are in town Nov 2nd, and their fans will take over Rogers arena. I have a feeling this road trip is going to bury the Canucks in the standings. Still no contract for the Sedins. I bet they aren’t offering a home town discount and want a five year deal. Kessler signed for eight million a season, I can’t see the Sedins taking less than 7 million. Then again they might be seeing how things go with Totorella, if he turns into a maniac they bounce.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: -13 (from 13 votes)
    • Brentals
      October 13, 2013

      I agree, Sedins are probably waiting to see how the coaching pans out before the make their minds up. No sense signing up for 3-5 more years if Torts doesn’t jive with them. Also, Kesler is signed to a $5 million/year deal until 2016, not $8 million. I figure they request and get paid $7-8 million for the first 2 years, ratcheting down to the $4-5 million over the next 2 with a club/player option on year 5.

      VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
      Rating: +1 (from 3 votes)
      • Tom1040
        October 13, 2013

        I think he meant Kessel.

        VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
        Rating: +1 (from 3 votes)
        • John in Marpole
          October 13, 2013

          No doubt you’re right, the misspelling of ‘Kesler’ with 2 ‘s’ is usually the give-away of a less than stealthy Leaf fan attempting to appear informed about the Canucks.

          VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
          Rating: +6 (from 6 votes)
  6. mac 'n cheese
    October 12, 2013

    Watching this game hurt. A lot.
    I’m just going to remember the moment in the Montreal crease when Price was falling, and just dove headfirst into the pile. We had just scored a goal!
    That was a happy time.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +9 (from 11 votes)
  7. biznow
    October 13, 2013

    I have a theory that Kesler and Hamhuis swapped bodies in some sort of hilarious Freaky Friday style mishap and neither can play the others position. Years from now Disney will make a movie about it called Switch Blades.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +23 (from 23 votes)
    • The Bookie
      October 13, 2013

      “Starring Shia Laboeuf as Kesler, Joseph Gordon Levitt as Hamhuis, and Charlie Sheen as “Tortsy’”

      VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
      Rating: +7 (from 7 votes)
  8. Josh
    October 13, 2013

    Wow that was brutal. Embarrassing, on many levels. Looked to me like everybody stunk except for garrison santorelli and the Sedins. Terrible, awful shit.

    Plekanec’s goal was nice

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)
    • Aaron
      October 15, 2013

      Lou looked good too! other than the first goal, which was still a decent goal I don’t think he had much of a chance on any of them!

      VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  9. Mallick
    October 13, 2013

    Don’t you think the highlight of Weise’s career may have been his European Gretzky days? Where he was the most famous player in his league?

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +5 (from 5 votes)
  10. clutch fan
    October 13, 2013

    In addition to the Canucks attempts at slapstick humor in this game, I thought the referees were pretty funny too.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)
  11. Barry
    October 13, 2013

    I thought Tanev played one of his better games this year. Didn’t even notice him aside from the early penalty he took.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: 0 (from 2 votes)
    • Kippers
      October 13, 2013

      You didn’t notice Tanev’s 2 blocks on the same shift, or him cutting off angles by pinching against the boards on the various odd-man rushes? I mean, it’s good to not notice defensive defenseman type players, but wow, I saw a ton of Tanev saving us from multiple potential goals. I thought he might’ve been a bit overpaid when he signed the contract, but now I’m glad. He definitely improved over the summer.

      VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
      Rating: +13 (from 13 votes)
  12. jenny wren
    October 13, 2013

    If you can’t score and they get four
    I need not say anything more
    Except to note that Mason Ray
    Made two assists this Saturday
    And Nucks scored on the power play
    On themselves I hasten to say
    Good thing I didn’t watch this game
    The movie The Butler was to blame

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +4 (from 14 votes)
  13. Dougster
    October 13, 2013

    I think the “Lars Eller” goal deserves the breakdown treatment. I prefer to be optimistic that it will represent the low point of the season…. And we will all look back on it and laugh. The road trip could be just the thing the Canucks (particularly Hamhuis) need right now.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +7 (from 7 votes)
  14. cathylu
    October 13, 2013

    I’m so sorry. I must confess the our own-goal was completely my fault. I took so much pleasure in Quick’s own-goal last week that karma came for me right away. I promise not to do that again.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +11 (from 11 votes)
  15. deb
    October 13, 2013

    Everytime Habs fans chanted it reminded me of the sound my plugged sink makes when it finally clears. Burping whale sounds. They should make a CD and listen to it at home, away from our rink.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +1 (from 3 votes)
  16. deb
    October 13, 2013

    Not only is your spelling bad, but you can’t add…Canucks vs Flames last 6 games = 5-1 in favour of Canucks. Say wut? Save a horse, ride a schoolbus.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +3 (from 11 votes)
    • Daniel Wagner
      October 13, 2013

      May as well not bother replying to cambo. We delete all his comments as soon as they appear.

      VN:F [1.9.16_1159]
      Rating: +13 (from 25 votes)
  17. deb
    October 13, 2013

    Um, not only is your spelling off, but your math is too? Last 6 games vs Flames: Canucks have taken 5 of them…the latest being last Sunday. Save a horse, ride a schoolbus Camboo.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +1 (from 5 votes)
  18. Frank N.
    October 13, 2013

    The Canucks played fine and just couldn’t solve Price, who was incredible all night. That weird own goal by the Canucks changed the momentum and it seemed to demoralize the Canucks and give the Habs more self-confidence. That’s all.

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: +7 (from 7 votes)
  19. deb
    October 13, 2013

    …lol, well I said it twice, two slightly different ways, to make sure he heard me anyhow. ;)

    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: -2 (from 2 votes)
  20. Michael
    October 13, 2013
    VA:F [1.9.16_1159]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)