Prior to Monday night’s game versus the Washington Capitals, the Canucks seemed to really be struggling to draw penalties. I’d argue it was mostly bad luck. Sometimes you go through a stretch like that. But it led many fans to wonder if it had something to do with Vancouver’s not-entirely-fair reputation as the divingest team in NHL history, a rep that’s half lazy narrative and half Ryan Kesler’s showy acting choices. (He’s the Anthony Hopkins of diving. He needs to become the Daniel Day-Lewis of diving.)
Versus the Capitals, however, the Canucks got their powerplay chances. Six of them, in fact. They weren’t able to — wait for it — capitalize, but that’s okay. For the first time in awhile, they got calls.
But it was far from a flawlessly officiated game. In the end, it doesn’t matter, since the Canucks won, but the contest featured a blown call that, had they lost, would have been the topic du jour in Vancouver this morning. It could have changed the game’s whole complexion, like Clearasil. (Instead, the Canucks had to change it themselves, with Sedinasil, the only skin care cream made with Scandinavian twin magic.)Continue Reading —›
It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)Continue Reading —›