California Road Trip, part one: the part with all the driving

It’s a commonly-held opinion around these parts that the NHL schedulemaker — an eyeless, hairless, only vaguely human creature that awakens every summer in his dark, cob-webbed crypt deep below NHL head offices and begins shouting out teams, dates and times seemingly at random as league officials try to write it all down before he returns to slumber — doesn’t spend too much time thinking about how to make the Canucks and their fans happy.

But that’s not entirely true. Consider, for instance, the Canucks’ annual California road trip, which is perfectly structured to allow adventurous Canucks fans to venture down the coast and follow the team around the sunshine state.

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

The Vancouver Canucks went into San Jose eager to halt their nine-game losing streak to the Sharks. At the same time, Henrik Sedin was looking to keep his 12-game point streak rolling. With the Canucks loading up their top line, it seemed likely that they wouldn’t be able to break the former streak without continuing the latter.

Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. The secondary and tertiary scoring came through for the Canucks, with two goals each from the second and third lines, while the primary scoring took a break. Henrik failed to register a point for only the second time this season, but the Canucks still beat the Sharks handily, ending both streaks.

My streak of watching games, however, remains unbroken, mainly because I watched this game.

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