I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Florida Panthers, November 19, 2013

Well, that game was lousier than a kid with pediculosis capitis. The Canucks started poorly, were mediocre in the middle, then just plain awful at the end. They were bad and they should feel bad. They sucked harder than someone trying to drink a Slurpee through an 11 kilometre long straw.

The Canucks came out flatter than Wayne Knight’s character in Space Jam. Or Michael Jordan’s acting in Space Jam, for that matter. Regrettably, unlike in Space Jam, Bill Murray didn’t show up out of nowhere to save the day. I wish I had watched Space Jam, but, instead, I watched this game.

Canucks 2 – 3 Panthers (SO)

  • The one bright spot for the Canucks was the play of Roberto Luongo, who made 34 saves on 36 shots. He was at his best at the beginning and end of the game, ensuring that it didn’t get out of hand early and it didn’t end in regulation late. He made an important kick save on a shorthanded breakaway by Marcel Goc in the first period, keeping the Panthers from going up by two. He stopped Shawn Matthias alone in tight late in the third period. He even had to come up big in overtime, robbing Jonathan Huberdeau on the penalty kill. Luongo was better than Better Than Sex Cake in this game.
  • The Canucks were fortunate to even get to overtime, as just one game after a Canucks goal was called back for dubious reasons, they were the benefactors of a similarly questionable call. On a delayed Canucks penalty, the Panthers got a great scoring chance that Luongo turned aside, then made another stop on the rebound. The second rebound, however, was batted in by Jimmy Hayes, only the ref had already blown the whistle, ruling that a change of possession had occurred, likely because he thought Luongo had snagged the puck with his glove. Luongo had less possession than the Jefferson Bible, but I’m sure the Canucks will take it.
  • Unfortunately, the Panthers did open the score on the ensuing power play. While the Canucks stood around like Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer, the Panthers had two chances on an open net off a rebound. The first hit the post, but the second hit the back of the net while Luongo, in his one rough moment, was swimming on his belly like Mona from The Chris Isaak Show.
  • For some reason, the Sportsnet Pacific feed cut out multiple times, forcing Rogers to switch to the Fox Sports Florida feed for a large portion of the first period. I actually didn’t mind the Panthers announcers, Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay. Goldstein has a great play-by-play voice and anticipated the play well, while Lindsay’s analysis was reasonably on point. And the Fox Sports Florida feed didn’t cut out randomly, so it had that going for it too.
  • Poor Alex Burrows can’t buy a break: he still hasn’t scored a goal this season, despite 34 shots. He hit his second post in as many games, this time short-handed. At this point if he was also visited at night by a saxophone-playing, bemulleted Jon Hamm, I wouldn’t be surprised.
  • While David Booth was scratched, there were still several former Panthers in the lineup, and two of them combined to tie the game. Mike Santorelli picked up the puck behind the goal line and cut in front to backhand it on net. Tim Thomas — did you know Thomas was in this game, I didn’t hear anything about it in the media — made the first save, but the rebound found its way to Chris Higgins, who made like Iman Shumpert for the put back.
  • The most interesting part of the game wasn’t even part of the game: it was the oddly pleasant Twitter snipefest that erupted between @EdmontonOilers and @VanCanucks. When the most exciting action during a game involves a team not playing in that game, you know it’s a boring game.
  • It’s great to have Jannik “Honninggrævling” Hansen back in the lineup and he gave the Canucks a chance to win the game in the third. After an aggressive pinch down the boards by Ryan Stanton, Hansen covered the point, then jumped to the middle to pick off Tomas Fleischmann’s outlet pass and fired it top shelf, where you should keep the dairy in the fridge to maintain maximum freshness.
  • That goal came less than three minutes into the third period. Through the rest of regulation, the Canucks only had two more shots. The Panthers had 11. It was ugly. The ugliest moment came when the Canucks had five skaters in the defensive zone, while the Panthers had three. Despite outnumbering the Panthers, the Canucks somehow left Shawn Matthias wide open in the slot. Nick Bjugstad found him with the past and Matthias’s one-timer beat Luongo. Either Ryan Stanton or Zack Kassian could have and should have covered him. They didn’t. He was less covered than a nudist colony, who at least use blankets when they sleep.
  • The Sedins have been playing a metric tonne this season and it continued in this game, with both Daniel and Henrik playing more than even the defencemen. It’s understandable, however, as they were the only forwards who didn’t get out-shot by the Panthers when they were on the ice.
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26 comments

  1. Tom1040
    November 20, 2013

    First of all, don’t nobody never forget, “We are all Canucks.”

    Next, Bettman and Colon Campbell are sticking it to US again by making US play in the Pacific Division when everyone knows We (because we are all Canucks), should be playing in the Metropolitan Division.

    Finally, damn refs cost us another game. They are bad men.

    Got it?

    Oh…yeah…almost forgot…Kesler’s a beast.

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    • SharkMike
      November 20, 2013

      Fool…you are a fool.

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        November 20, 2013

        You both are.

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        • PB
          November 20, 2013

          There should be a lot more likes for your comment.

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    • DanD
      November 20, 2013

      This is a new level of pretentious, even for you Tom1040. You are officially not invited to my “We are all Canucks” Christmas party.

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  2. Naturalmystic
    November 20, 2013

    A delicious loss to a team Vancouver should have beaten easily.

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  3. PB
    November 20, 2013

    Easily the worst loss of the season. Yes a lot of it’s puck luck but at some point they’ve got to put it together. As much as I like Tortorella’s penchant not to stick with something to death a la AV, I also think the constant line juggling doesn’t necessarily help things. Why not keep the Santorelli-Higgins-Burrows combination together since that worked so well? An excellent energy line. Stick Kassian with the Sedins and put Kesler with Hansen and Booth. Put Sestito out of his misery.

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  4. Wetcoaster
    November 20, 2013

    The Team1040 pre-game show had old man Barry Macdonald doing his spiel by wondering why the Canucks are expecting goals when playing 3rd line pluggers like Higgins and Hansen over Booth and Kassian.

    And who scores the goals in this game? Somehow I doubt there’s going to be much of a retraction on the radio today though.

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  5. Zach Morris
    November 20, 2013

    I want to work in a “Luongo had more saves than the King of Floors” but I am much too depressed after that loss.

    The Canucks came out flatter than a custom-engineered hardwood floor, and were appropriately waxed by Floor-ida.

    (I’m so sorry)

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  6. shoes
    November 20, 2013

    The slaggers were out early on this article…..mayhaps a little celly going on by the northern mullets….a pre-cup party as it were.? I think so, because even the slagging was somewhat jolly today.

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  7. chicken chick
    November 20, 2013

    Behind by one is nothing new:
    Every game is deja vu.
    An ending “to the scoring drought”?
    Tim Thomas shuts Vancouver out?
    More losing for the green and blue?

    The answer’s, “No!” to two of three.
    At least we went beyond OT:
    Florida three, Vancouver two.
    Another loss the trolls can flout,
    As but one point the Nucks accrue.

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  8. mac 'n cheese
    November 20, 2013

    I couldn’t even make the Jon Hamm link work. This game was cursed!

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  9. Mike Robinson
    November 20, 2013

    Yeah I watched alot of Canucks games aswell. Not finding it unbelievable we lost to a Panthers team who brings SIZE down the MIDDLE. I’m a BIG Canucks fan but did you SEE Mathias Lay THE Smackdown on the Canucks club on Both ends? We Need a big young Center to Fill NEEDS! Sad thing is we may have missed the BOAT on Mathias. THINGS MAY GET UGLY! GILLIS!!!

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    • PB
      November 20, 2013

      I’d like to know your decision-making on ALL-CAPS versus regular script. Why not go whole hog?

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  10. B-Fitz
    November 20, 2013

    The Fox Panthers feed had a better HD picture too Harrison, so even the Panthers tv network was all around better last night

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  11. John
    November 20, 2013

    I only got to watch the second and third but the Canucks didn’t play all that bad. They were absolutely dominating the third and could’ve/should’ve scored another goal in the third. The neutral zone was dominated by ‘nucks D and our forwards kept the puck in the Panthers’ zone. At time, it felt like men against boys out there and it seemed like only a matter of time before another goal was scored. Unfortunately, the goal came completely against the flow of the game (and went to the wrong team) as Mathias took advantage of Kassian’s defensive lapse.

    I listened to the radio post-game and they were all bemoaning the Canucks’ play too, which is unfortunate. I read this feature all the time and was hoping that it wouldn’t be a copy/paste of the “pro’s” opinions. Sad Daniel, not your best.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      November 20, 2013

      I don’t think you watched the same game we did, John. The Canucks outplayed Florida in the second, but they didn’t dominate the third. Not at all.

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      • John
        November 20, 2013

        I rescind most of my comment (especially the grammatical/spelling errors).

        I have spoken with others whom watched the game and have been informed of the awful, awful first period.

        However, the fenwick backs my opinion based on when I watched the game. The Canucks were dominant at times during the second and early third period. The Panthers’ D-zone clearings looked like my beer league team’s (just…. try… to… get…. it…. out… over… the… blue… line…. ughh…. thanks Timmy)

        As Brent says below, they flatlined after the the Hansen goal. Maybe it wasn’t quite as “completely against the flow of the game” as I mentioned, but it felt like the Canucks’ effort (in the 2nd & start of the 3rd) warranted more than a 2-1 lead prior to Mathias’ game tying goal.

        But, that’s been the (extremely well-documented) issue lately. Lots of possession & opportunity – no finish. I haven’t seen them give up like the did in the third in a long time, so I guess that justifies all the outrage so… carry on!

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        • PB
          November 20, 2013

          But it wasn’t just the flat first. Arguably the last 15 minutes of the third they were terrible. Very low effort, especially those last 3 minutes. No idea what they were doing, they didn’t look particularly tired, just not very into the game. No amount of underlying statistics can disguise that.

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      • John
        November 22, 2013

        So… Upon listening to Torts’ Nov 21, “upon reflection” interview…

        His opinion (different John) sounded an awful lot like mine. Fenwick backs me up too. I think most pundits were swayed by the awful first period and the end of the game.

        My thoughts were directed at the second period and first half of the third. Granted – the Canucks should outplay an opponent like the Panthers 75% of the time (based on the iced rosters), but the fact remains, the game wasn’t exactly the train wreck that everyone was so quickly jumping on to.

        Obviously, I’m a fan. But a relatively realistic fan (which is why I love the PTB blog). But I think my opinion captured several positives of the game, whereas the IWTG post overlooked the positives, eg: “The Canucks were fortunate to even get to overtime..,” Trust me – I know when the Canucks mess up. But I just feel that the post could’ve at least mentioned the fact that the Canucks dominated portions of the game.

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    • Brent
      November 20, 2013

      John,

      Check the fenwik, check the fenwick. Although the canucks dominated until Hansen’s goal they completely flatlined after that and if not for some Luongo magic, we wouldn’t have even gotten a point.

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  12. weareallbieska
    November 20, 2013

    Okay, so it’s only November and it’s a small game sample size, so this is just my pessimistic brain talking. I apologize in advance for being way too negative!

    But this doesn’t look like a team that is going to win the Stanley Cup this year. And until this franchise finally wins it’s first Cup, that’s my standard of success for each season. I know that’s a crazy high, unreasonable standard of success in a 30 team league, but that’s how I feel.

    I hope the team proves me wrong though. I tend to get pessimistic quickly. :)

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    • steveB
      November 20, 2013

      I’ve accepted the probability that the only whiskers that I’ll be sporting this season are those that I’m growing in Movember. :-(
      The Canucks don’t look like a team that can even get out of, let alone dominate the Pacific Division.

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    • Tom1040
      November 20, 2013

      ‘weareallbieksa’: high-larious.

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  13. bluemoonjones
    November 20, 2013

    Goals wanted.
    From someone. Anyone. From somewhere. Anywhere.

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