I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers, December 13, 2013

It would have been really easy for the Canucks to overlook this game. They’ve got the Boston Bruins in town gearing up for Saturday night’s big showdown, for one thing, and that’s a pretty big circle on the calendar — the sort of circle that strikes through the dates on either side of it. Plus Beyonc√© released an album last night completely out of the blue. How can you think about anything else?

Fortunately, the Canucks didn’t overlook this one at all. Heck, if anyone did, it was the Oilers. At first I thought they, like many of the Rogers Arena faithful, had just been a little confused by the 6pm start. But they never showed up. Like Patrick Bateman, they were simply not there. They were far less menacing and murdery, however. Honestly, I think I posed a greater threat to the Canucks than the Oilers did tonight, and I watched this game.

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Is Mike Santorelli for real?

There’s no other explanation: he must have a fairy godmother in his corner.

Mike Santorelli’s Cinderella story just keeps getting better and better. His three points on Sunday brought him up to 21 on the season, fourth on the Canucks, all while on a league-minimum $550,000 contract. It’s also a two-way contract, though there’s no chance he’ll get sent down to the Utica Comets this season and have that come into effect.

His surprising season even has some in the Smylosphere suggesting the Canucks re-sign the centre immediately, before he puts up more points and prices himself too high.

The Canucks have reason to be cautious when it comes to signing Santorelli to an extension, however, as there’s still the fear that he could turn back into a pumpkin at midnight.

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Canucks do the holidays right with the best Christmas card ever

So here I was, grinding my teeth away in rage because I’d just watched and written about Tanbir Rana’s awesome setup video for Saturday night’s tilt between the Bruins and the Canucks. I had every intention of being angry and staying angry until Sunday morning. And then the Canucks had to go and ruin everything by sending me a Christmas card!

I think we can all agree that it’s tough to harbour unhappy feelings after seeing an image like this.

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Remember your hatred for the Bruins in this awesome, one-minute video

The Edmonton Oilers are in Vancouver Friday night, and I think it’s safe to say that nobody cares. The Canucks aren’t even hiding how completely and thoroughly they’re looking past this game to the next one. The game starts at 6pm. I can only assume it’s because the team just wants to be finished an hour earlier than usual.

This weekend is all about the Boston Bruins, who, thanks to a dumb NHL schedule and then an even dumber NHL lockout, are only just now returning to Vancouver for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup.

Now, it’s possible that you don’t feel the hatred for these Bruins that you once did. After all, it’s been two and a half years, and there have been moments of catharsis in those 30 months — the Canucks went into Boston and got a small measure of revenge back in January of 2012, and we got to watch the Bruins lose a Stanley Cup Final just this past spring. Sure, we had to watch the Blackhawks win it in the process, but, you know, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

And anyway, it’s pretty easy to recover that hatred. I’ll bet that this great, short video by Tanbir Rana, one of our favourite Youtubers, brings it all right back.

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