I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Boston Bruins, December 14, 2013

Like Jenny Shepard and Agent Gibbs, the Canucks and Bruins have history together, so it’s really odd that no one made any mention of it leading up to or during the game. There wasn’t a single reference to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final from CBC’s broadcast, fans on Twitter, or players in the game.

Instead, it was treated like a normal, ordinary game. While it may have lacked drama, emotion, and anything resembling entertainment value, the Canucks were just happy to get the two points with the modest victory.

I became a horrible liar after I watched this game.

Canucks 6 – 2 Bruins

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  • It quickly became apparent that this would be an emotional game when Ryan Kesler dropped the gloves with Jarome Iginla just over 6 minutes into the first period after an open-ice check by Iginla. Like a David Cronenberg film, things quickly took a turn towards body-horror when a punch to Kesler’s sent Iginla’s left ring finger sideways at a 90 degree angle from where it should be. Amazingly, Iginla returned for the start of the second period, surprising even the Bruins, who had sent out another player on his line.
  • For all my concern over starting the same goaltender on back-to-back nights, Roberto Luongo was superb, making 39 saves on 41 shots, including a clean sheet in the first period that ensured the Canucks took a lead into the intermission. It was the highest shot total Luongo’s faced this season, but he handled the load like a one-ton pickup truck with freshly pumped tires.
  • Jannik Hansen opened the scoring with one of the oddest goals of the year, beating Tuukka Rask with a knuckler that would make R.A. Dickey proud and made Rask look like J.P. Arencibia. His slap shot from centre ice nicked off Zdeno Chara’s stick and seemed to be heading high to Rask’s right, before dive-bombing unexpectedly down and to the left between Rask’s legs. And now, here’s the reference to D2 that is contractually required of every hockey blogger whenever such a goal is scored: it’s knuckle-puck time!
  • The Canucks struggled to start the second period, giving up the tying goal 4 minutes in after a string of sloppy play. John Tortorella was mildly displeased and called a timeout to calmly explain why he was unhappy. By that I mean he tore into them like a bag of Skittles. He went full Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (NSFW) on the Canucks and it appeared to have the desired effect. It was the most effective use of a timeout since this morning when my oldest son wouldn’t stop throwing things at his brother.
  • Just over a minute after the goal and timeout, David Booth put on a burst of speed through the neutral zone that we haven’t seen from him in a long while, getting a step on Torrey Krug and firing the puck past Rask’s glove. It was so vintage Booth that Clark Kent stepped into it and emerged as Superman.
  • Three minutes later, Mike Santorelli put on a clinic in the Bruins’ zone, powering to the net for two quick scoring chances, then out-battling both Milan Lucic and David Krejci for the rebound. His subsequent backhand appeared to deflect off Ryan Kesler’s skate as he created a ruckus in front of the net, but it fortunately made its way to Chris Higgins, who ensured Santorelli got a point for all his effort by putting the puck into the open net. Santorelli repaid him by giving the man we call Kiss Huggins what he really wanted all along: man-cuddles.
  • Judging by ice time, the line of Kesler, Santorelli, and Higgins — the KeSHa line — was the actual first line in this game. The Sedins played under 16 minutes and were basically shut down by Zdeno Chara at even-strength. As soon as they got on the ice against someone other than Chara — namely the defence pairing of Dennis Seidenberg and rookie Kevan Miller — they set up a goal, Yannick Weber’s first as a Canuck. We finally got a chance to see Weber’s much-vaunted slap shot and it deserves all the vaunts it has received.
  • Don’t believe that this was just another game for the Canucks: they don’t like the Bruins and thoroughly enjoyed delivering this tuchus-whupping. Need evidence, observe how the normally reserved Henrik Sedin, when given an open net to shoot at, murders the puck with a slap shot. That puck has ceased to be. It is an ex-puck. At that point, Tuukka Rask had already been chased from the net and the game was out of reach, but Henrik just had to get his licks in. Then, for good measure, he punched the air right in its stupid face.
  • Here’s how badly the Canucks beat the Bruins: Chris Tanev scored a shorthanded goal. Santorelli jumped on a loose puck off a faceoff and Tanev took off up the ice to make it a 2-on-1. Santorelli’s pass was perfect and Tanev tucked it between Chad Johnson’s legs like Lois Einhorn. As Thomas Drance pointed out, Tanev’s goal differential at 4-on-5 is now plus-1, which is insane.
  • Finally, let’s talk about Brad Marchand, who earned attention for a nifty bit of taunting at the end of the second period when he paused from chirping Henrik Sedin to remove his glove and kiss his ring finger, ie. where his 2011 Stanley Cup ring is worn. It was actually a pretty solid and funny piece of trollery (though he reportedly tried to chirp Brad Richardson, who has his own Cup ring, the same way). Unfortunately for him, Henrik wasn’t even looking at him at the time, so Marchand was left just having some fun with his own hand, all by himself.
  • That was when the score was 3-1 with a full period to go, so the result was still in doubt. Unfortunately, like Saturday Night Live dredging up Gilly again and again, he went back to the same comedy well later in the game, again kissing his hand. At this rate, he’ll be on the next Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Tour. Speaking of going to the same comedy well, that’s two SNL references in the same bullet point. I blame you, Brad.
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47 comments

  1. PB
    December 15, 2013

    So much goodness in this IWTG for a game that’s way more satisfying than the win from Hodgson’s goal a couple of years ago. Luongo never looked out of position or swimming, Bieksa and the other veterans looked pissed and even when the Bruins were threatening they never looked dominant other than the first five of the second period.

    Loved the use of the timeout. I had huge reservations about Tortorella but I love the balance he seems to have brought between letting the players do the work and screaming at them when necessary — but based on their play not the weird passive-aggressiveness of AV.

    The depth players continue to impress, not only Santorelli but Stanton and Richardson. Gods the 4th line looks a thousand times better without Sestito. Welsh and Weise bring speed, some decent hits and both seem defensively responsible. Dalpe’s a little less so but he has some offensive skills and seems decent on the face-offs. Got hemmed in the zone a couple of times but the more they are together I see Torts giving them 8-10 minutes a game, more against the crappier teams. It really helps meter out ice time a bit more.

    And Marchand is a total douche but I loved the taunting.

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  2. chicken chick
    December 15, 2013

    Strophe

    Holy mackerel goodness me!
    T O seven Chicago 3.
    Vancouver’s playing back to back,
    And on the bench is Eddie Lack.
    Some think in goal’s where he should be,
    But Lui’s looking strong tonight:
    Mayhap the coach’s choice is right.

    Antistrophe

    Then suddenly the break they need!
    Vancouver takes a one goal lead,
    When Hansen from the centre red
    Just shoots it in and scores instead,
    A knucklepuck that dropped indeed.
    Deflecting off a Boston stick
    It rose and dove and did the trick.

    For a short time it is a tie,
    But Booth wrists in a quick reply!
    Then once again it’s Higgins who
    Propels his team ahead by two.
    The joy fans feel one can’t deny.
    “Just one more goal,” is all they ask
    ‘Til Weber scores on Tuukka Rask.

    Then Henrik doesn’t rush his shot,
    But takes his time and hits his spot,
    Very much to the crowd’s delight
    ‘Nucks playing as they hoped they might,
    And then that goal that Tanev got!
    Short-handed too and I must say
    This win most surely made my day.

    Epode

    They ended up four goals apart,
    It’s meet* Luongo got the start!

    * meaning “precisely fitting and right”

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  3. the real bob
    December 15, 2013

    From LeBrun’s twitter: And Marchand just kissed his ring finger again. It must taste good or something.”

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  4. Shade of Blue
    December 15, 2013

    * Tanev was rock steady all night, starting during the national anthems — butt of the stick on the ice, stick grasped firmly just below the blade, invisible cigarette dangling from his lip — when everyone else is shifting side to side, antsy to start, he’s stone, like a Jedi waiting for a force field to lift and battle to resume.

    * An unpopular opinion, perhaps, but I wish Kesler had kept the gloves on. Iggy’s hit was no where near egregious enough to warrant an immediate pugilistic response or running the risk of an Injury to his hand or head. Also, Kes is way more valuable on the ice than in the box.

    * The commentators praised Luongo’s positioning and patience, but what really stood out for me was the rebound control. Where previously a goal mouth scramble might end with him flopped on the ice looking for the puck, here the play ended as soon as the puck reached Luongo because there were (practically) no rebounds.

    * Weber made seems to make really good outlet passes — I noticed one in particular in the third that he places on the tape of a teammate’s stick just inside the center line from the face off circle to Luongo’s right. I was thriled by his ability to clear the zone safely and set up the rush, because such play will earn Torterella’s trust and thus give us more opportunities to see that slapshot.

    * Sanotrelli is playing like a man possessed, exemplified by the hustle and pretty pass that set up the shorthanded goal. What an astonishing offseason find!

    * My wife walked in to check on the game after I shouted “Yes!” when Tanev scored. “Oh, she exclaimed, you’re wasting your time, this one is over.” Not a chance, says I, ’tis the Bruins — the score could be 20 to 1 and I would still be watching.

    * Seven straight! Whee! This is fun! Of course, the rest of the teams ahead of us in the West are also winning, so the Canucks are merely keeping pace or gaining oh-so-slowly. Fortunately, the Canucks are showing no signs of easing off on the pedal.

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    • Lenny
      December 15, 2013

      Nice on Tanev. I noticed his ‘zen’ during the anthem too.

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    • shoes
      December 15, 2013

      Good breakdown……glad the cap is going up Santorelli and Tanev will need to be signed to hefty raises.

      The Canucks are catching up the only way you can…..win every or most games.

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    • dontpassjustshoot
      December 15, 2013

      You wish Kesler had kept the gloves on? I wish Ignalia had taken his off. PITB, you’re right that Hamhuis was “throwing gloved punches”, but it was in response to Iggy’s, who started without warning with gloves still on. Colour commentator gushed that it was because of the damage to his hand. Other hand, dude. Not classy.

      I think Marchand’s taunt would have been funny and enraging in the 2011-2012 season, and maybe the season that followed, but it’s kind of embarrassing now.

      How about a shout-out for Luongo’s toughness and grit in this? I always think it’s weird that hockey players are allowed to bodyslam the opposing goalie provided they score a goal in the process, but what about that stick up in Luo’s throat? It looked to me like the guy was deliberately trying to chop Luongo a little, since there was no reason in the world for his stick to flip up like that. The refs couldn’t call it after the fact, but it may have cost the Bruins another “pity penalty”. That, or the fact that we scored shorthanded on them, lol.

      Torts said the team has lots to learn about playing in games against a physical opponent like this. We’ll have to go through an Eastern Conference team to get to the cup, so actually it stands to reason we could really use a coach who can teach our guys that. Can’t believe that never occurred to me before.

      Torts repeated that it “makes him sick” when people support the myth that the Sedins aren’t tough. Thank you, Torts! The CBC commentator was morphing reality a little there: “Everyone remembers Marchand’s punch to Daniel Sedin’s face.” Um, it was multiple gloved punches, for which DANIEL received a game misconduct. I can’t see how anyone could fail to see referee bias, if not match fixing, after that.

      Oh well – still looking for a playoff spot! On to the next, boys!

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      • Daniel Wagner
        December 15, 2013

        I’m seeing this so often that it almost seems like I need to write a post about it. Marchand did get a penalty. He received a roughing minor for punching Daniel in the face. Even with Daniel’s misconduct penalty (which was slightly confusing, but he may have said something offensive to the ref), the Canucks were on the power play. Of note: Marchand also received a 10-minute misconduct. I’m not sure how this has changed over the years into “Marchand didn’t get a penalty”, but he definitely did.

        I didn’t bother commenting on the stick to Luongo’s throat because it looked accidental to me and Luongo was fine. In any case, the Canucks ended up with a power play after that because Iginla got the extra minor in his scuffle with Hamhuis. I’m aware Iginla threw punches first (hence the “eye for an eye” and “turn the other cheek” references), but it looked to me like Iginla thought Hamhuis had intentionally elbowed him in the head during the scrum. It was incidental contact (Hamhuis was off-balance), but I can understand why Iginla was upset.

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        • dontpassjustshoot
          December 15, 2013

          Hmm… I haven’t seen much about Marchand not getting a penalty. Just that Daniel didn’t deserve one, IMO. If saying something offensive to the ref is something that Daniel Sedin tends to do, then that’s a pretty good explanation of what happened.

          My objection to the commentator’s comment is that mentioning only a punch to the face of Daniel sounds like a reasonable thing to happen in a hockey game and just underscores the oversimplified media business of good old grit that the soft Canucks couldn’t stand up to. But my real dislike for Marchand is over Sami Salo – the bad hit and the lying about trying to protect himself, both by him and his coach.

          The stick to Luongo (not necessarily aimed at the throat) looked intentional to me because there was no reason for his stick to go flicking up like that just then, as no puck was coming his way, unless he wanted to cast a spell. On Luongo.

          Iginla did throw punches first – with his uninjured hand with the glove still on. Since gloved punches are questionable, I guess I wanted to clarify that Hamhuis’ gloved punches were in response to other gloved punches.

          But I’m out of temper with hockey and hockey reporting today. Puck Daddy selected to feature for the Thornton suspension a fan editorial bit that compares hits to foreplay and continues: “…must eventually lead to the coitus of fighting that would satiate both parties for the night. If not, the blue balls that would result just escalates the situation to rape”. Sickening and foul. One less place I can read about hockey now! Sometimes it seems it’s really not a sport for women fans.

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        • Lemming
          December 15, 2013

          I can’t speak for everyone else, but I remember the Marchand-cident with Daniel going something like this:
          - Marchand punches Daniel in the face 4 or 5 times, and Daniel is understandably upset that the ref doesn’t seem to be calling a penalty or something like that
          -Daniel then asks the ref something along the lines of “when are you going to call a f—ing penalty?”
          - Then magically Marchand gets the penalties you mentioned, and Daniel gets a penalty for questioning the infallibility of the refs, which I subjectively interpret as being a match penalty for being punched in the face and not retaliating in a SCF, which I’m sure the NHL would have preferred, because they don’t care about the hockey, only the “entertainment moments” and narrative.
          In other words, I don’t remember it as “Marchand didn’t get a penalty”, I remember it as “Marchand wasn’t going to get a penalty until Daniel spoke up to the refs, at which point the refs decided to penalize both of them, one for roughing and the other for having a pretty good amount of self control”

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          • Daniel Wagner
            December 15, 2013

            I just re-watched it to refresh my memory and it was actually interesting to do so, having a couple years to distance myself from the emotion.

            There was a scrum in front of the net, with both linesmen involved in the main scrum trying to break up a tussle between Thornton, Bieksa, and another Canuck. The ref that was on that end of the ice is watching another three players in a battle and moving to break them up. The other ref is at centre ice, far away from the action.

            That’s key, because what I missed when watching it before is that Marchand starts punching Daniel when the nearest ref and both linesmen have their back to him and are otherwise occupied. That’s the real reason Marchand was able to get so many punches in before a ref intervened, as it was the ref from centre ice that broke them up. From the video, it looks like the ref from centre ice got there as soon as he could and intended to call a penalty on Marchand.

            Here’s what Daniel said when the ref got there, if my lip-reading is correct: “Are you going to f***ing call it you f***ing a**hole.” So, yeah, that’s why he got the misconduct. Refs expect swearing on the ice, but calling one a “f***ing a**hole” will get you a penalty every time. It honestly doesn’t at all look like Marchand only received a penalty because Daniel said something. When Daniel said something, the ref was already pushing Marchand back and looked like he was about to take him away to the box.

            I understand being upset about the situation, because it was an idiotic move by Marchand, but I don’t think you can really blame the refs on this one. It’s telling that out of that entire scrum, Marchand was the only one to get a minor penalty, with the others involved getting 10-minute misconducts. There’s a reason the Canucks got a power play out of that scrum and it’s because the ref from centre ice saw what happened, skated in to intervene, and called the penalty.

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            • Lemming
              December 15, 2013

              It’s interesting to hear a breakdown after all this time. I’ll have to go take another look to get that fresh perspective, because I really haven’t watched it since then either.

              I’d have to say, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if my recollections of the events were the result of sour grapes rather than some kind of subjective viewing of the action. Thanks for going back and taking another look.

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            • PB
              December 16, 2013

              Nice recap — I haven’t gone back to look at it in such depth but it makes sense. Frustrations for the Sedins with all the crap that Marchand got away with, Marchand being a general dick, and the use of the clip in the years since to show on one side that the Bruins were favored by the refs and on the other side that the Sedins weren’t tough enough have created a whole other narrative.

              What Marchand should probably be more concerned about than his taunting this season is his generally poor play for which he’s been blasted by much of the Bruins fan base. His kissing the ring and raising the cup moves were, by the way, called out by Claude Julien after the game as the type of thing the Bruins want to eliminate from his game.

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            • J21
              December 16, 2013

              I can’t even imagine Daniel uttering words like that, he must have been angrier than he’s been in his life to date. I feel a “strong” Daniel Sedin reaction would be to politely raise his hand, asking for permission to speak, then expressing mild frustration.

              (Except in 2009, when he did fight back against the Blackhawks, and the narrative became how they had “gotten him off his game”.)

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            • dontpassjustshoot
              December 16, 2013

              I read it as also possible that the “f*** a***” applied to Marchand, like, “Are you going to call [one on this] f*** a***” or similar, but your call could be right. I think everyone’s patience had frayed a little by that point in the game: I didn’t even watch Daniel the first time through, I was so amazed by Manny barrelling in like a demon. That guy – you get to thinking he’s so nice, then suddenly you realize there’s a Dark Manny. Seriously, one of my favourites.

              Does PITB think Torts can put more of an Eastern Conference edge on the Canucks and get them more – I don’t know – streetsmart or whatever it is you’re supposed to be when matched up against grit? We’ll probably have to go up in the playoffs against someone who plays like that before we win…

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  5. TubaNat
    December 15, 2013

    Well that was immensely satisfying. Loved Booth’s goal, here’s hoping his return to form continues!

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  6. CanuckFanInSF
    December 15, 2013

    “Oh my God! Einhorn is a MAN!!!!”

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  7. mac 'n cheese
    December 15, 2013

    “Luongo…handled the load like a one-ton pickup truck with freshly pumped tires.”

    (Slow clap)
    Excellent callback. Well done, sir!

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  8. Eastern Dane
    December 15, 2013

    Anyone notice who got the Haida hat? I thought for sure it would be Booth but I don’t think it was..

    Also, loved that Julien benched Marchand for the last part of the game.. Smart move.. I just about jumped into the TV to punch his rat face out.

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  9. cathylu
    December 15, 2013

    Honey Badger’s knuckle puck shot and Rask’s little hop in the air was my favorite moment. After working so hard most of the time to even get the puck close to the goal it’s nice when one unexpectedly goes in. Good job to the whole team on that win.

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  10. cathylu
    December 15, 2013

    My favorite moment of the game was the Danish Ninja’s knuckle puck and Rask’s little hop in the air. We usually work so hard to even get the puck close to the net – it’s nice when one unexpectedly goes in. Good job to the whole team on this win.

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    • cathylu
      December 15, 2013

      Sorry, didn’t mean to do that twice (you know that error message we seem to get now and then about posting too quickly). Also “man-cuddles” – hahahaha!!

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  11. Roshirai
    December 15, 2013

    “KeSHa Line” isn’t too bad, but I’ve been leaning toward going with “Evergreen Line” for the Kesler/Santorelli/Higgins set: like an evergreen, they’re constantly producing, and like the Skytrain expansion, they’re still under construction, though somewhat ahead of schedule.

    Bonus points: both the Evergreen Line and Mike Santorelli started in Burnaby. :)

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  12. biznow
    December 15, 2013

    Everyone has it all wrong, Marchand was actually doing his best impression of the sign language guy from the Mandella memorial. It was pretty accurate actually.

    Also: “It was so vintage Booth that Clark Kent stepped into it and emerged as Superman.” <—some of your finest work sir. I had a mouth full of coffee as I read this, it ended up on my chin and touch pad. My wife looked ashamed of me, and now my computer smells of coffee. Thanks for that.

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    • shoes
      December 15, 2013

      Marchand forgot Kelly Sutherland was not reffing. Sutherland would have gave Sedin a penalty for not “paying attention to my fwend Bwadwee.”

      The taunt was fine, the game result better.

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  13. primetime
    December 15, 2013

    I think Hansen’s getting too used to shooting from behind the blue line. Didn’t he score an empty net goal the other night too?

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  14. shoes
    December 15, 2013

    Great writeup guys…..

    It was a real pleasure listening to the pain of “heals” and “Simpson” of the CBC. What a couple of fools…..just cannot let their hatred of the Canucks go.

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  15. the olde coot
    December 15, 2013

    One might observe a testy Torts
    Was for the moment out of sorts,
    Or stretching the streak beyond six
    Occurred sans Edler in the mix.
    Could be it’s time that Gillis made
    What some might think a shocking trade.

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  16. Noodle
    December 15, 2013

    Too much time has passed since the Stanley Cup Final for this win to have special significance for me. I’m pleased in the regular “we laid a beat down on a good team” kind of way. Plus, 7 wins in a row! That’s pretty awesome.

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    • Wetcoaster
      December 15, 2013

      The Canucks are still hungry because Tim Thomas refused to feed them the snack goals during the 2011 series.

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  17. Chris the Curmudgeon
    December 15, 2013

    It was nice to see David Booth score a goal. “Don’t Poke the Bear?” Yeah well we’ve got the Bear Hunter and he’s not only going to poke the Bear, he’ll be mounting its head on his wall.

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    • brendan
      December 15, 2013

      So happy to see you guys in Van this excited by a regular season win in December…just want to fly out there and pat each and every one of you on the head…so cute…just keep repeating ” we’re good enough, we try hard enough, and some day gosh darn it, we’re going to win a game when it really matters!”

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        December 15, 2013

        Congratulations, you won the Cup 3 years ago, are you still wanting everyone to bow down to you over that? Fans of most teams usually like to have more recent material to use in trashtalking. I mean sure, you choked against the underdog Capitals the following year, and gave up 2 goals in the final minute to lose game 6 and the Cup in absolutely heartbreaking, gut-wrenching fashion a year later, but naturally, Bruins fans can pretty easily forget those incidents while they’re out trolling.

        As it is, I think Boston’s maybe been exposed a little bit, otherwise how else do you explain all the whiners who show up trying to diminish the value of last night’s brutal loss? I know they have the best record in the East, but have they beaten a quality opponent since October? Maybe the top-heavy but deeply flawed Penguins could count, I suppose, but I’m amazed that all of the people trashing the Canucks for their soft schedule in the last couple of years aren’t equally vocal about the travesty that is the Eastern Conference. I know they have the best record in the East, all I’m saying is that I watched the game last night and saw only one elite team, and it’s the one climbing the standings in the toughest division in the NHL in recent memory.

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        • brendan
          December 15, 2013

          Like I said…so cute

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          • Chris the Curmudgeon
            December 15, 2013

            At the risk of feeding trolls, I can’t help but notice that this game obviously meant enough to you to make you come to an opposing team’s blog to belittle the game’s importance and antagonize their fans (and even enough to come back again to respond) so your “so cute” comments downplaying it aren’t fooling anyone except yourself. But really, it’s ok to feel a little stung by the loss Brendan, it’s only natural, but like you say, it’s only one game in the regular season, and there’s another one coming up. And after all, you did win the Cup 3 years ago, so hopefully that’ll cheer you up a little bit. It’ll hurt even less tomorrow. I promise.

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    • the real bob
      December 15, 2013

      David Booth once saw a bear…he shot it. Surprised he and Bryz aren’t BFF’s

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  18. Phileo99
    December 15, 2013

    Comparing Torts to Sargeant Hartman is… just… awesome. That’s why I come here after the game.
    We’ll probably see a lot more of Sargeant Hartman this season!
    Will also be interesting to see how the lineup changes once Burrows is back

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  19. arjay
    December 15, 2013

    thinking the “SHAKE” Line is a better moniker than the KeSha Line (which sounds like a girl’s name?).

    Good win and nice to see 4 lines starting to roll.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 15, 2013

      It’s a reference to the pop singer, Ke$ha, which is appropriate, since Santorelli is money. #nailedit

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      • Fitz
        December 16, 2013

        you mean, Mike “The Situation” Santorelli? oh yeah, I went there.

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  20. Shade of Blue
    December 15, 2013

    Assuming the hockey gods have no further misery in store for Burrows, the lines could be:

    22 33 14
    20 17 25(!)
    7 15 36
    32 -* – 9

    * one of Delpe, Walsh, possibly Schroeder

    If 14 is playing well (not necessarily scoring, just getting to pucks and generally acting as the 3rd Sedin), then we’ve got a very good 1a and 1b. Even if all the Sedins do is play the top shutdown guys on the other side to a standstill (and most nights they will do so much more) that will make life easier for the Kesler line.

    If Booth is playing well, then 7 15 36 could be a solid 3rd line. Arguably 7 and 36 should be 2nd line wingers, but if they can bring that level of play to the 3rd line they could do well, particularly if they are matched up against weaker opposition as a result.

    Could be interesting.

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  21. Kevin
    December 15, 2013

    Not that they’d want to take Weber’s first Canuck goal away from him, but it sure looked like Hansen tipped the puck in the slot.

    Also, I’m surprised nobody commented on Kesler accidentally leaning in on Rask with a forearm to the head after Higgins’ goal.

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    • dontpassjustshoot
      December 15, 2013

      Well, nobody commented on a guy accidentally whacking Luongo with a stick, flicked up when he had no reason in the world to lift his stick, and in the throat as it turned out. If we commented on all the missed calls in this game, it would be a long list, though I would say it was about as even as it can get.

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        December 15, 2013

        And to add insult to injury, the refs missed that high stick against Luongo because they were too busy calling a pretty questionable boarding penalty against Ryan Stanton, as I remember it.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          December 15, 2013

          Ah, yes, I think you’re right, for some reason my sleep-deprived mind connected the high stick with the Iginla/Hamhuis tussle.

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  22. Mr Lewis
    December 16, 2013

    Funny thing.
    24 hours later, no mention of this game on Stanley Cup Of Chowder. I guess that they really don’t care. At all. Even a tiny bit.

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  23. The Rat
    December 19, 2013

    What a game, what a game. It’s been a week and I’m still thinking about it.

    Mainly, I’m still laughing about Brad Marchand. A.k.a The Rat. Let’s not kid ourselves Canucks fans, this game wouldn’t have been complete, or felt like ‘old times’ if Marchand didn’t pull something stupid out of the gutter (where he lives). He never dissapoints.

    You can definitely tell this game wasn’t just ‘another game’ to either team. How ridiculous they kept trying to sell that to the media.

    Tanev has been playing some of the best hockey of his career last few weeks. Absolute dominant out there. Played a stellar, calm game against the Bruins.

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