How John Tortorella beat the Bruins by letting Zdeno Chara beat the Sedins

John Tortorella’s big moment during Saturday night’s contest between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks came right after Bruins winger Reilly Smith made it 1-1 at 4:11 of the second period. Enraged by his team’s listless play coming out of the first intermission, Tortorella called a time out for the express purpose of screaming at his team. Watching the verbal assault, one had to hope that Tortorella was wearing his stretchy purple undershorts, because he seemed mere moments away from going full-Hulk.

The tirade appeared to have its desired effect, with David Booth burning down the wing and beating Tuukka Rask to restore the Canucks’ one-goal lead shortly thereafter. The team wouldn’t look back.

But while this is the moment most people will point to, since it was a stark, expletive-riddled departure from what Vancouver fans have grown accustomed to in a head coach, Tortorella did some other, more subtle work that deserves a look as well. Most notably, the way he managed a battle he couldn’t win: Zdeno Chara versus the Sedins.

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Decorating a Christmas tree Canucks-style [VIDEO]

When it comes to official Canucks Christmas ornaments, the options aren’t particularly inspiring. There are some basic ball ornaments with the Canucks logo slapped on, a few puck-themed ornaments, a couple snowmen, and, for some reason, a mini high-heeled shoe. Some of the ornaments are better than the others, of course, so if you want a Canucks ornament or two on your tree, you’ll be all right.

But say you’re a super-fan and you want to decorate an entire tree in a Canucks theme: that’s a little bit tougher, especially if you don’t want to drop a hefty chunk of change in the process. So I set out to decorate our small tree with Canucks ornaments without spending much money at all.

It turned out pretty well, if I say so myself. At the very least, you’ll definitely want to see the tree topper.

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Stick in Link: Stupid drunken encounter in downtown Vancouver draws national coverage

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, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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