Canucks beat themselves versus the Kings, which totally counts as a win

There are two ways to look at last night’s affair between the LA Kings and the Vancouver Canucks.

On the one hand, it was a hockey game, and since hockey games are decided on the basis of goals scored, I guess you could say the Kings won said game by a score of one to zero.

On the other hand, it was a statement game for the Canucks, and since statement games have a different scoring system — less goals scored than goals achieved — you could say the Canucks won said game by a score of one to zero.

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Stick in Link: Moral victories, multiple penalties, and Hansen babies

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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I Watched This Game: Canucks at Los Angeles Kings, January 13, 2014

The big story heading into this game is how the Canucks would respond in their first game against the Los Angeles Kings since Dustin Brown injured Roberto Luongo. I wondered, personally, if the fans were out for more blood than the Canucks themselves, that, perhaps, the Canucks would be more focussed on winning the game (and passing the Kings in the Pacific Division standings), than exacting retribution.

Not so much.

It was clear right from puck drop that this game was about sending a message and establishing an identity as a team that stands up for their teammates, won’t be bullied by physical play, and is difficult to play against. Not a single guff was taken in this game; all guffs remained the possession of their original owners.

Really, it was hardly a hockey game at all. It was an absurd spectacle and a thoroughly entertaining one. I thoroughly enjoyed it when I watched this “game”.

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