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”.

Canucks 0 – 1 Kings

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  • At first, it looked like Plan Make-Dustin-Brown-Say-He’s-Very-Very-Sorry was going to immediately go sour, as Zack Kassian’s attempts to goad Brown into a fight off puck drop failed utterly and ended with Kassian taking a penalty instead. It looked like the Canucks’ ability to get back at Brown was about as good as their ability to name plans.
  • Things went even further off the rails after Kassian’s penalty ended. Jordan Nolan took an unhealthy run at Henrik Sedin, narrowly missing the Canucks captain with what likely would have been called a charge if he made more contact. Tom Sestito didn’t take kindly to Nolan targeting Henrik and dropped the gloves at him off a later faceoff. Normally you drop the gloves with someone, but Nolan decided to keep his on, using them mainly to protect his face, as Sestito didn’t stop punching when Nolan didn’t start.
  • In jumping Nolan, Sestito also jumped directly into the hearts of Canucks fans, who appreciated the enforcer standing up for the elder Sedin. He also jumped straight out of the game, as he received a whopping 27 minutes in penalties: a 2 minute instigator, 5 minutes for fighting, a 10 minute misconduct for instigating, and a game misconduct, which carries 10 more penalty minutes. He wasn’t credited with a single second of ice time according to the official event summary, which means his penalty minute per actual minute ratio in this game was a divide by zero error.
  • Sestito’s naughtiness gave the Kings a 7-minute power play, but the Canucks made the Kings power play look less dangerous than a tired baby sloth. Even when Henrik took a hooking penalty, giving the Kings a 48-second 5-on-3, the Kings couldn’t mount much of an attack. The Kings spent over half the first period on the power play, but were out-shot 8-to-7.
  • After all the early feistiness, the referees tried to clamp down and get the game under control. Hilariously, they did this by handing Zack Kassian and Willie Mitchell 10-minute misconducts for basically just looking at each other funny. To be fair, since it was Kassian, it was a really funny look.
  • The Canucks did finally take Dustin Brown to task, as it were, when Ryan Kesler ditched his mitts, jerseyed Brown, and fed him a steady diet of uppercuts. Look, I’m a pacifist, but that was still mightily satisfying. At the same time, Brown is a cagey guy. He avoided fighting Kassian to start the game, was reportedly hassled by the Canucks throughout the first period, but didn’t actually fight until he could take Kesler, the Canucks’ leading goalscorer and best defensive forward, off the ice with him.
  • Kevin Bieksa took a cross-checking penalty early in the second period and, after the Canucks (of course) killed it off, Bieksa stayed on the ice as the Canucks moved the puck up ice and set up in front of Jonathan Quick. Bieksa battled hard in front with both Quick and defenceman Matt Greene, elbowing Quick in the head after a couple punches from the goaltender, then fighting Greene. When Greene chucked Bieksa to the ice, Bieksa kept punching from his back, which Henrik evidently found hilarious.
  • Most hockey players drop their gloves when they go to fight. Not Bieksa, who is a noted glove-throwing aficionado. Prior to chucking knuckles, he chucked his glove:

Stick-tap to Wyatt Arndt for the gif.

  • Bieksa’s ornery performance as a net-front presence apparently made an impression with Tortorella, which is the only explanation for Bieksa being added to the first unit power play, not to be one of the defencemen on the point, but to screen Quick. They stuck with that formation from that point forward, which made no sense whatsoever, as he’s not a forward and the power play didn’t help the Canucks earn a point.
  • What made things worse is that the other defenceman on the first power play unit was Yannick Weber. Jason Garrison, who just topped 105 mph during the Canucks SuperSkills, and Alex Edler, returning to the lineup from injury, were both left on the second unit, even when the Canucks were down by one late and got a power play with six minutes remaining. You want a reason why the Canucks won the battle, but lost the game, look to the decision-making on power play personnel.
  • Edler’s return to the lineup was definitely noticeable, however, as he made his presence felt physically, finishing with a game-high 6 hits in just short of 22 minutes of ice time. Edler had a quietly effective game, which is encouraging after missing so many games, and his willingness to throw his body around indicates that he’s back to full health. He must have visited a fairy pond to fill all of his hearts while he was on the injured reserve list. Maybe that’s why he’s not on the power play, as Tortorella doesn’t want him to injure any of his teammates with his sword beam.
  • With all the shenanigans going on in this game, Dale Weise seemed to feel left out, so he decided his best course of action would be to slew foot Drew Doughty. Out of all the acts of violence in this game, Weise’s slew foot drew the most vitriole. Ironically, it didn’t draw a penalty call. Meanwhile, Kassian got a second 10-minute misconduct, because the refs apparently don’t understand that that’s just his face.
  • Honestly, the refs didn’t have the best game. In the third period, Paul Devorski initially indicated a good goal when the puck was blatantly tipped in with the highest of sticks. Their most hilarious error, however, came in the second, when Daniel held Doughty and Henrik got called for the penalty. Henrik dutifully took the punishment, as he likely did so many times when they were growing up. Meanwhile, Daniel ended up on the ice, killing his own penalty, and blocked a shot that left him limping, because the hockey gods don’t believe in penal substitutionary atonement.
  • While the Canucks’ power play was basically useless (having Daniel and Weber on the points when you’ve got Edler and Garrison waiting in the wings is simply inexcusable), the penalty kill was incredible. The Canucks spent nearly 15 minutes, about a quarter of the game, shorthanded and allowed just 8 shots against, and fired 3 of their own. It was the best shorthanded performance since Dustin Hoffman in Hook.
  • The Canucks outplayed the Kings in all facets of the game, except for the facet that involves putting the puck in the net. The Canucks weren’t entirely focussed on creating scoring chances and couldn’t capitalize on the chances they did create. On the defensive end, they held the Kings to just 20 shots, but one of those came on a 3-on-1, after Dan Hamhuis failed to hold the puck in the Kings’ zone. Mike Santorelli broke up the initial scoring chance, but the puck bounced to Dustin Brown, who shovelled it past Eddie Lack, because the hockey gods love a rat.
  • But this game wasn’t about the two points for the Canucks, as was immediately evident from the attitude in the locker room post-game. It was about establishing an identity as a team that won’t, in the words of Miley Cyrus, take nothing from nobody. Best evidence of that: Daniel Sedin, of all people, throwing an open-ice hip check to break up a rush in the third period.

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48 comments

  1. primetime
    January 14, 2014

    I was hoping for the Canucks to get a lucky break so that they could find the back of the net. Lack was so good and it was a tough break on that 3 on 1.

    Good thing when they divided by zero it didn’t create a black hole leading to some alternate reality… Wait… Daniel with a hip check? Did anyone check if his goatee was black?

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  2. Chinstrap Joe
    January 14, 2014

    Unfortunately for our Canucks, Sestito’s game misconduct also removed one of our most effective goal scorers, of late.

    If that ain’t a “Come to Jesus” for the team, I don’t know what is.

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  3. peanutflower
    January 14, 2014

    I’ll take a game like that any day. That was great.

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  4. Wetcoaster
    January 14, 2014

    This is a game that feels like it should have concluded with a player skating out to center ice and demanding to know if the spectators were not entertained like Russell Crowe in Gladiator.

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  5. shoes
    January 14, 2014

    First of all a tip of the hat to Mizz Dusty Brown and Mizz Jordin Nolan.. A true southernbelle does not fight with gentleman and turtlin’ is most acceptable. If a Canuck had turtled like that there would be slaggers and mullets all over this thread today, complainin’ bout things such as “manhood” and other mysterious things that mullets complain about.

    Paul Devorski made an early mistake in the game and then had the audacity to blame it on the Canucks, in which case he proceeded to bumble through the game making sure he made them pay..

    I was thoroughly impressed with the Canucks from beginning to end and ALL of the KINGS and the 2 referees know exactly who won that contest.

    Meantime Doughty has applied to transfer to womens hockey in the Olympics. And notice how Carter and Richards disappeared when the going got feisty….the Sedins didn’t.

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    • Noodle
      January 14, 2014

      Using sexism as an insult, eh? Good one…

      : /

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  6. Chinook
    January 14, 2014

    “having Daniel and Weber on the points when you’ve got Edler and Garrison waiting in the wings is simply inexcusable” – You may as well say “Fire the coach!” Watch out Daniel, you could fall into the Black Hole of Gallagherland.
    I fear this game was lost once our scoring ace was tossed. :)

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  7. Taco
    January 14, 2014

    The problem of course is that this game was a message which should have been sent the last time these teams met. That way the refs would have had some context for what the mess was about and maybe someone other than the nucks faithful would have received the message. The ducks last week, for instance, who used the same stratagy to get past lack with no push back.

    From the kings perspective they got 4 points, one goaltender and no injuries out of it. Sounds like a pretty good two nights work to me.

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    • GeezMoney
      January 14, 2014

      I get that this is the way it seems, and in a vacuum. that’s the way it is. But that was no vacuum last night. That was a tornado of rage ripping through the heart of the Staples Centre. Two points are always important, but so too are messages. And the Canucks telegraphed, phoned and then snap-chatted their anger towards all things Kings.

      Having watched this team get pushed around so often, it is nice to see them actually stand up for themselves.

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    • shoes
      January 14, 2014

      Actually anybody who understands hockey and is a Kings fan will say ” well we got the points and thats all that matters” BUT their voice will trail off softly at the end and they will cast their eyes down and shuffle away.

      Anybody who understands hockey and watches it knows that the entire KIngs organization today is feeling shame and disgust at certain players on their team. Oh, they will never admit it, but that doesn’t matter, the only thing that matters is knowing and knowing that they know.

      Nolan and Brown, Quick and Doughty know that film is out there that show them acting like “very small cats” , divers and spineless guys who can’t take it when if comes back. You could see it in their eyes as the game ended. A hollow victory for them and all reports out of LA indicate the Canuck dressing room was the most lively and fun. That is just human nature among young guys. You hate to be considered a sissy and especially if you did it on national TV.

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      • mb13
        January 14, 2014

        I’m not sure what you are getting at?

        The Kings won the game. They have a Stanley Cup. They haven’t lost to the Canucks in ages.

        They have nothing to prove to the Canucks. It’s vice versa.

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        • shoes
          January 15, 2014

          Bingo…..MB13…..and the point is. The Canucks just b.*tch slapped 1/2 their team around and they only answer the Kings had……”help us wef, help us” It needs to be followed up next game with some more slapping around of Quick and then…..Quick, J. will go to Sutter D and Captain Brown and say “please guys can we change our strategy of running their goalie and stars, I want out of this hospital, Please guys?

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          • Mb13
            January 15, 2014

            Again – what’s your point? The Canucks lost…. for the fourth time to the Kings this year.

            What – according to you, they get some bonus points for trying to goon up a game? The Kings smartly didn’t bite as they kept their eye on the prize… 2 points.

            FYI – the Kings had another answer than “help us wef, help us”. Check the boxscore… tell me what happened 24 seconds into the 3rd. Tell me what the score was at the end of the game. Moral victories are for losers.

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  8. naturalmystic
    January 14, 2014

    I wonder if there is going to be a phone call from the league about the slew-foot?

    Rule 52 – Slew-footing

    52.1 Slew-footing – Slew-footing is the act of a player or goalkeeper using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.

    52.2 Match Penalty – Any player who is guilty of slew-footing shall be assessed a match penalty.

    52.3 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for slew-footing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

    Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline

    28.1 Supplementary Discipline – In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions imposed under these rules, the Commissioner may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offense committed during the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.

    If an investigation is requested by a Club or by the League on its own initiative, it must be initiated within twenty-four (24) hours following the completion of the game in which the incident occurred.

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    • madwag
      January 14, 2014

      personally i’d have called doughty for interference and weise for tripping as the king player initiated the contact. and anyone who criticizes the canucks for embellishment should watch the kings, particularly brown and quick.

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    • shoes
      January 14, 2014

      Given how Doughty looked like he interfered with Weise for the sole purpose of diving and drawing yet another penalty, I am pretty the NHL might send Drew a dozen roses and an invite to Collies Valentines day party for turtlers.

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  9. chicken hawk
    January 14, 2014

    But when Hamhuis was standing where
    Had been a puck no longer there
    A three on one I’m loath to note
    ‘Twas Brown who scored that’s all she wrote

    One of their best I thought perhaps
    Except for that defensive lapse

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  10. Pavo
    January 14, 2014

    “Guff – Insolent talk; back talk”. Learnt an important new word today.

    Am definitely going to work it into my conversations (okay – yelling sessions!), with my troll of a teenager.

    Oh – and a really good, satisfying game by the Canucks, even though they lost.

    As evidenced by the fact that poor naturalmystic has been reduced to copy/pasting a long, tedious dissertation on slewfooting, instead of delivering one of his usual, snide insults.

    I think this team be stiff now!

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    • naturalmystic
      January 14, 2014

      I only had time to copy-pasta a snippet from the NHL rule book.

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      • Pavo
        January 14, 2014

        Time well wasted, eh?

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      • shoes
        January 14, 2014

        Send it to Devorski……he would then have penalized Nolan for charging and that would change the entire game. Including that 1000′s of Kings fans would still think Nolan was “manly” :D

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  11. mac 'n cheese
    January 14, 2014

    Thanks for the great recap of such an entertaining game.
    All this and then a rafter-high glove toss from Bieksa- Priceless.

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  12. DanD
    January 14, 2014

    I suppose it makes sense that the hockey gods would dislike penal-substitutionary atonement, considering its basis in a much less capricious deity.

    This game was a bloodbath, and I missed most of it thanks to the appalling lack of sportsnet on my TV. Such a shame. I think I’m slightly encouraged by the Canucks thuggery actually, simply because it’s a side of them we really haven’t seen much before.

    Definitely would have been nice to have a powerplay that wasn’t an affront to common sense. Sometimes we as the fans can have our pet ideas/players because we don’t know as much as the coaches, but I don’t think this is one of those times. There are just better players that could have been on that first unit, and better positions to put players like Daniel Sedin.

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  13. Chris the Curmudgeon
    January 14, 2014

    I’m glad you were all entertained. I get entertained by winning. If the Canucks can feed off of some of the energy from this game and hand the Ducks their first home loss, then I’ll consider it a good tradeoff. Until then, all I see is 1 point in 8 games from the Kings this year, in other words the difference between the playoff bubble and a comfortable 2nd place in the Pacific. A couple of fortunate bounces against St Louis notwithstanding, this team hasn’t won a regulation game against a playoff opponent since Boston. Hopefully getting Burrows back this weekend can help to turn the tide a little bit.

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    • Brent
      January 14, 2014

      I would agree. I really, really liked standing up for ourselves, but some moderation is required. If the Kings had a half decent power play this game could have been over in the first 10 min. Also worried about Kesler getting injured while fighting Brown, but it was so sweet to see that dirtbag with his sweater over his head. No wonder he just headhunts and then turtles – like in the 2012 playoffs afetr running henrik he turned into rubber chicken man when Bieksa went after him. However, I digress, 2 points would have made this a perfect game, but there was not a huge amount of push in the third for my liking and the power play still sucks.

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    • shoes
      January 14, 2014

      Go read the PTiB on the numbers. But the facts are the Canucks have played the top guys in their division more than all those teams have played each other. They have or will have by next week played 4 back to back’s against the Kings, Ducks, SJS and Yotes in their division. They NEVER once get any of those teams on the 2nd game of a back to back, though and so far in this season that has been a factor. Hence go read on the numbers and you will see that by next week we have one of the best schedules in the league, whereas we have clearly had the worst schedule in the league so far. Do you think it is a coincidence that we play both Chicago and Boston on the 2nd game of a back to back both meetings with each of them this year? Lucky for them eh?

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  14. Amor de Cosmos
    January 14, 2014

    I understand that the “statement” was important — though how important remains to be seen. But, well, we lost again* and, sorry to be Debbbie Downer, but the main thing I take away from this game is that neither team has a power play that’s worth the price of a frosty milkshake on July afternoon, and they’re not going to be playing much in Spring unless they find one.

    * How many times has Hamhuis been caught pinching to his own team’s detriment lately?

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  15. Noodle
    January 14, 2014

    “In jumping Nolan, Sestito also jumped directly into the hearts of Canucks fans, who appreciated the enforcer standing up for the elder Sedin.”

    I wasn’t a fan. Yeah, Nolan turtled after trying to charge Henrik, but you just don’t keep punching a guy when he isn’t responding to the fight.

    My problem with the game though is that it seemed like the Canucks spent so much more time trying to settle scores with fights and chippy play rather than win the game. I want the Canucks to be tough to play against, but I would prefer that they do that with heavy but clean checking and dominant play. That might just be a fantasy though, since the Canucks don’t really seem to have the depth this year in the line-up to be a dominant team.

    All that being said, I did think that game was super entertaining! So And it certainly wasn’t like that recent PITT/BOS game where the score-settling got out of control and people got hurt.

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    • GeezMoney
      January 14, 2014

      You are wrong. This would be a fact had the Canucks not out-chanced and out shot LA. Yes, the 3rd was their weakest period, but remember how they were simply run out of the Staples Centre last week? Last night they come in and they LEAN on the Kings best. Their penalty killing, which doesn’t get enough credit, simply did not allow LA a sniff.

      My friend, outside of the Weise which was dirty, nothing the Canucks did last night can be classified as dirty. What Sestito did to Nolan has been done over and over again to the Canucks BEST players. That’s going to continue. So you either man-up, play equally as aggressive as your opponents, or you get chased out of the building. I didn’t like option B in 2011, and I don’t like it now.

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      • shoes
        January 14, 2014

        good post Geez……If Nolan doesn’t like the heat get out of the kitchen. Funny how when another team does that is it manly and justified, when the canucks do it….it is the worst thing ever. Nolan is supposed to be the Kings tough guy, I think he surprised Sestito by picking that moment to get in touch with his inner school girl.

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      • Noodle
        January 14, 2014

        Where did I say the Canucks were “dirty”? I say they were “chippy” which in my books does not mean “dirty”. Post-whistle scrums, fights, shoving, that kind of thing.

        Perhaps I should have been clearer.

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  16. TubaNat
    January 14, 2014

    I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a shutout loss more!
    And props for the choice of scene from Hook as your link, that cracks me up every time.

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  17. cathylu
    January 14, 2014

    Oh my gosh! Thanks for explaining that game to me because I was there and I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on most of the time. A few observations that had nothing to do with the game: I enjoyed the Kings fans booing their team when they couldn’t score on the multi-minute power plays, the announcement of a sell-out crowd when half of the lower bowl seats were empty (I guess the season ticket holders can’t be bothered to even try to sell their tickets when they can’t go to the game), and I was sitting right above the press boxes so I was just a few feet away from Shorty and Cheech! Wish we could’ve tied it up at the end. In any case I hope the team is enjoying the beautiful weather we have here and maybe they can put an end to the Ducks success on Wednesday.

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    • steveB
      January 14, 2014

      I was sitting right above the press boxes so I was just a few feet away from Shorty and Cheech!

      I’ve been to several games at Staple Center and that was my favourite section to sit in: right above the Press Boxes.

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  18. Iceman
    January 14, 2014

    It was the chippiest game I’ve ever seen in a long time but I like what I saw, especially Kes pummeling the rat Brown and Danny throwing a hip check. Only if we were able to put the puck into the back of the net…

    Is it too much to ask Canucks to play with such intensity, not necessarily with physicality, in every game?

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  19. akidd
    January 14, 2014

    well, the canucks answered a few questions there. now, all that’s left to see is whether that was a one off or whether this will be a transformative character game which will re-establish the canucks as stiff competition.

    the big tough kings. and when push came to shove they weren’t really. if the canucks were just out there gooning and the kings were instead skating circles around them it could be interpreted differently but after killing off a 7 minute pp(the first time i remember seeing that) the shots were 18-2 canucks at one point.

    seems like one of those afterschool specials about bullying and what kind of mettle bullies(two ‘l’ s) really have when their antics get turned around on them.

    the two points means nothing. there’s lots of season left. if the canucks keep playing like that not only will making the playoffs not be an issue but making noise in the playoffs will be on the table again(especially if the sedins decide to keep playing like that!)

    great game!

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  20. David Gray
    January 14, 2014

    Great Blog. thoroughly enjoyed the game and your view on it.

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  21. Ministry
    January 14, 2014

    Gold to see the Canucks put on their big boy pants but what good did it really do? They still lost and Kings still owned them 4 times this year. GG

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    • shoes
      January 15, 2014

      The Kings have won 4 times against the Canucks, but if you think they ‘owned’ them this last game, you need to brush up on hockey 101 or just go out and read a few blogs.

      All the labels that our esteemed and irrelevant mullet haters have labled the Canucks with are way more evident on the Kings and that was on national TV in 2 countries. By and large the Kings are embarrassed and their fans are totally silent and humiliated …..with the sole exception of your “owned” comment. :D

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  22. tom selleck's moustache
    January 14, 2014

    I swear that Kevin Bieksa, when angry, makes for some of the funniest gifs around. It’s comedy gold with that guy.

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  23. rsen9
    January 14, 2014

    just some extra fun fact,

    Murph reported that they had Megadeth’s Symphony of Destruction playing in the locker room before the game.

    That’s one heck of a way to get pumped up.

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  24. King Fan
    January 14, 2014

    Sorry Canucks, you blew it. The Kings have been playing like crap for the past few weeks and if you wanted to really hurt them, you should have played your basic strong Canuck’s hockey game and could have easily beat them 3 or 4 to 1. The Kings couldn’t keep up, haven’t been able to connect a pass and keep turning the puck over in their own zone…plus the power play…almost 11 minutes in the first 15 and nothing, not even a good chance. I know, Brown’s a head-hunter, Quick and Doughty dive…..and we respond with similar things about the Sedins and whoever is in goal for you. Bottom line, we’ve matched up well against you since the playoffs two years ago and I think we’re under your skin. Say what you want about the ‘toughness’ or skating away but I think the Kings knew their only chance was to let you guys beat yourselves and skate away with a lucky 1-0 win. BTW, it was poetic justice for us that Brown scored the game winner. We love you Canuck fans who come to Staples and we typically share beers before the game with great hockey fans in their Canuck jerseys (I still like the late 70′s, early 80′s jerseys better) and we always agree that we hate Red Wing fans the most. See you in the playoffs.

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    • shoes
      January 15, 2014

      It is possible that you are correct “King fan” and your post is reasonable, however the image of Kings “tough guy” Nolan cowering and yelling for someone named “paulie” to come and save him was totally worth the 2 points. Watching Doughty attempt to “draw” a penalty and then get slewfooted causing him to whine, cry and whimper from the bench was also worth some gold. I was very sorry that Brown got the goal, however him getting thrashed by Kesler was also quite fun in itself. Carter and Richards and the rest pretty well disappear in a game like that and the playoffs will not be kind to the Kings with that style of whimpiness either,, so while you look at the whole thing as a “trap” by the clever Kings….I am certain that several Kings players and Sutter are having trouble with self esteem this week. :D

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      • Flash
        January 15, 2014

        Where does it say that you have to fight to have a high self esteem and be a good hockey player. This seems to be the philosophy of many of the fans responding here, who also appear to justify the cheap shots taken by Weise (on Doughty & Quick) and other Canucks. You seem to take pleasure in Doughty complaining to the referees about the highly illegal slew-footing by Weise, which was not only a classless act but one that served no purpose but to try and injure Doughty. Do you really think that Doughty had to immediately fight Weise to prove he’s a great hockey player? Or, doesn’t his stats as a defensemen and member of team Canada speak for itself, or the fact that he lets his legal and clean checks on players do his talking. This same logic would dictate that Sedin should have stood up for himself and fought Nolan. If that were the case, I’m sure Nolan would have obliged him. But why, by this logic, should Nolan have engaged Sestito, who attacked Nolan without saying a word about a hit on Sedin that Nolan likely didn’t even give a second thought about. Given the people that Nolan has fought over his career, do you really think he was afraid to fight Sestito or did Nolan not fight because there was no advantage and/or reason to do so at the time? I’d bet a fight will occur at a more appropriate time in another game; that is, if an incident triggers it. Why is any of this embarrassing for the Kings?

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      • Flash
        January 15, 2014

        Finally, one has to give the Canuck’s credit for not allowing the Kings to effectively get out of the neutral zone and attack them offensively. But where does this mean that the Kings are whimpy as exemplified by “Carter and Richards … pretty well disappear”ing for the game. Carter had at least 5 good scoring chances from within 15 feet of the net, 2 of which were saved by Eddie Lack and 3 that missed the net. And, a Ridhards goal was waved off because the deflection occurred with a stick above the net. I don’t know where you got the idea that this was “a trap by the clever Kings”? Perhaps it was just a game where the Kings didn’t play very well and still won?

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  25. naturalmystic
    January 14, 2014

    Vancouver won the battle but lost the war. Vancouver took away a moral victory…tell that to the fans when this band of soft regular season specialists gets taken to the woodshed in a seven game playoff series. Vancouver at the end of the day isn’t good enough to win a single play off round. Next season will be worse.

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    • shoes
      January 15, 2014

      yes naturalmystic…..I wish the Canucks were tough like your team. Wait a minute, we don’t know who your team is….. but a question for you and in the answer lies a clue for us as to the identity of your tough and playoff bound team.

      Here goes….. When you look around at your fellow cheering fans do 95% of them have a mullet with the remaining 5% sportin’ a comb-over?

      And is it cold from Sept to May in your flattish province?

      Thank you in advance and thanks for following the Nucks.

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  26. Kings Fan as Well
    January 16, 2014

    can anyone tell me where i can see this so called hit from Nolan on Sedin that set off Sestito. I missed the first few minutes of the game and cant find the video anywhere.

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