I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Ottawa Senators, March 2, 2014

Decked out in their Millionaires gear, the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday were supposed to be evocative of the last team to bring the Stanley Cup to the city a little over 99 years ago. It didn’t happen. With a completely avoidable goaltending controversy overshadowing everything (including, amazingly, their own marquee event), the Canucks had less in common with their century-old forerunners than they did last year’s team.

Honestly, it was incredible. This was a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d seen this all before. There was a glitch in the Matrix when I watched this game.

Canucks 2 – 4 Senators

  • As you may have heard, Eddie Lack got the start in this game, a decision that kicked off a completely avoidable goaltending controversy and wound up overshadowing the whole event. You could tell the fans weren’t impressed with the decision when Lack led the team down the tunnel to a chorus of Luus and boos. Although they may have been saying “Loo-ack, Loo-ack”. At least one guy was.
  • Seriously, you know you’ve screwed things up royally when the fans are booing the ridiculously likeable Eddie Lack. He’s so likeable! He’s the Greg Kinnear of goaltenders.
  • The Canucks struck first in this one, like Han Solo in the original, and true, version of George Lucas’s Star Wars. The goal came courtesy of Jason Garrison, who beat Craig Anderson with a high slapshot on an early first-period powerplay. In Anderson’s defence, he didn’t see it, and as an atheistic goaltender, that made it difficult for him to stop it, since he didn’t believe in it.
  • Zack Kassian made it 2-0 not long after, getting loose in the slot and sliding one fivehole on Craig Anderson. At this point, you had to wonder if Rogers Arena was to blame for all the Canucks’ scoring troubles. Had fans decided to go burn it down, I would have been fully supportive. After all, that’s what happened to Denman Arena, where the Millionaires won the Cup. Torching Rogers Arena would have been a fittingly Vancouvery tribute to several local histories.
  • Unfortunately, any talk of gleeful arson was shelved when the wheels fell off the Canucks’ wagon. That began at  the 15:15 mark when Lack was beaten on a knuckler from Clarke MacArthur that deflected in off Kevin Bieksa’s glove. Tough to blame Lack for that one — unless giving him the start was the most controversial decision all season. Then it’s easy to blame him.
  • That was the moment the Canucks lost control of this game, and that observation is supported by this shot chart. As soon as the Senators cut the lead in half, things changed. Why? My theory is that it’s been so long since the Canucks have had a two-goal lead, they didn’t know what to do with it. It’s been as elusive as true love for this club. That in mind, you can understand why they decided to treat it like love and took Reba McEntire’s advice. After all, love isn’t love until you give it away.
  • In this, they were efficient. Less than two minutes later, Erik Karlsson tied it up, throwing a wrister towards the goal that somehow managed to slide between Lack and the far post. With that, the murmurs began to turn into jeers, and when the Senators went up 3-2 in the second, the fans launched into a full-throated chant of “We want Lu!” It’s possible they wanted Luongo in net so they could blame him for the loss. This whole “blame the backup” thing is foreign to all of us.
  • Although it’s possible they were actually chanting “We want Lou!” and didn’t agree that Tegan & Sara were the right intermission choice, especially when that sparkplug Lou Bega is so, so available. #FreeLouBega
  • Amazingly, only seconds after the crowd erupted into this chant, the Canucks announced that Pat Quinn would be the next inductee to the Ring of Honour. I’m sure it was just a coincidence, but it reeked of a distraction tactic. “The fans are irate! We have to do something!” “We’ve been sitting on this Pat Quinn announcement for just such a time as this! Initiate sequence!”
  • The Canucks didn’t just lose this game. To add injury to insult, they lost Daniel Sedin in the second period when he went awkwardly into the boards in the Ottawa end. After laying on the ice for several seconds, he struggled to the bench, then left the game for good. He could be out awhile. I’d say the Canucks are really going to miss his scoring, but this season, that’s not even true. This is the worst season ever. Worse than Season of the Witch, which was just terrible.
  • It rained in Vancouver, which nobody could have foreseen. You sort of assume when you schedule a March outdoor game in the dust bowl that is the Pacific Northwest, the rain’s going to stay away.
  • Positives: Chris Tanev and Alex Edler had a really great game together. They made smart plays, they moved the puck well, and when they were on the ice, the puck was in the Ottawa end almost exclusively. They were the lone Canuck defence pairing to finish with a positive Corsi rating. Unfortunately, they couldn’t play all 60 minutes, and when they came off the ice, the Canucks were hemmed in their end like a pair of pants salvaged after an ill-conceived drop to center splits.
  • Asked if it would have been nicer to have the roof open, Jason Garrison responded, “It would have been nicer if we won the game.” He has a point. But still, there’s nothing quite like losing with the top down. For one thing, all our prayers for the Canucks to get the game-tying goal kept bouncing off the ceiling. Lots of people were injured by falling prayers. It was a grisly scene.

38 comments

  1. Kevin
    March 2, 2014

    No, the wheels fell off the Canucks’ wagon a few minutes earlier than 15:15, when Mark Messier appeared on the Jumbotron. Coincidence? We need to launch a Melnyk forensic investigation.

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  2. akidd
    March 2, 2014

    well, that was just drudgery. what completely un-fun hockey to watch. nice to get the big stage for the end show.

    the team has quit on tortorella. he has obviously lost the room. and watching his system, if that’s what we were watching, just isn’t worth the wins, let alone the losses.

    i know it hasn’t been a full season yet but i’ve seen all i care to. he seems like a nice guy and all but…FIRE TORTS!

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    • gretchen grouse
      March 2, 2014

      fans always are the first to know
      when there’s someone who has to go
      given his total lack of tact
      means management has now to act

      failure to start his number one
      necessitates his time is done
      this is no knock on eddie lack
      whose job’s to have roberto’s back

      but if this team is to succeed
      they need a coach knows how to lead
      a new bench boss that they can trust
      so firing torts is now a must

      by now i feel i can assume
      that as they say, ‘he’s lost the room’

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      • the olde coot
        March 2, 2014

        at very least he’s losing face
        by showing such a lack of grace

        bottom line i agree with you
        that his not starting bobby lu
        should mean his time in town is through

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    • Chinook
      March 2, 2014

      Totally agree, the team stopped playing for Torts after the line brawl over a month ago. The guy that hired him must be fired too. My guess is it won’t happen till after the season. Only question is – will the owner let Gillis run amok until then.

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      • akidd
        March 2, 2014

        the guy that hired tortorella was aquilini. and there’s no one to fire him but his dad. gillis said it was his decision but what else is he going to say? gillis said he understood that the vancouver market didn’t want to see defensive-only hockey. it is entertainment after all. torts said he could do scoring too. but obviously he can’t. look at the rangers. at this point i’m going to have to go back to real life to escape hockey.

        with almost every having a career-worst season you gotta look at the coach. exahusting the team with ridiculous t.o.i. allocations, losing it in calgary, humiliating lou and lack in the same game, and lord knows what goes on in the dressing room. the team is lost. i just hope that gillis is quick about this. if it drags on, it will be so painful.

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  3. whisky jack
    March 2, 2014

    Today they played in B C Place,
    Canucks fell further off the pace:

    (vancouver gets the dreaded lead
    then ottawa the goal they need
    and when the game is tied at two
    my thoughts are all of bobby lu

    coach cherry seems a little heated
    claims lulongo’s been mistreated
    though don cannot pronounce his name
    many a fan does feel the same

    the senators then pull ahead
    and weeks repeats what cherry said
    another goal nucks cannot get
    sens do into an empty net)

    And so this classic game I saw,
    A two goal loss to Ottawa.

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  4. steveB
    March 2, 2014

    If this downward spiral of futility keeps up, I’m going start being nostalgic for the Mike Keenan years,
    What a debacle of a season. December gave me hope, but hope is in tatters now.

    Go BC Lions!

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  5. Stinky Canucks
    March 2, 2014

    Pretty smelly in all departments today, from ownership to the fans, Messier on the Jumbotron? booing Eddie Lack? Come on…

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  6. DanD
    March 2, 2014

    After that game, I could definitely go for a good cathartic stadium burning.

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  7. Naturalmystic
    March 2, 2014

    Their shot at the post season isn’t dead with Daniel’s injury and the rest of the group unable to score more than 2 goals per game. Their season is mostly dead. Now if Gillis can find Miracle Max, offer him a MLT, maybe Max can manufacture a miracle. Otherwise, there is nothing else to do than go through their clothes and look for loose change.

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  8. Zach Morris
    March 2, 2014

    I must evoke Cindy-Lou Who to express my feelings:

    Canucks management, why?
    Why are you causing a controversy? Why?

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  9. truth alert
    March 2, 2014

    I will be honest with you guys torts lost the room before the locker room fiasco he did that trying to look solid like he had they guys backs or else he would not have pulled that stunt against Calgary

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    • akidd
      March 2, 2014

      you might be onto something there.

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  10. Jacob
    March 2, 2014

    I guess it could also be possible that since none of us ever get anywhere near the Canucks’ dressing room, we have no way of knowing if Torts has or has not lost it (although I assume it’s probably clearly marked and a helpful usher could point him in the right direction if he needed).

    It could also be possible that the mediocre results this year are a result of one of the worst runs of injuries I’ve ever seen with this team, an almost supernatural level of bad luck, and key players making uncharacteristically poor decisions at critical times, none of which haev easily explained causes. But hey, if simplistic narratives keep people with torches out of downtown then sure, it’s the coach’s fault! Fire the bum! Bring in the ghost of Frank Patrick!

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    • ikillchicken
      March 2, 2014

      Yeah, I don’t think Torts has lost the room. I think he’s actually done a lot of good things. Our defensive game has radically improved. And I don’t specifically fault him for the lack of offense either. But there is no denying that he has made some shockingly bad decisions. The Calgary incident was a giant distraction. And starting Lack today was absurdly short sighted. This team needs to get away from some of the drama that has plagued it and Torts has actively inhibited that. He NEEDS to make better decisions going forward.

      In general too, it is way too optimistic to just write this off as one bad luck, injury riddled season (which incidentally is also an overly simplified narrative, just a different one). It’s not as bad as it looks for sure. But the Sedins are clearly not going to be the force they once were again. Especially Daniel. And we seriously lack depth. We need a second line that can at least be more of a 1B line now that the Sedins won’t carry the team alone offensively. In general, we need to get younger and faster (and hopefully bigger too) at forward.

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      • Jacob
        March 2, 2014

        Yeah, for sure. I wasn’t trying to suggest that all the Canucks’ problems are exclusively those three things, just that those are much more responsible than anything Torts has done. He definitely hasn’t had a perfect debut this year, and starting Lack today was definitely his biggest mistake so far I’d say. Gotta be honest I kinda liked him storming the Calgary room; the man wears his heart on his sleeve and while I liked AV as well, it’s a refreshing change of pace to see someone who so obviously cares. I can see the counter-argument there though, for sure.

        I also agree that the future is looking far less rosy than it has in recent memory, especially with the Sedin’s current inability to put the team on their backs. That said, I still think we as fans need to wait and see what Gillis does at the trade deadline and draft, let people get healthy over the summer, and see how Horvat, Shinkaruk, Schroeder, Corrado, and any FA additions slot in to the lineup before we start baying for Torts or Gillis’ blood. I suspect the team’s going to look a bit different by October, and if not then I’ll be happy to bring my pitchfork to the front office door.

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        • ikillchicken
          March 3, 2014

          Yeah, I mostly agree with that. I’m by no means calling for Torts’ head. And the future could still be pretty bright if those prospects step up. I think Gillis has to be on thinner ice though. He’s been with the team for a long time and the team, along with his decisions, seem to be trending downward ever since 2011. I don’t know. I mean, I don’t think he’s a bad GM by any means. My impression though is this: Gillis seems to do very well acting from a position of strength. When he can afford to wait, look for the bargain, and do nothing if he doesn’t find it, he does a great job. He’ll brought in a deluge of guys for next to nothing that have been great supplemental (or even occasionally major) pieces.

          But you can’t always be in a position of strength. Sometimes you NEED to make a deal happen. And that’s where Gillis seems to get in trouble. He either grabs up a budget option that turns out to be budget for a reason (See: Ballard, Booth, Pahlsson, Roy) or just does nothing and waits for a better deal to come along (See: Luongo). That’s a big part of why he has struggled in recent years. Back when he first came on board, the window was wide open. He had a good, young core that he was able to simply let develop while he waited to find the right additions to take them to the next level. But now the opposite is true. Our window is closing. We have massive holes that need to be plugged. Gillis needs to change things up.

          As it stands, he NEEDS to do something at the deadline. That’s the best time to get value for your assets. Teams overpay at the deadline. They see that it is their last chance to fill the holes on their team, see their competition getting better, and feel compelled to act. Not so much at the draft though. At the draft, teams are often happy to wait and see. Unless their deal that they want comes along, they’ll just hold off, see how things look once the season starts. If Gillis can work within that situation and come up with a big move to revitalize this team then great. That buys him another season. But if he just ends up standing still, or making a token move, I’d like to see him replaced at the end of the season. Give someone else the reigns prior to the draft and let them try and do what Gillis couldn’t at the deadline.

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  11. David
    March 3, 2014

    #FreeLouBega. Genius.

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  12. shoes
    March 3, 2014

    If Torts had not lost the room already he did with his decision to start Lack. This is a “TEAM” and Luongo is a huge part of it. The players are now squarely on one side of the room and management on the other. No way of that turning out good. Even my dog……knew how yesterday was going to end. LACK is our goaltender of the future, but he has 25 games and gets de facto declared team #1 right on the hotseat……..WOW, just like AV declaring Schneider # 1 with the team down 2-0 in the LA series. The difference being Schneider had 3 seasons of back up under his belt.

    Lack was seriously put in a position to fail and he can have nothing but bad feelings for management today. Luongo the same and probably most of the team. I suggest that Frankie step up to the plate and fire both Gillis and Torts………and I am far from a knee jerker on coaches firings (see Oilers for more info)

    They both made an unforgiveable errror……………….unless Lou is already part of a deal. That is the only out they have and still it was a mishandled situation.

    I see us picking about #6…………..that being the bright side.

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    • Joshua
      March 3, 2014

      Personally, i think that that is a very childish viewpoint. Luongo and Lack are professional athletes, and as i posted in a previous thread, I think that finding a non-sentimentality based argument for why Luongo should have started is pretty difficult to do.

      Coming out of the game against Minnesota, Lack is quite clearly the goaltender who is going to give the Canucks the best chance to win the game. Seniority, sentimentality, and personal fan’s ‘believies’ about which goaltender should start are irrelevant. Lack was, as of game time yesterday, the better choice from a ‘professional NHL team trying to get two points’ point of view.

      End of story.

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      • Aaron
        March 3, 2014

        Your point is sort of valid but you need to also compare the competition we face when Lack is in net vs when Lou is. Lack has had a good rookie year but has a small sample size and 1 or 2 bad games will blow his numbers up! Lou however has a much bigger and more stableized set of numbers. The arguement you used is legit to a degree but you dont get a promising new employee to run a multi million $ business when you have a guy who has proven himself year in year out. Well at least I don’t

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  13. Oceansize
    March 3, 2014

    How you could possibly go and boo your your own goalie (who btw is one of the brightes rookies, and one of the most likeable guys out there) is completely beyond me, and, as a fan of the city and this team, it sickens me to the heart to have witnessed this.

    I wonder why such things only seem to happen in Vancouver. First “fans” were trying to run Luongo out of town, now it’s even starting with Lack. It was not his decision to be started over Luongo, so what should he have done? I am from Munich, Germany, where we are often overcritical with our soccer team, FC Bayern, but none of the fans would boo one single player, simply because he got the start over another.

    As for managment, I guess, for Gillis, it will be time to go post-season. Guy has made too many moves that just didn’t work out.

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    • Noodle
      March 3, 2014

      My impression was that people were boo-ing/Luu-ing to send a message to Torts/management about the decision to start Lack over Luongo. I didn’t think the fans were really booing Lack. But perhaps I am mistaken.

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      • J21
        March 3, 2014

        You’re not mistaken — it’s pretty obvious who the boos were directed at.

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        • Harrison Mooney
          March 3, 2014

          Most of the boos were directed at the situation. But I was there, and Lack got a really rough ride from the fans near the tunnel as he left for the second intermission. Some boos were definitely directed right at him.

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          • Noodle
            March 3, 2014

            That’s just bizarre. Booing him, genuinely? I guess people have a lot of pent up anger this season.

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  14. John in Marpole
    March 3, 2014

    The Canucks have the largest dressing room in the NHL.

    How do I know this? Based upon what I have read on the internet and heard on the radio several thousand people are in the room because they all claim to know that the coach has “lost the room”.

    I don’t personally agree with the decision to start Lack on Sunday, but the fact is that the reasons Tortorella did so are sound *hockey* decisions.

    Luongo has played one game in 3 weeks. By his own admissions he has been having issues (who wouldn’t) with the 12 hour time change on both ends of the Sochi trip. Lack has been sterling between the pipes this season. His GAA and SP are both markedly better than are Luongo’s. Those alone are good hockey reasons to start Lack.

    Then there is the fact that coaches are hired to win. Period. A coach in the situation that Tortorella is in right now – win 15 of the next 22 games or whatever – needs to play the lineup that is most likely to get a win every single night. That is what Tortorella did.

    What Tortorella didn’t do is he didn’t factor in the politics of the previous “goalie controversy”. He wasn’t here, and he doesn’t care about that. He is here to win. He did what he thought gave his team the best chance to do that, by playing the goalie with the hot hand.

    Had Luongo played and the Canucks lost, then many of the same experts up in arms about Lack playing would have blamed Tortorella for going with a goaltender who hadn’t played in weeks, was fatigued by jet lag, and who has been out-performed by the #2.

    So, are the seats in that huge dressing room in tiers, or does one need a golf cart to get from one end to the other? Is the food really as good as they say it is, and do the showers ever run out of hot water? As one of the few hockey fans in Vancouver who isn’t in the room and doesn’t really know what happens in there, I’d sure like to know about these things from one of the thousands of folks who are.

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  15. Noodle
    March 3, 2014

    I feel bad for Lack and Luongo and the very uncomfortable experience they had yesterday. And it seems like it would have made more sense to chant “Fire Gillis” or something if the fans wanted to send a message to the org.

    But to be honest there is a part of me that liked that the fans refused to play along with the Canucks orgs hopes for a perfect, drama free event yesterday. They were unhappy, and rather than be quiet about it during this marquee event, they decided to express their frustration.

    I am also feeling a bit bitter towards the Canucks org these days, so I may be a bit biased…

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      March 3, 2014

      I have always felt that fans that never boo are not truly invested in the team. I don’t like to hear booing to the extent that you do in a place like Philadelphia (eg: where the booing starts if you get scored on first) or Montreal (where the fans turn on home team players and boo them mercilessly game after game), but I think that when it gets really bad, booing is just showing that you care. For Canucks fans, booing always tends to reflect the release of pent-up frustration, and doesn’t usually happen until the team demonstrates an extended bout of mediocrity/futility. Now sounds about right.

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      • Amor de Cosmos
        March 3, 2014

        Was Lack booed by name? If so I didn’t hear it.

        Unless there’s a bad on-ice incident, negative barracking is almost always directed at the team — which by extension, means its management. Soccer fans, who have a chant or song for every occasion, would have been singing “You don’t know what you’re doing!” at the directors box yesterday. Quite rightly.

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  16. Chris the Curmudgeon
    March 3, 2014

    You know when you’re playing video games, and you start to get bored, and before you turn the game off you deliberately play really badly, jumping off the cliffs on purpose or wiping out your own teammates or whatever? That’s what this team looks like to me. Seriously, if the management and coaching staff were deliberately trying to lose I think they’d be doing/not doing the same things they are right now.

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  17. JO
    March 3, 2014

    Canucks fans are some of the quietest in the league, so you can imagine how everyone feels about Torts starting Lack. Fans will be showing more indifference soon. Canucks org, Gillis and Torts have lost touch.

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  18. Dissin' Terry
    March 3, 2014

    Did you really watch this game though? Because you seem to think the Canucks won 4 – 2, according to your listed score near the top of the article. Oops.

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  19. Iceman
    March 3, 2014

    Up 2-0 in the 1st I really had my hopes up that the outcome will be different this time around. The optimism lasted only for a couple of minutes, unfortunately, and it quickly turned into the the same old scenario we are now all too familiar with — Canucks can’t hold the lead and they give up once fall behind.

    As soon as the Senators tied the game in the 1st I knew exactly how it was going to be played out. And why even bother pulling the goalie out at the end? Canucks haven’t scored 6 on 5 at all this season and might have allowed more ENs than any other team in the league. I don’t know if anyone keeps track of such a stat but we must be also sitting right at the top for getting scored on the fastest, after pulling the goalie out.

    Anyway losing a game is nothing really new. It’s a bitter pill we’ve learned to swallow more often for the past two months, knowing pretty much this is not going to be the year. If we don’t make the playoffs so be it. It happens to almost every team at one point or another and I’m ready to cope with such reality.

    What I can’t get, however, is the management self-inflicting insult to the injury with yet another soap opera. Really, are they THAT inept not to see the season 2 of “Goalie Controversy” being resurrected from its death right in front of their eyes? Torts may not know all the history but MG turning a blind eye to the whole fiasco is beyond me. After all He is the one who’s directly responsible for this mess in the first place. No one in his right mind will believe Gillis if he says he didn’t see this coming.

    I no longer trust the current Canucks brass with their decision making anymore. The only bright spot we have this season was this solid, if not spectacular, goaltending duo but now the incompetent management have one of them dissed and the other disheartened. I really feel for both Luongo and Lack while so pissed at Torts and Gillis.

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    • John in Marpole
      March 3, 2014

      As I said in my initial post here I don’t agree with starting Lack, but understand why Tort’s did it. Because it was the right decision from the coaching POV, I can only surmise that Gillis did not step in and direct that Luongo should play.

      And that is, I think, what Gillis should have done because of the experience of the last 2 seasons. For that reason I assign 95% of the responsibility for this misjudgement at the feet of the GM. Tortorella is paid to make lineup decisions predicated on the need to win. The GM is responsible for giving executive direction and looking at things from a step back from the bench and the dressing room.

      The vast majority of the time you do not want the GM making lineup decisions – that usually only happens when things are not going well – but in this unusual set of circumstances executive direction was needed, and found to be lacking. Pun fully intended.

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  20. Lemming
    March 3, 2014

    The team has been pathetic and listless for years now, and suddenly it’s the fault of their new coach?

    Da hell, Vancouver? Did you forget last year and being swept by the Sharks in short order already? The memory of goldfish, that’s what that is.

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  21. d.bech
    March 4, 2014

    This game was boring to watch. This all deffence system is beyond boring. I expected the players to be let loose show some of their skill but nope back to all deffence boring hockey. Shoot the puck in behind the oppositions goal, send one player in to retrieve, get pounced on by five of the opposition players, scrape yourself off the ice and head down to your own end, get there in time to block a shot travelling at 80 to 100 mph with any part of the body and limp off the ice. Not even Tanev, a young skilled defenceman, can make it through a game without being hurt. And this is what I’m stuck with. Bye Torts you annoy me with your two year old temper tantrums and luck of understanding your players their strengths and weakness and refusal to be flexible and allow the players to shine . You have done nothing to improve the team. You remind me of Keenan and I expect the same result.. Bye Gillis you annoy me to, you have treated players with such disrespect , and have repeated the same mistake, that no star player in their right mind would want to play here anymore, also you have done nothing to improve the team.

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