The last time the Canucks saw the Kings, they skated away with a moral two points, and an actual zero points, losing the game but punching a bunch of people — which, in the minds of many hockey fans, is the margarine to victory’s butter. This time around, however, no one had to settle for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Winning!, as the Canucks actually managed to score more goals than the Kings, which signifies the sort of triumph that actually affects the standings.
In so doing, the Canucks also staved off their inevitable mathematical elimination from the playoff race, so they also beat math. That’s hard to do. Many members of the Toronto hockey media have been trying to do that for years, with limited success. (Often, these individuals will ask: do you even watch the games? The answer, on this night, at least, is yes. I watched this game.)Continue Reading —›