Canucks news comes fast and furious, and sometimes we find ourselves playing catchup. Thankfully, the Dreaded Two Goal Lead–often called “the worst lead in hockey”–is super easy to come back from. Everybody knows it’s a guaranteed death sentence for those that hold it. Well, much like an ice hockey team coming from two goals down, PITB will now effortlessly catch up.Continue Reading —›
This photo kind of reminds me of that classic final scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, where Abernathy, Kim, and Lee take turns punching and kicking Stuntman Mike to death. Part of me wonders if, say, we’d get this exact same photo if Luongo had let Patrick Sharp score on the powerplay.Continue Reading —›
It’s worth a watch, if for nothing else, than his response to Mike Wilbon, who ripped the team the day before: “Two words. Starts with an S and ends with an -it.” Mind you, that’s only one word. My guess is that this word is preceded by the word “Eat.”Continue Reading —›
The similarities between this game and last February’s Olympic gold medal game are uncanny. The remarkable performances by Ryan Kesler and Jonathan Toews; a star-making showing from the losing goaltender; Roberto Luongo losing the shutout on a goalmouth scramble in the final minutes; an overtime goal coming out of the corner less than ten minutes into the extra frame; the fact that it happened in the same freaking building; the fact that it will go down as of the finest games in the history of Vancouver hockey. This game had everything: it was intense, emotional, terrifying, heart-attack inducing, and then, in the end, immensely satisfying. And I watched this game:Continue Reading —›
On Sunday night, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault shocked the hockey world when he made the last-minute announcement that backup goaltender Cory Schneider would be starting game six in place of Roberto Luongo despite a previous announcement to the contrary. The move was hailed by some and criticized heavily by others.
Schneider played a strong game when he was in the net, but he directly caused two goals against with his puckhandling outside of it. Then, after being beaten by Chicago forward Michael Frolik on a penalty shot, he suffered a leg cramp and had to leave the game, forcing the netminding duties to revert back to Roberto Luongo. Luongo would summarily give up the game-winning goal to Ben Smith in overtime.
There was a time when Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider were a Net-minding tandem on par with the apostles James and John. Times have changed. These days, neither of them has been quite able to give the Canucks a fourth win and end this series. As a result, we now anticipate tomorrow night’s game seven tomorrow. But who starts? Alain Vigneault has already declared Roberto Luongo his guy, but he’s not as reliable a source as he once was.
A case could be made for both. A case could be made for neither. Come with us as we examine these cases:Continue Reading —›
After two consecutive years of being “outcoached” by Joel Quenneville, Alain Vigneault is winning this series with shrewd icetime management. Three days ago, he announced that he planned to limit the Sedins’ shifts to between 30 and 35 seconds, and he caught flack for it (Tony Gallagher said there had never been a dumber idea). Despite criticism, however, he’s followed through since. For the second game in a row, Daniel and Henrik averaged 35-second shifts. In a series where the Blackhawks’ stars are being played to exhaustion, the twins have been able to hop over the boards fresher than the prince of Bel-Air and score timely goals against exhausted opposition. It made the difference two nights ago, and it made the difference again tonight. I watched this game.Continue Reading —›
If you didn’t already know that this photo is from the dying seconds of Friday’s game with the Chicago Blackhawks, you’d be left intrigued by what, exactly, is up there. In fact, I look forward to two or three years down the road when someone comes across this image in a Google Images search and wonders if maybe something with wings had somehow gotten into the building and was doing barrel rolls in the rafters. A bat? A robin? Batman and Robin? Really, the possibilities are endless if you don’t already know that it’s just the boring old puck.Continue Reading —›
After consecutive losses to the Edmonton Oilers pushed the city of Vancouver to the brink of martial law, you had to think a loss to the Minnesota Wild would be the tipping point. Fans, it seemed, were one poor effort away from killing one another for the contents of their refrigerators. Thankfully, the Canucks staved off a full-scale societal collapse by coming out in this one a little more interested in winning, and they were fortunate to meet a Wild team only to happy to help. The result was a shellacking that will likely quell civil unrest until the team loses again, at which point all the ammo and applesauce I bought will prove quite useful. In the meantime, I watched this game:Continue Reading —›
The William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded annually to the goalies for the team that allows the fewest goals against. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed 181 goals this season, three fewer than the Boston Bruins, who have four games remaining to the Canucks three. If the Canucks can avoid ugly performances like Saturday’s flop, there’s a good chance that the Canucks goalies will take home the prize.
Or rather, Roberto Luongo will take home the prize.Continue Reading —›
You might recall from an earlier PITB piece that Ballard is a noted prankster; he just happens to be terrible at it. It’s true. He’s worse than Jeff Bridges. You also might recall that Atlanta, where the Canucks play tonight, is the site of his worst prank ever: a two-handed baseball swing to the mask of Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun.Continue Reading —›
Canucks 2 – 1 Red Wings Anyone hoping for another game of the year candidate between the two best teams in the Western Conference was likely a little let down by last night’s affair, which saw both teams play hard–just not too hard. With only ten games to go in the regular season, the Canucks [...]Continue Reading —›
This is Gary. We met him down by the glass in San Jose, before the Canucks came out for their warmup. You’ll notice that Gary is wearing a Roberto Luongo jersey with the C on it. Gary spawned a hearty debate amongst our group (a group which included myself, Skeeter, our wives, San Jose fan [...]Continue Reading —›
When we last left Kyle Wellwood, he was happy. Why wouldn’t he be? Things are going swell for Welly. He’s expecting his first child; his experience in Russia taught him a newfound respect for his home continent, as he no longer has to contend with dogs for the best links of sausage; he’s fitting in [...]Continue Reading —›
Canucks 2 – 1 Blue Jackets (SO) It’s a shame that the Canucks weren’t wearing their retro jerseys, because this game was a total throwback. The team played poorly, showing a complete lack of offensive flair and a general disarray throughout, but thankfully, Roberto Luongo stood tall and singlehandedly kept them in the game. You’d [...]Continue Reading —›
Canucks 4 – 3 Blackhawks Was that an exciting game or what? The correct answer is not “what.” Chicago came out flying tonight and put the Canucks on their heels through most of this game. It can be argued that they deserved the win: a questionable no-goal call went against the ‘Hawks and the Canucks’ [...]Continue Reading —›
Canucks 3 – 4 Avalanche (OT) Give the Canucks credit for showing up to play this one. After a horrendous outing in Minnesota exposed their tired road legs, the excuses for a second consecutive poor performance were readymade. Instead, the Canucks vehemently defied the wishes of their bodies in Colorado, and kept up with the [...]Continue Reading —›
Last Wednesday, Roberto Luongo appeared on the Team 1040 morning show with Scotty Rintoul and Jason Botchford. Among other topics, he talked about winning streaks, shootouts, and first star salutes. It was innocuous. Then, towards the end of the telephone interview, Jason Botchford asked an interesting question. “I find that you’re having a lot more [...]Continue Reading —›
Ask it to Bulis is a regular feature wherein casual readers and hardcore Bulies alike can put their questions to two guys no more qualified to answer than they are. Harrison and Daniel preside: Greatest Canucks’ mustache: Babych or Snepsts? – @staticotakuH: Tough first question. I’m gonna go with Snepsts, and for totally subjective reasons. [...]Continue Reading —›
On Wednesday night, the Canucks continued their stellar streak, winning their 7th game in a row. They are 16-1-2 in their last 19 games. Daniel Sedin scored the 10,000th goal in franchise history. Luongo put up 43 saves and was named the 1st star of the game. And, oh yeah, he didn’t come out onto [...]Continue Reading —›
Having gone 16-1-2 in their last nineteen games (or, 13-1-2 since Head Poke Kid), the Canucks are riding a wave of positivity so grand it makes unbiased reporting impossible. How can the Vancouver media, typically blessed to cover a team so consistently mediocre, remain neutral when the play of the Canucks is awe-inspiring? Nitpick, that’s [...]Continue Reading —›
Canucks 3 – 1 Flames The Canucks showed why they’re first in the NHL with a calm, easy-going win against the regrettably terrible Flames. As I’ve mentioned before, I miss the days when these games were bitter battles against a legitimate rival. Instead, the Flames are a sad-sack team that bears no threat. The Canucks [...]Continue Reading —›
One of this year’s biggest stories has been the emergence of Cory Schneider. We’ve already talked about it. A couple of times. Schneider’s strong play, along with Roberto Luongo’s resurgence, has given Vancouver a goaltending tandem unrivaled by any other in their 40 years. It’s an embarrassment of riches. But if there’s one thing PITB [...]Continue Reading —›
In February of 2008, on the eve of the NHL trade deadline, Canucks GM Dave Nonis was in serious talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning for Brad Richards. Though the deal fell through, Darren Dreger later reported that Tampa Bay’s asking price included at least one of Alex Edler, Ryan Kesler, or Luc Bourdon, as [...]Continue Reading —›
Before I go any further, let me be perfectly clear: there is no goaltending controversy, and there hasn’t been one all season. Roberto Luongo is the starting netminder, and Cory Schneider is his backup. That’s the way of life. When Luongo plays well, he’s supposed to, because he’s the number one, and when Schneider plays [...]Continue Reading —›
Head-Poke Kid has got the magic touch. In fact, his touch is so magic, it’s more magic than classic Ducktales’ villain Magica. And she was so magic even her name was, like, five-sixths magic. Look. If you’re an aspiring poet or a goaltender looking for that extra edge, Head Poke Kid’s got what you need. [...]Continue Reading —›