When I talk about the Vancouver Canucks and rivalries, different team names will emerge. Younger fans will talk about the Chicago Blackhawks and their recent playoff clashes with the Canucks, while some fans caught up in the exuberance of last year’s Stanley Cup Final and the heated regular season re-match will talk about the Boston Bruins.
Fans with slightly longer memories will point to the Calgary Flames, and for good reason. There is the geographical proximity to consider, but more importantly, the Canucks and Flames have met up in the playoffs a half-dozen times, including three straight seasons in the early 80′s. Their first-round match-ups in 1989, 1994, and 2004 were particularly important, as the winner in those 7-game series went on to the Stanley Cup Final each time.
But here’s a name that you might not have considered: the Seattle Totems. One of the Canucks earliest rivals may be on their way to being revived in the Emerald City.Continue Reading —›
Waste Your Weekend is a weekly feature on PITB that takes a look at the hockey blogosphere and beyond and asks the vital question: who’s winning?
Every weekend, we tally the scores and link you to the posts and articles that we found interesting, hilarious, absurd, or just plain weird. In other words, we liked them, and since you like us, we imagine that you will like what we like. And what we like wins. Since you clearly have nothing better to do with your weekend, here is the official PITB Waste Your Weekend Box Score.Continue Reading —›
So now that the fires have stopped burning we can begin to look into the reasons behind the destruction, and analyze exactly why the fate of the hockey team invades the souls of the Vancouver populous and drives them to injure their city.Continue Reading —›
In a game whose result was predictable as it was entertaining, we found the post game comments of Don Cherry to be the high point of the proceedings.Continue Reading —›
After their seemingly miraculous Tuesday night victory, the lads face-off tonight against Nashville Predators (note the early start time of 6 pm).Continue Reading —›
A quick word to all the True Fans who came out to last night’s game: THANK YOU!!! Being at game 7 last night I can only say that so much as possible, the Canucks first goal was scored by the fans and they assisted on the OT winner as well.Continue Reading —›
Though perhaps the headline ought to read “Canucks Refuse Afraid to Lose”, this incarnation of the Canucks can finally proclaim to be battle tested.Continue Reading —›
Before we head off to Game 7 and the biggest drama ever, we’ll leave you, dear reader, with a little tidbit that should boost your spirits. We recently finished reading a book entitled “Scorecasting”, a fascinating read that uncovers the hidden influences in sport. A good portion of the book was spent analyzing home field [...]Continue Reading —›
Yesterday, a hot and bothered Canuck General Manager Mike Gillis appeared before the media to make public his disgust for the officiating in this series. In a move eerily reminiscent of a 2002 scripted Brian Burke performance, the usually cool and confident Gillis appeared anything but, attempting to draw attention to what some are calling an anti-Canuck conspiracy. More [...]Continue Reading —›
And while the headline is likely hyperbole, in Canuckdom as it relates to tomorrow’s Game 7, it’s quite right. Of course, the ’94 game 7 Stanley Cup Final loss to the New York Rangers is the easy answer for most. But the impact of this game could have much larger implications.Continue Reading —›
I’ll be your huckleberry – I’m going to come right out and say what all of you people are secretly admitting to yourselves but refuse to say publicly: head shots are terrific. They are to hockey as fifteen-car pileups are to NASCAR and helmet to helmet spine rattlers are to football. A head shot can be a thing of beauty. It can educate and inspire. It can rally a team, reverse momentum, it can do as much damage – perhaps more – than a pair of goals in thirty seconds.Continue Reading —›
Do you know why I love the Vancouver Canucks? Because when it comes to unifying this city, this beloved city of mine, Vancouver, the best city in the world to live in, there is simply nothing else that brings people together other than the Canucks. You know I’m right. Besides the brief flash of the 2010 Olympic flame, nobody around here really cares about anything. Strikes. Unions. Elections. Natural disasters. Dictators in North Africa. Charlie Sheen. Homelessness. Drug addiction. H1N1. Air traffic controllers falling asleep. Really good sushi. The 2011 Grey Cup. The Vancouver Giants. Climate change. American military policy. I could go on forever. None of these things inspire this city (and Vancouverites worldwide) to take action or do anything at all en masse. Except the Canucks.Continue Reading —›
Putting aside for a moment the result of tonight’s game, despite having already won three games this series, Vancouver played their best game yet and seemed to snatch back momentum from the surging Hawks.Continue Reading —›
Tonight marks the most important game of this season and likely the most important game of the Mike Gillis era to date.Continue Reading —›
And no, we are not talking about an order of Depends adult size diapers for the lucky 20 who get to defend the honour of this frantic city heading into the next possible elimination game against the hated HawksContinue Reading —›
Much has been written about why the Canucks have failed in the last two games, being outscored 12-2. Half of their special teams have not been special, as the Penalty Kill is ranked 11th out of 16 teams. The Power Play on the other hand is third, so something is still working.Continue Reading —›
Has the sky ever fallen this quickly on a team with a 3-0 series lead? And while it’s easy to say all the Canucks have to do is win one of the next two games, at this point scoring again would seem a monumental task. Even getting through the first shift without a diaper change would be cause for celebration.Continue Reading —›
If you thought the Green Men – the pair of ne’er do wells that frequent Canucks games and mock enemy penalty victims from their front row seats – worked alone, you’d be wrong. In fact, there’s a quiet revolution afoot where costumed avengers across North America are popping up at sporting events, hoisting a beer [...]Continue Reading —›
Through the Canucks’ mostly mediocre 40 years, there has been no shortage of lamentable traits. Certainly, the inability to finish off teams on the rare occasions they’ve had them on the mat has been in great supply (the “we choked” stretch drive of 2002, the 3-1 blown series lead to Minnesota in 2003 and the game 2 letdowns in consecutive series losses to the Black Hawks).Continue Reading —›
The trouble with winning a Cup early in a team’s evolution is the assumption that things should always go your way. This sense of entitlement seems to be running rampant in the Windy City these days. For Jonathan Toews, the young and celebrated leader of the Hawks, all this losing to the Canucks is clearly [...]Continue Reading —›
The Canucks dispensed with the defending Cup champs in somewhat predictable fashion last night. Much has been made of the differences between the two teams from one season ago; game one was certainly testament to that. Led, again, by the calm and composed Roberto Luongo (who was struggling to find his game one year ago at [...]Continue Reading —›
Sitting here on the eve of Game 1, Round 1 of the Canucks vs Blackhawks third series in three years, I wanted to point out some of the things we’ve seen in the last two seasons which are indicators that the Canucks are going to lose this series. These shouldn’t happen; the Canucks should win [...]Continue Reading —›
After two consecutive playoff oustings, you’d think it would be difficult to find a Vancouver Canucks fan who has anything but ill will for the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, as some people think the Blackhawks are all right. Yes, some people have a hard time hating a team with plenty of ties to the West Coast. Some people watched Jonathan Toews lead Canada to an Olympic gold medal, and they think he’s A-okay. And some people simply have the Blackhawks confused with other things. Good things. Things for which they feel fondness.
It’s time to clear this up once and for all. People, hear me: the Chicago Blackhawks are bad. BAD. If you think they are good, you obviously have them confused with something else. That thing cannot possibly be the Blackhawks, because the Blackhawks are bad.Continue Reading —›
For those wanting to see an early test of the Canucks’ presumed new playoff mettle, you have been granted your wish. As the prize for being the conference’s first seed, they get to face the defending Stanley Cup champs and their nemesis, the hated Hawks. And while we’d love to see the Canucks put the [...]Continue Reading —›