Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Andrew Ebbett’s Game-Winning Goal Edition

[Inspired by Arsenio Hall’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmm”, Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay’s Canucks Commentary.]

I know it’s been three weeks since my last “Things That Make You Go Hmmm”, but I was a bit pre-occupied with Christmas and creating this year’s Canucks Christmas Carol called “Under the Minneso”. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it was rendered irrelevant on Boxing Day when the Canucks passed the Wild to take over top spot in the Northwest Division. So check it out now if you haven’t seen it yet, before it fades into YouTube oblivion.

For my last “Things That Make You Go Hmmm” column of 2011, I am going to focus solely on Andrew Ebbett’s overtime goal that lifted the Canucks to a thrilling 3-2 win over the Sharks in San Jose last night. I have three things that made me go hmmm:

  1. Kevin Bieksa left wide-open… three times on one play. Do you want to know why Kevin Bieksa was so wide open on the game-winning play? First, Bieksa and Jannik Hansen took off on a two-on-one when Brent Burns was caught pinching. Shortly after Bieksa’s shot was saved by Antti Niemi, the four Sharks skaters did their best impression of a Timbit hockey team: they were all within six feet of each other and they had no semblance of positioning because they were all dead tired. The two worst offenders, Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau, were both on the ice for a whole minute before the goal went in. We’re not talking about a first-period shift here; this is after playing 63 minutes of frenetic hockey. Boyle came onto the ice with 2:45 left in OT, Marleau with 2:37 left (which was coincidentally the same time that Bieksa came onto the ice). Add Brent Burns and Ryan Clowe, who both came onto the ice with 2:25 left, and you had four tired Sharks out there. By contrast, Andrew Ebbett and Hansen came over the boards with 2:20 left and Alex Edler barely got into the play, jumping on the ice for Dan Hamhuis at the 1:53 mark and not touching the puck before Ebbett tipped home Bieksa’s shot with 1:37 left on the clock. On Bieksa’s slap shot with 1:46 left, Boyle was too slow to get out to him. And when Bieksa let go the final wrister, it was Clowe slow to mark him. All this time, Marleau stayed in front of Edler at the other point, likely hoping that the puck wouldn’t come in his direction. Whether it was superior conditioning or a bit of puck luck, the Canucks looked absolutely dominant for the last 20 seconds of the game.
  2. San Jose fans must hate Kevin Bieksa. After all, the Canuck defenceman scored one of the most memorable (and fluky) goals in Canucks history when he alertly pounced on a loose puck that had deflected off a stanchion at Rogers Arena, finishing off the Sharks in 5 games in last year’s Western Conference Finals. Not to mention, he was a plus-3 in that double overtime game. Bieksa notched one assist in the Canucks 3-2 win over the Sharks back in November, and then Bieksa has two assists in last night’s win. Simply put, he’s been a beast against San Jose. Except on last night’s game-winning goal, he didn’t need a stanchion… he only needed an Ebbett.
  3. Ebbett celebrates by himself. Fellow CHB writer Ed Lau pointed this out as well: the Canucks jumped off the bench and swarmed Bieksa after the overtime goal, while Ebbett raced into the corner to celebrate with himself apparently. A few seconds after you see Bieksa jump into the waiting arms of Daniel Sedin and Manny Malhotra, you see Ebbett leap into the pile, ramming his own face into Max Lapierre’s glove. It’s understandable: the Canucks were elated to win the game, and they had no idea that Ebbett deflected Bieksa’s point shot. Ebbett trying to get included in the celebration brought back memories of Victor Oreskovich doing the same thing after Alex Burrows’ goal in game 7 vs. Chicago last April.

Clay Imoo

Clay Imoo is a Canucks season ticket member and creator of Canucks parody songs. He is a co-host of the C4 podcast and writer of Things That Make You Go Hmmm and CHB's Top 10. More importantly, he is a husband and father.

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32 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I really hate the Canucks now.

  2. Pem says:


  3. Pem says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    Did I ask for your opinion? No, so shut up.

  5. Milkhotdog says:

    you sound tense 

  6. Aaron_Gnome says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    Shut up. I can’t stand Vancouverites like you.

  8. Pace says:

    but you can like two shitty teams 

  9. Chloe says:


  10. Canucks rule says:

    why are u here loser lmfao

  11. Anonymous says:

    Laugh while you can, because we’re gonna kick your ***es next playoffs.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Shut the **** up

  13. Anonymous says:

    Canucks suck there a terrible team, so stop bragging until your’e team wins something, till then keep choking. Go Sharks
    Do i like the canucks a bit?

  14. redwingfan says:

    last check the gay sharks haven’t won shit either so you shut the fuck up you tool!!! oh and San Fransisco is the gay capital of the world…just saying ha ha

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’ll talk trash anywhere i please.

  16. paddyncarrie says:

    Goody for you!

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  18. paddyncarrie says:

    Then please take that c*ck out of your hands so you can.

  19. Anonymous says:


  20. Anonymous says:

    Hey, remember when the Canucks beat the Bruins in the Stanley cup final? Oh wait… you guys suck too much to win anything! Sharks till i die!

  21. Anonymous says:

    You must be tired of living. Prepare to die.

  22. Wow.. this HabsSharksGuy77 needs to comment more often.  Can’t say I’ve seen this level of “mature” discussion generate such activity before.  Craziness!

  23. Chickenspear says:

    Remember when the Sharks made it to the finals last year? No, wait that was us kicking the shit outta you in 5 games… go back to sucking mad cock bud.

  24. Msmith Smith63 says:

    death is preferred to having to cheer for the sharks and then defend it by trolling nonstop

  25. Msmith Smith63 says:

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  26. Anonymous says:


  27. Anonymous says:

    Death is having a bad goalie

  28. Anonymous says:

    I will now get negative comments.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Remember when they won in 1981 and 94? Oh yeah…

  30. Keep coming back, ya hear?

  31. Anonymous says:

    To all haters:
      “You talkin to me?”
                 -Duke Nukem

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