Jan 202013
 

Hello hockey fans. I’m still having a little trouble believing it, but we’re back baby. It’s been a long 8 months, but the contracts are signed, the ice is prepped, and we’re ready to go.

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The Game According to Twitter: Vancouver Canucks 7 vs. Anaheim Ducks 3 (January 19, 2013)

In their 2012/2013 NHL season opener, the Vancouver Canucks take on the Anaheim Ducks. Lizz Moffat recaps the game in your tweets.

Storified by Canucks Hockey Blog· Sun, Jan 20 2013 00:47:55

Hello Hockey Fans. I’m still having a little trouble believing it, but we’re back baby. It’s been a long 8 months, but the contracts are signed, the ice is prepped, and we’re ready to go.
Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight, Tension grows, the whistle blows, and the puck goes down the ice…Deborah D Burke
Tequila game prep. This will be great, or horrible. It’s all up to the boys in blue. #Canucks #TGATTChad Forrest
Here we go #Canucks fans. It’s time to drop the… hold on, be right back. #DamnBeerGoesRightThroughYou #TGATTKent Basky
is it game time yet? #impatientlywaiting #TGATT #GoCanucksGoAnne Shaw
I can’t even contain myself. Just bursting with excitement at seeing the #Canucks back. #TGATTRobyn Crystal
Now don’t fear, a shortened season doesn’t mean we have any less controversy. We still have a bit of a goalie question to deal with…
Luongo? jersey at Rogers Arena. http://pic.twitter.com/PW7c6a09Kyle Surovy
Who knows what other wonderful controversies await us over the next 48 games?
I wonder what’s the over/under on time until fans start blaming the refs and league for something? #CanucksSpencerDubas
The Canucks lined up plenty of goodies for fans this season. Starting with free scarfs and yes, even a free beer at the home opener. They do know what we like.
One free beer for those of age attending #Canucks game tonight. Wristband at the door. Suds & a scarf. Game on!Jeff Paterson
So far I have free tickets, free beer, free scarf. Welcome back. @VanCanucks #Canucks #HockeyisBack http://flic.kr/p/dN31TLRebecca Bollwitt
Free scarves! Woo hooo! #Canucks http://lockerz.com/s/278090105Lia
The best beer is free. #Canucks #TGATT  http://pic.twitter.com/5jdXbJ2xChris Golden
Where’s my free beer? Do they tweet it to me?? Does Fin show up and I suck it out of his blowhole? These are serious questions. #CanucksSpencerDubas
Two beer down. Haven’t eaten since breakfast. Weeeeee! #Canucks #TGATT Chris Golden
Careful Chris, you have a whole game ahead of you.
There’s also a huge sale at the Canucks Store for the first three games, although pickings are already looking slim.
Pretty sure the massive lineup to the #Canucks Team Store is just a silent lockout protest. #TGATTChris Golden
"There’s not much else left" sighs a fan as he decides to go with an Edler jersey at 50% off hahahahWyatt Arndt
Plus, rumor has it we have a very special anthem singer this evening.
Apparently a "famous female" will be singing the anthem at the #Canucks game tonight. My money’s on Carly Rae! #CallMeMayRayMorgan Tierney
Close, but they went with someone a little less upbeat.
Sounds like Sarah McLachlan singing the anthem tonight. Probably while the Jumbotron shows a slideshow of sad animals.Pass it to Bulis
Being back the formerly fat and now eerily skinny opera guy. #TGATT #CanucksChad Forrest
Oh Canada sounds like a Christmas carol when this woman sings.+ Naomi +
Mark Donnelly is class and has become a solid @vancanucks tradition but @sarahmclachlan is a terrific season-opening treat.Tom Mayenknecht
We also appear to have a new intro song, you guys took it surprisingly well.
The #Canucks just hit the ice and it wasn’t to a song by U2… Is U2 gone? Good question: http://bit.ly/WP4WTp #CanucksG1Canucks Game
Although you’re downright giddy over the new Western CBC team.
Oh Rick Ball, you’ve made all of last year’s Mark Lee-induced vomiting disappear #Canucks #TGATTKent Basky
Even Mike Gillis is in on the opening night celebrations. With giving away tickets in a Twitter contest, and breaking the news of his Edler signing, he’s everywhere this week.
Mike Gillis at centre ice: "Thank you for being the best fans in professional sports." #CanucksCanucks Game
If Mike Gillis interrupts his own speech to say "We have a trade to announce" it will be the greatest moment in Canucks history.Down Goes Brown
Canuck captain Henrik Sedin to fans: "We’ll do our best to make this a season to remember." #vansuncanucksElliott Pap
Unreal intro video at the Rog. #Canucks #goosebumps #TGATTCanucks Hockey Blog
Meanwhile, I was cheering on the SFU Hockey team. Our anthem singer may not have shown, but we did win 11 – 2.
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Game on!  Let’s see how the Canucks measure up.
I pity my future boyfriend/husband. How I watch hockey may be a deal breaker. #PASS #NICESAVE #BEHINDYOU #theycanthearmebutitry #TGATTArielle J. Tuliao
If you happened to see #15 on the ice, don’t get too excited about the return of Glass, Mr. Volts just decided he needed a number switch.
Whoa, Volpatti swaps to #15, formerly occupied by Scrabble legend, Tanner Glass. #CanucksEd Lau
Any Raymond fell down…. I told you guys it’ll be just like old times!
Raymond’s first spill of the year. So good to have this team back. #CanucksPass it to Bulis
If you had the under on the season’s first "down goes raymond," you’re a winner. Official time, 1:47 into the firstJason Botchford
Raymond fell twice on his first shift #CanucksCaylie King
2 minutes in MayRay’s fallen twice. Sigh. #TGATTVictoria
Canucks get the first power play of the game. Let’s get this done boys.
Kassian with good work on the boards, Sbisa, being a Duck, goes with the slewfoot and it’s a PP for the #Canucks #TGATTKent Basky
Good looking first power play by the #Canucks. I like seeing Garrisons big shot at the point. #TGATTCaylie King
GOAL! Opps. Wrong end. Winnik scores for the Ducks 6:31 into it.
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Ducks score first. Daniel Winnik with a nice redirection past Schneider. 1-0 for the visitors over #Canucks.Hosea Cheung
Ducks score first. So many people in front of Schneider it looked like the concession stand line. #TGATT #dollarfoodmakespeoplecrazyVictoria
The one Ducks fan in the place and he sits beside me. "I don’t even know who that is!" he screams as Ducks scoreWyatt Arndt
Now let’s not freak out just yet, it’s only —–
LUONGO TIMEBruce Arthur
That’s it, let’s burn this place down. #CanucksSpencerDubas
Well, that didn’t take long. First CBC shot of Luongo at end of bench with ball cap on.Ben Kuzma
See? No worries, Dan Hamhuis nets the first of the season, and we’re all tied up at 9:53 of the first.
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HAMSTER!!!!!!! THAT GOAL HORN AND SONG!!!Jenn Johnson
HAMMER HAMMERS IT!!! #TGATT #CANUCKSErrol Feuchuk
Wait, you expect me to believe that the Higgins-Hansen-Lappiere line generated a goal? #WillTheRealSecondLinePleaseStandUpDimitri Filipovic
Yeeee… Feel that adrenaline and those endorphines going through you. I miss that. #TGATT #canucksErrol Feuchuk
Triple H in on the goal. Who knew we were watching a circa 2002 WWE match. #CanucksSpencerDubas
Somebody cuffed Hamhuis in the back of the head during that group hug. Careful with the noggin. #TGATTErik Rolfsen
Stop…….. #HammerTime!!!!!!!!“@canuckshockey: HAMMER TIME!!! Dan Hamhuis ties ‘er up! #Canucks #TGATT”Igor Hairyonov
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch Thisemimusic
And another less than two minutes later. You knew the twins couldn’t let Hammy take the scoring lead.
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Make that 2-1 for the Canucks. Daniel Sedin with the goal, putting in a rebound. The Sedins strike.Hosea Cheung
Is anyone else happy that Daniel and Henrik now have different facial hair? #twins #Canucks #TGATT cc @michellek107Michelle Hiebert
A tad clunky, but that’s some #WizardousSedinery as the PP clicks. Great work by Beaker in front too #Canucks #TGATTKent Basky
Vamanos, vamanos! How I’ve missed that song :) #CanucksLia
Holy crap I didn’t even fully realize how much I missed this #CanucksSeamus McKale
The lead sure didn’t last long though. Sheldon Souray ties it up with 4:38 left in the first.
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Wow, that was a rocket from Souray. Tie game again. 2-2 #Canucks #NHLDucks with 5 to go in the 1st period.Ed Lau
Appropriate that Sheldon Souray plays for the Ducks. Guy’s slap shot is like something out of D2…Andrew Bucholtz
Time for the first intermission, and we even get some Don Cherry to watch. I’m glad hockey’s back, his Twitter feed has turned into quite the interesting glimpse into his mind. Maybe too interesting.
Why is Don Cherry standing up? This is like watching him work wearing a sweatsuit.Bruce Arthur
Ohhh my. Did Don Cherry just say that the Canucks were beautiful?! #TGATTArielle J. Tuliao
Awwwww yeah Grapes on the late HNIC game, that’s what I’m talking about. Also enjoying Rick BallSeamus McKale
Plus, you guys love hearing him talk about Bobby Lou.
We’ve got our first Lalongo of the 2013 season.Sean Gentille
Lulongo count: 2. It didn’t take very long, eh? Ugh…why is Don Cherry even on? Isn’t it past his bedtime?Dennis Pang
Don Cherry had an entire lockout and he still can’t pronounce Luongo’s name properly. What was he doing all this time? #Canucks #TGATTWalter Siu
I expected Don Cherry to have on some super Flamboyant suit, but he looks good tonight #missedhim #goodtoseehim #TGATTDeborah D Burke
“@dan_santorelli: "Keep em both." Don Cherry. <I agree #Canucks” dittoJustine Galo
That awkward moment when Don Cherry is right #CanucksJenn Johnson
Canucks are down by one as Daniel Winnik takes another goal. That Ducks fan still doesn’t know who he is.
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Winnik suddenly a sniper? Great drive. Ballard and Tanev can’t get there and Schneider slow to get across. #Canucks down 3-2.Ed Lau
Wow. Daniel Winnik is the leading scorer of the Anaheim Ducks. #Canucks #TGATTCaylie King
Well. Schneider did not make that schave. #canucks #ducks #TGATTMelaina
"Winnik looking for the hat-trick" – how you know it’s not your night.Thomas Drance
Corey Perry  and a PPG makes it 4-2. Le sigh.
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Looking a little sloppy this period #TGATTAnne Shaw
"Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to a goalie controversy, but let’s talk about that…" #Canucks #TGATTKent Basky
Announcers hoping a goaltending controversy doesn’t ignite as they madly flick their lighters. #Canucks #TGATTErik Rolfsen
Man it’s like the Kings series didn’t end! #CanucksMatt Lee
Now what else do we need to cheer us up and make it feel like hockey season…. I know! Let’s  hear some Dale Weise (aka the latest Dutch superhero) jokes.
Dale Weise, what confidence! Just with a spin move at the blueline. The Dutch league has changed him. #canucksHosea Cheung
WTH Weise-O-Rama???? Apparently he learned something in the Dutch League #Canucks #TGATTKent Basky
Ha. RT @tinfoiltuque: Therrrrrrre we go. RT @rwZephyr: @me http://pic.twitter.com/f6MBorpuPass it to Bulis
Weise’s Dutch team could make more tape to tape passes than the Canucks have tonightTaj
Dale Weise: "Don’t worry guys. I played in the Netherlands. I got this."Mike Martignago
A goal from Kyle Palmieri makes it 5-2, which means we’re in for a goalie change.
Welcome to the pressure of being a starting goalie in Vancouver, Schneider.Marda Miller
Here lies C. Schneider – January 19, 2013 – January 19, 2013. Cause: Playing in Vancouver. Survived by Luongo. #Canucks #GoalieGraveyardDennis Pang
@mirtle Think Canucks kept both goalies thinking they could split time. Like half a game each.Michael Veneziale
ABORT! Abort! – GM Mike Gillis on Luongo trade #Canucks #TGATTCaylie King
Luongo takes his place in net. Oh my, how quickly the tide has turned.
Cue "Trade Schneider" coming from #Canucks fans. #TGATTWalter Siu
Roberto Luongo entering a game on Hockey Night in Canada in which a home team in blue is getting destroyed. Sure he’s not on the Leafs yet?Jesse Spector
Allow him to reintroduce himself, his name is BONE (OH!) / Strome to the Bone-1 / he makes the ‘Nucks and Twitter so much more funSean Gentille
I’ll pay 5 bucks to @strombone1 if he makes a save, throws the puck up in the air, bats it into his own net, & gives the crowd the finger.SpencerDubas
#TGATT RT @LaineyGossip: OMG! It’s like Twilight in Vancouver again! Schneider or Luongo = Team Jacob vs Team Edward.Christy M
Except everyone knows Team Jacob would have OBVIOUSLY been the better choice. Look at him:
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Turns out Luongo is still capable of letting in goals too.  Teemu Selanne makes it 6-2 and those calls for Eddie Lack come quick. 
“@GunGumz: If @eddielack was playing right now, I bet we’d be winning.”I’m a goalie not a brick wall!Eddie Lack
It’s not just the goaltending. Our 6 defensemen were skating like the ice was made of jello. #CanucksEd Lau
Second intermission. You know what that means. Drinking time.
PREPARE THE CEREMONIAL SADNESS LIQUOR #CanucksSeamus McKale
Canucks just knew we all wanted to be able to tweet #windaturd and mean it. #tgattTara T
Third period is a go. Edler scores, maybe it’s all about to turn around!
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Well, at least they made their first shot in the third period count, Edler with a wrister from the point. Top shelf. PP goal.Hosea Cheung
We score, I scream, cat flips out and runs out of room. Yup, hockey’s back. #tgattTara T
Or not.
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Hey Dan Hamhuis. See the old guy who’s scored about a billion goals in the NHL? Maybe keep an eye on him. #CanucksPass it to Bulis
…LOL, okay, now it’s just funny. Selanne feels bad about the penalty so he just breaks in and scores himself. #Canucks down 7-3.Ed Lau
So I’m thinking Hank and Gillis should come out before puck drop again tomorrow to apologize for tonight. #DoOver #CanucksC.J. Harding
January 19th will be forever known as "October 2012" #TGATT #CanucksErrol Feuchuk
Wow. 7-3 loss. That… was not fun. Although you guys do have some decent post game plans.
Staying to watch Shirts of our Back… You know, in case Higgins forgot his underarmor…. :) #puckbunnythoughtsVictoria
Time to watch more Community. And drink more tequila. And maybe weep a little.Chad Forrest
Community is always the answer. After tonight’s performance we can all just pretend it’s October 19th.
Community Season 4 Premieres… Somedaynbc
Any other suggestions for dealing with the loss?
There should be a drink in Vancouver that mixes vodka and fireball with human tears and they should call it the Canuck.SpencerDubas
Free beers and $1 nachos and beer = many piles of vomit outside Rogers Arena. #UpdatesYouDidntWantWyatt Arndt
Ew. Don’t do that.
You know what I missed? Post-game quotes. Than-you for your insights Dale Weise and Coach V.
AV still master of the obvious: "that’s not how we drew it up". Won’t say who starts tomorrowKristin Reid
Weise: "The sun will rise tomorrow" #ilovethisguyTaj
Our goalies had a little more to say.
Respect! RT @FarhanLaljiTSN: Schneider: "That performance was unacceptable no matter what market I was in". #canucks #owneditCaylie King
As expected @strombone1 had nothing but praise & confidence for Schneider. Neither goalie said they knew who was starting tomorrow. #canucksFarhan Lalji
Canucks locker room with new slogan that says "Preparation + work ethic + teamwork = Success"Hosea Cheung
Well at  least we have my actress spirit animal, Jennifer Lawerence on SNL tonight. That’s a win for everybody.
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Now don’t you feel a little better?
See everyone on Sunday. 6 pm Sharp.
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