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Public Enemy Number One

Public Enemy Number One

Game 3 boasted a Canucks team that we hadn’t seen since the St. Louis series. They were defensively responsible while playing offensive hockey. But just because it was better than games 1 and 2, isn’t reason to go crazy just yet. Public enemy number one right now is Dustin Byfuglien and that’s no secret. He’s their secret weapon at the moment and about the only part of that team’s game that’s clicking (other than game 2 the ‘Hawks have looked awkward and out of place). He’s placing himself in front of Luongo and having his way in the crease. The...

Byfuglien, Pyatt, and Canucks lead 2-1

Byfuglien, Pyatt, and Canucks lead 2-1

Through the game there were several names that people came with on Twitter instead of Byfuglien. I coined Byfuglidouche, there was B-Fug, DieFuglyOne, Buttfugly, and my personal favourite, (and no, I have no idea how you get the following nickname from Byfuglien) Barfing Lama. I’m sure there are a couple more out there. He’s starting to get on my nerves about as much as he’s bothering Luongo. All Byfuglien nonsense aside, with the game time scratch of Demitra, it was Raymond bumped to the second line and Pyatt inserted for the first time since he left to mourn the passing...

Pyatt or Hansen

Pyatt or Hansen

With word that Demitra is a game time decision and the glass factory we acquired him from are not replacing him under warranty, word has it that if Demitra is out, Pyatt is in. Pyatt coming in bumps Raymond up to the second line and then it’s game on. We’re playing a team that is fast. Reality check, they’re faster than a lot of our team. So why is Pyatt slotted in? We certainly don’t need his size. If Mitchell and Bieksa along with the rest of the blue line can do their job, then size shouldn’t be an issue....

No touchie my playoff overtime

No touchie my playoff overtime

This post from Slap Shot about the potential changing of playoff overtime makes me cringe. 4 on 4 after one period is apparantly being strongly considered. It has me feeling stabby. I may have to give this Brendan Shanahan kid a talking to. 5 on 5 marathon OT is on my top five list of favourite things ever. (IKEA might be on there to if you were wondering) I haven’t been able to embrace the shootout, it’s gimmicky and hideous, and I think changing playoff overtime would put me over the edge. Why mess with beautifully painful perfection? There may...

Let The Bodies Hit the Floor

Let The Bodies Hit the Floor

Amidst the chaos and stampede caused by the bandwagon emptying on Saturday, one thing was overlooked. It’s something that has killed the Canucks in the first two games and has subtly been a difference maker in the series so far. Hits. One of the main reasons that the Blackhawks are coming back from 2 and 3 goal deficits is largely due to their hits, but it starts with their forchecking and playing of the body. The Canucks by no means boast a small roster, Hordichuk, Salo, Mitchell, Bieksa, and Rypien all know how to throw those big bone jarring heavy...

The great debate

The great debate

Besides the decision on whether or not to re-sign the Sedins to a contract extension, I don’t think any other Canucks-related subject divides Canucks fans like the subject of whether or not to retire Markus Naslund’s number 19. From Larry Brooks (NY Post): Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned. It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who wore down dramatically as the season and then...

The Salo effect

The Salo effect

The Vancouver Canucks flew to Chicago this morning; Sami Salo wasn’t on the flight. The Vancouver Canucks made the trip to the Windy City without defenceman Sami Salo. He remained in Vancouver for treatment on a lower-body injury suffered in Game 2 of the Canucks’ Western Conference semifinal series versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Salo came off the ice after he scored the first Vancouver goal in Saturday’s 6-3 loss. Afterward, coach Alain Vigneault would only say that it’s a lower-body injury and that Salo was listed as day-to-day. If Salo is out for any extended period of time, it’s a...

So the boys weren’t going 16-0…

So the boys weren’t going 16-0…

Who knew the Canucks could still lose, eh? These boys were starting to make me feel like a Detroit fan. Heh. Sure, it was an ugly game, but it’s just one game. The playoffs weren’t going to be a tra la la feeling all the way to the end. We still have to embrace the pain. My defence loving heart was hurting in my chest, but that’s not how the Canucks are going to keep playing. They’ll adapt to losing Sami Salo, and they’ll be fine. Lui got his bad game out of the way. The forwards will back check...

The Sky is not Falling

The Sky is not Falling

The Canucks CAN win in Chicago. It’s not a matter of if they win. It’s a matter of how they win. The Canucks sit in a position in which they haven’t been in, well ever. They have depth. After Salo scored his power play goal in first period the defense imploded. That was the turning point in the game. The Canucks defense fell apart, they collapsed in on themselves and before you know it, Kane was walking in on Luongo and the game was out of the Canucks control at that point. During the season after games in which they...

Nazzy’s Sweet 19

Nazzy’s Sweet 19

Earlier in the season, I wrote this post about the media and how they treated Naslund. I was frustrated and can’t stand the way Iain MacIntyre would go on about him even after he’d left. I called THEN for the retirement of his number back when people were still going on about how he didn’t deserve a thing and the bandwagon thought it was fine to continue chewing him up and spitting him out. Naslund did on this team what no one else had done, and what no one else has replicated yet. There’s a reason he: • He played...

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