There’s a scene in Will Ferrell’s flick Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, where he’s racing his nemesis Jean Girard when all of a sudden the two NASCAR drivers’ cars collide in an epic crash on the very last lap. Just when you think the race is over, the two start racing on foot towards the finish line. In case you haven’t watched the film, here’s the scene: Poor music and male-on-male kissing aside, that seems to sum up the Canucks’ current Stanley Cup situation to a tee. The racecar just crashed and it looks like if anyone’s going...Click here to read more.
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[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.] Less than a week after leaving for Boston, the Vancouver Canucks return to the friendly confines of Rogers Arena tied with their series against the Bruins tied at 2 games apiece. Just hours away from one of the biggest and most anticipated games in club history, here are three Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Will Canucks fans really provide a home-ice advantage? With...Click here to read more.
[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2011 14:48 Hi Chris, There has been so much chatter on social media these last few days about Rome’s suspension, Vancouver fans vs Boston fans, and the word “classless” has been used one too many times. Bottom line it’s all about hockey and the players on the ice. I think this will be a pivotal game in the series, I don’t quite think it’s a MUST win, but to silence the critics...Click here to read more.
Winning the Stanley Cup is not supposed to be easy. Still, it’s disappointing – disheartening – to have a 2-0 series lead and then get beat 12-1 in the next couple of games. The Bruins have flipped the script here. In games 1 and 2, the Canucks got better as the game went on. In games 3 and 4, the Canucks started well enough, only to disappear after the first intermission. All season long, the second period was their worst period, and that was magnified in Beantown getting outscored 6-0 in the middle 20. Obviously, it’s not over. And the...Click here to read more.
Only a couple of weeks ago, Jamie McGinn’s hit on Aaron Rome wasn’t a suspendable offence. Neither was Ben Eager’s charge from behind on Daniel Sedin. You tell me if those hits aren’t as egregious – or even worse – than Rome’s hit on Horton. Listen, I get it. Rome’s hit on Horton was a late hit. Horton, unfortunately, was injured, though we heard this morning that he was thankfully discharged from hospital. But it was far from a dirty hit, and certainly, it was far from the worst hit ever in history of the Stanley Cup Finals. I expected...Click here to read more.
I’ve come to accept that anything I say about Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton will come across as blatant homerism so I’ll keep this post short. Reading some of the comments on Twitter last night you’d have thought that Rome took a 200-foot run at Horton, but according to TSN, it took 28 frames from the time Horton delivered his pass to the time Rome hit him. Again from TSN, 30 frames is equivalent to one second of real-time and the NHL generally allows 15 frames (or half a second) before it’s considered late. Yes, Rome’s hit was late,...Click here to read more.
[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.] Wow. That was ugly. So now we have a series after the Bruins thumped the Canucks 8-1 in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. And as you would expect from a 7-goal defeat, there are more than a few Things That Make You Go Hmmm… Does the Bruins pre-game meal consist of Kentucky Fried Chicken? Boston players seemed intent on having their fingers...Click here to read more.
After winning 4 playoff games in a row and 7 of their last 8, I suppose last night’s game 3 meltdown was inevitable. You never want to lose 8-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals, but if there’s any positive from doing so, it still only counts as 1 loss. That said, no one is sugarcoating this. The team sagged. The defense was all over the place. The powerplay sucked. Even the Sedins got benched for a powerplay shift. About the only thing the Canucks dominated on is the shot clock, and Tim Thomas had a response for all but 1...Click here to read more.
From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 17:25 Hi Chris, The game started off furiously, which lead to Horton getting knocked out. Clean hit or dirty play? Caylie From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 17:28 Hey Caylie, I might be in the minority, but I see that as a dirty hit as Rule 48 reads. I do think Horton was admiring his pass, but Rome stands up and point of contact is the player’s head. And no way I wanted to see a player wheeled off the ice. C. From: Caylie...Click here to read more.
Not often do we continue to bring you our thoughts on the Canucks post-season efforts this late in the year. Normally many of us are simply sitting on the patio, sipping an ice-cold beverage, and talking about what could have been. But this is not just any regular year. Instead, we’re packing into Rogers Arena to watch Home and Away games. Or heading to the patio at noon to save our seat for the 5 o’clock start of this epic Stanley Cup run from our boys in blue. And after, we’re all pouring on to Granville to soak up the...Click here to read more.