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Out of Town Notebook: Thoughts on the Final Part 1 – “Spoiled Douchebags”

Out of Town Notebook: Thoughts on the Final Part 1 – “Spoiled Douchebags”

There has been a lot of chatter the last few weeks about the Vancouver Canucks’ status as “Canada’s Team.” In particular, there seems to be a palpable desire on the part of some Canuck fans to see the hometown team embraced to the loving bosom of the rest of Canada. To no one’s surprise, this love hasn’t exactly been reciprocated. A friend with roots to a different Canadian province explained this resistance pretty well. To paraphrase: “The rest of Canada already looks at Vancouver with resentment. It’s Lotus Land – the land of wealth. It’s beautiful. You guys don’t have...

Things That Make You Go Hmmm… Off to the Stanley Cup Finals

Things That Make You Go Hmmm… Off to the Stanley Cup Finals

[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 was fortunate to be in Rogers Arena to witness the Canucks’ thrilling 3-2 double overtime victory over the Sharks, clinching the series 4 games to 1.  The euphoria in the arena (and in the streets) was very similar to the feeling after the Canucks beat the Blackhawks in game 7.  The game-winning goal capped off a dominant 41 seconds in the San Jose...

WCF Game 5: Canucks 3 Sharks 2

WCF Game 5: Canucks 3 Sharks 2

Contrary to how some Canucks talked about it after the game – tongue-in-cheek I’m sure – Kevin Bieksa’s series-winning goal in double OT wasn’t a planned play. It probably wasn’t the kind of goal Bieksa dreamed of scoring as a kid growing up in Grimsby or neither was it the prettiest goal he’d ever scored. To some, it was a fluky goal resulting from a broken play. To others, it was a heads-up play when no one else, including Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, knew where the puck was. There’s no argument though that it was one of the biggest goals...

Good Game, Sharks

Good Game, Sharks

One of the biggest misconceptions in movies today is that Rocky Balboa won that fight at the end of one of the greatest movies of all time. I honestly hope that isn’t a spoiler but I figure if a movie’s been out 35 years, most people should just know. Something similar happens with Miracle, which I don’t know if you’ve all seen but if you love hockey, you really should. I know it’s about an American team but that’s just the name on the front of their uniforms. It’s a movie about hockey at it’s finest. People think that the...

He Said, She Said: No Worries

He Said, She Said: No Worries

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 18:09 Hey Caylie, So here we are minutes before puck drop of Game 2 between the Canucks and Sharks. Any predictions to what we’ll witness? I’m banking on another aggressive forecheck from the Canucks – or at least a win seeing as Tambellini has found his way into the lineup. C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 18:29 Hi Chris, Well, after a good starting shift...

Roberto Luongo: The Rodney Dangerfield of Hockey

Roberto Luongo: The Rodney Dangerfield of Hockey

I think Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) is bang on when he points out: Luongo is the goalie who can’t seem to win, even when, well, he’s winning. His goals-against average this postseason is 2.23 and his save percentage is .918. These are remarkable numbers if you consider he got shelled in two of his 13 starts. Luongo is 9-5 this postseason, and just three wins away from getting to the Stanley Cup final. But there exists an unhealthy amount of negativity and criticism which follows him. Sometimes I wonder about fans’ – Canucks fans or hockey fans – expectations of...

He Said, She Said: Bad Giveaways and Bouncing Back

He Said, She Said: Bad Giveaways and Bouncing Back

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris Golden and Caylie King watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 18:03 Hey Caylie, If I ever throw a party, can you remind me to have Luongo host it for me? The guy seems like not only a solid draw, but a great host too. I mean, who else would give away the good china to someone who already has plenty of his own? C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 18:11 Hi Chris, Is...

The Emasculation of Roberto Luongo

The Emasculation of Roberto Luongo

I’m still scratching my head over Alain Vigneault’s decision to start Cory Schneider in game 6 over Roberto Luongo. Yes, Luongo got shelled for 10 goals in games 4 and 5, but how do you blame him exclusively for those losses when the entire team in front of him didn’t show up? Yet, that’s essentially what Vigneault did when he decided to give Cory Schneider his first career playoff start. In the most important game of the Canucks’ season at the Madhouse on Madison. AV is known to say that he’ll play the players he thinks will give him the...

WQF Game 5: Canucks 0 Blackhawks 5

WQF Game 5: Canucks 0 Blackhawks 5

In light of Tuesday night’s embarrassing 7-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, I think most fans, myself included, expected a much better effort from the Canucks. Boy, were we wrong. For a team who didn’t serve up a lot of stinkers in the regular season, the Canucks have now failed to show in two consecutive playoff games. What once seemed like an indomitable 3-game series lead is down to a single game. The swagger the Canucks had at the start of the series has been replaced with stunned disbelief. Momentum is clearly on the Blackhawks’ side now with the series...

WQF Game 4: Canucks 2 Blackhawks 7

WQF Game 4: Canucks 2 Blackhawks 7

You guys didn’t really expect a sweep, did you? The Hero Dave Bolland. With so many reports that he hadn’t fully-recovered from the concussion that’s sidelined him since the beginning of March, I’m surprised the Blackhawks allowed him to risk his long-term health and play anyway. I’m even more surprised he recorded 4 points. Full credit to him. With him back in the lineup, the Sedins were largely ineffective. The Goat I have two. The Sedins were horrible and were a combined minus-7. I don’t know how much of that was the Dave Bolland effect, but if the Canucks want...

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