Tagged: Stanley Cup Finals

The Better Team Won and Other Thoughts 3

The Better Team Won and Other Thoughts

As we recover from the thrills and spills from the last 9 months, we’re going to slowly start dissecting the 2010/2011 Canucks and their long season and deep playoff run. For starters, here are some quick thoughts. Not to take anything away from what the Canucks did this season, but I think we’re all rational enough to admit that the Boston Bruins were the better team over the course of the 7 games of the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s easy for some people to look at the number of goals Roberto Luongo allowed in their 4 losses – that number...

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Silver lining in the smoke 2

Silver lining in the smoke

Photo credit: Raul Pacheco-Vega I’m not going to re-hash what every major news outlet has already covered about Vancouver’s riot. What I do want to talk about is the positive solidarity felt across Vancouver today amidst the ruins of the riot’s aftermath. What we felt today was a unification of Vancouverites against the destruction and embarrassing behaviour of a small group of morons, a group we feel do not represent this city’s people or its hockey fans. Yesterday morning as I drove into downtown Vancouver before 6 a.m., volunteers were already hitting the streets en masse, wearing their Canucks jerseys,...

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SCF Game 7: A Retro Diary 4

SCF Game 7: A Retro Diary

You know it’s a brand new world when your walk to work in the morning smells like the remnants of either pepper spray or tear gas (and I’m thankful to not have enough experience to distinguish between the two). What drove Vancouver fans to this point? The only way to know is to check the notes and write a retro diary of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between Vancouver and Boston. 7:50 a.m. – “Not Tonight.” One of my best friends, VH1 (for his Rain Man-esque knowledge of 80s and 90s music) decides it’s never too early to...

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We are not all Canucks 17

We are not all Canucks

Genuine Vancouver Canucks fans barely had time to catch their collective breath after the stinging Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final before they were kicked in the proverbial groin when masquerading fans took to the streets and burned down their city’s downtown core. Quite simply, it was senseless madness. It started with a car being flipped over and set ablaze, continued with stores and boutiques getting broken into and looted, and ended with fist fights and tear gas used to subdue the rioting crowds. To those outside British Columbia, let me assure that this is not what the...

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For Our City, For Our Canucks, End This Stupidity Now 21

For Our City, For Our Canucks, End This Stupidity Now

Please read. As a writer, I hate seeing that phrase to begin as it reminds me of those e-mail chain letters but I can’t help but just beg you to read this just one time. I promise you I am not trying to waste your time. If you are a Canucks fan or a Vancouver resident, I urge you to read this as it matters like few other things do to every one of us. Whether you love Vancouver or you love the Canucks, I dearly love both even if our relationship is strained at times and so I don’t...

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He Said, She Said: Lightning.. err.. Luongo Crashes 0

He Said, She Said: Lightning.. err.. Luongo Crashes

[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, 15 Jun 2011 17:16 Hey Caylie, Game 7. Vancouver. And biggest game in Luongo’s career. He’s gonna bring it. He has too! C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:06 Hi Chris, Like many have said, this game will be a huge statement for Luongo. He wasn’t faced with very many shots in the first, but the one he didn’t see went to the back of the net. I...

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It All Comes Down to One Game 9

It All Comes Down to One Game

We’re a few hours away from the most highly-anticipated game in the 40-year history of the Vancouver Canucks:  Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and the Boston Bruins. It’s been a wild and entertaining final with a little bit of everything:  good goaltending, shaky goaltending, last-minute goals, quick overtime finishes, fights, hits, injuries, taunting, and even a suspension.  But for the Vancouver Canucks, even after 7 pre-season games, 82 regular season games, and 24 playoff games, it all comes down to this: one game.  Winner claims the Stanley Cup, loser laments what could have been. So as...

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Win it… for all of us 3

Win it… for all of us

When the puck drops for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, the Canucks will be in a position they’ve been in just one other time in their 40-year history. Win the game, win the Stanley Cup. A couple of days ago, Ed posted some nice sentiments about this Cup Run, and he’s right in that, win or lose, the 2010/2011 season has given us some great memories already. But I’d like to take it one step further – I want them to win the whole damn thing. I want them to win it for the long-time fans, who’ve...

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Ranted: Since when was a broken back something to cheer about, Boston?

Ranted: Since when was a broken back something to cheer about, Boston?

Gutless – lacking courage or determination. Unclassy – lacking in good taste or sense; crude. Both of these terms have been tossed back and forth between the Vancouver and Boston camps since the beginning of the Stanley Cup Final. They’ve been used so often and so stupidly that for many people, the words have lost their venom. Even the supposedly “unbiased” media is jumping on the wagon of name-calling, labelling the Sedin Twins “Thelma and Louise” (Mike Milbury, NBC/Versus) or calling the Canucks a bunch of classless, gutless brutes (Barry Rozner, Daily Herald). It’s pretty apparent that the Canucks and...

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