January 11 2012 02:40AM
It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to one player.)
Usually, one team will come out playing better after the fight. And usually, the commentator that evening will make a point of mentioning that Player X’s big fight win and/or willingness to go toe-to-toe with a beast like Player Y has given his team momentum.
Is there any truth to that story?
January 10 2012 11:50PM
I'm writing this just after 1:30 AM EST, so it has now been roughly 81 hours since the conclusion of the Canucks dramatic 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon. Yet still, in the Boston or the Vancouver markets, that game and these two teams are all anyone seems able to talk about. The media, the fan-bases, the management, the players - they all hate each other. The Bruins have called out Shanahan, they've made Bertuzzi references, while the Canucks have mocked the Bruins' intelligence and made some vague threats about "getting back" at Marchand at some undefined time in the future. It's all very dramatic.
To that end, the video embedded above is possibly the best piece of "CANUCKS BRUINS RIVALRY OMG" media that's been produced to date. Basically Tony Gallagher joined Shawn Thornton and some Boston homer media host to discuss the Dale Weise non-fight, among other unresolved issues from Saturday's contest. Here are some highlights:
January 10 2012 01:49PM
Brad Marchand is angry. Not here... Here, he's clearly a stupid, drunken mess.
But he's angry today. And so am I. But I'm guessing we're not angry about the same things.
Photo courtesy theweeklydick
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
This week's edition is the Brad Marchand Special Edition and luckily he's giving folks plenty of material to use to hate him.
January 10 2012 10:55AM
In their last visit to Tampa Bay, Antero Niittymaki beat Roberto Luongo for the 3-1 win, and was named 1st star
A lot of Tampa's roster has changed... most notably in net.
(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #44 - Canucks @ Lightning
The Vancouver Canucks try to rebound from a sticky, syrupy mess of a game against the Panthers, as they travel across Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. Luckily, the Lightning's goaltending and defence are two main ingredients in what will hopefully be a delicious stack of rebound pancakes.
January 10 2012 09:34AM
I spent much of Monday on twitter pointing out why it's impossible to look at Marchand's "low-bridge" hit on Salo in the context of other hip-checks (as Bruins fans, and Boston media were desperately trying to do). In my view Marchand's was a uniquely predatory hit, with it's own particular context, and we certainly didn't see anything like it in last years playoffs. I thought Harrison Mooney nailed it on Sunday, and I personally saw the two punches to the head of Sami Salo prior to Marchand's submarining as indicative of intent. I'm usually reluctant to ascribe injurious intent to players on hits if there isn't tangible evidence (like multiple cheap-shots five seconds prior to the hit) to support it. In this case, I thought it was pretty clear cut.