WCF Game 2 Review

Thomas Drance
May 19 2011 11:41AM


Ben Eager is a classy guy.
(Photo by Jessica Haydahl/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Sharks – despite their defiant comments post-game – have to be embarrassed by last night's performance and result. They lost their composure, they got crap goaltending, and they were thoroughly routed in the third period. Usually I don't enjoy a blow-out quite as much as I enjoy the tension of a close playoff game. Last night, however, was the exception. Ben Eager's douche-juice antics (apologies to Buzz Bissinger), enabled and, also, transformed the feeling behind the blowout. He personally made it so that every Canucks goal felt like justice being served.

Though it's fun to speculate about what Eager said to Luongo, his he-man actions upon scoring a totally meaningless goal to make it a 4 goal game late in the third, were pretty pathetic. I love how he flexes and show-boats right after the goal – as if that score absolves him for taking his teammates out of the game, and providing Vancouver with the power-play opportunities to put the Sharks away. I'll say this for Ben Eager though – he makes for a great villain – and I hope he finds a job this summer (preferably with the Oilers).

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Game Review WCS GM5

Thomas Drance
May 08 2011 12:05PM


Goats Alex Edler and Henrik Sedin skate past the celebrating Predators after Nashville defeated Vancouver 4-3 on Saturday night.
(Photo by Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Last night, the Canucks failed to close out their second round series against Nashville – losing 4-3 at home. The loss was followed by inevitable hand-wringing from fans and media, but this somewhat irrational despair ignores the fact that the Canucks outplayed the Preds in nearly every respect. The Preds had the edge in two major categories: goaltending and goals scored. Unfortunately those are the most important categories. Nonetheless, the Canucks performance was solid, and I see no reason for panic. The Canucks out possessed, out-hit, out-chanced, out-shot, and – with the exception of Henrik Sedin (more on this in a minute) – they dominated the face-off circle against the Preds.

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GAME REVIEW: WCS GM 3

Thomas Drance
May 04 2011 10:47AM


Kesler celebrates his game winning tip.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Yesterday - the Canucks team effort was solid, but for a second straight game the Canucks allowed the Predators to score late, forcing overtime. Thankfully, however, the team from Vancouver pulled out the win.

That the Canucks won last night was in large part thanks to Kesler's gamesmanship, and soft hands. In OT, Kesler drew a rather weak penalty on Shea Weber with a scrappy “chicken-wing” maneuver. Kesler's chicken-winging was unclean and theatrical, but it was also as timely as Milhousian flood-pants. On the ensuing power-play, the Canucks resident Selke nominee tipped a Samuelsson shot 5-hole for the game winner.

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GAME REVIEW: WCQ GM7

Thomas Drance
April 27 2011 11:40AM

Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, PNG

                                                             Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, PNG

Oh the agony that was so narrowly avoided by Burrows clutch OT goal.

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GAME REVIEW: WCQ GM4

Thomas Drance
April 20 2011 12:09PM

(Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) 

                                         (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) 

There's no point sugar-coating it. The Canucks performance yesterday was brutal, and the game was simply hard to watch.

Is there anything that makes Canucks fans as uniquely furious as watching their team lose to Chicago, in the Mad House, in a blow-out? I found that the anger physiologically lodged itself in the pit of my stomach, a sensation similar to the one you get when you leave your belly some 40 feet behind you on a roller coaster - except it's a dull, resentful feeling - totally devoid of "amusement park ride" exhilaration.

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