Tim Thomas Versus the World

Thomas Drance
June 04 2011 09:42AM


Tim Thomas is beating teams single-handedly.

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Top 10 Most Memorable Moments from the Canucks Run to the Finals

Thomas Drance
June 01 2011 01:07PM

Tonight the Canucks will play game one of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. It will mark only the teams third appearance in the finals in their forty year existence, and their first as the favourite to win. Boston is a big physical team with the best goaltender, and the biggest 1A Dman on the planet, so it should be a tough fought series. 

The series has been previewed ad nauseum during the break between the end of the conference finals, and today. So rather than preview what is to come, I enlisted the help of Canucks icon “The Stanchion” to recap the most memorable moments from the run that brought the Canucks to the finals. And what better way to succinctly recap a memorable run (the events of which, we will eventually exaggerate in comic fashion) than with a nerd friendly top-10 list. Fasten your High Fidelity helmet, and come re-live the best moments from the Canucks 2011 run through the Western Conference!

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WCF Game 4 Review

Thomas Drance
May 24 2011 08:31AM


Sami Salo celebrates his second goal of the game, and his third point in less than two minutes. Or maybe he just really enjoyed Bridesmaids.
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Having spent Sunday afternoon watching one odd-duck of a hockey game, I went and saw Bridesmaids – which, for what it was, was pretty awesome. Perhaps it was the fever that had broken only that evening, but I couldn't help noticing a major similarity between the Canucks 4-2 win, and the new Kristen Wiig vehicle.

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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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