March 08 2014 11:57PM
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If there's one positive thing to take away from tonight's game between the Canucks and the Flames, it's that, for at least another night, we've been spared from referring to the team's performance as "rock-bottom" (for what would be, unofficially, the 128128121291205th time this season). It most certainly looked like we were headed towards that all too predictable outcome for a while there, but in the end the Canucks wound up prevailing by a 2-1 for the first time in the post-Roberto Luongo Era, so let's shelve that phrase for now. Just don't put it too far out of reach.
In a somewhat surprising turn of events, these two teams decided to forgo the fisticuffs from the last time they met up, settling for a game of hockey instead. While it wasn't all that entertaining, at least it wasn't a completely embarrassing sideshow.
But let's not fool ourselves: it's a testament to how far the team has plummeted - and in turn, how much we've needed to lower our expectations - that we're reaching for stuff like this as positives. This was a game in which they won and got the two points, but beyond that, if you're the Canucks you may as well burn all of the tapes and deny that this March 8th game was anything beyond a figment of everyone's imagination.
March 08 2014 03:13PM
After getting plowed 6-1 in a critical game against the Dallas Stars and falling all the way to 28th in the league in scoring, the Vancouver Canucks return home tonight to Where It All Began and face the Calgary Flames. We all remember what happened last time these two teams met in Vancouver, and we all know that since that fateful night, the Canucks have just 3 wins in 15 games stretched over two months. The pre-post-Torts era that began that 1st intermission has been nothing short of hapless, uninspired, and just putrid.
Fortunately for the Canucks, and unfortunately for fans of the Canucks, Flames, or just hockey in general, Calgary has been hapless, uninspired, and just putrid for pretty much the whole season. They're just as anemic offensively as the Canucks, so this game is gearing up to just be an absolute barnburner. We may see three goals scored! Are you excited yet!?
March 07 2014 04:38PM
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There has been very, very, very little to get excited about or provide reasons for optimism moving forward from the Vancouver Canucks in 2014 thus far. They've gone 5-16-3 in the new year, having been outscored by a 73-39 margin. That's 1.63 goals/game for those of you that don't have a calculator handy. To put that figure into context: the Buffalo Sabres, ranked 30th in goals/game on the season, are at 1.95 on the year.
Every which way you look at it, things have been bad; the best goaltender in the franchise's history was dealt, one of the two best players on the team asked out and after not being traded is now forced to play out the remainder of the season with this giant cloud looming overhead, and there have been intimations that both the GM and coach are lame ducks at this point. That's atop all of the losing and mind-numbingly boring play every time they hit the ice.
Maybe they'll be slightly more palatable now that they've finally given in to the cries and pleas from their fans, and called up their '11 1st rounder and highly regarded offensive prospect, Nicklas Jensen.
March 07 2014 03:11PM
The Vancouver Canucks lost by a 6-1 score to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. It wasn't the only losing they'd go on to do on the night, though, as they also went on to lose Zack Kassian's services for the next 3 games after the league announced that he'll be suspended for his hit from behind on Canucks Army favourite, and Surrey native, Brenden Dillon.
March 07 2014 01:19PM
Ah, those were the days.
I'm typing these words up at 6:09 on a Thursday evening, between the afternoon and the evening curling draws at the Brier. It's not that I find curling more exciting than hockey, but I don't think I've watched a full Vancouver Canucks game beginning-to-end since their game against Toronto right before the Olympic break, and before then, well, yeah.
I was born in Vancouver, grew up in Vancouver and have lived 98% of my life in British Columbia. I've also spent about 40% of my life watching sports. It would shock my 15-year-old self that my 25-year-old self doesn't watch Canucks games all the time anymore, nor particularly cares where they finish in the standings. I'm not sure quite what did me in, but I haven't cheered for a goal since the Stanley Cup riot (well, except that time Chris Tanev happened).
There's a TV behind me tuned to TSN replaying the Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore incident on repeat, doing a 10-part series because of the 10-year anniversary of March 8. 2004. Yeah, I was at that game too. I remember the date.