Canucks Get Down on One Knee, Chug Sugary Vodka Based Beverage

Thomas Drance
April 26 2013 12:27AM

Mason Raymond takes a penalty. I guess the refs didn't realize that all Ducks must get iced in Vancouver.
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick NHLI/Getty

You know when you're looking for the good frying pan in the cupboard, but instead you find a 500 mililitre jug of Smirnoff Ice that your bro hid, and so you have to chug it while everyone laughs? Odds are you don't live in a frat house and haven't actually experienced the rather specific situation I'm referring too, but it sucks, and it's old hat, and in that way a lot like Thursday night's Canucks game.

The Canucks were listless through forty minutes, with Ryan Kesler going so far as to call the club's effort in the first two periods "embarrassing." I wouldn't call it embarrassing because, who really cares? It was game forty-seven, there's really nothing for the Canucks to play for, they lost a one goal game that was decided by a softy and no one got hurt. So it was a crummy effort and a really dull game, but lets approach it the same way both teams did: it's just not a big deal.

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Evening Headshots: April 25th

Thomas Drance
April 25 2013 06:19PM

Great shot of the Sedin twins by Michael Martin (NHLI/Getty)

Today at CanucksArmy, Jeff Angus handed out some NHL hardware and snubbed Henrik Sedin, Cory Schneider and Christian Ehrhoff, we checked in on some parting shots between the Canucks and Wolves organizations as the affiliation agreement between the two clubs expires (and also ran down some quallity of competition estimates for Canucks prospects), we previewed Thursday night's game against the "Ducks," and Austin Wallace turned in episode three of the Week of a Canucks Bandwagoner series.

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The Week of a Canucks Bandwagoner (Episode III)

Austin Wallace
April 25 2013 02:31PM

Photograph by Jeremy Lim.

If you believe in luck or superstitions, maybe I shouldn’t be writing here in the playoffs. The games after I write my weekly bandwagoner article, the Canucks play terribly. After my first article, the Canucks lost to the Avalanche for the first time in regulation in three years. After the second article, that was the Dallas 5-1 game. If you look at the news coming out after that game, the vocal majority was certainly foretelling the doom and gloom of a first round exit. It also seems like I write my article at high points of our collective confidence in the Canucks. All of a sudden, the Canucks feel like worldbeaters again after beating a dominant Blackhawks team. So yeah, I'm a little scared.

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Game #47 Preview: "Ducks" @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 25 2013 02:00PM

You know when an Andrew Alberts image leads off our game preview that it's going to be a good one.
Photograph by: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America

The Ducks aren't really playing tonight. Anaheim's lineup, in fact, won't include Iced Man Ryan Getzlaf (though actually it might which is hilarious), Bobby Ryan, Luca Sbisa, Bryan Allen, Corey Perry, Saku Koivu or Teemu Sellane. So if they're not showing up, why must I in writing a game preview?

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Chicago Wolves Quality of Competition, and the End of their Affiliation with the Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 25 2013 12:47PM

Bill Sweatt gets burned by Tomas Tatar who qualifies as tough competition.
Photograph by Rex Larsen

Earlier this week the Chicago Wolves signed an affiliation agreement with the St. Louis Blues, the organization the Canucks had previously acquired the Peoria Rivermen from.

So the affiliation agreement between the Canucks and the Chicago Wolves has ended after two years, and while I wouldn't go so far as to say that the relationship has ended on an acrimonious note publicly, I would suggest that it seems the two sides are glad to be moving on.

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