October 11 2011 11:58AM
The Canucks have a problem, and it's not a pool-hall.
What observers will tell you plagues this team is its "softness". That "softness" was on full display last night when Marc Methot recklessly boarded Henrik Sedin, and the Canucks conspicuously failed to present Methot with his just-desserts. Apparently Bieksa and Volpatti both offered Methot an ice-cream cake of whoop-ass, but Methot wouldn't go, and the Canucks skaters let it go, rather than risk the instigator.
Henrik Sedin hobbled away from the hit, and today is not skating with the team. The incident and the team's reaction uncovered a sensitive emotional deposit in Canuckistan, and conjured up shades of playoff eliminations past. From Brad Marchand speed-bagging Daniel in June, to Bolland's happy-hacking on both twins (and Daniel's ill-considered response) in the Conference Semi-Final the season previous - many believe that it's open season on the Sedins because the Canucks don't "fight back" in the schoolyard sense of the term.
October 11 2011 09:41AM
Our little Hodgson had another great game, while Mr. Vermette dominated in the faceoff dot.
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks picked up their first win of the season, as they came from behind twice to beat the Blue Jackets in Columbus... ON COLUMBUS DAY! To quote your favourite departed Team1040 afternoon host, "How good is THAT?!" Seriously, do Americans even celebrate Columbus Day? Well, more importantly for us Canadians, it was Thanksgiving Monday, and Canucks fans were giving thanks for the year's first win.
I'll show myself out.
October 11 2011 08:49AM
Mid-way through the second period of Monday night's game between the Canucks and the BlueJackets - Mark Methot tagged Henrik Sedin, was called for boarding and it's possible he'll hear from the NHL's office of player safety as a result. The league has prioritized the enforcement of "a more stringent standard with respect to boarding," and boarding (rule 41) along with hits to the head (rule 48) were the two major rules that were altered this summer. Here's the Methot hit, courtesy The Score:
October 10 2011 09:58PM
Kids imitate what they see. Jon Roy's dad did this too.
Photo: Roger Gagnon/West Island Gazette
'Tales of Truth' is a new weekly column written by Patrick Johnston. The column will focus each week on a narrative which has cropped up. Patrick will go at the narrative from all angles, with the hope that the truth will be exposed...
So Don Cherry thinks we are all wimps, eh? He says that if we don't like fighting, or borderline checks or other acts of reckless violence, we should just suck it up.
You know what, Don? You should suck it up. To clean up the game means accepting a few things - that there are going to be some brutish suspensions to begin with. There are going to be players and managers who are unhappy. Some 'good guys' are going to be out of the game. Instilling responsibility in players for their hits, just as we try to do for their sticks, is appropriate and the game will be better for it.
October 10 2011 12:59PM
He's angry and so am I.
Today is the debut of a new 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.
In this week's debut, I rage on icing rules, Cooke apologists and everyone's "favourite" CBC employee.