The Canucks Week in Quips for May 3

May 03 2013 09:05AM

Alain Vigneault lost the battle behind the benches in Game 1. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

It's the playoffs, and my regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks lives on! If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Game one crunch time: Dan Boyle's third period goal broke the Canucks' backs

Patrick Johnston
May 02 2013 04:46PM

Photo: Getty, Photographer uncredited via Smell the Glove.

It was the go-ahead goal. it came as the Canucks were struggling to re-discover the tempo that had carried them in the second period. It confirmed the ascendancy of the Sharks in the game.

Or did it?

In a game that was always going to be close, finding the way to the net was a challenge. Forcing a mistake proved to be even harder. But the Sharks did that and it was the crucial moment in a game that the Canucks had controlled for a time.

A break down of the goal, and what it represented, after the jump.

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Can we just Ctl-Alt-Del and start again?

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May 02 2013 02:21PM

The Windows are closing

We should probably call this the BSOD series: the playoff windows are closing for both these teams, and the one that can execute a methodical shut down will advance. The other will crash for the last time and get rebooted.

And probably bring in a new operating system, er, I mean coach, while they're at it.

Before I go any further, I should say that if you're looking for the long-winded, numbers-based analysis of this series, you're in the wrong place. As Fox Mulder once said, "Nobody likes a math geek, Scully."

The truth is in here...

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A Look at the Best CBC Pregame Montages

Jeff Angus
May 02 2013 10:35AM

Ray Ferraro, Chris Cuthbert, and the rest of the TSN crew did a phenomenal job calling Game 1. Ferraro is one of the best colour guys in the business, while CBC likely rues the day they let Cuthbert jump ship over to TSN. That being said, we are now missing out on the awesome CBC montages put together before each game.

The music choices are usually phenomenal and work well with the chosen clips. Let’s take a look at some of the best Canuck montages from recent years.

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Sharks, Couture Take Game 1 and Home Ice Advantage from the Canucks

Thomas Drance
May 02 2013 01:12AM

Logan Couture powered the Sharks to victory in Game 1 of their first round series against the Canucks.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

On Wednesday night the Vancouver Canucks opened the 2013 playoffs with a three to one loss at home against the San Jose Sharks. For the most part the game unfolded as we expected as game one was tightly contested, evenly matched, and extremely physical. There isn't a lot of daylight separating the Sharks from the Canucks in terms of overall team quality, and on a night where a sixty minute effort was required from the hockey club in order to stack the deck in their favour, the Canucks only really gave twenty.

It was the team's fifth straight home loss in the postseason dating back to game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, a fact that might provide us with a partial answer to the question, "why aren't Canucks playoff tickets selling like hot cakes this spring?"

Read past the jump for more analysis and scoring chance data.

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