Canucks and Beyond
Bit late with this, but it was a nutty weekend. So, about that trip to Vancouver for game 5, I had a bloody great day.
I’ve put together a video montage of the experience, documenting my observations from the time I left Vancouver Island (where I live), till I returned. A bit long for the casual visitor to this page, but I imagine a few Canucks fans will find it enjoyable. Nothing too special here, just some photos in and around Rogers Arena on Friday, some game atmosphere, some post-game madness, and then seeing the Canucks off at the airport the next morning.
I owe many thanks to the NHL, to the Vancouver Canucks, to CBC Vancouver and CBC Victoria (for two of the most unusual interview situations of my life), and to Paul Kukla. It was a fantastic time.
With Henrik Sedin taking over the top spot on the playoff scoring leader board yesterday—capped off with a streak of 8 points in the last 3 games along—the NHL put this video together, highlighting some of his best playmaking in the post-season.
From a practice with MoDo February 11th, according to this Youtuber.
Well, who knows for sure. And I’m not sure it says much… but at least it seems to indicate his foot works well enough that he can cross a small pond quickly and without crutches.
Thanks to Ryan for pointing the video out to me.
So, should we be dreaming about him in a Canucks sweater? I’m not personally sold on The Forsberg Solution, but I’ll confess: I do like watching any hockey player who can score a freakin’ goal. Even in practice.
Update 4:53pm PT: Just saw this headline in the National Post: “Forsberg: An Accident Waiting to Happen”... which seems like a reasonable position to take, no?
Well, what the hell. Vancouver has such a lovely collection of Swedes—might as well add a glass one to the shelf.
What’s a $6 Million Dollar Man to do with his summer vacation? Well, get himself on Much Music, to start.
I’ve made somewhat of a career out of giving Chris Chelios a hard time. The more voraciously irritated Detroit fans have sent me emails over the years, decrying my abuse, but they’ve got it all wrong—I’m actually a fan!
But damned if that means I can pass up an easy joke. Nor can KnobHockey. In their newest release, Chris Chelios runs a locker room Q&A session with the boys.
It’s awesome, especially the Todd Bertuzzi part. I want a transcript of this one.
*Check out Knob Hockey’s site for some other interesting choices, like “Hot Goalie-on-Goalie Action” and “Too Many Niedermayers!”
I don’t know how I missed this Charlie Teljeur cartoon before, but in honor of today’s game it seemed like the perfect time to place it front and center…
*From CBC’s The Instigator, Charlie Teljeur
P.S. Vancouver Canucks fans: please avert your eyes at 1:39. (Yes, I suffer so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.)
The Swedish Chef prepares a chicken (just a retired duck, I figure) for dinner. Honestly, this has ZIP to do with anything. Vancouver, Anaheim, hockey... nothing. But it still entertained me. Just think of the "Chicky" as "Selanne" and I guarantee that you'll enjoy it as much as I did...
Anyone who's interested, this link up through Yahoo will give you the highlights of last night's game #7, plus some preview thoughts about the Canucks and Ducks from the broadcasting crew at Versus. P.S. Anyone looking for tickets to Game #1 in Anaheim? If so, email me fast and I might be able to hook you up with two, face value. (Not my tickets, but I can pass your email address on to the fan that's looking to get rid of them.) Update: Tickets are gone now... sorry. Update: MORE TICKETS! If you want to catch the game in Anaheim on Wednesday, check out these seats and help out a Canucks & Beyond reader who ended up with some extras. Tickets -- 2 Tickets -- Game 1 and/or 2 or 4 Tickets - Game 1
Playoff season is always good at providing unexpected entertainment. I couldn’t resist posting this... hockey commentary from a new Ducks’ fan:
*Thanks to David for the tip!
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
So that's me. Who the hell are you?
Alanah's Twitter: [@alanah1]