Canucks and Beyond
Kaboom. And Bruins win 8-1.
Geezus, that wasn’t so much a ‘loss’ as it was an execution.
Anyway, most important thing: I hope there’s good news about Nathan Horton later. That was terrible to see, and I think we can reasonably expect not to see Aaron Rome back in this series, as I’m sure the NHL will inform us all on Tuesday. (Note: NHL hearing with Rome is at 11am.)
As for the rest of that game… I’m going to have to resort to that old standby “Not tonight dear, I have a headache.” But I’ll try and post some video for you to watch soon (*Also a phrase I’ve used before. Weird).
God, what an atrocious game—it was like a game 4 Canucks - Blackhawks redux. And that wasn’t much fun the first time, either.
Update 9:02pm PT: Alain Vigneault, post-game press conference video and transcript are here.
Scratches: Hamhuis, Ballard, Samuelsson, Glass, Tanev, Bolduc, Hodgson. (via Wharnsby)
- My 5 things about tonight’s game
- Enter the contest for a couple Reebok Canucks Western Conference Champ t-shirts!
- So, Canucks took 7 to win round 1, 6 to win round two, 5 to win round 3. And round 4? (Just saying. It’s a fun pattern.)
- Canucks fans in Boston sleeping in their rental cars tonight.
- And don’t forget: U.S. may be our allies, but Boston is the enemy! (Hey, they started it…)
*Art is credit to the talented Toyebot
So far, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas are the featured players in this Stanley Cup Finals goalie duel, one that Justin Goldman of NHL.com describes as a “rare opportunity to watch two world collide.”
Thomas took a lot of criticism for his gaffe in game 2’s OT, but I personally don’t believe it was much warranted. We expect our goalies to take chances. If Thomas thwarts Alex Burrows in a shot coming in on his right, he’d have been hailed as a genius for taking away a very good shooting spot from Burrows. As it happened, Burrows faked him out, his defense had a breakdown, and the rest is history.
That doesn’t make Thomas a goat for game 2… he simply played the odds and he lost.
NOTE: Updated with transcripts including Manny Malhotra, Daniel Sedin and Roberto Luongo. Plus Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo and Ryan Kesler videos down below.
All the game video posted here. Now, the interview video and/or transcripts, post-game. First, Alain Vigneaul (with more to be added below):
Q. Could you talk about your team’s response when you’re down 2-1, the mood in the dressing room going into the third?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, you know, I didn’t like 15 minutes of that second period. Thought we didn’t have our work boots on. We got out-muscled down low in our end and out-muscled in their end, thought they really took it to us.
But we talked about adjusting different things, especially our work ethic. Thought our guys were real good the last five minutes of that second period and real good in the third period. There’s another tough battle by two teams that are battling really hard.
Lots of video here. First, downtown Vancouver errupts…
Next, Alex Burrows’s game winner, called by CBC:
Game on 5pm PT: Bruins at Canucks. Venting insults or commendations, for either team, are welcome in the comments.
Officials for tonight (via CBC’s Tim Wharnsby): Referees for Game 2 of Stanley Cup final in Vancouver will be Dan O’Halloran + Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen will be Jean Morin + Jay Sharrers.
Rosters (also via Wharnsby): Malhotra in. Official Canucks scratches: Hamhuis, Ballard, Glass, Tanev, Samuelsson, Hodgson, Bolduc. For Boston—Thornton, Hnidy, Kampfer
I loved this video by Philbert Simon. So did Lucy, and here’s our video response:
Transcripts of today’s Q&A’s with Manny Malhotra, Henrik Sedin, Alex Edler, Daniel Sedin, Christian Ehrhoff, and coach Alain Vigneault.
Q. Manny, can you end the suspense and tell us if you’re playing tonight?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s gone from day to day to game-time decision right now. I’m honestly not trying to send you guys on a wild goose chase. That’s just the nature of the situation right now.
Q. At this point in the day, do you feel healthy enough to play?
MANNY MALHOTRA: I feel really good, yeah. I felt good yesterday skating. Felt good this morning. So, again, hopefully I’ll continue throughout the day.
Q. Manny, what were you looking for from your game to give you an indication that you’re ready?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s tough to say. Obviously being good in the circle is going to be a big part of what I do. It’s always tough to say how your legs are going to be responding in a game. I felt good the last few days of skating as far as my wind goes.
I think early on, things we’re going to talk about if I go, is just simplicity, getting my feet moving, getting pucks in, making smart decisions with the pucks, keeping things real basic for right now.
From Next Media Animation:
The Stanley Cup Finals have begun, featuring the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins.
Americans don’t know who to root for. The Canucks are Canadian and Boston is one of the most-hated sports cities in the US.
Video is in Taiwanese, apparently.* I’ve included the English version at the bottom, but seriously, Taiwanese is really what makes the magic happen…
Vancouver Canucks’ Cory Schneider in his NHL blog today:
Practice was tough today. A lot of pucks were going in during that 3-on-0 drill, so I was kind of frustrated at the end. You just have those days when guys are making good shots. Sometimes everything that can go in and does go in. You deal with it, but today was a particularly tough day. We’ve done that drill plenty of times and I’ve made plenty of saves. I’m more mad myself than anything. I need to mix in a save or two.
After Kevin Bieksa scored on me, he wiped out while skating backwards. It may have seemed funny to people looking on, but I thought he was hurt. I was just making sure he got up all right. After that, though, it was funny.
And from the Boston Bruins’ Tuukka Rask some observations after Game 1:
Obviously, it’s a little harder at this stage as things get crazier. It’s a Canadian city, obviously, and we dealt with that in Montreal. It’s the Final, too. You kind of expect all the excitement. The fans here love their team and love hockey, so we knew what to expect. You just have to be ready for that or it can be overwhelming.
The rink here is always really loud. I remember when I played back here in 2007 in World Juniors, it was almost the same way when we played against Canada. Yesterday, obviously, their fans were really loud and they got the band in the stands going and it was a great atmosphere.
I think that house band thing was a great idea. Maybe we’ll have to work on some matching thing when we get back to Boston.
Q. Manny, can you just give us your chances or odds of playing tomorrow.
MANNY MALHOTRA: I wish I could put it into a percentage for you. Again, it’s going to be day to day. I’ll see how I feel after our morning skate and we’ll make a decision at that point.
Q. What happened after the last three days?
MANNY MALHOTRA: As I said on Saturday, it’s a day-to-day situation. From one day to the next, things have changed. Didn’t feel proper to go on the ice. So I took a couple days off.
Q. Ryan, can you just describe what you saw on this game-winning goal. Seemed to happen so fast.
RYAN KESLER: Yeah, I saw the Krejci line changing. I saw an opening to go. I saw Boychuk trying to step up on me there. I just tried to chip it by him, stayed on sides. Saw Jannik. Jannik made a great play to Raffi to bury it.
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.
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