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How the Mighty Have Fallen: Edmonton vs Vancouver

I'll admit it: I am REALLY enjoying the Western Conference standings right now. While I've heard other more gracious and gentle-spirited hockey fans speak of the "sad" downfall of the Oilers and their suffering fans -- a plummet from grace that has taken them from the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals to the ignominy of losing 10 straight games and likely missing the post-season this year -- I simply giggle a lot. And not very discreetly. (Last season is WAY to freakin' burned into my brain for me not to enjoy the hell out of this, thank you very much.)
So, we've come a long way. But while playing the Edmonton Oilers Farm Equipment and Ambulatory Service tonight should promise an easy Canucks victory, of course it won't. Caution says we should all be terrified of watching the Canucks get their butts handed to them by this car-wreck-of-a-hockey-team. Ugh. But regardless, it's easy to maintain a positive attitude simply being thankful that at least we're not in their shoes right now.

‘K, enough trashing of the Oilers. Time to over-inflate my current enjoyment of being a Canucks fan.

In the wake of the Canucks’ victory over Detroit Saturday night (defensively impressive enough that portions of it nearly made my brain melt from boredom) Roberto Luongo had this to say: “It was a good statement game that we match up against anybody in this league.” 

That’s not confidence; that’s simply a fact. Detroit started Saturday night in first place in the NHL, yet landed squarely on their asses by the time the final buzzer was heard. While it’s fair to say they got some brutal calls from the refs, they also earned much of their own bad fortune, making some astonishingly bad choices (6 guys on the rush Detroit?!).

While Vancouver was determined to put together a 60 minute effort (which they did if you don’t count the final few minutes in every game where Luongo does some MVP-level hustling to earn that $6 million paycheque of his) Detroit got sucked into a chaos of their own making.  They’re obviously a much better team than they showed the HNIC audience, but I’m still enjoying that 3-1-0 season series record.

As a friend wrote to me on Sunday: “That rocked. I loved being at the game watching all those pompous Wings fans crying in their beers. So satisfying.”

Yep. Eat it, Detroit.

(Geezus, I’m feeling feisty today. No more coffee for me, perhaps…) grin

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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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