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Entries with the tag: the story of my progressive heart failure
[Update: The Yankee is doing a liveblog of this game. And I might be contributing there a bit myself, since his sobriety is liable to be a bit questionable…]
It’s hard to really work up a good head of insults about my least favorite team in the NHL, when my Canucks are currently flailing around like a beached whale searching for dinner.
Nashville vs Vancouver: 3-0. And it was already 2-0 for the Predators just 9 minutes into the game, Nashville’s first two shots ending up on the scoreboard.
But it improved, Roberto Luongo facing 3 more shots by the end of 40 minutes, rocketing his save percentage up to a delightful .600. (Ugh.)
Thursday night was Vancouver’s delayed Halloween performance: a bloody mess of a game, and in more ways than one.
An email from a friend today is rather illuminating about what it’s like to be a Canucks fan lately. Hard to know whether to laugh or cry. (well, not really—“crying” is pretty much where it’s at…)
Michael (who, incidentally, happens to be the author of this great hockey book) writes:
Last night, while channel surfing during a World Series commercial break, I stumbled across the Canucks’ pay per view game against the perfidious Red Wings, apparently being aired gratis on Shaw Cable, channel 4 here in Vancouver. I called a couple of friends to let them know about this apparent pay per view promotion—of which I had heard nary an inkling—and we all settled in to watch the rest of the game, as it was now late in the first period.
That’ll be the headline tomorrow… or so the voices in my head tell me.
But—taking a break from my dementia—there are a couple serious obstacles to such a happy ending: (1) the Canucks can’t score their way out of a paper bag; and (2) Henrik Zetterberg can’t stop scoring.
Henrik Zetterberg will attempt to extend his season-opening point streak tonight when his Detroit Red Wings host the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena. Zetterberg has at least a point in each of Detroit’s first nine games, posting seven goals and 10 assists in that span.
Poll Question: Can Luongo stop Zetterberg?
A 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. And while others will likely object, I thought it was a brilliant performance.
First Act: The Canucks are competent and steady, earning a 2 goal lead.
Second Act: The Canucks are replaced by characters from the movie “Dazed & Confused.”
This is followed by coach Alain Vigneault hyperventilating foul language inside the Canucks’ dressing room—until spittle has sprayed down the front of his $1,200 Italian suit and he develops a twitch—which leads to…
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Game #4 - Vancouver vs Edmonton
After Wednesday’s wee little “blip” on the path to the Stanley Cup, erasing dark memories and moving forward is the order of the day. And frankly, the Canucks don’t even have to win this matchup in order to come out ahead; simply participating in the game would be a stark improvement.
So, who better to start with than Edmonton?
The Canucks got spectacularly whooped on Wednesday night, maintaining their 18 year winless streak against the Flyers on Vancouver ice. (And all for the bargain price of $12.95, since the game could only be watched via PPV. Icing on the cake.)
The Canucks lost centre Ryan Kesler at 11:39 of the third when when he was cross-checked in the face by Flyer winger Jesse Boulerice, who received a match penalty for intent to injure.
So, let’s start with that video:
Game one against the Sharks wasn’t so hot.
Friday night marked the 150th consecutive sellout in Vancouver. Less than a minute into that first game of the season, Yo! Luongo made a big save, the crowd roared “Louuuuu!” and a new season began to great expectations. (So, that part was sort of fun.)
And then of course, much of the rest of that night sucked like a hoover.
Jeremy Roenick scoring two goals felt like some kind of curse, for one thing. So in order to banish the curse, I thought I’d republish the image below that I created as an homage to Roenick a few months ago:
2007-08, Game #1 - Canucks vs Sharks
Line up at the starting block.
Rev up those engines.
Start spinning those tires.
...and FINALLY declare with total heartfelt certainty that, “Yes! We do honestly believe that all the Canucks really needed to add this past summer was Brad Isbister, Byron Ritchie and some new, multi-logo jerseys to make it to the SCF this year!”
Oy… but just keep saying it till you really believe it. And in honor of opening day of Vancouver’s 2007/08 efforts, here are some cheery, mildly-uplifting predictions for the season: