Canucks and Beyond
Sportsnet.ca profiles the past of Winnipeg Jets and the future of NHL hockey in the city. Video:
Hockey in Winnipeg is near and dear to the residents of that city, many of whom passionately believe they can support a new NHL team. Whether it happens or not, however, is a total mystery, given the astonishing amount of misinformation and seemingly worthless “sources” informing the likes of TSN and some of the Winnipeg media. And it’s been going on for years now.
All of this makes me think of fans in Atlanta, though. [insert joke here]. But seriously, they do exist, and the Canadian media’s focus having shifted from Arizona to Georgia has them wondering what’s happening next in their own market.
Something sort of stands out about this image, taken the day of Prince William and Catherine’s wedding a few weeks ago…
Derek Jory at Canucks.com found the answer to this puzzling image which was broadcast around the world the day of the British royal wedding:
Elisa Fung has the answer because Elisa Fung is the answer.
That’s Fung waving the flag from the 33 to 37 second mark of the video in question, moments after William and Catherine became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The flag is real, as real as Fung’s love for the Canucks.
For the most part, Custance gives all the edges to the Sharks, but still predicts a Vancouver-in-7. For all the predictions from the Vancouver Sun, go here. And for one final optimistic prediction, the EA Sports computer likes the Canucks, too. (But the toy liked Detroit yesterday, too, so make of it what you will.)
Below is a statistical breakdown of the two teams.
Pretty impressive. Or, as the cool kids—or Charlie Sheen—would say, #winning. (A percentage of the profits go to Canucks For Kids, so you can even feel good about buying one for all the Joe Thornton fans you know.)
Speaking of KesLord:
“I think possibly he’s misunderstood. He’s very intense and sometimes that can be perceived as disrespectful. But really he’s just so focused that when he gets into one of those moods where he wants to accomplish something, he’ll answer with as short a verbiage as he can. He doesn’t elaborate and it’s not that he has anything against the media or people, it’s just the way he is. Believe me, I get the same. I’ll ask a question he should give me two or three sentences and instead I get three words.”
- Mike Kesler, Ryan’s father
Elliott Pap at the Vancouver Sun:
The Canucks and Sharks, two teams with a history of playoff failure. are meeting in the Western Conference final so one has to win, right? The Canucks haven’t been this far since 1994 while the Sharks were here just a year ago and face-planted four straight to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Despite advancing to this stage in 2011, neither team has shown a killer instinct. The Canucks needed four chances to close out the Blackhawks in round one and two to dispatch the pesky Nashville Predators in the second round. The Sharks, meanwhile, required two swings to banish the L.A. Kings and four to take care of Detroit. Their combined ‘close-out’ record this spring is 4-8, hardly awesome.
With that backdrop, it’s difficult to imagine one team making short work of the other. The Canucks had the better regular season record, winning twice in regulation and once in a shootout, while the Sharks’ lone victory was via the shootout. Expect this one to go the distance — and maybe to overtime in a seventh game.
Pap goes on to evaluate how the two teams stack up here.
From Matthew Sekeres at the Globe & Mail:
In 40 years of NHL history, the Vancouver Canucks have been short on success, making just two trips to the Stanley Cup final, and getting to Game 7 there once.
While many NHL fan bases can point to the glory days and the indelible memory of a captain hoisting the silver chalice, there is no such visual on West Coast.
To know that is to understand why the 1982 and 1994 teams are so lionized in British Columbia, even though they fell just shy of the ultimate prize. And to know that is to also understand that the current group of Canucks can cement legacies unlike any players who have come before them.
More here, with a look at some of the players who have a lot on the line.
Canucks center Ryan Kesler had a heck of a year, but his playoff beard isn’t so hot. Still, you really can’t blame Kesler. Accustomed to being eliminated in the second round, he had no idea what his beard would look like at this point.
Fair point. And yeah, this isn’t too pretty…
Tired of the fact that most of Canada seems to spend all its time this playoffs telling Vancouver how much they hate our Canucks, Pete McMartin of the Vancouver Sun writes a light-hearted/bitchy opinion piece:
As you can see, the rest of Canada, which we here in Vancouver officially refer to as A Good Place To Be From, has been busy reminding us that they do not like our hockey team.
What they really mean is they do not like Vancouver.
This, of course, is nothing new to Vancouver.
From DeadSpin‘s Barry Petchesky, the continuing exploits of Mr. Kane:
Kane went home to Buffalo after the Blackhawks were eliminated, but returned to Chicago last week because he missed “the life.” That would entail getting a black eye under mysterious circumstances, attending a Bulls game, and bringing home a woman who got a little camera-happy. [...]
You know who understands the value of photographic evidence? This young lady, a senior at Illinois. She met Kane at Underground, the self-proclaimed “sexiest nightclub in Chicago,” and left with him. To prove it to her friends (because who would believe Patrick Kane would drink and party, right?), she took a few photos of a sleeping Kane. And to end any doubt, she fished through his bags and found his boarding pass:
Read on plus photos. Between the photos, and the whole ‘fishing through his bags while he’s sleeping’ thing, that “young lady” is one creepy pick-up.
Deadspin’s final words on the matter: “We won’t use the pejorative “P-B” term, but Patrick Kane is like the Stanley Cup: every girl in Chicago gets a day with him.”
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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