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Canucks Not That Good But Still Earn A Point

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Anyone thinking the Vancouver Canucks were going to take an enormous swan dive this year got a pretty good indication that this may still be a very strong team and perhaps still the best in the league.

Taking on one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Canucks were missing two or three of their better players and many of those on the ice performed so poorly the wags watching were curious as to which member of last year’s finalists was furthest below par. That was a lengthy discussion, yet still the Canucks came away with a point.

Clearly Roberto Luongo was in contention for “furthest below form” with his two ridiculous whiffs that have to take the starch out of any team, the peaks and valleys with this guy becoming almost absurd. Now the air is beginning to come out of this team every time he fans one and that’s not a good sign. And the shootout? Absolutely laughable. Just how long this can continue with this team is a mystery, but the paying customer is growing genuinely tired of it (not that their opinion ever matters).

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Those “ridiculous whiffs’ given up by Luongo can be watched below…

 

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I do love the way Kuklas posts the Gallagher articles like he is some kind of sage.  The “peaks and valleys” is something the media creates with the parsing of every goal like they are ..sell, hell, nerdy scientists bent over the ice watching their little lab rats run the maze.

Tony G long ago was someone to read.  He writing, and from a lifelong Vancouverite, honestly, has long since become a sad reflection of past glories.  They trot him out on TEAM 1040 to hear his “old guy around the game forever” opinions, and then spend untold minutes discounting or parsing HIS words.

Its crazy.  If you guys are going to get a more accurate portrayal of the teams’ exploits, how about Botchford? 

Ironically, he is a Tony G protege.  Like I said, he used to be good.

Oh, now I get it, this started out as a Wings blog, and you guys like the old folks.

Gotcha.

wink

Posted by vancitydan on 10/07/11 at 07:51 AM ET

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Last night’s performance (for both teams) looked like two teams who haven’t played a meaningful game in awhile. Penguins owned most of the play in the first half, and Vancouver really stepped it up in the second. The Penguins were lucky to stave off the Canucks push at the end and in overtime. Both Fleury and Luongo were wildly inconsistent, just like the players in front of them. Nevertheless—it was great to see hockey back, and a spirited (even if not perfect) performance from both teams!

Posted by penguinsfan on 10/07/11 at 09:55 AM ET

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Anyone thinking the Vancouver Canucks were going to take an enormous swan dive this year

Not the whole team, just certain members.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/07/11 at 10:03 AM ET

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Taking on one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Canucks were missing two or three of their better players and many of those on the ice performed so poorly the wags watching were curious as to which member of last year’s finalists was furthest below par. That was a lengthy discussion, yet still the Canucks came away with a point.


Umm the Pens were Missing Sid Crosby & Brooks Orpik from their core of the Team & had Engelland playing with Letang in the top 4 Pairing & they also don’t have Dustin Jeffrey who will be a top 9 forward when Back.

The Pens better stop overplaying Z, Martin & Letang too

Posted by Evilpens on 10/07/11 at 10:37 AM ET

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From the opening funeral dirge “heart of a Canuck” to the passive fans,a dead team walking routine for the first half, and with the Luongo sieve in fine form, this team looked like they had a major league hangover. It remains to be seen if this was a one night effort or the real Canucks.

Posted by timbits on 10/07/11 at 11:53 AM ET

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We all know that Crosby and Orpik didn’t play.  Kesler and Raymond didn’t play.  So on the paper the Penguins team had a bigger hole, but the Canucks hole was also very big, as missing two players that are linemates basically destroys a line, and it showed when the new “2nd line” was the team’s worst line until towards the end of the game.  I was actually surprised that the Canucks was able to shake off most of the rust by the third and OT.  I thought it would take them longer to do so.  Luongo had a poor game, but then that he has been a slow starter in regular season almost since day one.  Last year the team also lost in SO in their first game.  Last year, the team had a record of 4-3-2 in October.

Posted by Kel on 10/07/11 at 03:21 PM ET

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Luongo had a horrible game.  2 Soft goals in regulation and he pulled a dan cloutier 2x in the shoot out.  Becoming harder and harder to defend him over the past 2 years.  Thinking of changing my nick soon.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 10/07/11 at 07:32 PM ET

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