Sunday, March 05, 2006

And The Oscar Goes To...

Since the 78th annual Academy Awards is tonight, I thought I'd post my own picks, Vancouver Canucks-style.

Best Picture

My vote goes to the Canucks vs. Senators game on December 9th. The match-up was well-hyped by the mainstream media - at the time, it was the best of the East vs. one of the best of the West - and the game didn't disappoint. The atmosphere at GM Place was electric from the moment Mark Donnelly came out to sing "O Canada". Coincidentally, this game featured the 100th consecutive sellout at GM Place.

The best players from both teams were the best players on this night, and the pace and intensity of the game reflected that. There were plenty of scoring chances and plenty of hits on both ends of the ice. In the end, the Canucks won 3-2 in the shootout.

Best Leading Actor

The Toronto Maple Leafs went into GM Place on January 10th, backed by thousands of their fans, threw 38 shots on net, limited the Canucks to only 19 - including a grand total of nine in the last two periods - and lost 4-3. The difference? Alex Auld.

Auld stopped 35 Leafs shots - 17 of them in the third period alone - kept his team in the game until the Canucks offense started putting the puck in the net.

Honorable mention goes to Todd Bertuzzi's hat trick performance in Detroit on November 13th. The Canucks won that game 4-1.

Best Supporting Actor

Near the end of a marathon seven-game road trip, the Canucks went into Calgary on February 3rd with first place in the Northwest Division on the line. Only five minutes into the game, Ryan Kesler fought Jarome Iginla to a draw, and sparked the Canucks to a 3-1 win. Kesler went on to record 3 shots, 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 15:07 minutes of ice-time. Oh, and he also scored the game-winning goal with a minute left in the second period.

Best Animated Feature

In a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 6th, the Canucks built - and then blew - a 4-0 first period lead. The Blue Jackets crept back to within a goal in the third period but took a series of undisciplined penalties and allowed the Canucks to win 7-4.

Among those penalties was a very memorable bench minor taken by Blue Jackets coach Gerald Gallant for abuse of officials. He was all over the officials and sometimes the Canucks bench, yelling, screaming and slamming the bench doors over and over and over again. Then in true supervillain form, he put Jody Shelley on the ice to goon it up with 22 seconds left in the game.

Best Visual Effects

Todd Bertuzzi recorded his first hat trick of the season in Detrot on November 13th, and the hat-trick goal was a thing of beauty. With both teams playing 4-on-4, Mattias Ohlund saw Todd Bertuzzi elude Nicklas Lidstrom and sprung him on a breakaway. Bertuzzi then went to his backhand and shot high on Manny Legace for the goal.

The Canucks won 4-1.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 3:55 PM


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