Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Canucks 4 Oilers 5 (SO)

Once again, the Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers settled last night's game with a shootout; once, the Canucks lost. If there's any consolation, it's that the good guys got a point and have yet to lose a game in regulation against the Northwest Division, and after seven games of this eight-game stretch of divisional games, they're 5-0-2. Not bad at all.

I've mentioned the Canucks' defense a lot in the last couple of weeks, but after popping in another four goals last night, it's time to acknowledge the offense. The Canucks were down by a couple of goals for most of two periods yet somehow found a way to score three third period goals. (If you must know, the defense and the penalty kill were brutal last night.)

Over the last seven games, they've scored 23 goals (3.29 per game), and as much as we've bitched about the need for another top-six forward and the lack of secondary scoring, those 23 goals have come from varied sources:

  • 9 goals from the Sedin-Sedin-Naslund line
  • 10 goals from the rest of the other forwards
  • 4 goals from the defense
They've also come in different situations:

  • 14 goals at even-strength
  • 8 goals on the powerplay out of 32 chances (25%)
  • 1 goal shorthanded
Since that horrible, horrible Nashville game, the guys have really come together, played together and gotten contributions from throughout the lineup.

Good, they'll need to stick together tonight.

Everybody's talking about tonight's rematch against the Minnesota Wild. Especially the Booger Man (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun):
"The egos those guys have are sad," Boogaard told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Tuesday. "Pretty soon, it'll catch up to them, whether it be this year, or next year, it always does with those kind of guys. I mean, it caught up with Kesler. You watch the clips of the Boulerice thing [Flyer Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games for cross-checking Kesler in the face on Oct. 10], you see Kesler hooking him and slashing him before it happened. And obviously there's just a time when you snap. Boulerice did. It's bad, but I don't feel sorry for Kesler. I did before, but hearing these comments and seeing him play on Saturday, he's just a bad guy."
This coming from a guy with seven points and 325 PIM in 131 NHL games. That's funny.

There's nothing wrong with talking a little trash, but I'm surprised that Colin Campbell hasn't shut this yahoo up. Maybe in true reactive NHL fashion, he's waiting until the Booger Man makes good on his threats before he does anything.

Regardless, while this is good poster board material, the Canucks are best off to just stay within their game plan. They beat Minnesota pretty good on Friday night by controlling the play and checking the heck out of Gaborik. They should do that again, get the Wild off their game, and let Mike Brown - and Jeff Cowan - deal with any shenanigans.

On one fateful night on March 8, 2004, the Canucks spent an entire game trying to get revenge for a cheap hit on their captain. As you know, they lost 9-2 (and well, you know the rest of the story). Maybe the Canucks can take a page from the Avs book that night and just shoo-fly the Wild.

More from the mainstream:
About the game around the blogosphere:

Next game:

Rematch against the Minnesota Wild tonight

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, 6:59 AM


At November 21, 2007 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate the Canucks who have consistantly been the dirtiest team in the NHL. Even their star players sucker punch opponents from behind, ending their careers. Every time opposing players step on the ice against the Vancouver goon show, they have to watch out for their lives. This is a team that wants to end the careers of opposing players. They have no respect for the game.
The only people in Canada that actually like this team are people from BC.
The city of Vancouver relishes in their team going out of their way to hurt other players. The Canucks are a disgrace to hockey.


At November 21, 2007 8:25 AM, Blogger RJ said...

Why am I not terribly surprised this comes from an anonymous poster?

I actually think this comment is pretty humorous, though. I mean, it is not every day on more sophisticated hockey blog's such as JJ's that you encounter this kind of mindless dribbling.

'Consist[e]ntly been The dirtiest team in the NHL'? I suppose this person never watched the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers, to offer but one piece of evidence to the contrary.

'Their star players sucker punch opponents from behind'? Who, pray tell, beyond Bertuzzi should we include in this category. I don't seem to recall Orland Kurtenbach, the Steamer, or Patrik Sundstrom ever punching anyone in the back of the head.

Good effort, though.

At November 21, 2007 9:22 AM, Blogger Bomber Blue said...

In defence of Anonymous I was a Jet fan may the RIP, and witnessed the Geoff Cortnall, Sergio Momesso, garth Butcher and gino Odjick goon show. They were not the broad street bullies but they were cheap pricks and the yalso prevented the jets from advancing to the 2nd round of the playoffs on 3 occassions. Since the Jets died a tragic death the NHL has been in a tail spin it is a watered down league that is trying to appeal to the jerks who don't want to see fighting. this has lead to more stick work and you will continue to see more and more of these cheap shots until the Jets are revived and/or the league goes back to 21 or even 16 teams. As for Mr. A he obviously has some deep seeded hate for the City of Vancouever perhaps he's jealous of it, perhaps he just needs to chill and puff on some BC bud or perhaps he is right and rj is wrong. All I know is that the NHL has been in a tail spin since Betman arrived and he may just kill the league.

At November 21, 2007 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's anonymous are you referring to heroincouver?

At November 21, 2007 9:53 AM, Blogger Justin said...

To anonymous: and I suppose flying elbows courtesy of star players such as Gaborik and Koivu aren't cheap, huh? Remember: if you live by the sword, be prepared to die by it. Now Koivu has something to think about the next time he wants to elbow someone to the chops.

To bomber blue: Jimmy Mann. 'Nuff said.


At November 21, 2007 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey justin,
Who did the league suspend?

Just admit your team is amde up of a bunch of goons. Who did the Goonshow call up for tonight's game from Manitoba?

I would bet that the majority of Canadian hockey fans hate the Canucks (the nickname is a disgrace to Canada).

I've read many papers, listened to talk shows and wathced ESPN and haven't seen anyone who doesn't think what the Canucks did to Koivu was dirty, disgusting and a disgrace to hockey.
The canucks do have a recent history of embarassing the NHL with their support for such activity.

Their acts are even defended. disgusting, disgusting, disgusting. Why should we be so surprised by your city's actions?

But when it happens to one of your players, you don't sit still and you prosecute them in a cour of law.

At November 21, 2007 10:38 AM, Blogger Justin said...


Oh yeah it's a real goonfest alright :rolls eyes:

And what would you call Boogerman? A skilled forward? ROTFLMAO!! The man is on the ice for one reason only, and that's to goon it up because the Wild are a bunch of pussies who can't fight their own battles. So what do they do? They run behind the Boogerman and let him do all their dirtywork because they themselves are nothing but a bunch of chicken-shit cocksuckers. When Koivu elbowed Ohlund, was Cowan sent after Koivu? Nope. Ohlund took care of business himself.

Was the slash an inappropriate reaction? Absolutely. Was the suspension justified? Absolutely. Was the slash understandable? Absolutely. A headshot can end your career whereas a broken leg heals. You seem to lack the ability to make that distinction. But since you're a Wild fan, that doesn't surpirse me in the least.

At November 21, 2007 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a transplanted wild fan. Originall from WPG and a Jet fan (May they rest in peace), so I come by my hatred for the canucks honestly.

I view the NHl, like other Cansdians. With an understanding of the game. I've been known to criticize Minnesota hockey as well and I criticize fighting and lame attempts at killing another player, like what the Canucks players do.

The Canucks have a long history of playing goon hockey.

It's funny. A couple years back I was talking to a friend in another U.S. city and the Canucks came up and he said to me "Aren't they a bunch of goons? Didn't one of their palyers try to kill another player?". This wasn't a hockey fan but he seemed to know about Vancouver's reputation...LOL.

I've been on Canuck forums and the one thing that strikes me as really funny is the bias, and hockey ileteracy that comes from these forums.

I pretty much view anything that comes from a Canuck fan as horse manure.

At November 21, 2007 11:10 AM, Anonymous MiltsMiracle said...

Justin: The elbow Koivu threw on Ohlund couldn't have ended the career of a circus flea let alone full grown NHL player. He barely made contact. Obviously it was nothing because Ohlund was able to immediately react with viscious two-hander to the back of the leg. I understand the game was full of cheapshots (mainly because of the Wild's frustration at being shit down) but to try and suggests that Koivu deserved the injury he got for a borderline minor elbowing call is really lame.

At November 21, 2007 11:20 AM, Blogger Bomber Blue said...

I didn't know the Wild had so many fans.

At November 21, 2007 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MiltsMiracle this shows how lame Canucks fans are. They don't understand the game.
They think it's a division of UFC.
Canucks fans are blood thirsty and look for their goon team to hurt other palyers and when they do, they defend those criminal actions.

At November 21, 2007 1:02 PM, Blogger RJ said...

Haha, this 'anonymous' is the most amusing rabid 12-year old I have encountered on the hockey blogs in a while.

Thanks for the laughs!

At November 21, 2007 9:53 PM, Blogger Justin said...

What's that up on the scoreboard? A 4-2 win by the Canucks? A hat-trick by Naslund?

To reiterate: the Wild are NOTHING. They are a JOKE. And the Canucks are still undefeated in regulation against divisional opponents.

Choke on that, assholes!

At November 22, 2007 12:20 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

Oh the Hate! So why are you Canucks haters reading a Canucks blog from Vancouver anyways.

A win by the canucks, hatrick by Naslund plus these comments! I'm having a good day.

At November 22, 2007 7:49 AM, Blogger Bomber Blue said...

You Canuckel-heads are such fools as are those Wild fans. The regular season means nothing a win here., a loss there. WHO CARES! Neither of your teams are contenders for the Cup. The Maple Laughs have a better chance as do the Jets!!

Long live the Jets, May the Coyotes ride off into the sun without a horse!!!


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