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Short & Not-So Sweet

Posted By Mark Gage On Apr 6 2009 @ 1:26 pm In Vancouver Canucks | 1 Comment

A loss tonight would be three in a row and two straight at GM Place after their Franchise best 11-game home-ice winning streak came to an end versus the Ducks … this is a game the Canucks need to win before the much anticipated showdown on Tuesday against the Flames, and the betting here is they'll do it with a very strong performance top-to-bottom throughout the roster.

                                  

That was how I closed off yesterday's Blog following the loss in Edmonton on Saturday night and that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I generally stay away from the prognostication game, because it is nothing but a Fool's Game … those who do it end up looking like fools, as it is an impossible game to play.

Apparently, so was last night's encounter with the 15th place Colorado Avalanche for the Vancouver Canucks, as the visitors out-everythinged the Canucks in a 4-1 win at GM Place. It wasn't even close. Men against boys stuff.

I labeled the defeat to the Oilers a “good loss,” a game that they deserved a better fate in for various reasons. This Blog had a multitude of potential names and the word “good” definitely was no where within the thought process, that's for sure.

Brutal? Embarrassing? Pathetic?

You name it, the options are endless.

Instead I went with “Short & Not-So Sweet,” liking the symbolism to the effort put forth by my team and the fact that this game pissed me off so much that I just don't want to write anything about it … so it will be a short Blog and there won't be any niceties being bandied about. No talk of travel and tons of games in very few nights or tradegdy striking. No Silver Linings that are usually there if you look for them, because I don't want to look … the Boys didn't seem to care so much, so why should I?

The Av's were winless in 8 coming in and played this game without 4 of their Blueliners (replaced by guys with a total of 14 games-worth of NHL experience!) and 4 of their top-6 forwards and they held the Canucks to 5 shots on goal in the first 27-plus minutes of the game? This being a game that would have given the Canucks a true chance at capturing the North West Division and they come out and crap the bed like that?

Brutal? Embarrassing? Pathetic?

You name it, the options are endless.

The team that prides itself on defensive responsibility and playing in tight 5-man units has given up 14 goals in its last 3 games looked like The Keystone Cops at a Garage Sale in their own end, and that could be considered a compliment?

Brutal? Embarrassing? Pathetic?

You name it, the options are endless.

Mats Sundin, who The Mark's were endlessly gushing about on HNIC on Saturday night because he's soooo big and strong behind the opposition's goal line, when last I checked there is another 195 feet or so of ice that needs to be skated upon during a hockey game, “played” just over 13 minutes, and not only was he at his Glacial-best skating even slower than “normal,” but he handled the puck as if it was radioactive in this game.

Brutal? Embarrassing? Pathetic?

You name it, the options are endless.

Willie Mitchell, Sami Salo, Ryan Kesler, Pavol Demitra … while not quite worthy of me copying & pasting those same 10 words again, were pretty damn close to being under the same classifications.

There's really no need to go on is there?

Coach V kept it short and not so-sweet afterwards (I love this guy!) with the following courtesy of Ed Willes' Monday Musings in today's Vancouver Province …

“Could you tell that by the 40 blocked shots and the 100 missed passes?” coach Alain Vigneault said when it was pointed out his team was nowhere to be found on this night. “I sort of picked up on that, too.”

 

The Grades … the “special games” get special grades, and this one is nothing but an Epic Fail for the team.

 


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