Canucks Post-Game SixPack - End of the Road...Trip

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Hoping to help themselves in their quest to clinch a playoff berth, the Vancouver Canucks battled the Winnipeg Jets, but lost by a score of 5-4 in one of the more entertaining games of the season.

Saturday was a unique day in terms of jockeying for playoff positioning. With the Vancouver Canucks already in a solid position to secure a playoff berth, losing to the Winnipeg Jets wouldn’t really be the worst thing.

That’s not to say winning isn’t important because this is, after all, the Western Conference and anything can happen at this point. Still, a chance to screw over the LA Kings is a good thing.

Still, the Canucks lost again and ended their last road trip of the season with a record of 2-2. And the Winnipeg Jets really aren’t that good of a team so this one was kind of depressing.

I need a SixPack…

 

Final score: Jets 5 – Canucks 4

Canucks goals:

  1. Henrik Sedin (18th goal) – Assisted by Alex Edler and Daniel Sedin
  2. Daniel Sedin (17th goal) – Assisted by Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis
  3. Alex Burrows (17th goal) – Assisted by Kevin Bieksa and Luca Sbisa
  4. Alex Burrows (18th goal) – Assisted by Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin

 

Jets goals:

  1. Jim Slater (5th goal) – Assisted by Jiri Tlusty and Toby Enstrom
  2. Michael Frolik (18th goal) – Assisted by Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault
  3. Lee Stempniak (13th goal) – Assisted by Mathieu Perreault and Tyler Myers
  4. Mark Scheifele (15th goal) – Assisted by Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba
  5. Lee Stempniak (14th goal) – Assisted by Mathieu Perreault

 

1. Objective: Figure Out How To Start a Game

Another game, another horrific start for the Vancouver Canucks.

And less than a minute later:

No big deal right? Because if the Vancouver Canucks have proven anything this season, it’s that they are a resilient bunch and never seem to be completely out of a game.

And just like that:

Spotting the opposition a two goal lead and then coming back in dramatic fashion is cute and all, but the Canucks really need to start showing up for that darn opening faceoff.

I don’t need to tell any professional athlete how the playoffs are a completely different animal than the regular season. But I feel like if the Canucks don’t figure this issue out pretty soon, they are going to be finding out how much more difficult it is to mount a comeback in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Well, unless you are playing the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It was 4-1…

 

2. How Did Sven Do?

Well, Sven Baertschi started his career on the Canucks with a bang:

Sven was buzzing all through the first period and made it look like the Canucks had stolen a hidden gem buried within the caves of the Calgary Flames organization.

But then things went a little sideways when Sven thought he’d make his mark by trying to usurp Henrik Sedin as Captain Hook…

Yeah I don’t really agree with Ol’ Spec here (I never do), but considering the start that Baertschi had, it was a little discouraging to see him take a step back.

Hopefully Willie Desjardins will show some patience with Sven.

 

3. Chris Tanev on the Mic

If you were busy grabbing another beer or melting more cheese onto your plate of nachos during the second intermission, you would have missed out on this gem from Canucks TV. Chris Tanev mic’d up during the game against the Dallas Stars.

If you’ve ever wondered what Chris Tanev is like during a game, it’s pretty much exactly like you’d expect.

https://youtu.be/_qLc58NmfaM

I’m not really sure who thought it would be a good idea to mic up the most chill Vancouver Canuck of all-time, but it did at least confirm our impressions of Tanev as a person. Although it was great seeing him walk around the dressing room trying to pump up the guys.

Hold up…

Maybe that’s the reason the Canucks always fall behind in games! If Chris Tanev is your pump up guy, you’ve got serious problems.

Personally, I would rather see Chris Tanev mic’d up on a first date.

I’m guessing he’s the kind of date that leads off by asking the girl (or guy) if they like cheese.

 

4. Lack Had a Rough Afternoon

Saturday afternoon was another letdown for Eddie Lack as he let in a couple of softies at times when the Canucks really needed him to come through for the team.

Unfortunately, this will probably begin a couple of days more days worth of debating whether Lack is getting mentally tired from starting 18 out of the past 20 games.

Here another problem: Monday probably isn’t the best day to rest him as the Canucks are playing the LA Kings.

 

5. “BC Sucks”

File this one under “Are you freaking kidding me?!”

Uh…

Image: overthepylon.net

Image: overthepylon.net

On the bright side, the stupidity of this chant from the Winnipeg faithful did provide a moment of hilarity during an otherwise intense afternoon of hockey.

6. Missed Opportunity

The Canucks began their Saturday with an outside opportunity to possibly clinching a playoff berth.

Here’s what needed to happen:

The Canucks “lost in any fashion” so there goes that dream. But take solace in this fact Canucks fans:

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