The NHL announced the starters for this year’s All Star Game today. They are Erik Karlsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Dion Phaneuf and Tim Thomas. Wait, what?? Obviously, Sens fans stuffed the ballot boxes. Of the four Senators named to the All Star game, only Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson deserve to be in the game, and only Erik Karlsson deserves to be a starter. The fact that four Sens are not only in the game, but named as starters, is a joke. But that’s not what bothers me most.
What a difference one win can make. Since the Canucks last played the Bruins at Rogers Arena on June 15th of last year, the Boston Bruins had the summer of their lives. Parades, parties and accolades went their way, as it should for the Stanley Cup champions. The Canucks, on the other hand, have had just about everything about them questioned (their goaltender, their toughness, their heart, their integrity, etc).
Saturday may just be just one game out of 82 for the Canucks, and in regard to the standings that’s true. But in terms of intangibles (team building, confidence), the game is huge. Winning the game will bring a new sense of pride to the team, losing (especially losing badly) will hurt the team’s psyche. It’s the biggest statement game in the history of the franchise. It’ll be an emotionally charged building, and the Bruins will certainly be motivated to stick it to the Canucks again.
Like it or not, the book on how to beat the Vancouver Canucks is to push them around, to smack them around. The NHL is a copycat league, and when the spotlight was on the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins beat the Canucks on the scoreboard while beating them in the alley. Here’s what Henrik Sedin has to say about that:
You know what? I’m pretty tired of that question. We won the President’s Trophy last year, we went to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. We didn’t lose the final because we were pushed around, we lost because we couldn’t score.
Kevin Bieksa, don’t ever change. Apparently Bieksa’s teammates bet him to find a way to say “milk hot dogs” during his interview with Dan Murphy the other day. Bieksa won $300. Watch the video here.
It’s been a few years since Sports Page went off the air and it’s always around this time of year that I really miss it. Their Christmas special, ‘Yulin’ with the Page’ was the best year in a review/blooper show there ever was. The small budgeted CKVU station did a way better job than big networks like TSN or Sportsnet ever could. Nobody came close to matching it before, during or since.
Thanks to bimmer1919 on Youtube, we can watch a whole bunch of mid-90s Yulin’ with the Page clips (a few of them were removed from Youtube due to copyright reasons). Enjoy!
I’m not sure if I just wanted to torture myself or if this is part of the healing process, but I watched game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final again on the weekend. I have the game on my PVR, along with a few other notable games from last year’s playoff run (game 7 vs Chicago, game 5 vs San Jose, Game 1 and 2 versus Boston). I’ve watched parts of all the other games before, but this was the first time that I mustered up the courage to watch the most important game in franchise history.
Mark Messier and the Vancouver Canucks will be going to arbitration over money that is still apparently owed to the retired
crook hockey player. Great, now he’ll never get his jersey retired in Vancouver.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “didn’t Messier steal $18 million from the Canucks?” Messier, if you remember, played an uninspiring three years with the Canucks from 1997-2000, earning $6 million a season.
The second season of HBO’s 24/7 series debuted last night and once again it’s the best thing on television. Last year’s show featured the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals in the weeks leading up to the Winter Classic. It was quite simply the most in depth look behind the scenes of an NHL hockey team. And it was awesome.
I get more excited for an episode of 24/7 than most women do before an episode of the Bachelor.
This year’s show featuring the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers is well on its way to duplicating last year’s intrigue. If you missed episode one on Wednesday, you can check it out below. Enjoy:
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