5.01.2007

R2 G4 Liveblog

Shut up fool, you ain't no fish!

3:55 - Game four liveblog will be forthcoming; just had to get the A-Team inspiration going seeing how others are having fun with theirs. Don't bother telling me a whale isn't a fish either; you're in no position to challenge B.A. Baracian logic.

No Cowan tonight, so there goes any chances at bras being thrown. Maybe it should just become a GM Place thing? Be back soon; in the meantime, may I suggest some television?

10:39 - Well, one thing's for sure: while Vs got rid of Beezer, Brian Engblom has picked up the "Canucks frankly suck" line and is running away with it. Cut your hair dude, then we can talk about the nuances of the Canucks thank you.

10:42 - AHHH...and Jim Houghston's voice welcomes me to this game. I love you CBC.

10:44 - No Cowan, no Cooke, no Kesler. If Vancouver somehow wins this game and takes Anaheim down, I'm going to need to write a mammoth post about the heart of this team.

10:45 - And Brad May helps knock Mitchell around a little. Awesome. This injury stuff is getting a little ridiculous.

10:48 - And Perry takes a cross checking penalty so we get to see our Gigli of a powerplay go to work. Ugh, anyone need a drink out there yet?

10:50 - Good to see Bieska back out there. Good to see the PP still sucks. Good to see the vintage jerseys. Good to see I still dislike Pronger greatly. Par for the course all around!

10:57 - Linden just slammed into Pronger as best as he could...wasn't much, but man, this team is just not backing down. Henrik just had a great redirection chance...we need Giguere to fall asleep for a bit.

11:01 - I am slowly beginning to dislike every Duck I see. It MUST be game four! Salo is going to the box for being just too damn good for smacking McDonald in the face.

11:05 - Say it with me...NASLUND SCORES. One more time...NASLUND SCORES. For good measure...THE VANCOUVER CAPTAIN SCORES. 1-0 Vancouver.

11:08 - It's adorable that the Anaheim fourth line is playing so much. Here's hoping stupid calls follow if all they can muster at this point is messing around with Luongo.

11:12 - Looks like the Canucks didn't get the league memo again that Anaheim is supposed to kill them. At least not in this period. You'd never know they are down three key forwards right now. Shit, Bulis crunching Pronger (as much as a crunch Bulis can deliver to a guy like him anyway)? Good stuff guys.

11:15 - The Ducks attack is picking up...and curiously the "Pronger sucks" chant from the home crowd goes up accordingly. Selanne sells a pick from Henrik so the Duckies go back to the power play.

11:20 - Canucks take the lead and some added confidence into the dressing room. A great first period for both teams.

11:21 - Wow, Brian Engblom does a 180 and now loves the Canucks. Even Keith Jones is getting in the act a bit. See what a little effort can do for the underdog? God I hate Pronger...

11:38 - Linden is still fired up about Selanne diving. Lui just makes a great stop to make sure they don't shit the bed in the first minute of the second period. They've learned SO much from the Dallas series!

11:41 - Giguere just got away with holding Bulis' stick. That was about all the offensive prowess I've seen from Morrison all series.

11:45 - Ugh, Henrik takes another call. Hooking it looks like. The Canucks REALLY cannot gamble with a Duck powerplay like this if they want to try and stretch out a 1-0 lead for another period.

11:47 - Morrison decides, rather then take advantage of a 2-on-1 shorthanded break that it's better to just launch a slap shot. C'mon man...making matters worse, Green just reopened what's left of Selanne's face and the Ducks will be on the powerplay....forever. Fucking hell.

11:50 - The Ducks take a bench penalty to kill the advantage. Absolutely huge...I couldn't stomach much more of watching them set up and take shots like they were.

11:56 - Henrik now draws a call against the Ducks captain after yet another 2-on-1 rush for Vancouver. The Canucks are picking it up a bit here, just in time for their Gigli again.

12:00 - Hey, it's Wednesday! Happy hump day everyone. Canucks are still winning and Gigli has one minute left before we can (gleefully) return to five aside.

12:03 - Morrison now takes a call on a bad shift by Vancouver; the Duck forecheck was all over them there. This must be like the sixth or seventh man advantage for Anaheim so far. Stupid stupid stupid...

12:05 - Jan Bulis has played a hell of a game so far. He just made another big clear on a powerplay during which the Ducks had no shots. Nicely done. Now let's never do that again tonight, ok?

12:08 - Morrison on his second 2-on-1 of the night and decides to work his way closer to the net and fires a backhander that bounces off of Beauchemin and, look at that, right behind Mister Giguere. 2-0 Vancouver...and I sure as shit don't get to write that score very often in these post season liveblogs!

12:14 - I may be losing my vision a bit, but from what I can see the Canucks PK is perfect, they have two goals from their leaders and Luongo has been phenominal again. 20 minutes to go and we have to hit 'reset' on this series all over again.

12:32 - Well, just as in the second, the Canucks start the third and really wanted to shit the bed and give the Ducks one. But Luongo said "nyet". And then spit in anger and punched a midget. What, you didn't see it? I did.

12:35 - Henrik just tried a spinarama shot. Look what a two goal lead does to these guys! Maybe someone will try and head a shot in next.

12:37 - Did I say a two goal lead? Let's try a one goal lead; Pronger sends a floater in and there was plenty of traffic in front of Luongo, just enough to get the Ducks on the board and make a game out of this now. 2-1 Vancouver.

12:44 - Getzlaf flattens Morrison and the Canucks are about to get their Gigli on for a few minutes.

12:46 - Giguere has had another great game here. His play, and the Canuck's inability to do shit on the man advantage, kill off another one.

12:47 - Bieska hands the Ducks their seventh man advantage just as Nonis breaks up the Sedins. This is getting obscene.

12:50 - Just what they needed, a huge kill. 8 minutes and change remaining but the Ducks are pressing badly. Vancouver can't sit back and let their forecheck drunk punch them into taking more penalties.

12:56 - Anaheim just had an incredible flurry in the Canucks end for what felt like over a minute. Vancouver seems to be just trying to weather the storm right now. Again, not the best idea....and before I'm even done writing Selanne slams home a rebound after the Canucks got caught skating around in circles again. For fucks sake people...2-2 everyone.

1:02 - Stop me if you've heard this one...the Ducks forecheck aggressively and the Canucks take another fucking call. That's #8 on the night. With about three minutes remaining...all the ingredients are there right now for just an epic meltdown to be complete.

1:05 - They get the kill they needed and Bulis and Mo had a good quick chance against Giguere. Both teams are trading chances now but it doesn't matter...20 minutes ago ALL Vancouver had to do was stick to their system. Instead, they did what they love and they sat back hoping Luongo could save them. And now they get a fifth fucking OT instead of just ending this game. Vancouver HAS to get the next goal; losing this game likely puts the series out of reach.

1:23 - Here's hoping this doesn't take too long for the Canucks to find the back of the net and send this back to Anaheim tied.

1:23 - Well, it'll take a little longer then I had hoped. Moen slams home a rebound after Vancouver gave the puck away in their zone. Again. 3-2 Ducks is your final.

Post game - I said at the end of game #3 that I could deal with that sort of loss. But no fucking way with game #4; I can't truly explain how the Canucks played so well in the first and second and then became the 2004-05 version of their team in the third. They just sat back, they let Anaheim (a deeper, more experienced team) to just dictate the play and worst yet, they kept taking mindless fucking penalties.

I can't say the Ducks deserve that win as much as the Canucks simply didn't want it enough. The Ducks used Vancouver mistakes as the noose and simply hung them with it. Pathetic. How this team is going to come back from a 3-1 hole with play like that is beyond me. They showed yet again they can outplay this Anaheim team, but at the same time if they don't want to play the full 60 minutes and don't want to play disciplined, then there is what game #5 will become too: the Ducks capitalizing on our frequent mistakes. Like shooting fish in a barrel it would appear.

I will be calm later; right now that result is a punch in the gut. No way around it.

73 comments:

Earl Sleek said...

Don't bother telling me a whale isn't a fish either; you're in no position to challenge B.A. Baracian logic.

Yeah, that's right. Kind of like that episode where B.A. kept calling Murdock a "fool" when he was totally being a "sucka"... who can argue with that?

alanah said...

Just saw your tv debut, Mike. You were awesome! You sounded almost saintly for those donations of yours. Well done! Now we've just got to find video of it and post it all over youtube and every Canucks blog on the internet... :)

jacksonh said...

Yeah, nicely done Mike. It was pretty funny. I have to say though, to get maximum karmic affect from your donations, you need to change the wording to: "Unless the Ducks win tonight, I will donate $25 to ..." that makes the Ducks an evil entity in their own community.

My playoff beard was more pathetic than the power play, so I shaved it off tonight. Hopefully, the power play will be fresh and new too.

Mike said...

Earl - hahaha, nicely said.

Alanah - Oh, don't fear. youtube will suck my soul in soon enough.

Jacksonh - Seriously, right? Every Duck win is just a slap in the face to needy children. Just like the Stars didn't want to feed the homeless...what more negative PR can you possibly get??

Bethany said...

At least its CBC coverage right?

Bethany said...

Oh no poor Cowan

Mike said...

We're dropping like flies! Christ...half the Moose squad will be in game five.

Bethany said...

They're gonna call up Chouinard!!!!!!!!!!!! *Who played in Cincinnati for the Ducks and in Anaheim FYI*

Mike said...

You want him back? ;)

Baroque said...

Just rolling the Canucks regular lines during the powerplay. Seems like a pretty good admission of the utter uselessness of the "powerplay units." Sad, sad, sad.

Mike said...

Baroque - No kidding, right? Sort of like saying "just ignore that whole four man opposition and keep trucking along". Well, at least Nonis' post season needs are fairly obvious.

Bethany said...

Haha he can come to the ECHL team in Cincy we're in the playoffs haha we need some help....but apparently every player in Vancouver is slowly going down

Baroque said...

That's just what I thought. "Maybe if we completely ignore the man advantage we will manage to score. Pretend that everything is normal."

Mike said...

Half our team gets injured yet Pronger still breathes normally. The British call that 'buggery'.

Baroque said...

Awesome. Thank you Mr. Naslund.

Bethany said...

I know I am cheering for the Ducks but I really like the Nucks. I do get happy when they score.

Mike said...

Bethany: it's ok. Come on over to the good side. When the underdog wins, the feeling is so much better trust me!

Stupid Fast said...

GOOOOAALLLL!

Daz said...

Ha, right on Linden. Calling out Selanne for diving.

Mike said...

Selanne did sell that Henrik pick a bit. Still a penalty for us, but still...some arm flapping there and that was a diving call.

As a friend just told: "a finnish flap"

Bethany said...

I can't change my choice now!! But, I won't be too bitter if the Nucks win...is that ok?

Mike said...

Why are you a Ducks fan? I thought you were a BJ fan...does Beauchemin have that big a pull on ya??

Bethany said...

I am a Jackets fan. I'm rooting for the Ducks because most of them used to play here in Cincinnati. And, I'm still bitter about losing Beauchemin

Mike said...

Ah, ok. Well, I know deep down you want to root for Vancouver, but I'll keep your secret safe. Scout's honor.

Baroque said...

Root for whoever you want, Bethany. Sports are supposed to be fun--take advantage of not having your number one favorite team in the game to cheer for a really good hockey series! ;)

Mike said...

Baroque - Good point, enjoy the not having the heart attacks and mocking those of us who have to!

Bethany said...

Baroque: Thank you....I am taking advantage and becoming a fair weather fan except in the case of Buffalo...oh how I hate them.

Mike: Ok...you keep thinking that haha.

Baroque said...

I never mock others. I'm descended from a long line of Chicago Cubs fans, so I am well acquainted with sports pain.

Bethany said...

Selanne is taking some serious abuse this series...I feel so bad for him. Baroque you're the best. I really and truely do like the Canucks but there are some loyalties I have to have. And, well my loyalty to the Ducks because of the baby Ducks has to stay.

Baroque said...

Anyone who has contacts in Vancouver: Could you have someone pass a note to Henrick? You don't get credit for a hat trick if you have three penalties! Just goals! Stop being such a hooker!

Mike said...

I'm of the mind most people are Canuck fans without realizing it. That's the delusional bullshit world I live in. Don't ruin it :)

Bethany said...

Haha ok Mike....everyone loves the Canucks...

Mike said...

Does Henrik get the hat trick if he gets a combination of calls for his team and against him?

Bethany said...

Is it just me or does this game seem like both teams aren't playing really well?

Mike said...

Its odd...I think they both did well in the first. This period though...either the refs are out of control or the Canucks are just completely flat.

Bethany said...

Uh scratch that...Nucks are back.

GZ Expat said...

Keep bagging on players that aren't playing well!! GO MO!!!!

Mike said...

GZ Expat - I know right? Pyatt, Burrows, Green...I'm calling you all out. Go get stupid.

Stupid Fast said...

I've been waiting for Morrison to score all series! Whoo-hoo!

Bethany said...

This is like the longest intermission of my life.

Mike said...

haha, yeah, the Vs banter is tough to stomach sometimes. Er...all the time. Very ex-Flyer heavy that Vs crew too.

Mike said...

Although they are showing a Jack Daniels commercial. Their stock just jumped up a bit for me.

Bethany said...

Haha I left and got some orange juice and called one of my friends...I missed it.

Bethany said...

Oh gosh...if they tie it up I don't know that I can handle OT...

Mike said...

Ugh, how many open nets can one team friggin miss?

Bethany said...

Apparently a lot

Mike said...

Getzlaf needs a shaving lesson. Someone hand him a gillette.

Bethany said...

See there you go again makin fun of the Ducklings...

Mike said...

Oh come on...I feel confident with that comment! I was making the same comments about some baseball players during their playoffs.

Bethany said...

Haha ok I guess you can say that....personally though I'm a fan of the playoff beard.

Mike said...

what the fuck was vancouver thinking? they could just sit back and let Anaheim dictate the play all period and nothing would happen? what an amazing difference between the effort in the first and now.

Bethany said...

I hate smiling Bob.

Bethany said...

Why can't teams play a full 60 minutes of hockey?! I don't understand.

Stupid Fast said...

Oh sweet sweet OT once again.

Bethany said...

I don't know how long I am going to be awake for....

Mike said...

No worries...my anger level will fuel me until dawn. I cannot believe it's another OT after having that lead. I'm speechless...which is bad when i'm trying to cover it live!

Daz said...

Just saw a short interview with a Selanne. The right side of his face has a couple of bumps the size of golf balls. Got hit the left side to even it up now.

Mike said...

Yeah, I saw that. Selanne's face alone is an ad for the playoffs.

jacksonh said...

In some ways I look at this as a good thing. My pre-series prediction was that the canucks would drag them into deep water, tire them out, and finish them off. I'd like to see a nice quadruple overtime win for the nucks, with Pronger logging another 45 minutes.

Bethany said...

Poor guy...that is just brutal.

jacksonh said...

That being said, I have a lot of homework to do tonight...

So it kinda seems like VS likes the Canucks now, we finally got one of those silly Canucks playoff drive ads, and did I just see a Linden piece?

Mike said...

Yeah, I had no no idea they were sitting on a Linden piece. Makes you wonder what other Canuck-centric productions that got over there at Versus!

jacksonh said...

Are you hinting that they have an interview piece with you stashed away?

FUCK!

Bethany said...

Well....I don't even know what to say...

jacksonh said...

I didn't mind losing the last game, because the intensity was there. This one is pretty tough to swallow though.

Mike said...

Exactly...losing that last one made sense. Vancouver simply did not play in the third period tonight. That's all that game should be remembered for & the Ducks made them pay for it. Which one of those are the better teams made of? Playing 40 minutes a night or never saying never?

Excuse me, I have to go find something to destroy....GRRRR.

Earl Sleek said...

Sorry guys, this was a tough one.

But still, it was very A-Team themed. Hannibal had this plan to go down 2-0 going into the 3rd, to draw the Canucks into his trap. Even I was fooled.

jacksonh said...

Dear Alan,

Why didn't you use your timeout?

Love,
Jackson


I love viggy, but somehow I manage to find a way to blame him for every loss.

Mike said...

I don't know if a timeout would have helped. Maybe after Pronger's goal to remind them they still have a fucking period of hockey left.

jacksonh said...

They needed to regroup, slow things back down, and re-up their intensity. I think it could have helped a bit. It was so frustrating to see them on their heels that entire third period, and not try to slow things down.

BTW, was it Sopel that coughed it up on the winner? I kinda missed it on the replay, but I saw him standing right there.

Mike said...

Not sure if it was Sopel or even if it was coughed up...just looked like a quick rebound the Moen pounced on because of his positioning.

I heard an interview this morning with Morrison and even he said the difference in the game was how they played in the third. He was at a loss to explain it. What can you do? They were just snake bitten starting in the third.

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