Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

Hi Brendan

The Vancouver Canucks, now officially rolling despite a weird game against the Nashville Predators, were back in action last night against their divisional rivals the Calgary Flames.


The Flames, currently occupying 13th in the West, were the perfect opportunity for the Canucks to give their back-up Roberto Luongo a start.

Love Em

1. Booth – Kes – Higgins

The American Express Line was all over the place last night. David Booth, Ryan Kesler, and Chris Higgins combined for eight points, taking all three stars.

In the five games since reuniting in Phoenix the line has put up 18 points.

Ryan Kesler is finally rounding into form after his surgery, David Booth is looking more comfortable as a Canuck every game, and Chris Higgins has continued to be his quiet effective self.

Check out this Ryan Kesler hit (like 3 or 4 times in a row).

2. To EAZY

If it seems like the Canucks have dominated the Flames over the past couple of years, the numbers back you up.

The Canucks are 10-0-2 in their last 12 against Calgary and they’ve outscored them 51-23 in those games.

It was fitting Mason Raymond returned against the Flames considering he’s recorded his two career hat tricks against them.

The really sad part (if you can fake empathy) is that the Flames don’t seem to care as a team. They came out firing in the first but crumbled at the first sign of pushback.

If the Flames were Groundhog Day, this would be the point where Bill Murray attempts various ways of killing himself in order to find any escape.

3. Bobby Lou

For the first time in eight games, Roberto Luongo was between the pipes for the Vancouver Canucks and he looked great. As mentioned, the Flames came out firing in the first, perhaps hoping to catch Luongo a tad rusty.

The Italian Penguin however was up to the task, stoning Olli Jokinen on a breakaway and making a number of other key stops early when the game was still in doubt, however…..

Canucks Hotties

Flames vs. Canucks: Love em & Hate em

Hate Em

1. Again?

But of course Luongo did still play his greatest hits last night, treating the Rogers Arena faithful to the ever so popular hit “goal from behind the goal line” .

This one belonged to Alex Tanguay who simply threw  the puck in off Luongo’s back. Classic Luongo.

2. Twittah

That being said, considering everything else he did in his return I think we can cut Luongo some slack. It was unfortunate to watch twitter immediately after the goal because oh boy did the knifes come out.

Luongo is great yet fallible. Everyone take a deep breath and enjoy the beautiful save he did make.

After all, shouldn’t the fact it takes strange fateful goals to beat him say something about his talent?

3. WTF Booth!

Finally, it’s hard to read David Booth’s intent when he collided with Mikka Kiprusoff but considering the recent hype surrounding Milan Lucic, Ryan Miller, and Jordin Tootoo, but if he wanted to poke the Shanaban bear, the avid hunter certainly did.

Considering how well he’s played recently losing Booth to either a suspension or any of the variety of injuries one can pick up when four Flames dogpile you could be a major loss for a Vancouver Canucks team thats starting to find it’s President’s Trophy stride from last year.

Skate softly David Booth, and carry a scoring stick.       

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