Burn Out and Fade Away
Well, congratulations Calgary. You got that elusive end of the year home win against the Vancouver Canucks. You know who did that last year? Edmonton, so there is hope for turning the corner next season.
This loss stings maybe a bit, but hey the playoffs are almost here.
Calgary meanwhile can watch the Masters this weekend to prep their golf games.
I hope they have as much fun with their lower draft pick as you do reading this Love ‘Em/Hate ‘Em for the Canucks vs. Flames.
When Alex Burrows scored a shorthanded breakaway beauty in the first to open the scoring, it seemed so easy. Unfortunately, the Canucks made that goal hold for two periods, but not three.
In fact it was the first time the Canucks haven’t gotten a single point out of a second intermission lead since 2009.
So the next one is 2015?
2. Feels Like 1994 All Over Again
With the loss, the Canucks failed to all but clinch the President’s Trophy. It means that Saturday will be the decider over who takes the hardware, the Canucks or the New York Rangers.
Both teams are tied with 109 points but the Rangers hold the regulation win tiebreaker (those February OT/SO wins did come back to haunt them!). The Rangers host the Washington Capitals on Saturday with the Caps looking to secure top spot in the Southeast. The Canucks meanwhile will take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena, while I will dream of the possibilities of a Stanley Cup Final re-match.
As for first seed in the West? A simple Canucks win works on Saturday night, but a St Louis loss to Phoenix tonight will go a long long way as well.
3. Goodbye productivity
Depending on how the playoff schedules breakdown, you have either six or seven days to maximize time with loved ones, take care of nagging errands, and tie up any loose ends at work because everything else is about to fall by the wayside.
It also means the knives are going to come out just like last year. You’re going to hear a lot of misguided insults and accusations thrown at the Canucks, the dirtiest team in the league that is also the only team to have no one fined or suspended this year.
Again, a simple message: Let them talk. They’re just bored and bitter because the Leafs, Flames, and Oilers aren’t in the dance. Speak softly and carry a large stick.
1. Zut, le Gragnani
It appears that Marc-Andre Gragnani has played the required number of games to become a restricted and not unrestricted free agent this summer.
After this game, and this week really, don’t be surprised to see Gragnani take a Ballard-esque role in the pressbox. Gragnani, though showing flashes of offensive potiental, is simply horrible in his own zone.
Think Christian Ehrhoff only more volatile.
With Kevin Bieksa, Aaron Rome, and Keith Ballard all due to come back in time for the first round, don’t shed a tear for Gragnani unless you think that the only thing better than a player who resembles Christian Ehrhoff with a bum shoulder from last year is one who resembles Christian Ehrhoff with two bum shoulders.
2. Bad Things Come in Threes
Well, there’s the third period. That was bad. There were three unanswered goals by the Flames. Curtis Glencross’ goal came off a horrible give-away by #33 Henrik Sedin. And that is three things.
3. Close Your Eyes and Imagine…
that Roberto Luongo was in night for the third period meltdown. Now let’s thank god that’s only a hypothetical.
We’re finally entering playoff mode and Roberto Luongo will be the starter again because he’s the career active leader in playoff save percentage and all that other objective jazz.
So my message here is simple: Support the big lug. He wants what you want. Don’t play with fire by playing mind games with a potentially emotionally fragile athlete.
This is our house.