Ok, things appear to be all out of wack right now in Canuckville, including the ever popular OTL 10 series, the sole reason many of you visit www.nwsportsbeat.com (come on admit it!).
Seriously though, from the fact that the last installment of OTL 10 was actually 12 games, not 10, to Torts going apesh*t on the Calgary Flames, being a Vancouver Canucks fan is a bit trying.
After realizing that every piece from here on out will be written in games ending in 2, not 0 (52, 62 etc), it has come to my attention that like those who follow the action on the ice, the ones who take the time to read this piece have to have extreme patience and understanding that it is a continued work in progress and not every night out can be a gem.
The difference however is that the gentlemen with the Orca on their chest and sticks in their hands are professionals and get paid handsomely for it, whereas I am just a couch fan with a keyboard and crappy fantasy team. So without further adieu, let us move on to another exhilerating installment of OTL 10!
1st STAR – The Fans (3-5-2):
Lets face it, from those who pack Rogers Arena on game night, to the hospital patients and shut-ins, the pensioners, the blind, all the people who don’t get out to games but still love the great sport of hockey, the last 10 games have been trying times for hockey fans in Vancity.
Home ice has been kind to those who shell out the big bucks to take in a live game downtown, with the Nucks walking away victorious in two of three games and a shoot out loss to Sid the Kid and the rest of the Penguins.
And one might try to find the silver lining in a 4-3 OT loss to the Ducks and a 1-0 defeat to the Kings, both top tier Western Conference squads, but the 9-1 shalacking to those same Ducks just over a week later, followed by a shutout loss to the Coyotes is almost as frustrating and annoying as a run on sentence.
Ok, sure the team bounced back to grab a 3-2 SO victory over the hapless Calgary Flames, but what good is beating a cellardweller team, when everyone else is doing the same?
No, this team is not a cup contender, but surely they are capable of better.
2nd STAR – Kellan Lain (1g, 1f):
It might be a tad early to put the rookie on a three stars list, but there really hasn’t been much to cheer for lately, so why not? Kellan Lain a a whirlwind first two games in his professional hockey career.
When Lain looks back on his career, one has to wonder what will be a more memorable moment, his two second stint against Calgary or netting his first goal against Edmonton.
Either way, Lain owns Alberta!
3rd STAR – Ryan Kesler (3g, 2a):
Ok, really Ryan Kesler should be seeded as the second star, but why not show the rook some love.
In a lineup that has struggled to put up points as of recent, Kesler has at least shown some sign of life. Tallying a goal and assist against Calgary and adding a helper against Edmonton, Kesler was a key component in a pair of Canucks victories.
However, as with the rest of the team, it appears that despite a couple of baby steps forward, RK17 and the team have found a way to take a giant step or two backward with a loss to Nashville. For all the good that Kesler has done this season to make up for a rough 2012/13, he has posted two four game and a five game pointless streak this year.
If the Canucks are truly trying to be a playoff contender, Kes is going to show up on a nightly basis.
THREE STAR TALLY:
- Ryan Kesler (1st star = 2, 3rd star = 1)
- Jason Garrison (1st star = 1, 2nd star = 1)
- Mike Santorelli (3rd star = 2)
- Roberto Luongo (1st star = 1 2nd star = 1)
- Daniel Sedin (2nd star = 1, 3rd star = 1)
- Henrik Sedin (2nd star = 1)
- Chris Higgins (3rd star = 1)
- Eddie Lack (2nd star = 1)
- Kellan Lain (2nd star = 1)
- The Fans (1st star = 1)