This week Jay Feaster offers the weather gods a contract…
-by Ashleigh Lamontagne
While Vancouverites basked in a day of sunshine, typically Calgarian winter conditions saw the Canucks arrive into the Saddledome just two hours before puck drop. Facing those odds, what a kick in Calgary’s junk it would’ve been had the Canucks managed to win… they nearly did it too.
Five notes on the game
1. They almost won! Vancouver held two leads during the game and it was tied midway through the third. The Canucks couldn’t find a way to hold on to their leads, or score on rookie goaltender Danny Taylor, and then AV took a costly penalty for yelling at the refs (more on that to come).
2. Deuces for the Danish Dad: Thanks to the delayed flight, Jannik Hansen was able to be there as his wife gave birth to twin boys, Lucas and Daniel on Sunday morning.
After welcoming 2 bundles of joy, Hansen went on to post a 2 point night complete with 2 PIMs and plus-2 rating. Way to go pops.
3. Hansen already knows how to feed: Just ask Chris Higgins. Hansen’s pass up the middle sent Higgins in on a beauty of a breakaway for the first goal of the game.
With the goal, Higgins extended his point streak to four in four games. Meanwhile, Henrik Sedin’s put up six points during those last four games.
4. What’s up with my glove? Nothing’s wrong with the glove buds, but that’s the softest goal we’ve seen in a while.
Roberto Luongo let Mike Cammalleri’s shot whiffle over his glove and into the top of the cage, allowing Calgary back into the game. His questioning head tilt towards the offending trapper was priceless.
5. What did AV say? A simple “that’s an elbow!” couldn’t possibly have accounted for the 2 minute bench minor, could it? According to the him and several players, that’s all he said. In an angry post-game scrum, he even added that he hadn’t used profanity and there was no previous warning.
If that’s the case, this year’s NHL reffing just went from bad to atrocious.