The Canucks managed (shockingly) to win another game. They beat the Sabres 2-1 in a very smartly played hockey game. The game was so well managed by the Canucks that it was largely uninteresting. The Canucks turned this game into a mayonnaise sandwich on white bread, except for one sequence.
The play in question can be seen from 3:53 – 4:40 and contains the (alledged) Buffalo Sabres’ first goal.
In real time the puck at first looked as though it bounced in off the body of Sabres’ left wing Nicolas Deslauriers. The referee announced that the puck went in off the body. After much dawdeling around, Dan Bylsma challenged the play for the Sabers. He had every right too. The replay showed that the puck clearly bounced off of Vancouver’s Skilles and then Alex Edler kicked the puck into the net. The puck did not get directed into the net by the body of a Canuck, but by the body of a Sabre.
Then things got wonky. The Canucks, perhaps the NHL’s most litigious team, challenged the same play on goaltender interference. To this researcher, this is the first time the same play has been challenged consecutively by both teams. The Canucks claimed that there was goaltender interference on Markstrom. As always, a coin was flipped, and it was decided that the play was free of goaltender interference. This was the most “footballish” a hockey game could get. The play was stopped for ~10 minutes while everything was sorted out. No one at Rodgers on Thursday night paid to see a football game and it seems as if the NHL is doing their best to sweep this strange play under the rug.
Obscure Canuck Jersey of the night:
Rick Rypien: This is a jersey that should be worn to the game. His story should be kept alive and used as a lesson for future players of the game, not buried in a closet. Well done.
Terrible Canuck jersey of the night:
This guy wants everyone to know that he invested heavily in honoring Matts Sundin’s one season in Vancouver. Long live the 2008-2009 season or as they say at Rogers: “2008. 09”.