St. Louis Blues fans haven't had a playoff game in their stadium in 5 years. They were pumped, great crowd, I expected nothing less out of the fans. Whoever was singing 'O Canada' tried to be fancy, but instead his attempt at being fancy was a FAIL.
Mats Sundin was injured with a lower body injury, and Kariya may have drawn in to the lineup. That would have meant two things:
1. The RPM line/powerplay of the Canucks was going to suffer missing the big body and faceoff wins from Sundin.
2. With Kariya in, the Blues might actually score on a powerplay
None of this happened. Vancouver still won faceoffs and were able to score. Kariya didn't play, and the Blues didn't capitalize on their numerous powerplays.
In the opening few minutes it was a little nerve wracking watching the game. The Blues looked good. Three minutes in, Backes gets a goal and it's the first time the Blues have led a game so far in the series. Ohlund takes an unnecessary penalty that the Canucks kill off. A few minutes later Daniel takes a penalty, then Mitchell gets a double minor. The Blues are on a 5 on 3 but the Canucks look good and also kill that off. It was penalty city for the Canucks with a few more handed out to them in the 1st period. The team escapes down only 1-0.
In the second, Vancouver starts fresh and look like they've adjusted to the St. Louis crowd. The refs during their little pow wow between periods must have decided to call nothing but Blues penalties in the 2nd period. McClement takes a slashing call and just like that Ohlund puts one in. McClement takes another, and Daniel puts it in, 2-1! McDonald finally figures out Luongo and gets a goal to tie up the game 2-2. Crombeen is a bit of a loose cannon tonight and takes three stupid penalties, the last one at the end of the period will start off the Canucks on the powerplay in the 3rd.
The unsung hero of the Canucks, gets his first goal of the series on the powerplay right at the beginning of the period. That's 3 freaking goals on the powerplay! But the refs decide to start calling the Canucks, and the Blues get their second 5 on 3. The Canucks and Luongo would have none of it and just SHUT THEM DOWN. Scottrade Center is relatively quiet for the rest of the period. Backes takes a cross checking call late in the 3rd and to make it worth his while to go to the box, Backes decides to also get a roughing call. Game Over. The Vancouver Canucks are poised to make a deep playoff run this season after missing out on making it into the playoffs just a season ago. Maybe it was the Canucks visit to a Seahawks game earlier this season that gave them post season luck. The Canucks NFL counterparts are currently 5/2 betting favorites to win Super Bowl 2015. For the latest Super Bowl online betting odds and information on how to bet on Super Bowl 49 visit here and support the Canucks' favorite NFL team!
The Blues, who were very good on the powerplay in the regular season (ranked 8th), were not able to capitalize once in the game tonight. They had two 5 on 3's and still no dice. They are now 1 for 17 in the series, which is a little worrisome if you are a Blues fan. Kariya may have helped on the PP, so as a Vancouver fan, I was quite glad he didn't play tonight. Maybe he would ruin the chemistry on the team but if he's healthy for game 4 they may as well give him a shot, because whatever they have right now, isn't working.
Last thought: Ryan Johnson was a beast in the faceoff circle tonight. 11 out of 14.
3 wins down. 13 to go.
So everyone and their mom has written a post about the Canuck ticket renewals that went out last week. Like many other bloggers, I am a Canucks ticket holder. Me and some of my friends (I know my grammar is atrocious some days), share a pack of tickets.
It is great fun of during the summer, usually sometime in July or August, where I have had to pay, in full, for a pack of tickets. This ties up the money for a couple months until the friends that I share the tickets with, pays me back for the tickets they will take. It's like a cash advance loan to the the Canucks, and makes it incredibly tricky when I was back in university trying to come up with enough money to pay for tuition, book and beer. This years was particularly humorous calling in from Florence while on vacation, half drunk at 12am, costing $3.50 cents a minute to make my call in time. The account rep that I spoke to thought I was a little crazy picking a pack of tickets without even seeing which teams were in the schedule.
This year things are a little different.
Playoff tickets are being bought, well, now. And you also have to decide to renew your next season at the same time. They gave you about a week to think about it. And as of some e-mail I just received, looks like they are giving you a couple extra days, but that may be because the packages were, most likely sent out late.
2 years ago, I remember getting a reminder e-mail to call to renew the night before my allotted call in. Only to call the next day asking, where was all the info packages, apparently they sent it late, so no one received it. Yeah, fantastic.
Anyways, this year, you pay for both your playoffs and your next years packages at the same time. We haven't even made the playoffs, and they are already asking me about next season. I don't even know what my team will look like next year roster wise, and already I have to commit.
They are also raising some of the ticket prices. Yes, mine went up. Not a huge increase, but an increase. Apparently 55% of the tickets will have an increase of up to 3%. Now, 3% is not a huge amount, but, given we are in a recession, it seems like a bad marketing move. Are we trying to copy Toronto?
But then I think about the 4000 people PAYING to be on a wait list for my tickets. They pay to be on the wait list? It's that damn supply and demand theory.
Now if we all collectively NOT renew, maybe the prices will drop like they did in rinks like in Tampa. Did you know that you can pay $20, for a ticket, a beer, a hot dog and a parking pass? No joke. I'm pretty sure you are making money on this deal by the end of it.
So would I give up my tickets now?
Nope. I like other ticket holders, are still holding out hoping that next year (I'm not completely sold on the team this year) will be the year that we win the cup. If you are as convinced as I am, you should definitely head over to Royal Vegas and put some hard-earned dollars down on our boys! And I will be there cheering my team on. Planning the parade route. Wooooo!
They are changing this year's seat selection by making people go to GM Place to physically choose their seats. They say the "glass, netting and rink boards (will) still (be) in place for proper viewing". As if I don't know what the ice from the seats in GM Place look like.
I don't fully understand how this seat selection thing will work. When does this occur? Does this require me take time off of work?
So I renewed, not knowing what the team will look like. Maybe it will get blown up, repeatedly, and keep getting crappy trades, and end up like Atlanta (not likely). Or maybe I just signed on to another contract of the Sedins to cycle the puck for god knows how many more years.
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Sorry to start the weekend off with a depressing article kids...but next week maybe we'll come up with things to do with all that extra time we'll have on our hands? no comments
So the question then becomes, 'Where does this part of the debate go? After asking some people on the NHL side, none of whom will talk for the record (big fines), my sense is that a new agreement can be done without the proposed changes.
"If HRR has to be re-done ... we're talking about a long process," said one executive.
About a week ago while on a walk along the seawall, the buddy I was walking with asked me if I could explain the lockout, if there was going to be one and my thoughts on it. My buddy who lives in Vancouver is originally from England and although he has lived here for three years now, had no idea why the NHL and NHLPA would consider going into a lockout.
My answers to him were as follows:
1. The lockout is essentially a bunch of billionaires arguing with a bunch of millionaires about money, specifically hockey related revenue (HRR). The NHL wants a similar deal like the one the NBA negotiated at 50/50 between owners/players
3. I don't care much for the squabbling between the two sides. I understand their respective stances on the issues and the moves that they have made in their negotiations and PR campaigns but in the end there is a lack of caring from myself for either side. I feel that in the end, it sucks for the fans who enjoy the sport and is hurting the momentum of growing the game/fanbases in certain cities (for example, Los Angeles)
The issues that are being discusses in the CBA negotiations are much more detailed than my answer to my friend but I thought I got at the heart of why there is a lockout. If you have been following it on TSN or Puck Daddy or any sports media outlet, you probably know the issues better than I do, in fact I know you do. I admit that my lack of understanding of the details of what is being negotiated over has fully to do with my lack of caring of the issues, the players and the owners.
Here is a video that the NHLPA released on the weekend:
Oh the fans! The fans will be hurt! It's not us! This is an NHL Owners Lockout.
Also, hello Gabriel Landeskog.
Well, I guess the effort in the video was better (from a PR standpoint) than the statement that the NHL released:
Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.
Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players -- as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players' Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation -- not through rhetoric.
This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.Yeah...Not quite the same effect as having Landeskog in a video looking dreamily into the viewer. NHLPA wins this PR round.
First, I'd like to congratulate the Kings in their series win tonight. Congrats to my buddy over @theroyalhalf for his team advancing to the 2nd round for the first time in like a bajillion years, I know how excited he is. He is truly awesome and I honestly couldn't be happier for him. Also thank you to all the Kings fans that read my blog over the past 2 weeks and followed me on twitter, it's been fun.
I'll have some thoughts up on the blog on the Canucks in a few days but I'll need a few days before I post anything or I'll end up sounding like a Team 1040 caller. It's going to be an interesting summer... no comments