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Canucks, against you have I sinned!

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Call me Judas. Call me Chris Pronger. Call me a cheating spouse. I have sinned this past week. I have been a traitor to the Canucks cause, verbally bashing them when they were down on the road trip, and being a turncoat by putting a Black Hawks header on this site.
Oh Linden, please forgive me for hating you. You have been nothing short of inspiring in the past few games. Maybe you deserve to be on the roster after all. Maybe you shouldn't hang up your protective cup just yet.
Daniel and Hank, my apologies for disgracing you, my brothers.
Please welcome me, the traitorous bastard that I am, back into your fold. Extend your hand to help me back onto the wagon.

In all seriousness, last night's game was a beauty. We aren't used to seeing a 6-5 game on the West Coast this year. A couple of points about the game...
  • Linden looks good beside the net on his off wing during the powerplay. HE scored another goal from there and missed another golden opportunity. But you could see the Flames adapt to that as the game went on, putting 2 guys in that passing lane. Don't expect Linden to bag many more from that spot. He'll have to move around a bit more.
  • We are seeing the old Linden once again. He is shooting the puck more. His icetime continues to increase as he 'takes the bull by the horns'. Last night's icetime: 17:25! A far cry from the 5.5 he was getting at the start of the season.
  • A Canuck team that capitalizes on its chances all of a sudden? The Canucks were outshot in the 2nd and 3rd period 28-7, and still managed to score 3 goals in that span. Yeesh. Blame Kipper, I say!
  • What are we to make of Matt Cooke now? I don't think he liked his report card this semester. If he can continue to play like that with Morrison and Linden, then we've got ourselves some secondary scoring.
  • Markus Naslund looks slow, or lazy, or lost. Which is it? He only played 15:26 last night. I am going to guess injured. Even so, he isn't the captain of this team on the ice lately.
  • The Bieksa/Mitchell combo was all over the Iginla line again last night. They are also approaching McCabe/Kaberle ice-times.
  • I don't remember seeing a division race this close. The Northwest is bloody insane. It looks as though we could see everyone get a stab at 3rd in the West and 1st in the NW until springtime. The bad part is that when they are not 3rd in the West, they drop down to a 7th or 8th spot or lower, because the Sharks, Wings, and Stars have clogged up the 4th-6th spot and are 10 points ahead of anyone in the NW. Madness.


As for the header on this site, it won't always be loyal to the Canucks or Leafs. I think it will become more general over time.