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THE ROUNDUP: You Had One Job, Cryin’ Carrie Returns, And More...

An emotional night in Rogers Arena as the farewell begins, and a frustrating one for those viewing at home as Sportsnet screws up again.

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

THE CANUCKS

We knew it was going to be different than the hockey we’ve been subjected to all season, and man, was it ever. It was a definite thrill to watch a game where you could feel the electricity from the crowd translate through the broadcast. That is, if you got to see it. Thanks to a Blue Jays game that ran way over-time, and some technical snafus, a pretty significant number of Canucks fans missed up to the first half of the first period of last night’s game. And when Sportsnet tried to fix it by shifting it to their Sportsnet Vancouver channel, it didn’t show on a number of providers, like anyone with Bell Satellite or cable. And on Center Ice, they had the Blue Jays on until someone was able to flip it to the Vegas feed. Unfortunately, we didn’t get back to the Sportsnet feed for the rest of the game, which really took a lot of feel out of watching it. Not that the Vegas crew is bad, and they were very complimentary of the Sedins throughout the broadcast, but their focus was (rightfully) on their own team.

Those issues aside, it was a hell of an entertaining game. Sure, it started out with a goal in the first 5 minutes because Canucks, and they found themselves down 3 goals at one point, but you had to know, even as bad as this team has been, that they were going to come back. And what we saw was Bo Horvat stepping up with a big power play goal. Brandon Sutter contributing offensively. Nikolay Goldobin making good on his promise to his agent Igor Larionov, scoring twice (and he could have had four, honestly), not to mention Jake Virtanen showing us some deadly speed and power moves that bode well for the future.

It was frustrating that the evening’s greatest moment was taken away, after a Sedin-assisted goal by Ashton Sautner was nullified thanks to a Coach’s Challenge offside call. Gerard Gallant also initiated another challenge when Derrick Pouliot (the guilty party on the offside) appeared to have deflected a puck past Jacob Markstrom. The replay was inconclusive, but Gallant, whose team was playing in a pretty meaningless game certainly didn’t make any friends last night.

The Sedins looked as they always have. Dangerous (well, except for the shootout. Hank, you should have just ripped that shot. Thomas Vanek would tell you this), and entertaining every time they stepped on the ice. It still really hasn’t completely sunk in that Thursday’s game will be the last one on home ice. It’s growing more and more difficult to comprehend life as a Canucks fan without this constant that we’ve been blessed with.

Meanwhile down on the farm, the Utica Comets are heading into an important back to back against the Toronto Marlies that could be a first round playoff preview, or not, depending on the success the Comets have. They currently sit one point behind the Rochester Americans, and passing them would see the Comets face the Syracuse Crunch in the first round, as opposed to the division leading Marlies.

The Comets are going to be getting some reinforcements over the next few days, with Kelowna Rockets sniper Kole Lind signing an ATO with the team, and he’s eager to build on an impressive junior season that Canucks brass will be keeping an eye on.

They will be without leading scorer Reid Boucher, who suffered a broken hand in a game with the Canucks, but will be getting Nikolay Goldobin, Ashton Sautner and after adding Lukas Jasek (who had a goal and 2 assists in his AHL debut) they could also see Elias Petersson make his pro debut any time now, as his team in the Allsvenskan league is in danger of losing their series. as well as Jonathan Dahlen, who came our way in the Alex Burrows trade to Ottawa.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

The Florida Panthers are still in the hunt, and it was Roberto Luongo who led the way yesterday, making 45 saves as the Panthers held off a 3rd period charge from Nashville, and a little help from a somewhat controversial goaltender interference call. Nashville appeared to score with less than a second to go, which would have sent the game to OT, but Colin Campbell’s new review crew jumped at the chance to get this one right and well, it looks like they might have done that.

Arvidsson clearly pushes Luongo’s pad, pivoting him away from the play which led to the goal. He wasn’t pushed by Yandle. Sure it’s gotta be frustrating, but this seems to be the correct call, right?

Well, Nashville didn’t seem to think so. The team didn’t like it.

The fans didn’t like it.

Jack Bauer didn’t like it.

And the Preds most famous fan, was upset.

The win meant a lot more to the Panthers than it would have to Nashville, but it did bring back some really sweet memories...

Good times, good times.

One huge game with playoff implications tonight as St Louis takes on Chicago. The Blues sit 1 point back of Colorado and the last wild card spot in the West, and will use their game in hand tonight.