After the lump of coal that the Canucks served up on December 23 against the Calgary Flames, they figured they would reproduce it again – just in case you missed it. Last night against the Anaheim Ducks, the Canucks put on a performance that warrants a refund to at least the ticket holders that were in attendance.
Are you telling me that as a full season ticket holder, that I don’t get a refund for a no-show by the team that was on the ice replicating the Canucks? Come on Mr. Aquilini, you’re in the construction business. So, if you built a development that was below standard and had problems, you wouldn’t repair it or knock something off the price?
Well, that game last night wasn’t even close to the entertainment value of the price of those lower bowl seats that you charged me.
In other words, the tickets weren’t worth the paper they were printed on. What happened to the team that’s built on the Detroit model of consistency? Where’s the pride amongst these overpaid athletes that are always telling us what a tremendous job they have, and how fortunate they are to be playing in the NHL?
Seems to me it must be more of the rhetoric that we hear during the player interviews.
You always hear about the players giving back to the fans for their support. I’ve got an idea. How about if the players all give back last night’s salaries to the fans to cover their ticket costs? There were only a few exceptions that I would leave out of the fans refund.
Cody Hodgson seems to come to play on most nights and he definitely must have been doing something right, because he worked real hard, which is more than I can say for about 95% of the rest of the team. He scored a wicked goal on a wrist shot in the first period to tie the game, which by the way, would be the closest the Canucks would come to the Ducks.
You can’t fault Roberto Luongo, when the team in front of him leaves him hanging out to dry, or in this case like the practice goalie. He did his best but when you are out-shot 22-5 by 6:51 of the second period, you know there’s not much defensive support.
Obviously the Christmas giving is still amongst us, because the Canucks had four giveaways in the first period, to go along with nine in the second. The Canucks were coughing up the puck like someone with a bout of whooping cough, and the Ducks’ eyes were as big as saucers, because they all took turns going one-on-one with Luongo.
Aaron Rome finished with a minus three. Now this makes perfect sense because he had three giveaways, and they all ended up in the back of the net. He looked like he hadn’t played a game since his suspension in the Boston final.
Now I don’t mean to pick on Rome because he had plenty of company. Take Kevin Bieksa for one. He looked like he was out for a stroll in the park. Problem was, the Ducks were the robbers picking his pocket most times he handled the puck. That must explain the three minor penalties he picked up for trying to catch the crooks.
Another telling sign for him and Dan Hamhuis, they had NO hits between them.
Max Lapierre, as he has done for most of the season, tried to add some jump to the game, but he can’t do it by himself. Keith Ballard, who for some reason keeps getting selected to sit out, was the ONLY player on the plus side – with a plus one. Hey Coach, did you happen to notice that by any chance?
I liked the play of Alex Burrows, who has been very steady for a number of games, and Jannik Hansen had spurts where he found some energy, but by and large, this game stunk!
So Mr Aquilini, where can I go to get my refund?
Ice Bits: Maybe Mike Duco should have played in place of Manny Malhotra. At least he brings energy and physical play to that line. Not sure what’s wrong with Chris Higgins but he hasn’t been the same since his last incident with that recurring infection Just doesn’t seem to have the same jump and pursuit.
Maybe my memory is starting to go, but when was the last time the Sedins played like they were interested? I just about overlooked the other player that finished on the plus side (+ one). That was Alex Sulzer.
The Canucks better be ready on Tuesday night or the LA Kings will put a big hurt on them.
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