"Bruce there it is": Canucks fans whoop it up for Boudreau (VIDEOS)

Dec 7 2021, 8:32 am

What a difference a new coach makes.

Two nights ago, the Vancouver Canucks were at their lowest. Losing 4-1 at home, fans were booing, chanting for Jim Benning to be fired, and a jersey was thrown onto the ice.

Now, suddenly, anything seems possible.

They’ve still got a long way to go, but at least there’s hope now. The Canucks are 1-0 under new head coach Bruce Boudreau, winning 4-0 against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

“I thought they played really hard. It’s what I asked them to do,” Boudreau told reporters after the game. “They played really hard. They were aggressive, they were on the puck. We made a lot of mistakes that are correctable mistakes. But when you win, and you can get away with those correctable mistakes, I think it’s a great teaching tool for tomorrow’s practice.”

The Canucks played more aggressive like Boudreau wanted, and tried out new players on the penalty kill. For one game at least, it worked.

Vancouver killed off both Kings power plays, with players like Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson seeing time on the penalty kill. It’s a small step, but it feels big for this team, which carried a historically-bad PK percentage into the game.

Other positive signs included Brock Boeser scoring his first goal in 14 games, Elias Pettersson earning just his fourth even-strength point of the season, and Thatcher Demko getting his first shutout.

And then there was the love for Boudreau.

“Bruce there it is,” could be heard on the television broadcast, as a chant started by the Larscheiders in section 325 and 326 spread throughout Rogers Arena. Even new Canucks DJ Tom Fleming got into the action, playing “Whoop there it is” to help fans sing along.

“I didn’t hear it, but it would be nice,” Boudreau said when asked about the chant. “That’s great stuff. Anything positive.”

 

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