Two games into the regular season and – this is a nice surprise – the Canucks are 2-0!
Of course a nice start isn’t going to change the minds of many… Will it?
— Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay) October 17, 2016
Maybe it will…
Poll: Has the #Canucks start changed your viewpoint on the team?
Yes or No.
Vote at tsn1040.ca at 2.
— B-Mac Donnie & Moj (@BMacDonnieMoj) October 17, 2016
Personally, I prefer to wait longer than two games. But if they beat the Blues on Tuesday….?
It’s not just that the Canucks have won two in a row to start the season, it’s how they’ve done it, coming from behind in the third period in both games.
They tied the game with under four minutes left and won in a shootout on Saturday. On Sunday they trailed by three goals and managed to tie the game with less than six minutes left and won in overtime.
Who are these guys?!
The Canucks are now 2-0 when trailing after the first period and 2-0 when trailing after the second period. Last season they won just three times when trailing after the first, and three times when trailing after the second.
Eriksson own goal
Admit it, when you saw Loui Eriksson score a goal on his own net on Saturday you thought “it’s going to be another one of those seasons.”
You might still be correct, but at least it wasn’t another one of those games.
Unlike Shane O’Brien, Eriksson was able to help write a happy ending after his gaffe.
New Canucks sniper scores on his own net before the opposition’s, come on, the Canucks always lose that game. Except this time it was different. Sweet justice, as Eriksson helps to set-up the tying goal and the home team wins.
They didn’t play Eriksson’s goal song when he scored, of course, so we’ll have to wait and see what it will be this season.
The Canucks are continuing with personalized goal songs this year, with each song being revealed when a player scores at Rogers Arena for the first time.
Word from those in the know last year was that Ben Hutton had perhaps the best one, but as luck would have it, he didn’t score a goal at home in 2015-16.
Hutton finally scored his first goal at Rogers Arena on Sunday, and it was revealed that his personalized goal song is Get Up by 50 Cent.
Here’s a selection of the songs we know so far:
|Markus Granlund||Tarkenee – JVG|
|Bo Horvat||Put On – Young Jeezy|
|Ben Hutton||Get Up – 50 Cent|
|Daniel Sedin||Electric Worry – Clutch|
|Brandon Sutter||Callin’ Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks|
With all due respect to Brandon Sutter, this goal song has got to go:
Virtanen can dance
Love these behind the scenes videos the Canucks produce.
Get a big win, do a little dance!
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 16, 2016
Check out Jake Virtanen’s dance moves near the end.
Virtanen head smash
Of course Virtanen won’t be dancing if he gets suspended or fined for this:
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) October 17, 2016
Virtanen has already been suspended before in his short career, and he’ll quickly get a reputation if he keeps this kind of play up. Smarten up.
Tryamkin waits in the wings
If everyone stays healthy, a story that will grow legs as long as his, will be the story of Nikita Tryamkin and his stunted growth as a hockey player.
Tryamkin is just 22 years-old and has watched the first two games from the press box. Most teams would send a player in Tryamkin’s situation to the AHL for seasoning, but the Canucks can’t, given the out-clause in his contract.
Of course, it’s just a matter of time before someone goes down with an injury and Tryamkin gets into game action. Still, the longer this goes, the bigger it will become.
Vancouver will get what is easily their toughest test so far, as the St. Louis Blues come to town on Tuesday. They play the Jack Eichel and Evander Kane-less Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, before heading on the road for the first time for a pair of games in southern California.