The guys on TSN 1040’s pregame show mentioned if Vancouver could win all five games against the Sharks in regulation (they face each other four more times in March), they’d be right back in a playoff spot.
The Canucks couldn’t make that dream last past the first game of the series.
For those who chose hockey over the Oscars, Vancouver sadly squandered a 1-0 lead after two periods, losing 4-1.
Meanwhile Chris Rock was making the channel switch worthwhile.
Of course I wouldn’t know – I never waivered once.
Who am I kidding? I waivered. I watched Rock’s monologue and I enjoyed it. Which is probably more than I can say for those who watched the Canucks.
But don’t leave. In honour of the Academy Awards, I’ve handed out Oscars for the game.
Any black nominees? Of course not.
1. Pizza of the Year
Sure, Chris Rock’s delivery of the open monologue was on point, but Sbisa is the delivery specialist.
Sbisa delivers a lot of pizzas, but he may have outdone himself on this one.
This gift to Joe Pavelski tied the game up at 1-1 in the third – it was step one of the comeback.
Sbisa’s victory speech:
“Game like this, we’ve got to come out harder in the 3rd. Even after their first goal, we didn’t respond well” – Sbisa #Canucks
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 29, 2016
Luckily the music came on to stop him from saying anything else.
2. Actor in a leading role
The main man for Vancouver in the Sharks game was Dan Hamhuis.
With him being the team’s biggest trade chip, his playing instead of being scratched caused as big an uproar as the lack of black nominees at the Oscars.
— Raj (@BlogTrot) February 28, 2016
Okay, maybe not quite as big an uproar.
Still, it wasn’t the most popular move.
— Steve Brown (@stevebfazed) February 29, 2016
The unthinkable (yet highly predicted by pessimistic Canucks fans) nearly happened too, and it wasn’t even a player that nearly ended the Hamhuis-traded-for-five-first-rounders-and-three-prospects dream.
Should he have played?
— Nucks Wingman (@NucksWingman) February 28, 2016
I asked my followers for reasons he did.
— Mike Johnson (@MJohnsonPoker) February 28, 2016
Maybe, but I’m sure any team looking to trade for him would appreciate the Canucks saving his health for them.
3. Best Original Screenplay
Really, the Canucks have been a non-playoff contenders for a while now. Sure, they could’ve snuck in, had some fun games and generated some extra revenue, but to let that hold the roster rebuild back? That would be crazy.
Orrr it could’ve been a twist no one saw coming…
@omarcanuck That would be 100% insane
— Kyle (@BringrOfRain420) February 28, 2016
That’s how you win an award for Original Screenplay.
It does suck when some see the twist coming, though.
@omarcanuck I have little doubt they will. Unbelievable.
— Russ (@russellgburger) February 28, 2016
— purplegrimace (@Demitra_Van) February 28, 2016
— Jewster (@J_Switz) February 29, 2016
We’ll see on Monday.
4. Actress in a Supporting Role
After seeing Beth Barkowski supporting her son with everything she had a couple weeks ago, Derek Dorsett’s mom sat beside the glass for this one.
See if you can pick her out.
Is that really Dorsett’s mom? No idea.
If it is, it would explain the next award.
5. Actor in a Leading Role
Here’s Dorsett putting on a show for mom, acting like Alex Ovechkin.
Dorsett nearly scored the goal of the year for the Canucks here. This could’ve earned him a $8M six-year extension.
6. Best Directing
This is good stuff.
Hearing that the Canucks and Panthers have discussed the possibility of a Pirri trade, though Vancouver isn’t considered a front runner.
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) February 28, 2016
Source tells me Anaheim showed some interest in Adam Cracknell last week. On waivers today, we’ll see. #Canucks
— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) February 28, 2016
Not the rumours – they’re not the cool part.
What’s impressive is these two guys started off blogging about the Canucks around the same time five years ago, and they now have full-time jobs writing about hockey. They’re developing legit sources, and breaking actual news.
Wyatt’s in this group and there are others such as Cam Charron and Dmitri Filipovic who’ve stormed their way into hockey circles as well.
These are all guys who followed their passion, worked their asses off, and broke through in a tough, rapidly changing sports-journalism market.
Best directing goes to the people who saw potential and crazy work ethic in all these young hockey writers. We’ll be watching them break news and/or influencing teams’ decisions for years to come.
Note: Thanks to Ryan Biech who managed to create some of the gifs used in this post between diaper changes