Ugly murders don’t just happen in Philly

Outclassed. Unprepared. Inept. Incapable. Dreadful. Overmatched. Gutless. Any of these aptly describes last night’s dismal 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The game was over before the first period concluded, with the Canucks falling behind 4-1. Truthfully, however, it was evident after Jeff Carter scored the first goal without a defenceman in sight that the Canucks were in trouble against a Flyers team that is almost unrecognizable from the miserable team from last season.

Having watched the game until it was 7-2, I can safely say not a single player on the ice displayed anything resembling a quality performance. This, in a way, is the only aspect of the debacle that might give us Canucks fans comfort: the team, to a man, was awful; it was just one of those horrible, cringeworthy nights.

Fortunately, these types of performances and those types of nights are few and far between. Or, so one should hope.

Aside from a number of Flyers padding their stats as if it was Saturday morning street hockey, the one eventful part of the night was Jesse Boulerice’s viscious cross-check to the face of Ryan Kesler. (As I mentioned, I went to bed after the conclusion of the 2nd period, but I saw the clip this morning and it is ugly.) Expect a moderately large suspension, five to ten games being most likely.

Anyway, I can’t bear talking about this game any longer. The weekend offers a back-t0-back, home-and-home with the Oilers. Time for a couple of character performances and, with them, two solid victories.

4 Responses to “Ugly murders don’t just happen in Philly”

  1. 1 Paul October 11, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Game reminds me of the 6-0 defeat against Nashville last year in November.

    And if I remember right, the Canucks started to turn it on after. But I think that is just wishful thinking.

  2. 2 Emmett Macfarlane October 11, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    That hit was brutal. I can’t see why Downie’s hit would be called any worse. If the league is going to be a.) consisent and b.) serious, then Boulerice needs to get at least 20 games too.

  3. 3 RJ October 11, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Unfortunately, I think the league is neither of those things. Let us hope they do, however, cave in to the increasingly weighty pressure from the media, calling for anywhere from 20 games to the entire season.

    Paul: You are right. I think this game will, more than anything, provide a wake up call. The Canucks have slept through all three of their games thus far. Here is to hoping AV gets them to get their act together.

  4. 4 Simon October 12, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Ales Hemsky 10 – Canucks 1

    Ha hahaha. I love that guy.

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