I can say with 100% confidence that one of either the Dallas Stars or the Vancouver Canucks will move on to the second round of the 2007 NHL playoffs. It's a coin toss, as Dave put it on Saturday's Canucks Outsider Live, but Vancouverites win both ways: if the local hockey team moves on, we dance on the streets; if they lose, then we enter True Vancouver Daylight Savings Time, that is, the gain of two and a half hours every two days of sunlight where we would normally be watching the game. I usually try to be downtown during the game in which it's possible for the Canucks to move on, but never a Game 7. Since it's essentially a 50-50 chance as it has been all series, I can't bear to watch among the possibly dejected (and almost certainly inebriated) fans. Yet I cannot look away: I'll be watching, but at the same time I'll get some long-needed ironing done.
By Roland Tanglao on April 22, 2007 - 5:51am
[Cross posted from Hockey NW]
The Canucks Outsider Live premier live videocast for Game 6 rocked, let me count the ways:
1. Dave Olson's "Don Cherry Red" jacket was delightful to behold. Almost as delightful as Dave's punditry.
2. We had viewers from all around the world, from Australia to China as well as Canada and the USA.
3. We learned about Floorball and their fantastic cool sticks during the first intermission from Stewart and the BC Floorball guys
4. The fascinating topic of Iceland hockey and the Icelandic influence in Canada was covered by Richard during the second intermission.
Tonight the Canucks play the hated Dallas Stars in Game 6, and I'm going to be part of the group at the Canucks Outsider featuring my ill-informed punditry. Watch it live at http://ustream.tv/canucksoutsider and watch as I startle strangers by yelling loudly when the home team scores. Dave will no doubt bring up Hockey Night in Iceland, and it's my understanding that he doesn't know about the surprise I have for him, the story about which I was holding on to as fodder for the podcast he's long threatened to do with me.
Everybody I talked to thinks the Canucks are going close out the series against the Dallas Stars tonight, but nobody thinks they're going to win by as much as I think they are, 4 goals to 1. (The consensus is 2-1, maybe 3-1 with an empty-netter.) Also I'm going with Cowan for the game-winner, despite my two wrong predictions that he would score the overtime winner in Games 1 and 3.
By Roland Tanglao on April 18, 2007 - 4:30am
[Cross posted from RolandTanglao.com]
Technology willing, Dave Olson and I and his awesome cast of hockey pundits will be doing a live Canucks Outsider webcast using ustream.tv Saturday at 5p.m. Pacific to coincide with Game 6 of the Canucks/Dallas Series. Dave and the gang will be commenting live on the game on video over the internet!
Fingers crossed that there won't be a Game 6. If there's no Game 6 we'll still go live for a couple of hours as I am sure we'll have tons to say about the quest for the Stanley Cup.
[Gear help: If anybody has a 4 mike mixer and a couple of mics, I'd love to borrow them for our 'cast. Contact me roland AT rolandtanglao.com or call me at 694 729 7924 OR leave a comment].
By catalyst on April 16, 2007 - 4:51pm
An energy is building in this city and who knows how far it will go. According to statistics we have never had a stronger hockey team than the 2007 Canucks. Currently up 2-1 in their first round against the Dallas Stars, the team has potential to bring this city to mayhem (let us not forget the '94 run to the finals). In light of this feeling of community, organik has planned a musical performance to dazzle sports fans between periods, as to 'keep the party going'. So slap on your jersey or lucky socks, underwear, or whathaveyou and bring it down to earls on fir (1601 W.Broadway) this Thursday @ 7pm for a night of entertainment sure to make it a game to remember (even if we lose). Watch the game, enjoy the food, guzzle some drinks, and stay for a post-game set by the band. Indeed go canucks go, because the further they make it the more organik playoff nights there will be at various locations throughout this great city of ours. For more info on the band visit www.organiktheband.com and be certain to subscribe to (or-blog'nik) to receive all the latest news delivered straight to your e-mail inbox. See you at game 5!!
Game 2 wasn't a lot of fun from a Vancouver Canucks fan's perspective: seeing Turco shut us out and the opposing team dominate the home team so thoroughly for at least 2 periods was frustrating to watch. Same goes for Game 3 in Dallas: I fully expected the Stars to shut the Canucks down after they scored on the power play, but at least they pulled it out with a Jan Bulis garbage goal and Taylor Pyatt's easy one. (Turco should have had it, but I'll take it.) In both overtime games I chose Jeff Cowan to win it, and was wrong both times.
Just a few seconds before Game 2 between the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks, and during the game on Wednesday, I tried a little experiment. As much as I like Jim Hughson's competent play-by-play, it's a lot more fun to get swept up by John Shorthouse and Tom Larscheid. More so than Hughson, Shorty and Larscheid are homers, in that they're fans who have an obvious bias towards the Canucks. You can hear it best after the Canucks score, with Larscheid exclaiming, especially when it's a tie-breaking goal. So on Wednesday I tried watching the game with the volume down and TEAM 1040 turned up, but couldn't go through with it, because the radio was a split second ahead of the play as seen on TV. I didn't want to find out from Shorty that the home team scored before it "actually" happened on my screen. I'm going to try listening on the web: maybe there will be enough of a lag that the online stream will line up with what I see.
So which do you prefer? Jim Hughson or John Shorthouse? The correct answer is usually "what I grew up with", and in my case it's Jim Robson, especially when games were "simulcast" on CKNW and BCTV.
Like many last night, I endured the over 5 hours of Canucks hockey, and was truly entertained by the first period before the two teams settled down into their "system". It doesn't seem to be listed in box scores, but the Canucks dominated on faceoffs. It wasn't even close. That said, the Stars dominated on shots, with Luongo providing yet another ridiculous save, this time off his forehead. I didn't even notice the Sedins until the second overtime, and even though they combined on the winning goal in 4OT, I got the sense that the Stars were letting them cycle but predicting where they would end up and breaking it. Naslund had at least two hits, a defensive play, and a goal (that shouldn't have counted). 4 overtimes was a little ridiculous, and the end of the game coming at 12:35 prevented most people from driving around hocking and celebrating.