Saturday, January 13, 2007

Canucks vs Leafs: I've been waiting a year for this!

We don't see these 2 teams play eachother enough anymore. Whenever they do go head-to-head, it's usually a classic game, and my favorite game of the year. This time, it will be held in Toronto, so it may not be quite as raucous as it tends to be in Vancouver, where there would be up to perhaps 50% Leaf fans in attendance. There will be fans wearing Canuck jerseys in TO though, just much less.
The Canucks/Leafs have been my dilemna all my life. My father got me into hockey when I was very young. I started watching Hockey Night in Canada with him when I was about 4-5 years old, when the Leafs had Salming, McDonald, Sittler, Palmateer and Tiger Williams. So CBC 'corrupted' my brain at a young age. When I got a bit older, I'd also watch the Canucks on BCTV whenever that station would air their games. Ah, the voice of Jim Robson calling those games....
But I always liked the Leafs more, even in the dismal 80's. Even though all the kids in school cheered for the Canucks, I'd join in their excitement, but remained most loyal to the Leafs, even in their disgust.
In 1994, I cursed the Canucks for beating the Leafs in the semifinals. I still believe that Leafs team could have beat the Rangers.
Today I am loyal to both, as this site indicates. I can't help it. It may seem treacherous to some of you. But this is how I grew up. I talk more about the Canucks on this site because I get to watch every single one of their games and so it's easier to analyze. But make no mistake! When the Leafs play the Canucks tonight, I will be wearing my Sundin jersey and cheering for the Buds!

-The game will be shown at GM Place today so the crowd rivalry may still happen. Damn, wish I was in Van right now...I'd go! (and smuggle Cpt. Morgan's inside)

-Since 2001, the Canucks have a 2-5-1 record against the Leafs.

-The Leaf's lineup may be somewhat decimated, but they will rally for their fallen comrades, like they did against Buffalo.

-The Canucks will get try to 'get on up' after playing a dismal game on Thursday night against the Wild, and seeing their 7-game win streak come to an end.

Game time: 4 pm PST.

My prediction? 5-4 Leafs, naturally!

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At January 13, 2007 at 1:50 PM , Blogger John Bollwitt said...

We're heading down there in just over an hour to catch the game at GM, then stick around for the UBC game. Watch for pictures on our flickr, but I'm hauling recording equipment to catch some audio. Will probably post that to TCC.

Oh, and GO CANUCKS! Screw them leafers :p

 
At January 13, 2007 at 1:59 PM , Anonymous Temujin said...

I'm bringing Luongo.

And the Canucks are bringing the pain.

5-2 Canucks

Naslund (x2), Cooke, Linden, Bieksa

Green, McCabe

 
At January 13, 2007 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

This is such a great damed day! I love it!
Have fun John! I'll come and visit for sure!
Jin-5-2 Canucks?! Maybe, but predicting Nazzy getting 2 is credibility suicide!!! :)

 
At January 13, 2007 at 3:41 PM , Anonymous Temujin said...

Well, I'm the guy who said two weeks into the season that we should trade Bieksa :-)

I have a feeling my credibility was shot back then!

 
At January 14, 2007 at 5:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

so for the guy who said taht this game was going to be 5-4 leafs got anything to say after the leafs go laughed out of the arena. lol. Probably not your probably to sad and cant see the monitor to wright anything threw the tears.

 
At January 14, 2007 at 11:47 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

HA! Well, I was pretty disappointed no doubt! That game was a far cry from the Leafs beating the Canucks 2 years ago (?) and Mats Sundin knocked Brad May out with a shoulder check!! Stretcher time!
To be honest, my eyes only watered this morning because of my hangover headache!

 

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