After Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, I did a post on why I hate the Canucks. Well, one post on this subject isn’t nearly enough. This series has brought to light everything that is wrong with Vancouver. Every time I feel like I have reached a point where I can’t hate them any more than I already do, the Canucks baffle me and reach a new low. I was always acutely aware of their on-ice act. Whining, chirping, diving, flying elbows to the head, hair pulling, biting(well biting is a new one, but not shocking coming from scum like Burrows) etc were all to be expected when the Vancouver Canucks were on the schedule. However, I had no idea that they were this smug and this arrogant.
I am paraphrasing here, but these are some direct quotes from the Canucks after their Game 5 win:
“Look, it doesn’t matter that I gave up 12 goals in games 3 and 4…I am better than Tim Thomas. I would have saved that one he let in. It was an easy save. I am not going to sit here and keep giving Thomas compliments when he hasn’t said one nice thing about me all series. Tim Thomas is my hero and it really hurts my feelings.”–Roberto Luongo
“If I had a time machine, I’d still launch myself into Nathan Horton’s skull. Wouldn’t change a thing. It was only two seconds late and he shouldn’t have been looking at a teammate when trying to get ready for a return pass. Its Horton’s fault I tried to give him brain damage. I am the victim here. The NHL isn’t consistent with their punishments. I mean Burrows bites a guy and gets nothing, and I try to decapitate a guy and I get 4 games? How is that fair?”–Aaron Rome
“The fact that the Sedins haven’t scored one point and are like minus 23 combined for the series, doesn’t mean that they aren’t playing well or that Chara is shutting them down completely.”–Elaine Vigneault
If those three direct quotes didn’t convince you that the Vancouver Canucks are not only gutless, but also smug and arrogant maybe the story the Boston Globe is breaking will do the trick. Not only did the Canucks plan a parade that would take place after Game 5 victory, but they also tried to sell the broadcast rights to the event. So basically the Canucks just thought they could roll over the Bruins when it took them 6 games to beat Nashville, and 7 games to beat the Blackhawks. Arrogant. Hey guess what Vancouver…nobody wants to watch your stupid parade that’s 40 years in the making(that probably won’t even happen). America hates you, the rest of Canada hates you, Sweden probably hates you, so you’ll probably end up having to put it on Vancouver Public access TV or something. Maybe U-stream.
DROP THE PUCK. I am ready for blood. Rise up Boston. Bruins 4, Nucks 1. So it was written, so let it be done.
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Betting on baseball is so easy its unbelievable. No wonder Pete Rose couldn’t resist. Its like somebody giving you cash for being able to read or something. I killed it yesterday. Cubs had lost 8 in a row. Their losing streak had no end in sight, except I saw it from a mile away. Cubs were big winners. For kicks I gave the citizens the Brewers win and the over…win and win. The day before I gave you the road dog Red Sox to win 2 of 3 games on the series bet…and that cashed in too. Just picking winners like its my job, good thing it is. I picked the Miami Heat in my NBA Lock of the Century, and I am pretty much hoping I lose that one so I am making up for it with baseball.
Seattle Mariners +168 @ Detroit Tigers -188
This one isn’t exactly brain surgery. Terrible Mariners team on the road taking on one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. Verlander will probably have double-digit strike outs and breeze to a win. The line isn’t the most attractive, but a win is a win is a win. Also, I have never heard of this Fister guy pitching for Seattle. One of my gambling rules is that if I have never heard of you, it means that you suck. Tigers roll.
Oakland A’s even @ Chicago White Sox -110
Honestly, the only game I really love on the board is the Tigers game, but you can’t win if you don’t play and I am on fire right now. Playing with house money. Give me the White Sox at home with Buerhle pitching. Seems like a solid pick. Decent moneyline for the favorite at home. Good enough for me. I am just going to keep racking up wins.
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I am not going to sit here and say I told you so, but I totally did. The Canucks are a joke. The softest team in the league. Unworthy of being in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canucks are a classic “fake tough” team. They will push you and try to get under your skin by diving, chirping, biting, throwing head shots, and complaining. If you stand up to them and push back at them they will completely crumble. The Bruins took it to the Canucks physically and they whimpered away.
NHL Network was really rushing to the defense of the Canucks last night. “Kesler must be hurt. Luongo has vertigo. Burrows is menstruating, blah blah blah”. Truth of the matter is that this is just who the Canucks are. They are a group of cowards who barely beat an injury depleted Blackhawks team in a rebuilding year. They just suck.
Now I even think Vancouver is delusional. Bieksa called Tim Thomas “leaky” in the post game and said that they were showing him too much respect. Yeah, real leaky goalie in net for the Bruins. The Canucks have scored under 2 goals in three of the 4 games and on top of that Thomas has more hits in the series than the Sedin Sisters combined. Showing him too much respect? How, by trying to slash the stick out of his hand and running him every chance they get? Burrows even tried to fight Thomas. Who fights a goalie? Burrows is pathetic.
The only chance the Canucks have to salvage this series is to start Cory Schneider, but even the Boston native Schneider sounded like he wanted to part of the Bruins. “None of the goals were Roberto’s fault. He deserves to be in there for game 5.” Come on now, Cory. You went to Phillips Andover and graduated from BC with honors in 3 years, you’re smarter than that. Luongo’s legs were more open than Lindsay Lohan’s on the Peverly goal. Ryder’s shot looked like a peewee shot it. The only goal that wasn’t on Luongo was Peverly’s second goal. Other than that Luongo was responsible. Maybe Schneider doesn’t want to alienate his hometown team. Maybe he is afraid of the Bruins. Maybe he is just as delusional as the rest of teammates.
This series is over. I originally predicted the Bruins winning in 7 games, but now I don’t think it will take that long. Long live the Original 6. AMERICA.
PS I love Milbury in between periods. Calls the Canucks “smug and arrogant” during game 3 and has the line of the year when he referred to the Sedin Sisters as “Thelma and Louise”. Just perfect. If NBC could replace Pierre McGuire with Darren Pang it would be the greatest hockey broadcast crew ever assembled.
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That felt great. The Stanley Cup Finals has displayed to the greater hockey world what the Vancouver Canucks are all about. They love to chirp, they play dirty, the dive, they bite, and they throw gutless blind hits to the head. Finally, somebody besides the Chicago Blackhawks has the sand to stand up to the Canucks and punish them for disrespecting the game of hockey. Now the Bruins have discovered the final piece to the puzzle that will let them beat Vancouver. If you punish them physically, out work them, and frustrate them…the Canucks will lose their cool, take dumb penalties, and quit. Luongo looked completely rattled for the last 40 minutes.
Last night’s game was an absolute beat down. The Bruins physically and mentally dominated the Canucks from the second period on. I feel vindicated by this series and I am 100% on the Bruin bandwagon. The Bruins are the opposite of Vancouver in so many ways. They have tough guys who are confrontational, but they are more than willing to answer the bell when challenged. I love the way they play. Even Tim Thomas got into the hitting game last night when he checked one of the Sedin Sisters.
The Bruins most likely will not score in abundance like they did in game 3, but they need to duplicate the level of intensity they brought for the duration of the series. They are still trailing and they must continue to attack Vancouver across all 200 feet of the ice surface. I was completely wrong about Shawn Thornton. I wanted Seguin in the lineup and I undervalued what Thornton brings to his teammates with his toughness and energy. Thornton is just flat-out scary and the ref tossing him out of the game mid way through the 3rd period may have save somebody’s life.
I have one final thought on last night’s game. Game exemplified why I love hockey and the NHL more than any sport. The NHL has an element of frontier justice. Burrows was a punk(and a difference maker) so Shawn Thornton smashed him early in the game to set the tone. Burrows takes a swipe at Tim Thomas late, so Milan Lucic turns into hockey’s version of Wyatt Earp and doles out the punishment immediately behind the net. No other sport or league has this mentality of self policing and standing up for your teammates. I can’t wait for Game 4 as I am sure the hatred between the teams is about to boil over.
Bruins in 7
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Boston Bruins +165 @ Vancouver Canucks -195
I want to say that the Bruins deserved better in Game 1, but that would be incorrect. Tim Thomas deserved better. Vancouver was the superior team, and their skating advantage was obvious. Tim Thomas was superman in Game 1. General rule of thumb is that I hate goalies, but Thomas is different. He has incredible passion and never stops fighting. Boston must get to the net in Game 2. All of their chances came from the outside. Luongo has a history crumbling when guys get in his face. The Bruins were physical in Game 1, but it seemed like the Canucks were often the ones initiating. Boston needs to be the “Big Bad Bruins” in game 2. Milan Lucic…I am looking in your direction.
Bruins will play desperate, Thomas will shine again, Bruins win a close one.
Chicago White Sox +130 @Boston Red Sox -145
No way the White Sox keep this up, right? They have won 6 in a row and two against the Red Sox in Fenway Park. I always bet against streaks…except my own and I am on fire right now after going 4-0-1 last night in the Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks game. White Sox are losing this game. Sorry Chicago. Sox vs Sox series ends with a 2-1 Sox victory though. Maybe they are getting on track.
New York Yankees +105 @ Oakland A’s -115
Not the most attractive line, but if there is a road dog on the board to take today its the Yankees. Burnett is due for a good start and the Yankees lineup is still one of the best in baseball. Too much for the pesky little A’s even though Gio Gonzalez has pretty nasty stuff.
Still picking winners on a daily basis. I am on fire right now. Burning up Costa Rica. Sportsbooks all over the world are in trouble.
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Tampa Bay +140 @ Boston -160
Over/Under 5.5 Goals
Ho-hum another lock of the century pick that I am going nail. I am honestly starting to get board with this whole bankrupting Costa Rica thing. But when they spit lines out like this I am left with no choice but to rob them blind. Tampa Bay is the underdog simply because they are the road team. Which is some dumb. Tampa Bay has proven that they can win in Boston and this series would be over already if Tim Thomas didn’t steal Game 5. Tampa Bay has dominated the past two games and I expect their elite forwards Stamkos, Lecavalier, and St. Louis to continue capitalize on powerplay chances. Special teams have given Tampa Bay a sizeable advantage all series and there is no reason to believe anything will change tonight.
The other half of this equation is over/under line set at 5.5. Are you kidding me? Is Costa Rica waving the white flag on this one? These two teams have been solid defensively this year on the surface, but they each have been bitten by a their major flaw in this series. Tampa Bay hasn’t gotten the quality of goaltending they enjoyed in the second half of the season. While Boston has continued to give up a ton of shots. Tim Thomas has largely masked this defensive issue with his spectacular play, but when facing quality snipers, like the ones employed by the Lightning, giving up a ton of shots isn’t a formula for success. Give me the OVER and start looking up flights to Costa Rica.