Archive for June, 2011

Bruins take a lopsided Game 3

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

So close to drinking from the Stanley Cup the Vancouver Canucks could taste it, and then they went and just about gave up. The Boston Bruins were fighting for their lives and playing as if this were Game 7. It combined together to make for a lopsided game that left the Canucks in the dust.

The first period was a push for both teams to get that first goal. Unfortunately this period can only be known by seeing Bruins’ Nathan Horton being carried out on a stretcher to Massachusetts General Hospital. Horton is stated as having a severe concussion and will be out for the rest of the Finals. Canucks’ Aaron Rome, who delivered the hit, has been given a four game suspension that will carry over into next season if the Finals don’t go to 7 games.

This seemed to rally the Bruins, who put themselves ahead with a four goal lead in the second period.

It became an emotional game in the third period, as 20 penalties were racked up between the two teams, adding to a total of 145 penalty minutes for the whole game. The Canucks tried to fight back, with Jannik Hansen getting a goal. It wasn’t enough though as Boston went on to get an additional four.

The last time a team won with such a lopsided result was back in 1996, when Colorado beat Florida 8-1. The only other time a team has won by so much, was in 1991 when Pitsburgh beat Minnesota 8-0.

Game 4 happens Wednesday, June 8, at 5pm PDT in Boston. Tickets are available for Game 4 itself or our VIP Stanley Cup Road Trip. You can also special order tickets for the Stanley Cup Viewing Party at Rogers Arena with 50% of proceeds going to charity!

The Green Men are heading to Games 3 and 4

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

They stand out in the crowd like beacons in the darkness. It’s Green Men, and they’ve become an institution at Vancouver Canucks home games.

Their first appearance was December 2009, meant to be a one time thing. Canucks fans went nuts for the Green Men, and since then they have made regular appearances at the game. Typically spotted next to the opponents penalty box, the Force and Sully taunt the opposition’s players and get in their heads. The duo have gained international notoriety for their antics.

They even travelled to Nashville for the Western Conference Semifinal.

For the Stanley Cup Final Games 3 and 4, they’re heading to Boston. TravelZoo has sponsored the duo, getting them an all expenses paid to Beantown for the game. They’ll be behind the Boston net, ready to heckle Tim Thomas. Known for their props (inlcuding cardboard cutouts of Carrie Underwood and Ben Affleck wearing Canucks jerseys), they won’t say what tricks they have up their sleeves for being in Boston.

If you don’t feel like dressing up in green spandex to get to the games, there are still tickets available for tonight’s Game 2 in Vancouver! The puck drops at 5pm PDT at Rogers Arena.

Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Recap

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

59 minutes and 41 seconds were what it took to decide the outcome of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins at Rogers Arena.

The first two periods saw a total of 12 power plays. Both Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas were human shields, stopping a combined total of 46 shots through the first forty minutes.

It took an empty net for someone to score, and that’s exactly what Ryan Kesler, Jannik Hansen, and Raffi Torres did with 20 seconds left in the game. Just as fans were thinking the game was going to go into overtime, Kesler managed to grab a pass from Kevin Bieksa. Getting the puck in the zone he passed to Hansen. Torres had just come on in a late line change, getting ahead of Boston’s Johnny Boychuk, accepting the pass from Hansen and sliding it in. Thomas didn’t even see Torres coming; he was on the other side of the net covering Hansen.

Next game happens Saturday, June 4th at Rogers Arena. Puck drops at 5pm PDT!