I know I’m probably just stating the obvious here, but I’m using this article as a venting mechanism. Most fans in the NHL know that, after playing the Vancouver Canucks, you need to vent because of how annoying they are.
Monday night, the Canucks defeated the Florida Panthers by a score of 3-2 – snapping the Panthers organization-high 12 game winning streak. It was an impressive win streak, especially for a franchise that has failed to succeed over the years.
But win streaks are bound to be broken. Even the Bruins 14 game winning streak in 1929 was broken. At the end of the day, it’s not a big deal, and teams usually move on from it. Unless, of course, you are Derek Dorsett and you play for the Vancouver Canucks.
After forward Daniel Sedin scored the overtime goal to end the game, the Canucks players paraded to the ice, and seemed relatively happy for just their 14th win of the season. But who was happiest of all, was Derek Dorsett, who used his post-game adrenaline to skate over to the Panthers bench and challenge not only Panthers back-up goaltender Al Montoya, but goaltender Roberto Luongo as well.
A minor bench-clearing brawl ensued, and it was quite obvious that Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant was absolutely pissed. And rightfully so.
What I would like to know is, what exactly inspired Dorsett to do that? He’s a professional hockey player with 105 points in 453 games, and the only stat that will ever reach 1,000 is his penalty minutes, which currently sit at 1,140. In the past four years, he has accumulated 466 penalty minutes in 197 games. In those four seasons, he has only accumulated 49 points.
The standings also point out that the Canucks just look like a bunch of goons when pulling stunts like that. They’re not even qualified for a wild-card spot in the playoffs, and are 17 spots below the Panthers in the standings.
The ‘Nucks can go ahead and be happy about that win, because with the way things are going with the franchise, they won’t be seeing many wins throughout the year.
Also, I’d like to see that type of trash next week when the Canucks come to the TD Garden.
Oh, and just for viewing purposes, here’s Zac Rinaldo’s first fight as a Bruin, which was against Dorsett. This fight will likely carry over to the next time they meet.
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