Once in a while, as if to show us that no game is gravely important, the hockey gods take over and have some fun.
The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks were powerless to stop their folly Thursday in a game that featured goals bizarre, grotesque and comical. The Canucks, at least, could laugh along with the gods as they beat the Sharks 4-2 to end a nine-game losing streak against their National Hockey League rivals.
And the Canucks deserved this one, too. They were better than Sharks from the opening faceoff, quicker and stronger to pucks and far superior territorially. Vancouver was so good defensively, San Jose generated just 11 shots through two periods and the Sharks' best line was Andrew Desjardins, Tyler Kennedy and Mike Brown.
The Canucks force-fed the Sharks just their second outright loss this season and by doing so caught them in the Pacific Division standings, although San Jose has played two fewer games.
But what this game will be remembered for are the wacky, stu...