Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/12/12
There’s that shootout again… There was a time when a Vancouver Canucks/Flames game was appointment viewing. If games against the Oilers over the past decade have been defined by speed and skill displays, contests against the Flames have traditionally been trench wars. The rivalry has waned in recent years as the Flames and Canucks have chased completely different trajectories, leaving the results lopsided of late (though not of late late). Vancouver’s hate meanwhile, which I’m told is actually finite, has been focused on a couple of original six teams. This one wasn’t a Vancouver blowout, and it wasn’t a traditional gang war, but the game did provide a few opportunities to re-spark the flaccid rivalry, even if both teams had stretches of play where their performance was somehow worse than whatever Karmin was trying to do on Saturday Night Live (are we seriously, as a society, allowing girls to imitate both Nicki Minaj and spiders?). Honestly, if Calgary adopted their retro jerseys ...
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