Honestly, this preview was going to be about how we don't give a shit about Vancouver anymore because we see them once or twice a year, the Cup finals were two years ago, and what's the point of further belittling the special needs student of the NHL?
And then we started going through our Photoshops and stories from the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. It was a golden month for Bruins fans, and the golden age of DOY. So let's stroll down memory lane for old time's sake, eh?
It started off with this Photoshop we did right here:
That thing got passed around more than a case of herpes at a fratparty. It raced thrugh twitter like it had the runs, and soon we were getting phone calls and emails from Vancouver newspapers and radio stations to talk about the Photoshop. No joke. We ended up doing 15+ interviews before the Finals were over and Chara was raising the Cup over his head. Apparently that pic hit such a nerve with the Canuck fans, so much so that the Province dedicaed a half a page story to the image:
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You can read the digital version here. Our favorite line in the story, and probably the best commentary of Canuck fans, came from a 52 year-old Canucks fan and mother to some dude Brett:
"We have our green guys, they can have the gnomes. Ours are better, we have original stuff," Lori Ditomaso said.
(If you're a Canuck's fan who still doesn't understand this, here ya go, and don't say we never did anything for you.)
The fact that the paper also used that as a pullquote is just perfect. Thank you, Vancouver. Seriously. You're a parody of yourself and we love it. Don't ever stop.
But that was a few seasons back and tonight will be the first real test for the banged up Proviston Bruins. The Canucks are also 6-0 so far this month, so it won't be easy for the Bs. We should also get a ruling on the Thornton hearing today. It's only been a week since it happened… we've seen murder trials with quicker resolutions…
After the jump… we go through our best Canuck photoshops and preview rest of the game…
Boston's still beat up. We're expecting Tuukka Rask will get the start. No idea if he's still sick or not, though.
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg – Ryan Spooner – Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron – Greg Campbell – Nick Johnson
Zdeno Chara – Kevan Miller
Dennis Seidenberg – Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
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