CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for June 7, 2011: A Finger-Licking Butt-Kicking (Game 3 Recap)

The Boston Bruins got back into the series with a massive 8-1 thumping of the Vancouver Canucks in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After a scoreless first period, the Bruins scored 4 goals in both the 2nd and 3rd periods on their way to an easy win.

Despite Boston coach Claude Julien’s claims that the Bruins wouldn’t stoop to the Canucks’ level (with respect to the finger-biting of game 1 and the finger-taunting in game 2), both Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic seemed intent on having the Canucks lick their fingers. Perhaps they had a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken for their pre-game meal?

I also question Alain Vigneault’s decision to leave Roberto Luongo in goal to start the 3rd, and lament the Canucks’ ineffective powerplay.

Game 4 should be really interesting on Wednesday night in Boston’s TD Garden.

Music is “Hockey Night in Canada” recorded by Naturally 7 on their CD “VocalPlay.” (

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for June 6, 2011: A Flair for the Dramatic (Alex Burrows)

The Vancouver Canucks have taken a 2 games to zero lead over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals thanks to a pair of dramatic victories: Raffi Torres scored with 18 seconds left in regulation in game 1, and Alex Burrows scored just 11 seconds into overtime in game 2.

I talk a bit about Burrows’ game-winning goal, and his knack for providing dramatic game-winners. I also wonder at the post-goal celebration of Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

I start the video off with over a minute of footage from game 1, both inside and outside of the arena…including some random guy slapping my butt and another woman drinking out of my mini-Stanley Cup.

Music is “Hockey Night in Canada” recorded by Naturally 7 on their CD “VocalPlay.” (

Stanley Cup Wager: Youth Ministry Style

On the eve of the game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins, I made a quick visit to the webpage for the Archdiocese of Boston, and in particular its Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults (ONE).  Within a few seconds, I found who I was looking for:  the Director, Fr. Matt Williams.  Check out their website and his blog here.

I sent Fr. Matt a quick email, inviting him to participate in a friendly wager.  I was quite confident, as I’ve had success with friendly youth ministry wagers in the past (including Oddwalk Ministries putting together a video using the word “eh” repeatedly after the Canadians beat the Americans for the gold medal in men’s hockey in the 2010 Winter Olympics last February).

Fr. Matt and I have never met, yet to his credit he happily and willingly accepted my fun (and hopefully) harmless proposal.  After a couple of emails back and forth, we decided on this:

If the Canucks win the Stanley Cup, Fr. Matt will send me some New England clam chowder (or clam chowdah as they say in Boston) along with some Boston baked beans (candy).  As well, he’ll have to post on his blog a 45-second video praising the Canucks and the city of Vancouver.

If Boston somehow wins the Stanley Cup, I will send Fr. Matt some BC smoked salmon and some Canadian bacon.  Also, I’ll have to post a 45-second video on my blog extolling the virtues of the Bruins and the city of Boston.

We’ll see what happens…and may the best team win.  Go Canucks Go!

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for June 1, 2011: Canucks Vs. Bruins – It All Comes Down to This

Finally, it’s here:  the Vancouver Canucks vs. the Boston Bruins in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals.

In this CCC, I quickly reflect on my child-hood memories of following the Canucks, and remembering the exciting runs of 1982 and 1994.  However, this year seems different.  It feels different.  We expect to win.

Boston will be a formidable opponent, but I don’t think the Canucks can be denied this year.  It’s time to win the Cup.  For die-hard Canucks fans, this is what we live for.