Add Detroit to the list of cities that has had controversial run ins with the current edition of the Vancouver Canucks as Jimmy Howard had some choice words for their guests after the game. When asked about Alex Burrows’ streak snapping celebration, Howard replied that he didn’t “pay attention” because “They’ve got a bunch of idiots over there.”
Those of you who tuned in will note that the game was pretty heated from the opening puck drop. Todd Bertuzzi and Max Lapierre were going after each other from the opening faceoff, Jiri Hudler and Ryan Kesler were trading hacks, Daniel Sedin laid out Howard in his goal. All in all it was a pretty entertaining, physical game.
The man who provided the dagger – Burrows – isn’t exactly the most well liked guy in the league to begin with. All in all it was a recipe for high tempers and Howard delivered the quote everyone was hoping for one day later after practice. Per Art Regner of Fox Sports Detroit:
When Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows scored his game-winning shootout goal Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings, he celebrated by pretending to break his hockey stick across his knee.
Not only had the Canucks defeated the Wings, 4-3, they also halted Detroit’s NHL-record home winning streak at 23.
Burrows sent a clear message with his sophomoric move — the streak is broken.
After Friday’s practice, Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard was asked if he saw what Burrows did after he scored against him.
“I don’t even pay attention,” Howard said of the Canucks. “They’ve got a bunch of idiots over there. There are only several good guys on that team, and they know who they are.”
Howard was matter-of-fact with his comments and said that he didn’t care if he was quoted.
Perhaps it’s a by-product of modern day viral media, but I can’t for the life of me think of a team in recent memory that is so universally disliked as the Canucks. Think back over the last 20 years – when was the last time one particular team had so many opponents come out and verbalize their distaste for a squad in this way in hopes of being quoted?
The Colorado Avalanche of the late 90s were pretty disliked but there did appear to be an underlying respect there. Same goes for the Stars, Red Wings, Devils, etc. They all had their rivalries and spats but there never seemed to be such an open willingness to bash the team and the character of their players. This Canucks team, for all of the things it does beautifully (read: hockey) is really disliked.
What do you gang think of these comments? Warranted? No? Is there any other team you can think of that was openly bashed as much as the modern day Canucks? Comment, #BShelf, Facebook.