Shots on Goal: Canucks Launch a Rocket, Beat Leafs
So after a lengthy conversation (read 3 text messages), it was decided I should write my own copy to the images I create.
Heaven help us all.
First off, I am not a writer. I believe capitalization should be optional and three periods not only encompass a regulation hockey game, but also link thoughts and sentences together.
English majors may want to look away now – or just check out the pictures.
This is my second year shooting for InGoal Magazine, so every time I step into a hockey arena, I feel blessed for the opportunity I’m given. I will never take this for granted.
November 2, 2013 found me at Rogers Arena, preparing to shoot the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks. Before the game however, the Canucks planned to raise Pavel Bure’s #10 to the rafters. I needed to get shots of this. How often does one get the opportunity to cover a rocket launch? Exactly.
If you weren’t there, I hope you watched on TV. It was a fantastic ceremony and a nostalgic look back at the electrifying career of one of the most talented Canucks to ever lace the skates. It is more than fitting that Bure now resides high above ice level, beside Smyl, Linden and Naslund.
With the ceremony out of the way, Rogers Arena, as to be expected, was rocking. The crowd, loud and boisterous an, the Canucks obviously jacked up on rocket fuel. Vancouver took the game to the Leafs, out shooting them 11-0 and leading 1-0 before the game was nine minutes old. Only James Reimer kept the score from being run up. I counted no less than four amazing saves in the first three minutes alone. It took a bank shot off the rear end of Daniel Sedin to break the goose-eggs.
The only push back from the Leafs came in the form of some chippy play and a couple of fights. The Colton Orr / Tom Sestito bout was particularly memorable. I call it a draw.
Final Score 4-0 Canucks. Luongo with 21 saves for the shutout. Reimer ended the night with 43 saves on 47 attempts.
This day though, belonged to the Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure.
#10. Forever A Canuck.
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