There was a game to be played the day after the Vancouver Canucks made significant changes in the organization. It was the start of a new era and the Los Angeles Kings were in town.
It was also the first game for Bruce Boudreau as the Canucks head coach and Scott Walker as an assistant.
Boudreau conducted his first practice on Monday morning and the team was in good spirits.
In the afternoon, he gave his first press conference as head coach and he seemed pretty happy and excited about the opportunity to coach the Canucks.
Not to be overshadowed by the changes, it was also Alex Edler’s return to Vancouver since signing with Los Angeles in the offseason. He spent 15 years as a Canuck and leads the franchise in goals, (99) assists (310), and points (409) by a defenceman.
Edler received a video tribute and a standing ovation from the Canucks fans in attendance.
For the first time in a long time, the Canucks played a fun hockey game. They looked like a different team from Saturday night’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They played with more energy, transitioned the puck up the ice more effectively, and looked more aggressive with the forecheck.
For the first time in a long time, lots of things went right for the Canucks. Juho Lammikko even scored a goal after a poor LA giveaway. Maybe he just doesn’t do nothing after all.
“Man, it was fast,” said Boudreau after the game. ” It was a lot different than watching it on TV for the last year and a half I can tell you that.”
The fans even shared their love of the new bench boss by chanting “Bruce, there it is!” to the tune of Tag Team’s hit song Whoomp! (There it is)
So it looks the Boudreau era is off to a great start. The game was like listening to Weezer’s OK Human album after five years of mediocre music from them. (Ok, maybe not that far.) Here are three takeaways from the Canucks 4-0 win over the Kings.