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[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id I just get the attention of some non-hockey fan foodies out there? What does peanut butter have to do with the NHL?
Let me tell you a bit about Monday’s night’s spectacular Canucks victory first. The Canucks found themselves in Miami Monday facing a Florida Panthers team which had just ripped off twelve straight victories. Adding a little more spice to the matchup is the fact that former Canucks star goaltender Roberto Luongo is now manning the pipes for the Panthers. Another subplot is that entering the game, Canucks Left Winger Daniel Sedin needed two goals to tie Markus Naslund for the most in franchise history.
Sedin skated by the Panther bench, said something, and a huge brawl ensued.
The Panthers were in control from the opening faceoff scoring 80 seconds into the game and then adding another first period goal for a 2–0 advantage and an eye to their thirteenth straight victory. Daniel Sedin then cut the lead to 2–1 early in the second period. With under three minutes to go in the third, Canuck Rookie Jake Virtanen (see my last article for more on Virtanen) scored his second goal of the year to knot the game at two. Newly acquired Canuck Emerson Etem then drew a Panther penalty from Jaromir Jagr in overtime. This provided Daniel Sedin an opportunity which he capitalized on to net the game winner. The goal was Sedin’s 346th of his career, tying his compatriot Naslund.
What transpired next was not your typical low key game conclusion. Sedin skated by the Panther bench and was demonstrative in his celebration. He later explained that this was due to an offside remark by a Panther earlier in the contest. The result was a near bench-clearing melee which featured Panther coach Gerard Gallant going level ten freakout on the Canucks coaching staff. During the fracas, Panther broadcaster Denis Potvin — a four-time Stanley Cup Winner and Hall of Fame Defensemen who was covering the game, exclaimed, “I see the Sedins are pointing fingers now. . . normally they only use those fingers to lick the peanut butter off their bread.”
This may be the most bizarre statement ever issued by a colour commentator. I am a proud peanut butter enthusiast and I have never saw a need to cover my fingers in peanut butter from my sandwich. Potvin then proclaimed that the well-respected and gentlemanly Daniel Sedin is a “lowlife.” Colour commentators are supposed to add spice to a broadcast, however, a current Hall of Fame player should be more respectful of a potential future Hall of Famer.
Potvin is already getting his just desserts. In researching this article I looked up Potvin’s Wikipedia page. It currently reads Denis “lowlife” Charles Potvin. Quite the sticky situation.