Tuesday, April 05, 2011

From the What If Files: Aaron Rome's Empty-Net Goal

On March 29, in the dying seconds of a road game versus the Nashville Predators, Canucks' defenseman Aaron Rome scored his first goal as a Canuck. It was a 200-foot empty-netter, but that didn't make it any less special for Vancouver, who celebrated the rare occurrence (it was Rome's 100th game with the team) by mobbing him like he'd scored an overtime winner.

This touching moment almost didn't happen. As the puck drifted towards the goal line, Henrik Sedin quit skating and stuck his arms out, so as to prevent anybody from spoiling the moment. In that instant, any number of shocking things could have gone awry. Below, PITB has imagined three very plausible scenarios, with adorable artist's renderings by the fabulously talented Chloe Ezra.

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SCENARIO 1
Henrik skates like wildfire, catching up to the puck eight inches from the goal line. He changes its trajectory by one degree, earning credit for the goal. Then, before a stunned arena, he tears the C off his jersey, flashes the double guns Shane O'Brien style, and skates off, chanting "Henrik! Henrik!"

Artist's Rendering

SCENARIO 2
Shea Weber gains ground in a hurry. Determined to preserve Rome's special moment and paranoid that Weber is about to thwart it, Henrik tackles the Nashville defender, rugby-style.

Artist's Rendering

SCENARIO 3
No one touches the puck, but it catches a little mound of snow and misses the net. As it slides into the corner, Henrik retrieves it, then makes a no-look backhand saucer pass to Daniel, who pots the insurance goal. The visiting Vancouver fans chant "MVP! MVP!" Forgotten, Aaron Rome skates to the bench unnoticed. After the game, he finds a quiet place and journals.

Artist's Rendering

17 comments:

  1. lol Hilarious! I'd die if the first one happened.

    I love that when the reporters asked about that he pretended that he wasn't that fast (how crazy humble are these guys, seriously) and Bieksa completely scoffed at that and extolled how classy that move was. Shows what a group we have here.

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  2. or any one of them, really

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  3. Wow, much <3 to the artist here.

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  4. I'm pretty certain that Henrik would have gladly taken an interference penalty if it meant that the puck would continue undeterred.

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  5. gotta say that the artwork made me laugh. more of these please...

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  6. The artwork is so adorable! I wouldn't mind more of them either ^.^

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  7. who's drawing these? i'm impressed and we need to see more!!

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  8. Lol at Rome's journals!
    Chloes's drawings are amazing! (What about some Wellwoods and Hamhuis?)

    You guys always make my days.

    Anitha

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  9. Scenario 3 makes me sad, mostly because I forgot him when I did that quiz yesterday. :(

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  10. Hey Harrison, you should do another Wellwood's World at the end of the regular season. After all, he deserves recognition for his first star effort he just got against Dallas somewhere.

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  11. Love the drawings. Solid article as always guys.

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  12. @Anonymous 3:43pm Oh, we most certainly will.

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  13. Ahahah, the first one would be the best thing ever seen.

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  14. Awesome drawings...I like the 3rd one the most. More please!

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  15. Scenario 3: Dear Journal, do you know what I learned today? Henrik is a great big FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

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  16. Haha! The drawings are amazing. My favourite is #2 - it really captures the moment. :)

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