It’s certainly been a tumultuous 48 hours in Canucks country. It all began on Saturday when fans chanted for firings and booed the Canucks off the ice following a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Saturday’s fan sentiment was not lost on Canucks’ owner Francesco Aquilini, who cleaned house on Monday, firing the general manager, assistant general manager, head coach and assistant coach.
Enter former Washington Capitals’ head coach Bruce Boudreau, who replaced Travis Green as head coach of the Canucks on Monday.
Boudreau held one morning skate before facing the Los Angeles Kings Monday night. He and the Canucks would immediately reverse their fortunes and blank the Kings, 4-0. Canucks fans showed their approval by first chanting “Bruce, There It Is.”
A “BRUCE, THERE IT IS!” chant fills the arena!
Safe to say, Canucks fans like what they are seeing from this Bruce Boudreau coached team.
— CanucksArmy (@CanucksArmy) December 7, 2021
BRUCE THERE IT IS pic.twitter.com/xBW7tXBYED
— Vanessa (@vanessaj7_) December 7, 2021
“Bruce has a lot of positive energy and he wants to get the best out of his players,” captain Bo Horvat said after the morning skate. “He has a few new ideas and ways that he thinks we can improve as a team. I’m excited to get that going here tonight.
“I think it’s exciting for the young guys, it’s exciting for even the older guys as well… to have a new voice and a guy who’s going to play us a ton. It’s up to us to perform for him. Our team needed a spark, and Bruce coming in and having positive energy and wanting us to do well and believing in our group, I think it brings us new life.”
The fans also showed their approval for the team at the end of the game, giving them a standing ovation.
— Jess Balzer (@Balzer_Jess) December 7, 2021
“His track record is really good at coming into a new team and getting the most out of the guys,” veteran defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson said. “I think he’s really going to help us. But at the same time, I think the message was pretty clear and that we’ve got to believe in that room and play for each other.
“Bottom line, it’s going to be us players in that room looking to get us out of this.”
As for Boudreau, it was business as usual, capping his first post-game press conference with a patented F-bomb.
Shoutout to Bruce for dropping his first documented f-bomb with the Canucks pic.twitter.com/5gcu95a5PT
— Mr Booth (@MrBooth07) December 7, 2021
There is still a lot of work to be done by Boudreau and the Canucks, as they are now 9-15-2 and currently tied with the Seattle Kraken for last place in the Pacific Division. But for Canucks fans, it’s a start.
By Jon Sorensen