Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Day Off After Night Off

The Canucks skated at the Vorizon Center today in Washington after waking up from their embarassing 5-1 loss the night before to the hometown Capitals.

It was a pretty upbeat practice with lots of energy and enthusiasm, which is what you'd expect from a team that laid an egg the previous night. Talking to some of the players afterwards, they certainly know they had a bad performance. And they also know that if they come anywhere close to that same effort on Thursday, the end result could be a whole lot worse.

The only player who did not take part in practice was forward Taylor Pyatt, who is nursing a sore foot after blocking a shot against the Caps. Taking Pyatt's spot on the line with Pavol Demitra and Mason Raymond was Kyle Wellwood.

Following the practice and after sending some audio clips back to the radio station in Vancouver, I had a chance to tour around Washington for a couple of hours. It really is an amazing city with so much to see. I obviously couldn't see everything I wanted to, but I did make it to most of the places I wanted to visit. That included the Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Reflecting Pool, the Arlington Cementary, and the Kennedy Gravesites.

I did take plenty of photos but I don't have the proper hook-up to put them up on the blog. Hopefully I'll have a collection to post after the entire Canucks trip is complete next week.

The Canucks won't skate again until Wednesday afternoon in Detroit when they prepare to battle the Red Wings. Speaking of the Wings, they were in Washington today hanging out with President George Bush at the White House to celebrate last year's Stanley Cup victory.

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