Home, sweet home.
The Vancouver Canucks are enjoying a much deserved day off Sunday after a grueling road trip that had them play four games in six nights. There were some highs, some lows and a lot of hilarity between teammates, who are primed for another playoff run to remember. A fourth consecutive Northwest Division championship is proof of that.
To help put their recent expedition in context, here’s a look at the raw numbers of the Canucks’ 10th road trip of the year:
4 – Cities visited during the eight-day trip.
7,000 – Approximate kilometres flown by the Canucks on board their Air Canada charter, aka Air Canucks.
2,308 – Kilometres from Vancouver to Minnesota during the longest flight of the trip.
4 – Games in six days; Vancouver went 2-1-1.
1 – Goal scored by the Canucks in the first 1:22:42 and a 0-1-1 record to start the road trip.
5 – Goals scored over the final 1:21:40 and a 2-0-0 record to end the trip.
7 – Cat calls Chris Higgins laughed his way through during his post-game interview after scoring the game-winner in Colorado. The boys were teasing him about his abs.
5,000 – Sit-ups required, per day, for 10 years, for someone with a one-pack, like me, to get Higgins’ abs.
1 – Playoff spot locked up by the Canucks with a Calgary Flames loss to the Dallas Stars Saturday afternoon.
4 – Straight Northwest Division titles won by Vancouver.
9 – Northwest Division titles won by the Canucks in team history.
24 – Appearances in the NHL Playoffs for the Canucks, who will compete in their 25th this post-season.
16 – Consecutive games without a regulation loss for Vancouver against Colorado (14-0-2).
62 – Goals for the Canucks, to 29 against, since their last regulation loss to the Avalanche, on October 3, 2009.
904 – Days since that 3-0 loss in Denver.
18 – NCAA men’s basketball teams eliminated from the March Madness tournament while the Canucks were on the road.
1 – Basketball used as part of Vancouver’s pre-game warm-up in Colorado.
60 – Minutes of fear experienced by the Canucks who watched the season finale of The Walking Deadlast Sunday.
4 – People who laughed at an unnamed player in an elevator in Chicago when he revealed the twisted dream he had the night prior, one that may or may not have involved zombies.
6 – Jay-Z songs played in warm-up in opposing rinks (three in Denver).
32,292 – Career points for Michael Jordan, who sits third all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone, according to his statue in Chicago.
27 – Seconds into the first period Jannik Hansenopened the scoring against the Blackhawks.
30 – Temperature, in degrees, during game-day in the Windy City, which tied for the highest ever on record for March 21st.
2 – Thumbs up given by Henrik Sedin post-flights, indicating there was no turbulence and he was happy.
384 – Pages of the The Hunger Games read by Chris Tanev on the trip.
6,500 – Behind the Lens photos taken by Jeff Vinnick, for seven galleries.
0 – Real photos of anyone from the Canucks taken with Peyton Manning, who stayed at the same hotel.
45 – Seconds spent with Manning when we talked hockey in the hotel lobby.
300 – Price, in dollars, of a Manning Denver Broncos jersey at the team’s official store.
47.50 – Price of a Kyle Orton jersey, Denver’s starting quarterback to begin last season. It was 50 per cent off.
21 – Letters in the Denver Post (?!?) headlineSCHNEIDER LEADS CANUCKS after Vancouver beat Dallas.
1 – Mixed up headline by the Washington Post after Schneider’s win…
16,618 – Certificates for Taco Bueno’s burritos awarded because of the lone Stars goal scored on Schneider.
99 – Dallas Stars employees jealous of the security guard who got a hug from former Stars forward Manny Malhotra in Dallas.
Countless – Hugs and handshakes in the locker room after a thrilling comeback win to end the trip on a Rocky Mountain high.