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Kings’ Twitter mocks Kesler, implies most Canadians want Canucks to lose

Apr 12, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 11: Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings checks Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena on April 11, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Los Angeles won 4-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Do Canadians outside of British Columbia actively root against the Vancouver Canucks? The Los Angeles Kings apparently think so.

The Kings’ official twitter had this to say after their 4-2 victory over Vancouver in Game 1 of their first round series, “To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you’re welcome.”

Of course, that wasn’t the only tweet by Los Angeles last night that made waves. In response to what they felt was Ryan Kesler taking a dive, the Kings tweeted, “Richards and Kesler share words, looks like a gust of wind sent Kesler tumbling.”

Clearly, whoever is running the Kings’ social media efforts isn’t about to shy away from controversy in their efforts to promote and root for their team. Do you think they’re going too far in their comments, or is it fair game for a team’s official twitter feed to poke fun at or even outright mock their opponents during a playoff series?

  1. flyerscup2010 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    i don’t mind it, it’s nice to see some personality, team twitter accounts tend to be bland

  2. bergeronforselke - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Let em rant, only ups the bad blood. Kesler is a tool anyways

  3. east96st - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Hope the kid that handles their Twitter account (we all know it ain’t a 50 year old guy) has a guaranteed contract, because you just know he is going to get fired if Vancouver wins. The only guy who can get away with comments like that when the team loses is the owner. Everyone else becomes fair game to be the team scapegoat. A little smack is always fun for the fans, but bad for job security.

  4. bucrightoff - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    As a Canadian living outside BC, I whole heartedly agree, and anyone who saw the game last night would agree. What a disgraceful team, they are literally trying to turn hockey into soccer with the diving and flopping. Kesler is the absolute worst at it too, so good for the Kings Twitter for calling them on it.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Buc, that is pretty much what every Canadian sports writer said on the air in Boston in regards to Vancouver last year in the playoffs. From what most of those guys said it did seem like most of Canada was rooting against the Cannuckles.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Yeah it’s 99% true. There’s always some bandwagon fans but most people want to see them choke.

  5. biffnasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Actually pretty clever and witty

  6. bucrightoff - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    If anyone wants some good laughs check out Damien Cox twitter account. He just hammers the Canucks (Canadian writer naturally)

  7. sippindasyzurp - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    The Canucks are a soft European team playing out of Vancouver… I am Canadian and my most hated teams are Canadian ones..

  8. mervsvikes - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Sorry writer, it’s true. I just spent my drive in to work this morning listening to numerous media outlets hammer on the Canucks. I live in Canada although I won’t reveal my city. That only seems to allow Canuck fans to automatically “win an argument” and avoid the real issue by declaring the Canucks to be better. That apparently makes our arguments invalid.

  9. blomfeld - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    “……………………………………………………………………”

  10. sharksfan97 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    The tweets are stupid. Why mess with a situation when it ain’t broke? You just won for goodness sake, controversy is the last thing you need.

  11. ray2013 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I saw it last night. I thought it was funny, but more than a little premature. If you’re going to talk trash like that it should be after the fourth and clinching game, not game one.

  12. drewsylvania - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Surprised they didn’t mention the deliberate assassination of The Star Spangled Banner last night.

    • habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      I thought it was a beautiful rendition.

    • bergeronforselke - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      I cringed through the entire thing. But for some reason seeing Canadian mounties just made me chuckle to myself so it brought me back to a happy place

  13. barroomhero80 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Leave it to a sharks fan to bitc*. LoL worry about your game son

  14. davebabychreturns - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Yeah the hate turns on the Canucks the minute the rest of the Canadian teams’ seasons end (the Senators don’t count, they get almost as much disrespect as the Canucks for whatever reason). I don’t mind, although it gets a little old listening to the boys at the CBC gush all over the Kings.

    Anyway they played the better game last night and deserved the win.

    It’s a bit early for the trash talking, but I guess in a market where you feel you need to draw attention to yourself that’s going to happen early and often.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Are you kidding? Jim Hughson sounds like he’s having an orgasm everytime he’s describing the Canucks play, he’s to the Canucks what Bob Cole was to the Leafs, minus the halting sentence fragments.

      • loinstache - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Yeah Jim’s an exception as he was the Canucks golden commentator before CBC got their grubby hands on him. Listen to the panel with ANY game against them, they can’t stand the Canucks. When they do compliment it’s as conditional and back-handed as you can get. Cry more Eastern Canada

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        Congrats, you just named the one CBC commentator who seems to genuinely like the Canucks.

        Jim is pretty much the exception that proves the rule though, listen to the rest of them.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Oh but I will say this though, whenever the CBC assigns Hughson/Simpson to a Canucks game I am thankful to all that is good and holy that I’ve escaped an evening of listening to Mark Lee.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        I will agree with you there, pretty much anybody is better than being treated to an evening with Mark Lee “Bieksa headmans it…” what does that even mean? Why does he say it 24 times a period?

  15. cableguymike - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Hey LA Kings Twitter account: http://www.businessinsider.com/reasons-to-leave-california-2010-10

  16. mgp1219 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Pile on, baby!! The Cannots deserve every bit of criticism they get.

  17. mervsvikes - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    This cable guy seems to be a bit of a deflector. All this is about is why nobody likes Vancouver. It has nothing to do with reasons to leave California. This is why posters should never share their team allegiances with mike. All he does is deflect. 2 simple facts: 1) people don’t like the Canucks 2) the Canucks dive.

  18. loinstache - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    The rest of Canada hates the Canucks? What a shock, they should get their teams to show them up in the play- oh. Right. Well the Canucks are obviously trying to ruin the game right? With their “Habs-esque” play, no other team would dream of such.

    It’s great, the play-offs come and everyone starts bunchin their panties over the Canucks, losing their breath btchin’ about their btchin

    • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      It’s not all that serious. It’s a known fact that nucks are choke artists and will not win anything, like every other year ever. So I wouldn’t say everyone is “bunchin their panties”

      I’m a fan of an eastern conference team, so I could not care less about them if I tried. If they do make it to the finals against my team, it will be past due for their collapse, so it’s a free cup. If not, they already choked. But yes, they are a bunch of girls who are trying to make the game in to soccer. It is a team full of Cindy Crosby

      • loinstache - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        “I could not care less” followed by insults and complaining
        Wahhhh wahhh wahh Canucks waaah

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Only thing I posted as an insult was to Cindy, the rest are just facts.

        If I wanted to insult, I would talk about how the city looked so much better post riot, and how it was just the citizens way of forcing a redecoration of that rat hole…….but I’m not trying to insult

  19. haterzgonahate - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    you guys are hilarious.. i’m from Ontario and i know plenty of Canuck fans here. is it any coincidence that the hate-on was getting ramped up once the Canucks became the only consistent Canadian team to make the playoffs year after year while the Leafs and Habs wilt into mediocrity?

    just stop already.. your embarrassing yourselves. grab a beer, sit back relax and watch some good playoff hockey. it was an entertaining game last night..

    on another note.. the twitter mocking is fine but i feel it should stay on twitter and not be made into headlines like this.. that’s where the line is crossed and its made into more than it needs to be

  20. mervsvikes - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Jim Hughson is absolutely in love with the Canucks. Canuck fans are denying today because he pointed out the Kesler dive. Canuck fans, he did it lovingly, he thought it was a great play. You guys are so sensitive. You dive. It’s a fact. This isn’t a contentious statement. Embrace it. Uncle Jim has.

  21. oside760 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    screw the canucks. LA can say whatever they want.

  22. interiorfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Every team dives……it’s a fact. The Canucks only scored the first goal because Quick was embellishing contact and trying to draw a penalty. No different from what Canuck players were doing. I had no idea the Kings were such a perfect team full of wonderful, classy players. Thank goodness I have the CBC and you people to set me straight .

  23. bcisleman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    My thought is that when a team plays as badly as Vancouver did last night and loses home ice advantage to a team that it had previously always seemed to handle, the last thing that team should do is tp provoke their opponent like this. Let them alone. Let sleeping dogs lie. This was a mistake.

  24. havok82 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    The Canucks are the biggest fakers outside of Montreal. You saw it big time last year in the Cup finals. Burrows, Kesler, the Sedin sisters, and others are constantly looking for cheap calls. Kudos to the Kings people for making it fun. The Kings just need to repeat this performance 3 more times and then we can go on and watch some real hockey with the Canucks out of the postseason.

  25. mervsvikes - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Oh my goodness interior. Another Canuck deflection. We are all aware that other teams dive. We are all aware that quick embellished there. There is a difference between quick embellishing contact and Kesler diving at him when he was a foot away from contact though. Can you guys admit anything? I guess the Canucks are perfect and everybody else is mean and dirty.

    • clinster - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      The Canucks Army website readily admits the diving was an embarassment.
      http://canucksarmy.com/2012/4/12/kings-defeat-undisciplined-diving-canucks-in-game-1

  26. clinster - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    The Twitter Comments are no over-the-line. All of Canada doesn’t want the “Canucks” to lose, its that they don’t want ANYONE to win but their team…and knocking out the President’s Trophy winner would be a excellent step toward the future mocking and one upmanship that we live for. Your team didn’t win is nearly as good as my team won.

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