VANCOUVER - There David Booth was, staring down Jonas Hiller from centre ice, just 3:38 into the opening period of what would be a 5-4 shootout win for the Canucks over the visiting Anaheim Ducks.
Awarded a penalty shot after getting tripped on a breakaway by Luca Sbisa, Booth had a chance to boost the Canucks to an early lead with a goal, which would have been his first in eight games, in fact his first point eight games â€“ a drought that began March 19 against Minnesota.
His deke to the forehand was thwarted by the right pad of Hiller. And Booth's struggles continue to fester. He's now pointless in nine.
Period two came and went, and this time Booth was parked on the Canucks bench, moving from side to side in order to allow his teammates to come and go as directed.
Booth was credited with one shift in the period, and was a minus-two at the end of 40...
The Detroit Red Wings are on an unbelievable streak. So is David Booth. The Vancouver Canuck winger plans to end both tonight.
Booth, who grew up a Red Wings' fan in the Detroit suburb of Shelby, has been in the National Hockey League for nearly six years. He has played 343 games, 167 of them on the road. And until now, the 27-year-old has never played in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena, where as a boy he sat in the first row behind the glass, next to the Zamboni entrance.
His parents, Mike and Karen, still have a share of those sea-son tickets after 28 seasons. Their daughter, Rachael, and another of their three sons, Joel, will be in the seats tonight. Joel will be the one in green.
"He's going to dress as a Green Man," Mike said Wednesday on the phone after picking up David for dinner. "You'll be able to see him on TV. That will...
However they do things in Florida, it isn't like they do things in Canuckland.
David Booth is still in the pro-cess of discovering that.
Booth has a dozen games as a Canuck under his belt now and there hasn't been a lot of progress, even though his numbers are better than the wet noodles he put up in six games with the Panthers this season.
Still, as a Canuck he's scoring at a pace that would give him 13 or 14 goals over an 82-game sea-son.
That might be fine for Jannik Hansen; it would be lights-out for Dale Weise. But for Booth that would mean the Aquilinis were dishing out $310,975.60 per goal.
Nice money if you can earn (or not earn) it.
"Every day when I come to the rink, I'm just working on things to make me better," Booth said. "It's a process.
"It's easy to get frustrated, but you can't worry about the externals. It's something I have to...
Rest assured, you're going to see David Booth score goals this year. Lots of them.
You're also going to be able to see him hunt a bear. Maybe even a turkey, or two.
A couple of years ago, when Booth first signed his six-year, $25.5-million deal in Florida, the first thing he did was plan a hunting trip for his father. That one was a beauty. It was $10,000 each. They were up to their waists in snow in Colorado. They were living in tents. They both came home empty-handed. But Booth, a longtime avid hunter, couldn't have been happier.
If you're looking for a juxtaposition to hockey, there's not many more stark than hunting. It involves hours of stone quiet.
It requires spending entire mornings and some afternoons unmoving. It's about enduring the environment, sometimes extreme environments. It can take days on a hunting trip before something happens. Think of the chaotic hotbox that is an NHL hockey game....
It has already been dubbed the American Express line and the Vancouver Canucks most definitely did not leave home without it on Monday.
This is, after all, the second line the Canucks are banking on in a big way to give them a lethal one-two offensive punch.
David Booth, who was acquired on the weekend from the Florida Panthers, is viewed as the topsix forward the team was missing and a player who will complement centre Ryan Kesler and winger Chris Higgins.
Booth practised with his new team for the first time on Monday at Rogers Arena and will make his Canucks debut tonight in Edmonton against the Oilers. He pledged Monday to return to the 30-goal form he displayed three seasons ago.
"I feel like I can get back there and get even higher," Booth said. "I'm playing with some good players now."
Good players and familiar faces.
Booth knows Kesler and fellow American Higgins very well. He was a teammate...