If you're not a bar or restaurant playing the game on TV, it can be an uphill retail battle when the Canucks broadcast begins at 5 p.m., or even earlier in the day as fans are busily painting their faces blue and the like. Some spots are pulling out all the stops with the goal of keeping people flowing.
Shopping for Facial Fuel or Lip Balm #1 when the Canucks score? You score, too: the upscale skin-care chain's Robson Street location is handing out free samples to everyone in the store when the Canucks get a goal. They were no doubt left with a surplus of samples on Monday night.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The gallery closes at 5 p.m. most days, so it isn't taking much of a hit from Canucks glory. Still, it's found an artful way to get in on the action: if you show up in a Canucks jersey or T-shirt this week, it will knock $5 off the price of admission.
The Narrow Lounge
Staunchly anti-television, this Main Street spot is one of the few places not showing the hockey game (hey, even some grocery stores have the game blaring over the speakers these days). On nights the Canucks play, The Narrow is offering everything on its menu at half-price. Yes, that includes alcohol. "It's always pretty packed," says owner Rachel Zottenberg.
Just because a game is on, it doesn't mean you can't be booking your next vacation. For each playoff game the Canucks win, this Whistler hotel is offering three rooms at a rate based on the jersey number of the winning goal scorer. So if Alex Burrows scores the winning goal, three rooms will be up for grabs at $14/night. You're advised to call directly after the final horn blows.