Author: J.J. Guerrero

Vancouver Sun Playoff Panel: SCF Game 1 Preview

Vancouver Sun Playoff Panel: SCF Game 1 Preview

In case you missed it, here’s the Vancouver Sun Playoff Panel preview of the Stanley Cup Finals series. Guests include Cam Cole and Matt Black from the Vancouver Sun, Bob Mackin from 24 Hours Vancouver, and Matt Lee, Tom Wakefield and myself from CHB. thevancouversun on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Back in 2008, I did a post about how the infamous Cam Neely trade keeps on haunting the Vancouver Canucks. Fast-forward three years later to today, and with the Canucks set to face Neely’s Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, it’s perhaps appropriate to once again re-visit this trade. To expand on that original post in 2008, the Bruins have since traded Dennis Wideman (along with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft) to the Florida Panthers for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell. Horton’s 17 points currently leads the Bruins in playoff scoring and Campbell is...

Canucks: History is ready for the bigger stage

Canucks: History is ready for the bigger stage

I can’t get enough of this video. John Shorthouse’s call still gives me chills.

Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

According to NBC, the Stanley Cup Finals will start on Wednesday, June 1st. Game 1 (at Rogers Arena): Wednesday, June 1st at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 2 (at Rogers Arena): Saturday, June 4th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 3 (Away): Monday, June 6th at 5 PM (CBC, Versus) Game 4 (Away): Wednesday, June 8th at 5 PM (CBC, Versus) Game 5* (at Rogers Arena): Friday, June 10th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 6* (Away): Monday, June 13th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 7* (at Rogers Arena): Wednesday, June 15th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) * –...

WCF Game 5: Canucks 3 Sharks 2

WCF Game 5: Canucks 3 Sharks 2

Contrary to how some Canucks talked about it after the game – tongue-in-cheek I’m sure – Kevin Bieksa’s series-winning goal in double OT wasn’t a planned play. It probably wasn’t the kind of goal Bieksa dreamed of scoring as a kid growing up in Grimsby or neither was it the prettiest goal he’d ever scored. To some, it was a fluky goal resulting from a broken play. To others, it was a heads-up play when no one else, including Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, knew where the puck was. There’s no argument though that it was one of the biggest goals...

Manitoba Moose Moving

Manitoba Moose Moving

From Robin Short of The Telegram in St. John’s, Newfoundland: Six years after the Maple Leafs played their final American Hockey League game in St. John’s, the league is returning to the city for the 2011-12 hockey season. The Telegram can confirm an announcement outlining the relocation of the Manitoba Moose franchise to Mile One Centre is set for 1 o’clock next Friday afternoon. Ironically, the Maple Leafs franchise, which lasted 14 years at Memorial Stadium and Mile One, played its final game in Winnipeg on April 30, 2005, when the Moose eliminated St. John’s from the Calder Cup playoffs....

WCF Game 2: Canucks 7 Sharks 3

WCF Game 2: Canucks 7 Sharks 3

Before game 2, the San Jose Sharks vowed to play a more physical game. They did. In all the wrong places and at all the wrong times. The Sharks took a lot of undisciplined penalties and it cost them. The Canucks scored 3 powerplay goals, including the eventual game-winner, and won game 2 by a convincing 7-3 score. Perhaps the Sharks said – and did – what they did to try and get into the Canucks heads. But if the game and the postgame was any indication, it’s the Canucks in the Sharks’ heads. Joe Thornton looked defeated. Of all...

Roberto Luongo: The Rodney Dangerfield of Hockey

Roberto Luongo: The Rodney Dangerfield of Hockey

I think Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) is bang on when he points out: Luongo is the goalie who can’t seem to win, even when, well, he’s winning. His goals-against average this postseason is 2.23 and his save percentage is .918. These are remarkable numbers if you consider he got shelled in two of his 13 starts. Luongo is 9-5 this postseason, and just three wins away from getting to the Stanley Cup final. But there exists an unhealthy amount of negativity and criticism which follows him. Sometimes I wonder about fans’ – Canucks fans or hockey fans – expectations of...

WCF Game 1: Canucks 3 Sharks 2

WCF Game 1: Canucks 3 Sharks 2

Even as the Canucks advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1994, there were some questions surrounding the team. Among them, what happened to the best third period team in the NHL after they squandered lead after lead in the first two rounds of these playoffs? Can the Sedins elevate their game as Ryan Kesler has? For one game, at least, they answered the bell. The Canucks vastly outplayed the San Jose Sharks in game 1 of this series. And though they trailed early in the third period – it was only the second time all...

Tom’s Round 3 Preview and Predictions

Tom’s Round 3 Preview and Predictions

Eastern Conference Final Boston (2) vs Tampa Bay (5) Season Series: Boston (3-1) What we learned in Round 2 Boston: There is offense to be found in the Bruin attack. It’s name is David Krejci. Also, that Boston remains an incredibly difficult opponent to generate offense against. Tim Thomas is lurking in the Conn Smyth Trophy weeds. Tampa Bay: That the team’s 1-3-1 style has effectively neutralized their greatest weakness – a lack of defensive mobility. This Lightning team is playing as well as Montreal defensively right now, but they have the game-breakers the Habs lack to take advantage offensively....

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