Author: J.J. Guerrero

Sometimes the better team wins

Sometimes the better team wins

I’ll admit I was one of those ‘bad’ fans who left GM Place early last night. I left early, not because I stopped supporting the boys, but because it hurt to watch them get pounded into submission. In the end it was hard to watch. A Vancouver Canucks team which had entertained so royally all year literally ground to a halt, virtually every forward with any capability of an impact either injured or paralyzed with fatigue. Yes the Chicago Blackhawks were the better team and deserved to win but that most certainly doesn’t explain what happened to the Canucks Tuesday...

Kevin Bieksa: History Will Be Made

Kevin Bieksa: History Will Be Made

Sunday was a big night for Kevin Bieksa. He scored 2 goals – including the eventual game-winner – and added an assist. On Monday, the NHL made him the first Canucks player to be featured in its “History Will Be Made” ad campaign.

Sami Salo: Testicular Fortitude

Sami Salo: Testicular Fortitude

I suppose this was bound to happen. It seemed like a matter of time before Sami Salo, who had recently put in a decent stretch of games with the Canucks without injury, would return to the injury list. The good news is, Sami Salo, according to a tweet from Jason Botchford, did not rupture a testicle. The bad news is, a 100 mph shot in that, ummm, area, still hurts like a bitch. Remember last year when he joked around with the media after another injury? Sami Salo arrived in Chicago, practiced on Wednesday morning, and then faced a media...

Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones

I like Elliotte Friedman’s (CBC) take on the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night. Question No. 1: What do people around the NHL think of the Canucks? Answer: A really good, potentially great, team. Definitely have the ability to win the Western Conference, if not the Stanley Cup. Question No. 2: What else do they think? Answer: An easily distracted group that beats itself through paranoia and a thin skin. A team pre-occupied with “conspiracies” against them and a perceived lack of respect. That’s why last night’s Game 5 victory in Chicago was monumental. That is...

Byfuglien pwns Canucks, taunts Canucks fans

Byfuglien pwns Canucks, taunts Canucks fans

I saw this Dustin Byfuglien celebration after his second of three goals last night, and it left me steamed. To be honest, seeing the Big Fugly not only score a hat trick, but also taunt the fans, felt like a kick to the groin after being kicked in the gut. Anyway, I post this video for two reasons: 1) to show those who didn’t like Shane O’Brien’s post-fight celebration against Wayne Simmonds what classy really looks like, and 2) to remind the Canucks that they should never, never, ever, ever allow this to happen in their own barn. (H/T to...

Bullied

Bullied

Almost to a man, the Canucks talked at length about playing more physically after getting beat in Chicago in Game 2. As the saying goes – talk is cheap. That the Canucks lost 5-2 and now trail 2-1 in their Western Conference Semifinal series against the Blackhawks was bad enough. That the Blackhawks won by bullying the Canucks around at GM Place should be cause for serious concern. To be fair, the Canucks, at times, generated some excellent pressure and scoring opportunities, only to be thwarted by Antti Niemi. However, for the most part, the Blackhawks threw their weight around,...

Take advantage of home ice advantage

Take advantage of home ice advantage

Cam Cole (Vancouver Sun) put a damper in our party after the Canucks managed a split in Chicago and grabbed home ice advantage in their Western Conference Semifinal Series against the Blackhawks. So here’s the bad news: The Vancouver Canucks, despite their Game 2 loss at United Center, still have home ice advantage over the Chicago Blackhawks in what is now a best-of-five. Pity. This means they have less than a 50 per cent chance of winning the series. Well, that’s not really what it means, but that’s what the numbers say, this spring. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ win Tuesday night...

Power Failure

Power Failure

The Canucks could’ve have had a 2-0 stranglehold in their series against the Blackhawks. They could’ve had the young, cocky ‘Hawks against the ropes. The Canucks certainly got the start they wanted, but unfortunately, didn’t have the finish. They carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, but surrendered a shorthanded goal that tied the game and the eventual game-winning goal with only 90 seconds left. To put this into context, the Canucks were 34-1 in the regular season and the playoffs when they carried a lead into the second intermission, and had outscored the opposition 112-68 in the final...

“It’s not you, it’s me.”

“It’s not you, it’s me.”

It appears the Chicago Blackhawks won’t give the Vancouver Canucks any credit for the Canucks’ 5-1 win in Game 1. Like Cam Cole (Vancouver Sun) said this morning, “It’s not you, it’s me.” The Chicago Blackhawks have done the autopsy on their 5-1, series-opening turkey against the Vancouver Canucks and have come to the conclusion that it was all their own fault. Or that’s the story — and they’re sticking to it. Like Seinfeld’s buddy George Costanza says while breaking the news to the soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend: “It’s not you, it’s me.” “I think all the goals were self-inflicted wounds last night,”...

Hank for Hart

Hank for Hart

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun The NHL just announced the three finalists for the Hart Trophy and Vancouver Canucks center and Art Ross trophy winner, Henrik Sedin, is one of them: Sidney Crosby of the Penguins, Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks are the 2009-10 finalists for the Hart Trophy. They also were the top three scorers in the NHL this past season. The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.” The winner is selected in a poll by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in...

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