Author: J.J. Guerrero

Put the dagger in Chelsea Dagger

Put the dagger in Chelsea Dagger

Worst. Song. Ever. I’m glad the Canucks agree, and I, too, hope we don’t hear it as often as we did last year.

Something to Prove

Something to Prove

There’s a different aura around the Canucks this season. I can’t place my finger on it, but if you listened to the guys after dispatching the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, you can hear a quiet confidence from them. Last year, the Canucks, fresh from a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues, faced a young and (supposedly) inexperienced Blackhawks team and lost their composure. They faced a Blackhawks team that they beat up – on the scoreboard and during a line brawl – in their last regular season meeting, and then lost the last three games of their second...

Canucks vs. Kings Game 6 Game Day Links

Canucks vs. Kings Game 6 Game Day Links

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks can close off their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series against the LA Kings tonight. Can they go for the jugular? Or do they allow the Kings a chance at Game 7 on Tuesday? Can the Kings stop the ‘S-Train’? And if they do, can they also stop the Canucks’ secondary scorers? Here are today’s game day links: Go for the jugular. [TSN; Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province; Ed Willes, Vancouver Province; Ryan Sullivan, News 1130] Kings sticking with Quick. [Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province; Helene Elliott, LA Times; Eric Stephens, OC Register] How do you stop the ‘S-Train’?...

Distinct Kicking Ass Motion

Distinct Kicking Ass Motion

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks, left looking for their swagger after Game 3, seem to now have found it in spades. I don’t know what happened or what was said in their locker room during the second intermission of Game 4. Whatever it was, the players have responded positively and are playing great hockey. They’ve scored 11 goals – 8 ESG, 2 PPG and 1 empty-netter – in the last four periods. Even their penalty-kill has been a bit better. They’ve allowed just 1 PPGA in the last 7 Kings powerplays, and even killed a brief 5-on-3 against them last...

Canucks vs. Kings Game 5 Game Day Links

Canucks vs. Kings Game 5 Game Day Links

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Looking for a place to party pregame? [

Canucks vs. Kings Game 4 Game Day Links

Canucks vs. Kings Game 4 Game Day Links

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault laid down the gauntlet to his best players yesterday. Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Sami Salo, Alex Edler, Ryan Kesler were all called to the forefront, and in no uncertain terms, challenged to get it done. Have they truly learnt from previous playoff disappointments? Will they rise up to the challenge this time around? Obviously, we hope it’s the latter. Statistically-speaking, teams overcome a 3-1 first round series deficit only 20% of the time. On the other hand, if the series is tied 2-2, the team with home-ice advantage ends up winning the series 60%...

Canucks vs. Kings: Game 3 Game Day Links

Canucks vs. Kings: Game 3 Game Day Links

The Canucks take their show on the road with the series tied at 1-1. Can they play better than their 19-20-2 regular season road record indicates? Without the benefit of last change, how can the Canucks contain Drew Doughty? Can Demitra prove that he’s no Justin Williams? Can the Canucks stop taking stupid penalties? Time to shed road kill reputation. [Monte Stewart, AOL FanHouse; Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province; Jeff Patterson, Georgia Straight; Greg Beacham, AP via Washington Post] Doughty is dangerous. [Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun; Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province;

Blown Call Costs Canucks

Blown Call Costs Canucks

I’m not one to believe in conspiracy theories, though I have to admit Tony Gallagher’s piece in the Vancouver Province this morning made me think a bit about them. Because the Canucks often seem to get the short end of the NHL officials’ stick, I can’t help but feel that, maybe, there’s some validity to what Tony is saying. Then Saturday night the Canucks jump to a 2-0 lead and appear to be all over the Kings threatening to make short work of a market some important people in the league would love to come back to hockey after eight...

Canucks vs. Kings: Game 2 Game Day Links

Canucks vs. Kings: Game 2 Game Day Links

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks and Kings meet for Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series tonight at 7:00 PM. Does Drew Doughty dare go in Alex Edler’s space again? Will Pavol Demitra show up? Can Andrew Alberts cut back on the dumb penalties? All this and more in today’s game day links: I hope Alex Edler eats his Wheaties for breakfast again. [Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun] Paging Pavol. [Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun, Allan Muir, Sports Illustrated] Rome still out. That means more of Alberts. [Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun] AV has Alberts’ back. [Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun] LA wants...

Moral of the Story: Don’t Take Stupid Penalties

Moral of the Story: Don’t Take Stupid Penalties

I’ll admit I’ve defended Andrew Alberts during his short and adventurous stint with the Canucks so far. He adds some size and a physical element to the team’s blueline, and in a limited role, he was playing better as he became more accustomed to new teammates and a new system. At least I thought he was playing better until last night. Alberts played only 8:25 last night before he was ejected in the second period for boarding Brad Richardson. For his transgressions, he earned a 5-minute major and a game misconduct, and effectively took away some of the momentum the...

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