When I lived in the Lower Mainland, my anger at those 5 PM playoff starts boiled to Tony Gallagher levels of indignation. How dare those Toronto stockbrokers dictate our schedule? Boy, do things look different when you move to Eastern Canada. There are many things to love about Fredericton: the cathedral spire across the frozen Saint John river, the famously-friendly Maritimers, the $168,000 average house price. But it ain’t easy being a Canucks fan here. For one, Fredericton is on Atlantic Time, four hours ahead of Vancouver (and only another four behind London). A home game starting at 7:00 means...Click here to read more.
Author: Bart Byl
The Situation We’re four minutes into the third period, and no one has scored yet. It’s yet another goaltending battle, as Thomas and Luongo have both shut the door so far. Both teams have had stymied on glorious scoring opportunities. Frame 1 Torres plays the puck up to Lapierre, who chips it past a pinching Seidenberg at the point. Frame 2 Chara is the lone man back as Lucic and Seidenberg sprint back to prevent the 2-on-1. Somehow Malhotra is on the ice instead of Hansen for this shift. Frame 3 Now it’s only a 3-on-2, but the three Bruins...Click here to read more.
The Situation Boston is defending a 2-1 lead nearing the mid-point of the third period. They’re back on their heels, but Vancouver’s been unable to score on gaping nets and multiple odd-man rushes. Then the Sedins get to work. Frame 1 Milan Lucic (17) successfully fends off Daniel Sedin (to his left) and Alex Burrows, feeding the puck into the corner for Zdeno Chara. Frame 2 Chara has an easy out: propel the puck behind his net to his partner Dennis Seidenberg. But the big man has trouble finding it in his skates. Frame 3 Daniel moves in, digs out...Click here to read more.
The Situation It’s the third period, and Vancouver’s up 3-0 on the three straight 5-on-3 goals in the second period. So why are we spending time on this goal if the game was already wrapped up? Because it’s a thing of beauty. Frame 1 Henrik Sedin wins the faceoff, and Dan Hamhuis takes the puck behind the net. Henrik and Alex Burrows charge up ice. Frame 2 Meanwhile, Daniel Sedin has moved to the left boards to receive the pass from Hamhuis. Frame 3 It’s a set play. Daniel takes the pass, turns around, and throws it up ice for...Click here to read more.
The Situation Kevin Bieksa has finally scored to tie the game at 2-2 at 7:02 of the third period. The ice has tilted in Vancouver’s favour. 30 seconds later, Dany Heatley elbows Raffi Torres and gets sent to the box. Vancouver’s powerplay unit, frustrated all night, begins cycling the puck. Frame 1 Let’s begin with a familiar sight for Canucks fans: the Sedins working the puck back and forth behind the net. Frame 2 Daniel plays the puck into the corner for Ryan Kesler, as Marc-Edouard Vlasic comes in to pressure him. Frame 3 Notice how quickly San Jose’s four...Click here to read more.
The Situation There’s 29.3 seconds left in the third period, and Vancouver’s clinging to a 3-2 lead. A win would earn a 3-1 stranglehold on the series; a loss would allow Nashville to tie up the series. Vigneault calls a timeout to sketch a set play off the faceoff. Frame 1 Because he’s a left-handed shot, Henrik Sedin will take the draw against Mike Fisher. Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows line up on either side of him. Frame 2 Henrik wins the puck back into the corner for Kesler. All the Predators move in that direction — but notice Burrows...Click here to read more.
The Situation Although Vancouver dominated the first period, the lone goal was a shorthanded marker by Predators’ David Legwand. But in the dying seconds of the period, Luongo suckered the refs into calling a high-sticking penalty on Smithson. The Canucks started the second with the man-advantage, but nearly gave up another shorthanded marker as Ehrhoff turned the puck over twice. Frame 1 Finally Vancouver gets out of their zone and up the ice. Henrik takes the puck at Nashville’s blue line. Frame 2 Shane O’Brien’s the lone man back as Henrik and Kesler come in 2-on-1. But instead of passing...Click here to read more.
The Situation It’s halfway through the second period, and Vancouver is dominating. They’ve blasted shot after shot at Pekka Rinne, but the Vezina finalist’s glove is a black hole. Nothing is getting past him. Kevin Bieksa moves the puck through the neutral zone to try again. Frame 1 Both teams are changing as Vancouver moves up ice. But Nashville’s bench is further away from their goal, giving Vancouver a brief advantage as Higgins joins the rest of the third line. Frame 2 Mike Fisher stands up to Bieksa at the blue line. Instead of making a move and risking an...Click here to read more.
The Situation Jonathan Toews stuns the crowd with a shorthanded marker at 18:04 of the third period to tie the game and force sudden-death overtime. It’s five minutes into overtime, and there’s no margin for error. Frame 1 Chicago gets the puck out of their zone, but Hamhuis dumps it back in, just as he gets nailed against the boards by Toews. It’s a delayed offside. Raymond must clear the zone before Vancouver touches the puck. Frame 2 Chris Campoli gathers the puck along the boards, as Burrows straddles the line, watching the linesman for the moment Raymond crosses the...Click here to read more.
After every Canucks playoff game, we’ll break down one key play, frame-by-frame. The Situation The score is knotted at 1-1 early in the second period. Vancouver has just killed off a Chicago powerplay and dumped the puck behind Crawford’s net. CBC’s commentators mention how quiet the crowd is. Frame 1 (5:12) Kesler briefly waves his stick at Campbell before heading to the bench. Notice the horrible timing of this line change. Frame 2 (5:13) Campbell passes the puck to Kane as the Sedins jump over the boards, already behind the play. Frame 3 (5:14) Kane skates over the blueline as...Click here to read more.