Roberto Luongo was pulled from the net early in the third period of last night’s 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. It was a tough night for the Canucks’ netminder as he let in the 4 goals on only 19 shots in 42 minutes of work. Shortly after being pulled, the cameras caught Luongo on the bench making the above face. Was he replaying the goals in his head? Sucking on a sour candy? Fighting off a stomach ache? With the help of the Twittersphere, I was able to discover some possibilities. In fact, I received the highest number...Click here to read more.
Author: Clay Imoo
John Garrett received a lot of flak (both serious and fun) from Canucks fans when he talked about Roberto Luongo’s shutout bid in the last few minutes of the Canucks game vs. the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. Whether you call it a jinx, circumstantial, or just horrible timing, Luongo was scored on with 7.1 seconds left in the game, and Garrett was left looking for a rock to hide under. Wouldn’t you know it: just over 24 hours later, Eddie Lack was working on his first-ever shutout during a strong performance against the Carolina Hurricanes. Even when Jannik Hansen...Click here to read more.
Halfway through the Canucks 3-2 win over the Hurricanes in Carolina on Sunday, Brad Richardson and Mike Komisarek exchanged slashes in front of the Carolina net before Richardson dropped his gloves in anticipation of a fight. Unfortunately, Komisarek had other plans. In a move some might call brilliant and others might call cowardly, the Carolina defenseman kept his gloves on and Richardson was left shaking his head on the way to the penalty box to serve a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Canucks fans were enraged, as was Kevin Bieksa on the Canucks’ bench. This wasn’t the first time that...Click here to read more.
One night after handily defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2, the Vancouver Canucks were seemingly in control of their matchup vs. the Chicago Blackhawks last night. The game was a fast-paced affair and while both sides traded decent chances, Roberto Luongo was extremely sharp. Then, in the blink of eye, the Blackhawks potted two quick third-period goals and the Canucks fell into a hole from which they couldn’t climb out of. The time between the two goals? Nine seconds. It was shocking, disappointing, and disheartening. Despite a valiant effort for the rest of the game, the Canucks couldn’t solve Corey...Click here to read more.
The most popular topic stemming from last night’s 2-1 Dallas Stars victory over the Vancouver Canucks was the apparent Henrik Sedin power play goal that was called off early in the second period. The official reason referee Rob Martell waved the goal off was because he felt that Daniel Sedin had made illegal contact with Stars’ goalie Kari Lehtonen just prior to Henrik’s shot. Obviously, the goal could have been a huge momentum-changer, as it would have evened the score at 1-1 in a game that the Canucks were controlling the play. Needless to say, Twitter exploded with conspiracy theories...Click here to read more.
I have a confession to make: I watch professional wrestling. While I don’t follow it as closely as I used to in my teenage and young adult years (I can get through a 3-hour show on my PVR in about 15 minutes), I admit that I can still be entertained by these “sports entertainers”. Some of the most memorable and exciting moments in wrestling take place when a hero switches allegiances and becomes a villain. Most wrestling fans know that the good guys are called “faces” and the bad guys are called “heels”; thus when a good guy becomes a...Click here to read more.
In the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, both Henrik and Daniel were among the Canucks skaters to shoot in the shootout. Daniel’s quick snapshot was stopped by Mike Smith, and Henrik lost the handle of the puck on his attempt, sealing the loss. It still perplexes me as to how two of the most creative and offensively-gifted players in the entire league can perform so poorly in the shootout. Perhaps they could spend some of their new $28 million on shootout coaches or lessons. In the meantime, CHB readers offered up their suggestions on...Click here to read more.
The Vancouver Canucks continued their long road trip with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils in New Jersey. Once again, it was the battle of former teammates as Roberto Luongo faced off against Cory Schneider (figuratively and not literally), giving me yet another opportunity to post my latest Canucks music video. But I digress. After overtime had concluded, the cameras caught John Tortorella, referee Wes McCauley, and a few Canucks players sharing a chuckle as Torts handed over his shootout line-up. We will likely never know what exactly they were all giggling about, but it’s sure fun to speculate....Click here to read more.
Roberto Luongo picked up his first shutout of the young NHL season last night in a 3-0 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. Luongo played a solid game while getting some help from the crossbar and post, and Ryan Stanton in two different situations in the third period. Regardless, it was great to see Bobby Lu get the goose egg after an uneven start to the year. While not privy to the post-game congratulatory handshakes and head butts, it’s still fun to imagine what Luongo was saying to his teammates after the game. So here’s CHB’s Top 10 Things that...Click here to read more.
I was blessed to be at all three of the Canucks home games this week. Although the team only picked up two out of a possible six points, I was fortunate to be in the arena to witness three big games: Cory Schneider’s return with the Devils on Tuesday, our rival San Jose Sharks on Thursday, and the popular Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thursday in particular was a very memorable day for me as I was able to accompany friend of the blog Marie Hui as she sang the national anthems. I hung out with her in the dressing room...Click here to read more.