One cheap shot that particularly irked me was David Backes’ hit to Henrik Sedin’s head. I know this is playoff hockey and Sedin looked fine after the hit, but isn’t this the sort of hit the NHL should be trying to eliminate? To say that the league has been inconsistent in handling head shots is an understatement. Even league disciplinarian Colin Campbell admitted as much on Hockey Night in Canada . (The interview is a telling look at how the league metes out its justice.) Daniel Carcillo gets a one-game suspension for a shot to the head; Michael Cammalleri doesn’t...Click here to read more.
As expected, the St. Louis Blues started game 3 like a desperate team that was already down 2-0 in this series. They came at the Vancouver Canucks in waves. They controlled much of the play and forced the Canucks to take 5 penalties, including 3 by Willie Mitchell in one play midway through the period. After the first 20 minutes, they were outshooting the Canucks 12-5 and leading the game 1-0. But even under constant pressure, the Canucks didn’t wilt. Roberto Luongo held them in the game, and they regrouped during the first intermission and turned their game around. Just...Click here to read more.
Tracy and I got back yesterday afternoon; as good the R&R was, it feels better to be home. We checked out of our resort at 5:00 AM, along with the groups of us that stayed up to watch the Canucks beat the Blues the night before. Some of us exchanged email addresses to stay in touch and chat more Canucks hockey. I love that we met cool Canucks fans even down in Jamaica. My sister picked us up from the airport, and almost immediately, we saw two cars with Canucks flags. During the drive home, we saw a lot more....Click here to read more.
If there’s one thing I’m easily suckered into, it’s a good, ol’ hockey pool. And the boys from The Score’s Hardcore Hockey Talk have suckered me – and other hockey bloggers – into another one. This pool isn’t for money; it’s for pride. Hockey experts who talk about hockey in front of the cameras in a fancy studio vs. hockey bloggers who supposedly blog in our boxers in our parents basements. If you want to follow how we’re doing, Fantasy Hockey Scouts has all the details; my picks are here. Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
I’m sure it wasn’t quite like the Canucks Tweetup at the Shark Club, but it was a good time nonetheless. The pub here at the resort put up last night’s game on both of their big screens and Tracy and I watched the game with fellow Canucks fans from Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria. There was also a couple from St. Louis. We were 5,300 kms from home, but while the game was on, it felt very much like home. I was talking to a guy from the Island earlier in the week and he was very critical...Click here to read more.
The sun and the beaches are nice here in the Caribbean, but I’ll admit my mind is wandering to back home. It’s a strange feeling not being in Vancouver for the start of the playoffs, but the choice was either going this week and missing the first 2 games of the series or going next week and missing, potentially, the final 3 or 4 games. As it turns out, we get CBC here at the resort so we won’t miss any of the games at all. There is quite a large BC contingent staying in the resort. Already, Tracy and...Click here to read more.
First, Canucks playoff tickets go on sale tomorrow. From CDC: The Vancouver Canucks announced today that approximately 1,000 single game tickets for two home games in Round 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale via phone and internet only on Saturday, April 11th at 10:00 am. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by calling Ticketmaster at (604) 280-4400, or 1 (800) 663-9311. General Motors Place Box Office and Ticketmaster Ticket Centres will not be used to avoid disappointing those fans that traditionally line up for hours without successfully purchasing tickets. Good luck to all....Click here to read more.
At tonight’s game against the LA Kings – the Canucks’ last home game in the regular season – the team is handing out their annual end-of-season awards. Here are my personal picks: Cyclone Taylor Trophy (presented to the Most Valuable Player) Roberto Luongo There are a lot of Canucks who have been critical to the team’s success this season. Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Willie Mitchell are having career seasons, and the Sedins have seemingly and quietly raised their game in the last couple of months. However, the fact is that the Canucks would not be in the position they...Click here to read more.
I would be surprised if this dowbboy piece (Calgary Herald) doesn’t make it to Roberto Luongo’s dressing room stall by tonight. Brother can you spare a goal? The causes for the Calgary Flames’ recent scoring woes are plentiful. Foremost among the reasons for the drought has been the succession of hot goalies who’ve tortured the Flames with their acrobatics. From Steve Mason to Nicklas Backstrom to Marc-Andre Fleury, a parade of excellent goalies has stonewalled Calgary’s shooters for much of the past month. Call it bad luck, call it fate, but the Flames have found themselves stymied by netminders who...Click here to read more.
There are probably a million excuses for the Canucks’ weekend, which included back-to-back losses against teams that won’t make the playoffs. I mean, last night’s game was their 9th game in 16 days and they’ve had to travel the night prior to each one of them. Also, they’re still obviously feeling the loss of Carly Bragnalo, a family member. The fact is, after the high of catching up to Calgary last Tuesday, the Canucks have lost 3 straight games (0-2-1), and in each of those losses, they surrendered the first couple of goals and had to play catch-up. Whether it’s...Click here to read more.