Canucks fans are sitting twiddling their thumbs because of their early ousting of the St. Louis Blues, but it’s time to figure out who the Canucks want to face in the second round and hop on someone else’s bandwagon in the down time. That or we need to convince Gary Bettman to have a mini series with the Bruins while we kill time till the second round. When you look at the potential matchups out there for the Canucks in the second round, assuming the Ducks upset the reigning President Trophy winning Sharks, the Canucks are going to be facing...Click here to read more.
I’ll admit over the course of the season I’ve been really harsh towards Taylor so I guess now I have to take it easy on him. Pyatt’s back in town and according to the team has resumed his full duties as a Canucks player. Again, my condolences go out to him and to the Bragnalo family, I can only imagine what it’s like for Taylor to have lost his high school sweetheart of 11 years. That being said, it’s playoff time, we’re right in the thick of things and the question now is “Who/what/where/when/why to do with Pyatt”. Pyatt was...Click here to read more.
I agree with what Brian from Canucks Corner had to say about the Canucks’ four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues. First, this: I have to say, that was the most stress free series I think I’ve watched the Canucks play. Not at any point did I feel like the series was in jeopardy of slipping away. The Blues fought hard, but were clearly over matched in key areas of the game. In fact the only area you could say the Canucks could improve would be staying out of the penalty box. This will be imperative in the next round...Click here to read more.
From Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun): Canucks forward Taylor Pyatt has returned to Vancouver from Thunder Bay, Ont., after mourning the death of his fiancee Carly Bragnalo. Pyatt left the team weeks ago when Bragnalo was tragically killed April 2 in a motor vehicle accident while on vacation in Jamaica. Pyatt and Bragnalo were to be married this summer. Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said Thursday it was uncertain whether Pyatt would immediately resume full workouts with his teammates. “I believe he will take a few days and get acclimated before any decision gets rendered,” Gilman said. No rush, Taylor. And...Click here to read more.
Before I go praising the Canucks through every high hill and low dale, I have to give credit where credit is due and that’s to the St. Louis Blues. They played a fantastic series, they were young, inexperienced, and they gave us a heck of a run for our money. The 4-0 series sweep was no indication of how close the series was and even in the last game, they were down, they got up, they tied it, and they took us late into OT before they finally fell to their final playoff loss of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. So...Click here to read more.
Game 4 and the Canucks need one win to become the first team to advance to the second round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If the first three games were any indication of what to expect, you can believe that there’s a lot more coming. Only two teams in the NHL have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, the Islanders and the Leafs. The first three games have given us everything we could have possibly asked for. There’s been hitting, some of the cheap stuff, fantastic goal tending, spectacular goals, can we really ask...Click here to read more.
I don’t blame Canucks fans for their exuberance (or even overexuberance) going into tonight’s game 4. I don’t know if the Canucks have ever been in this situation – a 3-0 lead in a 7-game series – but I know they’ve never completed a 4-0 sweep. It’s certainly exciting to think that it could happen tonight. I like that the Canucks realize how tough tonight’s game is going to be. I like that they realize they may have narrowly escaped defeat last Sunday. I like that they know they have to be better. From CBC Sports: Foremost on the minds...Click here to read more.
The bottom line is that we’re all busy people. However, we did the best to gather everyone we could to get this episode out to you, and it’s a good one. Rebecca and John catch J.J. by phone as he gives us details on what it’s like to get his fix on the team while in Jamaica as well as insights as to how the team has been doing in this first round battle against the St. Louis Blues. A short time later, we catch up with DaveO to get his feelings on similar subjects in addition to some other...Click here to read more.
In these playoffs it’s clear that the Canucks need to be firing on all cylinders. Everyone talks about the Sedins needing to step it up. They talk about Luongo needing to be on top of his game, but there’s one thing that can really be the X-Factor for this year’s Canucks playoff run and it is the play of 4 players. Particularly it is the 3rd line and Ryan Johnson. Coming off game three where the Canucks faced their biggest challenge in a first period throttling that saw them spend half the period on the penalty kill. That’s where the...Click here to read more.