Dec 312013
 

On one end of the rink was Steve Mason, whose career the entire NHL, save the Philadelphia Flyers, had left for dead. Much was made about his past poor performances, especially against the Canucks, seemingly forgetting that he’s actually been pretty damn good during the Flyers’ 15-6-4 surge prior to last night’s game.

On the other end was Tom Sestito, who was waived by those very same Flyers last season and then claimed by the Canucks, and has served as some sort of a whipping boy to Canucks fans ever since.

Both Mason and Sestito had lots to prove. And both delivered.

Mason stopped 41 of 44 shots, plus another 3 in the shootout, to keep his team in the game. Sestito scored a goal and was a pain in Philly’s side for most of the 5:45 minutes he was on the ice.

Guilty as charged.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 302013
 

No Luongo? No problem.

For the second time in his last 3 starts, Eddie Lack recorded a shutout as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 in Calgary. For the season, he now has a 7-2-0 record, a 1.74 GAA (3rd in the NHL) and 0.933 save percentage (6th in the NHL).

That sound you hear is another goaltender controversy slowly growing because, you know, that’s what we Canucks fans do.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 232013
 
Clay with friends Marie, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T

Clay with friends Marie, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T

It’s that time of year again: time for our 4th annual Canucks Christmas Carol!

Our song this year is inspired by Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.  We lament the lockout of last Christmas and look at the most important elements of this year’s team:  Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedins, and head coach John Tortorella.

This year I’m joined by Marie Hui, Arielle Tuliao, Joseph San Jose, Pat Guevara, Pat Teodosio, and our favourite foreign exchange student Kevin who somehow always finds his way to my place just in time to be in these videos.  In fact, both Joseph and Kevin have been in all 4 Canucks Christmas Carols!

Speaking of which, you can watch the previous 3 Canucks Christmas Carols here.

Thanks for watching and Merry Christmas!

Dec 202013
 
What was Roberto Luongo thinking?

What was Roberto Luongo thinking?

 

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 of submissions ever for a CHB Top 10.

Thus, here are the Top 10 Things Roberto Luongo was Thinking While on the Bench:

HM:   “That puck went left and I went right… kinda looked like this.”  – submitted by @WestCoastRidrz

HM:  “I wonder if I can get me one if those turkey legs now.” – submitted by @snacktalker

10:  “In Florida, they don’t play defense either but they at least let me see the puck.” – submitted by @Aviewfromabroad

9a:  “I wonder if I can use how much my twitter account is worth to buy out my contract.” – submitted by @paulalmeida22

9b:  “I sure hope this doesn’t affect my Twitter account value.” – submitted by @codybarendregt

9c:  “My Twitter account’s value increased by $433.20 to $270,838.80.” – submitted by @DustinStadnyk

9d:  “I wonder how this affects my Twitter account’s value.” – submitted by @Shazmodius

These 4 replies are a reference to a couple of tweets that came from Luongo’s account over the past couple days from a website or app that claims to measure your Twitter value.  Luongo has since deleted the tweets.

8:  “I should check my iPad to see how Carey Price did tonight.” – submitted by @PPGoose

7:  “I feel like Rodney Dangerfield: no respect, I tell ya.” – submitted by @watsukoguy

6:  “They told me I’d be seeing stars here in Dallas, but this is ridiculous.” – submitted by @jaybizzones

5a:  “Repeat of Anaheim in 3….2…” – submitted by @Rozzy80

5b:  “I better hit the sandbox!!!” – submitted by @pat_pendergast

5c:  “Oh damn, I hope that wasn’t a shart!” – submitted by @DevrieBeckett

5d:  “Crap. Did I remember to flush?” – submitted by @lyteforce

You can never go wrong with toilet humour.  The tweet from @Rozzy80 is a reference to the famous playoff game of May 2007 when backup Dany Sabourin had to fill in for Luongo in a playoff game – in overtime no less – for a few minutes while Luongo had an untimely case of diarrhea.

4:  “I wonder if Bryz will let me into his humongous, big universe…” – submitted by @RogerWi1co

3:  “Now is as good a time as any to pull off my best Jean Chrétien impression.” – submitted by @Swizzler16

2:  “Milk hot dogs.” – submitted by @JoshuaDykstra12

1:  “Dear Santa: This year I want a new bike, a red wagon, and peace on earth…..” – submitted by @b_cmack

Dec 202013
 

Can we just look ahead to tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks and forget the Canucks’ 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars last night didn’t happen?

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 152013
 

As far as rivalry matches go, you couldn’t ask for much more. Roberto Luongo was great. Tuukka Rask wasn’t. Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli were in beast mode. Milan Lucic wasn’t. The Sedins didn’t back down. Brad Marchand was being a dick. As usual. David Booth scored on a helluva snipe of a shot. Chris Tanev scored. Shorthanded, no less. But most importantly, in the Boston Bruins’ first visit to Rogers Arena since Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the Canucks won. And won in convincing fashion.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 142013
 

With his preseason high-stick on Sam Gagner still fresh in mind, Zack Kassian entered last night’s match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers as public enemy number one. Threats of retribution followed immediately after that incident back in September, and for his part, Kass was ready regardless of whatever the Oilers threw his way.

Except the Oilers didn’t throw much of anything the Canucks’ way last night. The Canucks were as dominant as the Oilers were soft. Roberto Luongo recorded his 3rd shutout of the season, Jason Garrison had 3 assists, and hell, Dale Weise scored a powerplay goal. And Kass? He scored a goal to give the Canucks some breathing room just 2 minutes into the third period, and had irritated the crap out of the Oilers by the end of the night.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 102013
 

This time, John Garrett didn’t say the dreaded ‘s’ word. And this time, the Canucks didn’t let in a softie with seconds left on the clock, and hung on for a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Chris Tanev scored the eventual game-winning goal 3:35 into the game, and Eddie Lack made 31 saves for his first career shutout in his first ever home start.

Yes, it was a good day.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 102013
 
Source:  Canucks.com (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Source: Canucks.com (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

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 scored an empty-netter to put the Canucks up 2-0, the fans were still uneasy.  And John Garrett knew better than to even broach the subject of a shutout.

So while John Shorthouse called the final minute of play, Garrett was left to ponder other things.  Here are the Top 10 Things that John Garrett was Thinking as Eddie Lack Closed in on his Shutout:

10:  “Garrett wasn’t saying anything.  Swedish (House) Mafia likely had a gun to his head so he wouldn’t spoil the…you know.” – submitted by @jortillan

9:  “I’ve got a hankering for some Cheez Whiz on Ritz minis. Mmmm, with Honey Nut Cheerio sprinkles…” – submitted by @PuckedInTheHead

8:  “If I say it again, Eddie won’t be able to match my NHL career shutout total!” – submitted by @b_cmack

7:  “If I say it again I’ll be banned from Subway for life. #cheechloveshissubs” – submitted by @jasonclowers24

6:  “I wonder what other cereals I can put honey on…Shutout Shutout Shutout Shutout Shutout!” – submitted by @PPGoose

5:  “I wonder what I can eat from the Safeway Swipe & Win promotion this week?” – submitted by @JThompsonDesign

4:  “Meatballs.” – submitted by @elmeebaterina

3:  “What cheese isn’t yours?  NACHO CHEESE!”

2:  “Wait, wait, wait…what if I put Cheez Whiz…ON CHEEZ WHIZ! Garrett, you’re a genius!” – submitted by @ADanielWagner

1:  “Cheese on crackers. Cheese on apples. Cheese on toast. Cheese on eggs. Cheese on oranges. No. Cheese on burgers. Cheese on chips.” – submitted by @wronsweeney

Dec 092013
 
Source: www.fanpop.com

Source: www.fanpop.com

Are the Canucks ready to break out after this latest swing of positive results? We sure hope so and we’re confident that they’ll catch fire again tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are five reasons why:

Santorelli on fire!

Last night Mike Santorelli showed another sparkling performance with two goals and an assist and was a whisker away from completing his hat trick in that 3rd period. Whether he’s the second line centre or working on the wing with the Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins line, Santorelli has been a welcome surprise in the season so far. Already on pace to reach 20 goals and 50 points this season.

Canucks drive for five

Turning over the Avalanche extended the current win streak to four games and improved the season record to 17-10-5. The Canucks are beginning to learn lessons and not repeating the same mistakes from previous games. It was a strong performance, turning a 1-0 lead heading into the 3rd period into a 3-1 win. Albeit the late, late goal which John Garrett jinxed with 7.1 seconds to go, the Canucks were strong in the third period, adding a couple of goals from Santorelli and Kesler.

Learning their lessons

After throwing away a 2-goal lead against the Phoenix Coyotes in the previous game, you could forgive the Rogers Arena crowd for being a little nervous last night heading into the third period. On Team 1040, they were calling for the Canucks to be positive, to not sit back, and instead, to look for that next goal and not let the Avs back into the game. The Canucks are even beginning to find points up and down the lineup with Chris Higgins, Dale Weise, Jannik Hansen and David Booth combining for 9 points between them in the last 5 games.

“If you want to be successful in this league, you’ve got to be able to hold on to leads. Tonight, I think we did it the right way.” -Mike Santorelli

Don’t repeat at home what happened on the road in Carolina

Only a week ago, the Canucks faced the Hurricanes in the second game of a road back-to-back. We don’t want a repeat of their efforts in the early part of the second period of that game when they Canucks surrendered 2 goals and squandered a 2-0 lead just 49 seconds out of the break. Thankfully, Kesler hit back almost immediately to re-establish the lead. (Kesler had also opened the scoring only 3:24 into that game.) Much like they did against the Avs last night, the Canucks do need to come out hard and continue to put teams away.

Special teams getting special again

After a terrible early season slump, the powerplay has scored in 7 of the past 8 games and is now a source of strength. Maybe it’s no coincidence that the power is back in the powerplay now now that Jason Garrison has hit his stride with 6 powerplay points in his last 8 games.

Against the Canes last week, the penalty-killing units got the Canucks through the game, killing off all 6 Carolina powerplays – 11:33 worth of penalty time – and since then, the Canucks have killed 11 straight penalties. Even without Alex Burrows, they still look good.

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