As per the NHL – Game 1 – Saturday, May 1 @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m. – CBC, VERSUS Game 2 – Monday, May 3 @ Chicago, 9:00 p.m. – CBC, VERSUS Game 3 – Wednesday, May 5 @ Vancouver, 9:30 p.m. – CBC, VERSUS Game 4 – Friday, May 7 @ Vancouver, 9:30 p.m. – CBC, VERSUS Game 5 – *Sunday, May 9 @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m. – CBC, VERSUS Game 6 – *Tuesday, May 11 @ Vancouver, 9:30 p.m. – CBC, VERSUS Game 7 – *Thursday, May 13 @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m. – CBC, VERSUS All times are Eastern...Click here to read more.
[EDIT: Mike Gillis told Team 1040 radio this afternoon that Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks will take place Saturday, with Game 2 scheduled for Monday. Game one's HNIC on Saturday is scheduled for a 5PM PST start as per CBC.] I realize we may have posted the Canucks vs. Blackhawks second round schedule posted a bit prematurely. As it turns out, the league is still in talks to finalize the schedule: The unexpected survival of the Montreal Canadiens, who have forced the Washington Capitals to a Game 7 on Wednesday, has the CBC and the National Hockey League waffling...Click here to read more.
If there was one thing the Canucks learned in the regular season that we’ve seen pay dividends in the NHL’s second season, it has been the Canucks ability to stay calm and composed in the latter part of a game, specifically the third period, when in a tie game or down a goal or two. The Canucks lead the NHL in regular season third-period-come-from-behind-wins with eleven, and after last night’s third-period-come-from-behind-win the Canucks won the series four games to two with the win being their second come from behind of the series. Despite the score in any game we’re seeing...Click here to read more.
It’s well known that to get through the Western Conference is a test of endurance. It’s a physical affair and you don’t only have to beat your opponent on the score sheet but you have to physically out play them in order to win a series. For this reason we see the importance of blue-liners and the bottom six alike as the grit factor becomes (in some series, or on some nights) the deciding factor of a game. The Canucks in game one not only dominated the play of the game but they out hit the Kings en route to...Click here to read more.
With the Canucks having clinched a playoff spot in a shootout against the Ducks (funnily enough the same team they clinched their playoff spot in a shootout against last year) the focus now becomes staying healthy. The Canucks are almost guaranteed the NW Division title. The Calgary/Colorado game tonight will all but determine the Canucks NW Division title hopes, or further reduce their magic number. At this point, while I want Henrik to win the Art Ross, the Canucks to win the the Division, and Canucks records to fall left right and center, the players have said it and I...Click here to read more.
Last night at the Ducks game there was a fight. Now was this any ordinary fight on the street between a Canucks fan and a Ducks fan I wouldn’t care. This was in GM Place and a few realizations have me irked at the whole situation. Yesterday on my twitter “#Canucks” feed I noticed this tweet from a Melissa Rondpre saying “going to my first hockey game tonight! woo go canucksClick here to read more.
With Henrik hitting 90 points for the year with 15 NHL games remaining he’s on pace to shatter his career highs. That being said Henrik’s 90 points makes him the first 90 point player since Bertuzzi (97) and Naslund (104) but passed that mark in the 2002-03 season. It’s been long enough that some of the Canucks bloggers decided to get together and share just how long it’s been since the Canucks last had a 90 point player. “The Canucks haven’t had a 90-point player since J.S. Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Yes, that is sad.” Andrew Bucholtz, Canuck...Click here to read more.
I’ve never been a huge AV fan. Some of his decisions make me tres annoyed and well I think at one point I wanted to email Gillis my head coaching resume. But anyways, on After Hours on Saturday AV sat there and defended Alex Burrows in such a steely, articulate, and lovely way it was absolutely wonderful. Ooooh talk about loyalty and standing by your players. CBC had just ripped Burrows at length in their intermission feature and AV calmly told them how wrong they were. I admit it, the Canucks head coach had me swooning. How nice for Burr...Click here to read more.
Last night was a typical example of the Canucks coming up short in front of their goaltender. However, the difference this time was it wasn’t infront of who you would have expected. In the Canucks 2-1 loss to the stars last night, Cory Schneider got his first start of the season and he did not disappoint. Last year’s AHL player of the year had his audition with the Canucks after his stint last year was below par, and his pre-season was less than stellar, and he shone brightly. He turned away 22 shots in the first period and gave the...Click here to read more.