Personally speaking, as a full-fledged Canucks fan since the West Coast Express era, it’s the first time I can recall there ever being so many new additions to the team being such vital parts to the team so early on in the season. It’s a strange and wondrous feeling, and I feel like this week I should be talking about another new addition to team, albeit in a different fashion — Mr. Jim Benning, ladies and gentleman.
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It was a night of firsts on Saturday night in LA when the Canucks faced the Kings: Marian Gaborik scored his first goal of the season, while Jake Muzzin scored his first goal in 26 games. Jocelyn Aspa recaps the Vancouver Canucks’ 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in your tweets.
After a fantastic third period comeback against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, the Canucks head to San Jose and embark on game 1 of their 3-game California road trip. Lizz Moffat recaps the game in your tweets.
The NHL suspended Edmonton Oilers captain, Andrew Ference, for 3 games following his headshot on Zack Kassian. On its own, that probably sounds fair. But as Kerry Fraser notes, this isn’t Ference’s first run-in with NHL DoPS. In fact, he’s been suspended twice recently for dangerous hits – in other words, he’s exactly the league’s definition of a repeat offender.
In 12 games so far this season, Vey’s got 4 goals and 2 assists — for a total of 6 points — with two of those goals coming in the last week. And, with 4 goals to his name this season, if he were still on the LA Kings, that’d put him as the fourth-leading goal scorer on the team. So, uh, thanks, LA! (And no, you can’t have him back.)
Johnny from Tokyo… err… Matt Lee is back and brings the heat to episode 30 of the C4 podcast! Rejoining Chris in studio and Clay by phone, the boys discuss the optimism in the Smylosphere and how one comment from “Johnny from Tokyo” has helped turn around Luca Sbisa’s career in Vancouver.
After last night’s 3-2 win over Edmonton, the Canucks are back at it, looking to do the same at home against the Nashville Predators. Lizz Moffat recaps the game in your tweets.
While the hit wasn’t late like Burrows, it’s clear that Ference leaves his feet, elevates his shoulders, and hits Kassian in the head. If Burrows got 3 games for his hit, you be the judge, should Ference be suspended?
Burrows’ hit on Emelin had all the trademarks of the kind of hit the NHL is trying to eliminate. Emelin was admiring his pass, which placed him in a vulnerable position, Burrows’ point of contact was high, and there were a couple of steamboats from the point that Emelin got rid of the puck to the point that Burrows hit him – the hit was high, the hit was late, and the hit was to a guy in a vulnerable position.
I’m back with my new and improved Clay’s Canucks Commentary. I will be producing these video podcasts every week or two and sharing my views, opinions, and insights on the Vancouver Canucks.