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2014 Great Northwest Showcase 1

2014 Great Northwest Showcase

The SFU Men’s Hockey Team hosts the Great Northwest Showcase at Bill Copeland Sports Centre on January 3rd and 4th. After playing host to the University of Oklahoma and Arizona State last year, SFU set their sights higher for 2014, inviting NCAA Division One schools Princeton and the University of North Dakota. With so much top-tier talent on the ice, we’re here to introduce you to the players you’ll want to keep your eye on. University of North Dakota UND is the cream of the crop when it comes to NCAA hockey. Since their program started in 1946 they’ve won...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 6 vs. Bruins 2 0

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 6 vs. Bruins 2

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. I'm just going to close my eyes & pretend...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Bruins: Return of the Champians 1

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Bruins: Return of the Champians

Canucks fans will never forget the 2010/2011 season. I mean, it was one of the most successful years in franchise history. And who could forget the dominance and ecstasy that season was or the heartbreak in the way it ended as tonight’s visitors, the Boston Bruins, won the Stanley Cup in Game 7 on our home ice? That Stanley Cup run brought out a gritty rivalry between the Canucks and the Bruins. It brought out a different level of hatred that’s extended even to fans and media from both cities. Because of the NHL’s unbalanced schedule at the time and...

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You Be The Judge: Was Zack Kassian out of line for making fun of Luke Gazdic’s neck beard? 3

You Be The Judge: Was Zack Kassian out of line for making fun of Luke Gazdic’s neck beard?

Late in the third period with the Canucks leading by 3 goals and the game well out of hand, the Edmonton Oilers finally remembered that they wanted to exact some revenge on Zack Kassian for breaking Sam Gagner’s jaw back in September. (Well, they didn’t actually. David Perron had to remind them.) Anyway, a scrum ensued with the Kassquatch in the middle of things with Perron and Oilers enforcer, Luke Gazdic. As with every other scrum, much talking and taunting were involved. But Kassian drew some heat for apparently taunting Gagner’s injury, and have pointed to video evidence as proof...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 4 vs. Oilers 0 0

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 4 vs. Oilers 0

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...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Oilers: Perfect December for the Canucks. 0

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Oilers: Perfect December for the Canucks.

(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (18-10-5) Edmonton Oilers (11-19-3) This is the second of five games between the Oilers and Canucks. In their last meeting on October 5th, the Canucks beat the Oilers with an impressive home opening win of 6-2. The Canucks will look to continue their perfect December (5-0-0), while the Oilers look to bounce back after a 4-2 home loss against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. The Oilers allowed three goals in less than eight minutes, scored two in the second period but came up short two goals in a dissapointing loss. Who’s Hot In his last...

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Evaluating the Play of Roberto Luongo 10

Evaluating the Play of Roberto Luongo

Photo credit: faceoff.com As I am sure everyone is aware of by now, Roberto Luongo was named the NHL’s third star of the week on Monday. For the most part, Luongo has met or exceeded every reasonable prediction people had of him in the off-season. It is fairly well known that goalies that enter their mid-30s steadily decline in save percentage.  Luongo’s .918 is just a fraction off his .919 career average That being said, during a season where save percentage is at its all-time highest, despite the league making goalie equipment smaller, Luongo has been an average at best...

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CHB Countdown: Top 5 Mike Gillis Acquisitions 2

CHB Countdown: Top 5 Mike Gillis Acquisitions

With the recent emergence of Mike Santorelli as a legitimate piece of the Canuck Puzzle, it’s clear Mike Gillis is the guy you want next to you on “Black Friday”. This guy can find a bargain. And while he’s had the disapointments that every GM has during their tenure, he’s also had an abundance of pleasant surprises. Sure, the “fairweather fan” is quick to point out the Keith Ballard debacle or the Luongo/Schneider escapades but the true fan can see that, despite those controversies, Gillis has put together a pretty successful squad. He has brought in players to complement the...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 2 vs. Hurricanes 0 1

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 2 vs. Hurricanes 0

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. #Canucks win & @eddielack gets a shutout. Thank you for shutting up Garrett. #TGATT — G. Justine Galo (@Aviewfromabroad) December 10, 2013 Like this:Like Loading…

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CHB’s Top 10 Things John Garrett was Thinking as Eddie Lack Closed in on the Shutout 1

CHB’s Top 10 Things John Garrett was Thinking as Eddie Lack Closed in on the Shutout

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...

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