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MSM links for March 19, 2009

MSM links for March 19, 2009

Kesler is singing the same contract tune as buddy Burrows (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Mitchell’s play a real plus for Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) LaBarbera finding peace while waiting in the wings (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Rangers, Canucks could be tough in playoffs (John Mackinnon, Edmonton Journal) Canuck alumni come to Smithers (Interior News)

Home cookin’

Home cookin’

Something happened to the Canucks after that January 31st home loss to Minnesota. That home loss was their 9th straight at home, a franchise low; since then, they’ve gained 31 of a possible 38 points (15-3-1) and won 10 straight games at home, a new franchise high. It was then that Alain Vigneault decided to split up Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows, and while they’ve easily been the team’s best players since that move, the rest of the team have also played much, much better. The results are certainly quite impressive. Just look at this before and after picture of...

MSM links for March 18, 2009

MSM links for March 18, 2009

Canucks double up Dallas for record 10th straight at home (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) 10 straight wins but time to fret (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Ohlund receives what he deserves (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Kesler plays Superman as Canucks make club record (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Not in the Stars for Marty (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Fans cheer Ohlund as Canucks win record 10th in a row at home (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Some room for improvement (Guts Mactavish, 24 Hours Vancouver) Dallas Stars powerless to seize opportunity at Vancouver (Mike Heika, Star-Telegram)

Keeping up with the prospects

Keeping up with the prospects

It’s been a good past few days for some Vancouver Canucks prospects. 2008 1st round wonderboy Cody Hodgson won a bunch of awards (batallionhockey.com with HT to ‘Nucks Misconduct): Cody Hodgson was a multiple winner as the Brampton Battalion presented its yearly awards Sunday. Centre Hodgson received the Ontario Hockey League team’s player of the year and most sportsmanlike player honours and also collected the Don (Hockey) Hadley Memorial Award, named for a longtime season ticketholder and presented by the Booster Brigade as the fans’ favourite player. Defenseman Yann Sauve won one (Nathan White, Telegraph-Journal): The Children’s Wish Foundation Fan...

MSM links for March 17, 2009

MSM links for March 17, 2009

Has there been a better time to be a Canucks fan (other than ’94)? (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Johnson fingered for blame (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Amicable split for the ‘caped crusaders’ (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks keep eye on S-Kings (Cleve Dheensaw, Victoria Times Colonist) Recent trends good for ‘Nucks? (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) For love of game – and Cup (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) Tests abound for Dallas Stars (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News)

Jumping all over Lui

Jumping all over Lui

Based on the reaction this morning, you would have thought the Vancouver Canucks had lost to the Colorado Avalanche last night. You would have even thought the Canucks were playing like the Canucks of January and losing most of their games. You never would have thought that the Canucks have, in fact, won 14 of their last 17 games (14-3-1). And you never would have thought that Roberto Luongo was in net for all 14 of those wins. Apparently, with almost everything going right for the Canucks and regular whipping boys Kyle Wellwood and Taylor Pyatt breaking out of their...

MSM links for March 16, 2009

MSM links for March 16, 2009

Win-win weekend for Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Ohlund is a ‘real stats boy’ (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Can the Canucks survive without Burrows? (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks storm out fast, hang on to beat Avs (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Burrows leads Canucks’ charge (Matthew Sekeres, Vancouver Province) Early errors cost Avs in road loss (Adrian Dater, Denver Post)

Henrik’s highlight goal

Henrik’s highlight goal

Last night was a good night for Henrik Sedin. After scoring his 100th career goal only 30 seconds earlier, he scored his 101st. And man, what a thing of beauty that goal was: Who knew he had that in him?

‘Dem streaky Kings

‘Dem streaky Kings

My mother-in-law is coming in from Abbotsford and my sister-in-law is coming in from Vernon today to watch the Canucks game with me and Tracy. Both are big Canucks fans, but for whatever reason, Tracy and I have never seen a live Canucks game with either one of them. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to tonight. ***** The Kings are as streaky a team as you’d find these days. They’ve won 3 in a row at home after losing 4 in a row on the road; but just before that, they lost 4 straight home games and...

MSM links for March 13, 2009

MSM links for March 13, 2009

Sedin contract talks end to avoid playoff run distraction (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Young gun lives up to hype and then some (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Stretch run schedule favours Canucks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks getting a royal visit (24 Hours Vancouver) Sticking with it (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver) Wounded Moose No. 1, but not relaxing (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Flames eye Abbotsford as new home for AHL affiliate (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Risky move for AHL farm team (Vancouver Province)

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