Listen to the following exchange between Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, Duncan Keith, and TEAM 1040 reporter, Karen Thomson: audio link to TEAM 1040 Karen Thomson: Well, there was something there it looked like maybe it was a penalty. Duncan Keith: Oh no, I don’t think there was anything. I think he scored a nice goal. The ref was right there. That’s what the ref saw. We should get you as a ref maybe, eh? First female referee. KT: Yeah, maybe. I can’t skate though. DK: Can’t play probably either, right? But you’re thinking the game like you know it. Okay, see...Click here to read more.
CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
It’s like the Canucks flipped the proverbial switch last night. I mean, after all their 40-minute efforts and 10-minute wins, they played perhaps their most complete game of the season and beat the rival Chicago Blackhawks by a 3-1 score. It was an eventful night, with the Sedins producing their usual share of Sedinery, the newly-formed Higgins-Roy-Kesler line showing some chemistry, and even Max Lapierre played his most annoying game of the season (in a good way). 20-year old Frankie Corrado also made his NHL debut. After spending most of the year in the OHL and suiting up for not...Click here to read more.
Just seconds prior to the faceoff of last night’s highly-anticipated game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, Hawks defenceman Brent Seabrook took a whiff of some smelling salts and provided us with this expression on his face: I was half-amused and half-horrified. Then, I took to Twitter and asked you to provide some creative captions. Here’s a sampling of your replies, unmodified, unedited, and unabridged: @canuckclay no – you can’t make me watch another bc election commercial. — Steve May (@Steve_May) April 23, 2013 @canuckclay @canuckshockey #CHBcaptions “I’m going to have the taste of that Toews fart in...Click here to read more.
The word “rivalry” has been overused so much in the NHL. Just because you’re playing on an NBC “Rivalry Wednesday” broadcast, it doesn’t mean you have a rivalry. The Canucks and Blackhawks are the epitome of a true rivalry. They have a recent history of having some heated playoff battles. They hit each other, legally and illegally. They hate each other. The fanbases hate each other. Even Chicago’s professional media throw all journalistic integrity and professionalism out the door when these two teams meet. And as much as Patrick Kane denies it, tonight’s game shouldn’t be any different. After all,...Click here to read more.
With their 2-1 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings last night, the Canucks clinched their spot in the 2013 NHL playoffs.
But who cares about all that? DJ Tanner and Aunt Becky were at the game.Click here to read more.
It’s hard to remember a time when the Detroit Red Wings were fighting for a playoff spot. Heck, the last time the Wings missed the playoffs, Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet was no. 1 on the Billboard charts.Click here to read more.
Against another potential playoff opponent, the Canucks collapsed once again last night. This time around, they allowed 4 goals in the third period and lost 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. The forwards were bad, and the defense was especially bad. Get well soon, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev. We need you back. Barker… useless as tits on a bull. #Canucks #TGATT — Bruce Ng (@transcendwebs) April 19, 2013Click here to read more.
While the Canucks’ performance on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues was admirable – they certainly held their own against a much more physical Blues team – they certainly have some more work to do before the playoffs begin. For starters, regardless of their injury list, they need to be able to generate more offense. They need to dictate more of the play instead of just absorbing hit after hit after hit, and giving up as many scoring opportunities as they did. The point was nice, but let’s face it – Cory Schneider was the reason they got that point....Click here to read more.
In an effort to create more offense (or in an effort to maintain his reputation as a chronic line juggler), Canucks’ coach Alain Vigneault made news by putting Ryan Kesler on the wing alongside recently-acquired centreman Derek Roy in practice. While I was looking forward to seeing them play together, many Canucks fans were up in arms at the move, citing Kesler’s preference to play in the middle and the potential of unbalanced forward lines (from a scoring perspective). By game time, all was right with the world as Kesler took his centre position back while Roy was the one...Click here to read more.
After rolling through some of the weaker teams in the West, the Canucks begin a stretch of games against potential playoff dance partners. They started with a game against the St. Louis Blues last night, a chippy affair that featured a lot of rough stuff and name calling, and resulted in a 2-1 Canucks loss in the shootout. So, of course, we find a way to work an O.C. reference in TGATT. Tomorrow's #TGATT features Wolverine and Ryan Atwood. So ya, it's gonna be a good morning. — Lizz Moffat (@lizzmoffat) April 17, 2013 Here’s the game recap in your...Click here to read more.