The clock’s ticking down to game one on the 2010 battle between the Blackhawks and Canucks and while Canucks nation seems a little collectively quiet, this year it’s more anxiety than nervousness present in the air. Everyone knows things are different, it’s just a matter of proving it on the ice. If the result is the same as last year, one could argue that while the Canucks had a record year, they’ve made no progress. With that in mind there are five keys to the Canucks coming out of this series on top. Luongo vs. Kane The big story within...Click here to read more.
This is all you need to know about the Canucks’ 8-3 loss to the LA Kings last night (via Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province): “I’m just going to make a statement and I’m not going to answer any questions,” Luongo said. “As a team, we should be embarrassed by the way we played. From the first guy, which is me, all the way out to the last guy, it’s unacceptable to play this way. “We just have to get better. And that’s it.” It was a horribly pathetic effort and the Canucks should be embarrased. With a single point against the...Click here to read more.
With most teams in the NHL you can point to one player on the team who is the face of the franchise. The Capitals belong to Ovechkin, the Penguins belong to Malkin, the Islanders are Tavares’ and the Kings are Kopitar’s. The list goes on but the point is most teams have one face, one super star that either makes or breaks the team based on how they play. With that concept in mind, these Canucks once were Luongos. The face of the 2006-07 franchise-record-49-Win Canucks, was Luongo. He won his first career playoff series single-handedly, and lost his second...Click here to read more.
When you look at Burrows numbers there’s no denying that he’s been a huge success because of the Sedins. One can’t argue though that he’s not been partially responsible in helping get up the Sedins numbers to point per game averages that are the highest of their career. Burrows has been through a lot to get where he is and after working his way up through the Canucks system right from the ECHL I can guarantee you he never saw him self leading any NHL team in goals at any point in the season outside of perhaps game one of...Click here to read more.
Thank you again to everyone for their suggestions for a nickname for the Sedin, Sedin and Burrows line. There were lots of good and creative entries for sure, and our favorites are: Richard picks “The BroBury Line” (suggested by Terri) Alix picks “The Treadmill Line” (suggested by Archii) I pick “The Trois Kronors” (suggested by Bryan) Congratulations to Terri, Archii and Bryan – we’ll contact you by email and send you your Canucks 2009/2010 Yearbooks. ***** Now, we mentioned in the last post that we’ve added a part 2 to this contest. Richard, Alix and I here at Canucks Hockey...Click here to read more.
After a long and thorough investigation – please note sarcasm here – the NHL issued their ruling on Burrows v. Auger last night. After separate hearings on Tuesday, the NHL has decided not to punish referee Stephane Auger, but fined Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows $2,500 US for his accusations that the on-ice official was out to get him in a Canucks-Predators game on Monday. Considering Burrows lambasted a league official publicly, the result was probably the best Burrows could have hoped for. Certainly, the spectrum of reactions to this has been interesting. Cam Cole (Vancouver Sun) expands: Everyone in...Click here to read more.
I started to write a post about how last night’s game was the worst officiated game I’ve seen in a long time, but then Alex Burrows spoke up: These are serious allegations against Stephane Auger and I hope the NHL cares enough about the integrity of the game to at least look into it. Did an NHL referee settle a personal score on the ice that could have cost one team the game? More on this later. [update: 01/12/2010, 8:36 AM] Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy) has a great take on this, including a list of some of Auger’s more dubious...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: TSN Earlier today, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) suggested the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line was the second coming of the Westcoast Express line. Scratch that, he said that they are even better than the original. The trio have played 57 games together going back to last winter. In those 57 games, the line has combined for 73 goals and 119 assists for 192 points. That’s 3.37 points a game and is a pace which outdistances the best line in Canucks history. At its peak in 2002-03, the West Coast Express put up 3.31 points a game. And who can argue with...Click here to read more.
So, it’s been a while, eh? This lovely summer weather hit and I turned into a total blogger slacker. I do apologize my lovelies. – The Penguins win last night delighted me. There’s a lot of guys I like individually on the Wings but I just wanted it more for the Penguins. Tangers made me weep when he mentioned Luc Bourdon and winning it with him. That is why I wanted the Penguins to pull it off. Geno