Tagged: Chicago Blackhawks

Frame-by-Frame: Jannik Hansen’s Breakaway Goal

Frame-by-Frame: Jannik Hansen’s Breakaway Goal

After every Canucks playoff game, we’ll break down one key play, frame-by-frame. Frame 1 (11:16, 1st period) Down a goal, Hawks press. Duncan Keith (left) receives a pass from Brian Campbell, after Ryan Kesler blocked Keith’s earlier shot. Samuelsson (right) and 3 teammates are deep in their own zone. But where’s the fifth Vancouver skater? Frame 2 (11:16) Keith swivels left to take the shot, unaware that Jannik Hansen has jumped off the bench and is making a beeline for him. Instead of using his body to protect the puck, Keith is unwittingly offering it right to Hansen. Frame 3...

2011 WQF Game 1: Canucks 2 – Blackhawks 0

2011 WQF Game 1: Canucks 2 – Blackhawks 0

For the Canucks, it was time to put up or shut up. Getting knocked out by the Blackhawks in two consecutive postseasons was bad enough; getting knocked out a third time would be inexcusable. The Canucks started the game as well as they could have. They chanelled their energy and emotions, and unlike in previous postseasons, maintained their composure and dictated the pace of the game. Only 10 minutes into the game, the boys in blue had built their 2-0 lead. And as Mike Milbury pointed out during one of the intermissions, the Canucks looked very much in control and...

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Ghostbusters

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Ghostbusters

[As we count down the hours until puck drops on the first round playoff series between the Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, we put together a panel of your favorite Canucks bloggers to answer some key questions.] Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Q: Which Canuck will step up the most, elevate his game and erase the ghost of past playoff failures? J.J. Guerrero, Canucks Hockey Blog: Roberto Luongo needs to be more Luon-GOLD rather than 7uongo. Lui enjoyed what he says this is the best he’s felt in his career. I hope for his sake this carries into the postseason because...

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Lofty Expectations

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Lofty Expectations

[As we count down the hours until puck drops on the first round playoff series between the Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, we put together a panel of your favorite Canucks bloggers to answer some key questions.] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Q: What are your expectations of the Canucks this postseason? J.J. Guerrero, Canucks Hockey Blog: I expect the Canucks to win the Cup every year. And after a regular season to remember, I think those expectations are justified. The Canucks put together what is arguably the best team in their franchise history, and they finished far ahead of any other...

How good is that?

How good is that?

Last night’s 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks wasn’t pretty, but it sure was entertaining. You know, kinda like Sarah Silverman. At times, the game was sloppy, but featured some great plays. It featured a few fluke goals and some very good saves. And as what seems to be the norm in the NHL these days, the officiating was atrocious – for both sides. What wasn’t atrocious was how the Canucks earned the win. They were trailing midway through the third period when league assist leader, Henrik Sedin, scored on a spectacular passing play with Daniel Sedin and Mikael Samuelsson....

Canucks Review and Preview: January 31 to February 6, 2011

Canucks Review and Preview: January 31 to February 6, 2011

[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 50 GP, 31-10-9, 71 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st  in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Alex Burrows is beginning to show signs of life. After a slow start – understandable considering he missed the first 10 games with a shoulder injury – he has 2 goals, 2 assists and a plus-4 rating in his last 3 games. As much as people like to say the Sedins make him better, Burr adds a lot to the first line....

Out of Town Notebook: Surprising Habs, Surging Sabres, Slumping Sens, Waffles and More

Out of Town Notebook: Surprising Habs, Surging Sabres, Slumping Sens, Waffles and More

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] It’s hard to imagine Bob Gainey laughing. A Google image search confirms even smiles are hard-fought, often-lost battles in the corners of his mouth. Yet Bob Gainey has a lot to smile and laugh about. This Montreal Canadiens team – a team he essentially re-built in the summer of 2009, then handed off to current GM Pierre Gauthier – is a pretty good one. Making things all-the-more sweet is that Gainey essentially built this team in the face...

Canucks vs. Blackhawks Second Round Schedule Still To Be Determined

Canucks vs. Blackhawks Second Round Schedule Still To Be Determined

[EDIT: Mike Gillis told Team 1040 radio this afternoon that Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks will take place Saturday, with Game 2 scheduled for Monday. Game one’s HNIC on Saturday is scheduled for a 5PM PST start as per CBC.] I realize we may have posted the Canucks vs. Blackhawks second round schedule posted a bit prematurely. As it turns out, the league is still in talks to finalize the schedule: The unexpected survival of the Montreal Canadiens, who have forced the Washington Capitals to a Game 7 on Wednesday, has the CBC and the National Hockey League waffling...

Canucks and Blackhawks part deux

Canucks and Blackhawks part deux

The Canucks that swept the Blues last year are not the same Canucks that won 4-2 over the Kings in this year’s Western Conference Quarterfinal against the LA Kings. There’s one resounding difference and it revolves around their mentality and mindset coming out of that series and heading into the next one. The mood of the team seems vastly different and they know that his is just the first four wins of a potential sixteen. The big thing is they’re celebrating without getting carried away. This year’s Canucks weren’t euphoric about their first round win. Granted the Kings put up...

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