Canucks hope brawn wins over brains in this series (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Tallon tales: Chicago GM reminisces about Canucks stint (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) ‘Lay off the layoff questions’ — Luongo (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Tsawwassen family faces true blue test of loyalty (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Mitchell prepared for a ‘battle’ (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Trash talk is cheap as game nears (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Double-standard for stars, tough guys: Hordichuk (Vancouver Province) Hawks a fortunate draw for the Canucks – right? (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province With friends like these, who needs enemies? (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)...Click here to read more.
Tagged: playoffs 2009
There are plenty of reasons the Canucks are favored going into their second round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Richard has outlined a few here, but allow me to add my 2 cents as well. One key that I want to point out is that the Canucks have home ice advantage. How important is it? Well, it means more to the Canucks than the Blackhawks. While the Blackhawks’ stats are relatively-similar at home and on the road, the Canucks, since February 1st, have shown that they are a much, much better team at GM Place. STATS FROM FEBRUARY 1ST TO...Click here to read more.
It’s almost over. Canucks fans were in an unprecedented situation where they had time to watch the other series while their players were on a 10 day break thanks to a first round sweep of the Blues. After a thrilling first round which saw upsets and stunners, everything from the President Trophy winner getting ousted by the 8 seed in the west, to the Hurricanes stunning the Devils in the last minute of the third period. If the second round is anything like the first we’re in for a treat. The series is going to come down to the usual...Click here to read more.
Recent history adds intensity to Canucks-Blackhawks series (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Sedins get another shot at Sammy (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Memory serves Canucks well (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Mitchell back on ice, but doesn’t fully practice (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Kesler named Selke award finalist (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) For the Sedins, that was then, this is now (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Staying out of box will be the key (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Young versus the restless (Guts Mactavish, 24 Hours Vancouver) Passed over for Vezina, Luongo eyeing Stanley Cup (AP via USA Today) Hodgson OHL’s best...Click here to read more.
Canucks to play Chicago in next round (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) How the Canucks and Blackhawks matched up this season (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Leave out Louie? (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks will face Blackhawks in round two of playoffs (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Restless Canucks start ruckus in practice (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Anxious for round 2 action (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) Hawks can beat Canucks (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald)Click here to read more.
Pyatt skates with the Canucks (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Sundin may not be ready to play in round 2 (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Luongo’s suspect puck handling worked against Blues (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Sundin not certain of return (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt makes emotional return to Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Mitchell re-joins Canucks but leaves workout early (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canuck Johnson’s impact felt all the way to Coach’s Corner (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks-Flames would be a dream matchup (Eric Francis, Edmonton Sun) Moose seal the deal (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) No doubt about...Click here to read more.
Luongo’s been on fire as of late. He’s stolen games for us, his stats are fantastic, and there’s little you can say about him that at this point is negative. He’s 7-0 in his last 7 starts, he’s got a GAA of 0.85 in those games, he’s posted 3 shutouts in that span, and he at one point had a shutout streak of 145 minutes. People have taken for granted how well he’s been playing and no one’s stopped to think twice as to why he’s playing so well. It’s expected of him, by him and by the fans, but...Click here to read more.
Canucks fans are sitting twiddling their thumbs because of their early ousting of the St. Louis Blues, but it’s time to figure out who the Canucks want to face in the second round and hop on someone else’s bandwagon in the down time. That or we need to convince Gary Bettman to have a mini series with the Bruins while we kill time till the second round. When you look at the potential matchups out there for the Canucks in the second round, assuming the Ducks upset the reigning President Trophy winning Sharks, the Canucks are going to be facing...Click here to read more.
I’ll admit over the course of the season I’ve been really harsh towards Taylor so I guess now I have to take it easy on him. Pyatt’s back in town and according to the team has resumed his full duties as a Canucks player. Again, my condolences go out to him and to the Bragnalo family, I can only imagine what it’s like for Taylor to have lost his high school sweetheart of 11 years. That being said, it’s playoff time, we’re right in the thick of things and the question now is “Who/what/where/when/why to do with Pyatt”. Pyatt was...Click here to read more.
I agree with what Brian from Canucks Corner had to say about the Canucks’ four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues. First, this: I have to say, that was the most stress free series I think I’ve watched the Canucks play. Not at any point did I feel like the series was in jeopardy of slipping away. The Blues fought hard, but were clearly over matched in key areas of the game. In fact the only area you could say the Canucks could improve would be staying out of the penalty box. This will be imperative in the next round...Click here to read more.