There’s a different aura around the Canucks this season. I can’t place my finger on it, but if you listened to the guys after dispatching the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, you can hear a quiet confidence from them. Last year, the Canucks, fresh from a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues, faced a young and (supposedly) inexperienced Blackhawks team and lost their composure. They faced a Blackhawks team that they beat up – on the scoreboard and during a line brawl – in their last regular season meeting, and then lost the last three games of their second...Click here to read more.
Tagged: playoffs 2010
It’s not always easy being a Canucks fan. Sometimes it take a little something more to provide guidance when the going gets rough. While some choose to turn to liquid cheer, I simply crack open the good book – the dictionary – and remind myself of: faith /f’eɪθ/ noun: loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person (“Keep the faith”) It is faith that gives me the strength to accept… … that Andrew Alberts will not be the downfall to the Canucks. … the Canucks penalty kill will be measured in actual kills and not seconds. … Gary Bettman...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks can close off their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series against the LA Kings tonight. Can they go for the jugular? Or do they allow the Kings a chance at Game 7 on Tuesday? Can the Kings stop the ‘S-Train’? And if they do, can they also stop the Canucks’ secondary scorers? Here are today’s game day links: Go for the jugular. [TSN; Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province; Ed Willes, Vancouver Province; Ryan Sullivan, News 1130] Kings sticking with Quick. [Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province; Helene Elliott, LA Times; Eric Stephens, OC Register] How do you stop the ‘S-Train’?...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks, left looking for their swagger after Game 3, seem to now have found it in spades. I don’t know what happened or what was said in their locker room during the second intermission of Game 4. Whatever it was, the players have responded positively and are playing great hockey. They’ve scored 11 goals – 8 ESG, 2 PPG and 1 empty-netter – in the last four periods. Even their penalty-kill has been a bit better. They’ve allowed just 1 PPGA in the last 7 Kings powerplays, and even killed a brief 5-on-3 against them last...Click here to read more.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault laid down the gauntlet to his best players yesterday. Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Sami Salo, Alex Edler, Ryan Kesler were all called to the forefront, and in no uncertain terms, challenged to get it done. Have they truly learnt from previous playoff disappointments? Will they rise up to the challenge this time around? Obviously, we hope it’s the latter. Statistically-speaking, teams overcome a 3-1 first round series deficit only 20% of the time. On the other hand, if the series is tied 2-2, the team with home-ice advantage ends up winning the series 60%...Click here to read more.
With all the controversy around the Canucks too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty in game two, and the disallowed goal which was “kicked in” by Daniel Sedin, a lot of people are crying conspiracy and losing sight of the real fact, the Canucks penalty killing has been atrocious. We can look at numbers and everyone already knows just how many goals have been allowed while down a man but everyone’s missing the other red flags raised by all of this. I’ve been saying that the Canucks PK could really benefit from the likes of having Willie Mitchell and his long stick back in the...Click here to read more.
The Canucks take their show on the road with the series tied at 1-1. Can they play better than their 19-20-2 regular season road record indicates? Without the benefit of last change, how can the Canucks contain Drew Doughty? Can Demitra prove that he’s no Justin Williams? Can the Canucks stop taking stupid penalties? Time to shed road kill reputation. [Monte Stewart, AOL FanHouse; Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province; Jeff Patterson, Georgia Straight; Greg Beacham, AP via Washington Post] Doughty is dangerous. [Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun; Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province;Click here to read more.
I’m not one to believe in conspiracy theories, though I have to admit Tony Gallagher’s piece in the Vancouver Province this morning made me think a bit about them. Because the Canucks often seem to get the short end of the NHL officials’ stick, I can’t help but feel that, maybe, there’s some validity to what Tony is saying. Then Saturday night the Canucks jump to a 2-0 lead and appear to be all over the Kings threatening to make short work of a market some important people in the league would love to come back to hockey after eight...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com When Vancouver narrowly lost to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 on Saturday night, it was clear that the seed of doubt has been planted in the hearts and minds of Canucks fans. After all, the Kings have plenty to be proud of. They entered a building where the Vancouver Canucks boasted a league-best 30 wins in the regular season and not only took the second game, but took both contests to overtime. In essence, Anze Kopitar’s crew could easily have been flying back to California with a 2-0 series lead in their back pockets. Thankfully,...Click here to read more.