Tagged: playoffs 2011

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Goalies and Man, Oh Manny 0

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Goalies and Man, Oh Manny

[Inspired by Arsenio Hall’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…”, Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay’s Canucks Commentary.] The Vancouver Canucks host the Boston Bruins tonight in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.  It’s been a full week since the Canucks last played, so there has been ample time to dissect and discuss numerous storylines heading into the finals.  Here are a few things to ponder: Things That Make You Go Hmmm…: Who will win the goaltending duel? Their styles are...

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Out of Town Notebook: Thoughts on the Final Part 2 – Orcas, Bears and Predictions 1

Out of Town Notebook: Thoughts on the Final Part 2 – Orcas, Bears and Predictions

For Part 1 of my thoughts on the Final, click here. So here we are, at the end of the rainbow. Vancouver versus Boston. Canada versus America. Green Men versus Green Monster. West Coast versus East Coast. Orca versus Bear. Winner gets the Stanley Cup. So which of these teams has the edge? First, let’s look back at where I had each team rated at the beginning of the season: And now? Goaltending: Boston and Vancouver’s goaltending both played above expectations this season, with Tim Thomas putting together an A+ season in net. Despite some poor outings, in general both...

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Out of Town Notebook: Thoughts on the Final Part 1 – “Spoiled Douchebags” 1

Out of Town Notebook: Thoughts on the Final Part 1 – “Spoiled Douchebags”

There has been a lot of chatter the last few weeks about the Vancouver Canucks’ status as “Canada’s Team.” In particular, there seems to be a palpable desire on the part of some Canuck fans to see the hometown team embraced to the loving bosom of the rest of Canada. To no one’s surprise, this love hasn’t exactly been reciprocated. A friend with roots to a different Canadian province explained this resistance pretty well. To paraphrase: “The rest of Canada already looks at Vancouver with resentment. It’s Lotus Land – the land of wealth. It’s beautiful. You guys don’t have...

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving 2

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Back in 2008, I did a post about how the infamous Cam Neely trade keeps on haunting the Vancouver Canucks. Fast-forward three years later to today, and with the Canucks set to face Neely’s Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, it’s perhaps appropriate to once again re-visit this trade. To expand on that original post in 2008, the Bruins have since traded Dennis Wideman (along with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft) to the Florida Panthers for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell. Horton’s 17 points currently leads the Bruins in playoff scoring and Campbell is...

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins – This Is It 5

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins – This Is It

Photo credit: nhl.com When Vancouver and Boston finally drop the puck on the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night at Rogers Arena, it will mark the 50th day since the 2011 playoffs began for the Canucks. It’s been a long road, to be sure. The path has been fraught with highs and lows, and everything in between. Everyone would love to forget the agony of watching Chicago forcing a game seven after Ben Smith’s overtime thriller, but everyone will remember the thrill of seeing Kevin Bieksa’s rolling knuckler trickle past an unsuspecting Antti Niemi in game five versus San Jose. At...

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Ranted: Sorry, you can’t afford to buy Finals tickets. 16

Ranted: Sorry, you can’t afford to buy Finals tickets.

I knew playoff tickets were going to be expensive here in Vancouver, but I didn’t think that seats for games in the Stanley Cup Finals would be comparable to the men’s hockey games in the 2010 Olympics. It came to my attention yesterday that tickets for the SC Finals at Rogers Arena are going for $924. Each. A seat. That’s half my pay check, and no doubt it’s some people’s ENTIRE pay check!  With the cost of living in Vancouver being as high as it is, many fans can’t afford to go to any of the games, which really sucks...

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm… Off to the Stanley Cup Finals 0

Things That Make You Go Hmmm… Off to the Stanley Cup Finals

[Inspired by Arsenio Hall’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…”, Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay’s Canucks Commentary.] I was fortunate to be in Rogers Arena to witness the Canucks’ thrilling 3-2 double overtime victory over the Sharks, clinching the series 4 games to 1.  The euphoria in the arena (and in the streets) was very similar to the feeling after the Canucks beat the Blackhawks in game 7.  The game-winning goal capped off a dominant 41 seconds in the San Jose...

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Featured Playoff Beard: Rock the Casbah 1

Featured Playoff Beard: Rock the Casbah

As many of you know, not only am I a pretty die-hard Canucks fan, I’m one of many who have grown a playoff beard to support the team. And as both J.J. and I have mentioned previously, I’m also participating in the NHLPA Beard-a-thon, to raise money in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation in order to put as many defibrillators as possible in arenas across Canada. I appreciate your support with a pledge, and also, I wanted to draw your attention that I’ll be the featured “playoff beard” of the day today, Friday (May 27th), and was hoping...

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Stanley Cup Finals Schedule 1

Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

According to NBC, the Stanley Cup Finals will start on Wednesday, June 1st. Game 1 (at Rogers Arena): Wednesday, June 1st at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 2 (at Rogers Arena): Saturday, June 4th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 3 (Away): Monday, June 6th at 5 PM (CBC, Versus) Game 4 (Away): Wednesday, June 8th at 5 PM (CBC, Versus) Game 5* (at Rogers Arena): Friday, June 10th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 6* (Away): Monday, June 13th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) Game 7* (at Rogers Arena): Wednesday, June 15th at 5 PM (CBC, NBC) * –...

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