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Round 2 Preview: Eastern Conference

Round 2 Preview: Eastern Conference

Washington (1) vs. Tampa Bay (5) Season Series: Washington (4-1-1) What we learned in Round 1 Washington: Yes they can… play defense that is, giving up the fewest goals of any first-round team (8 goals in five games). The Caps rolled into the playoffs as one of the lowest-scoring remaining teams, and they found just enough chinks in Henrik Lundqvist’s goaltending amour to eliminate the Rangers. This looks like a grittier, deeper team than Washington teams of previous seasons, especially on defense. Tampa Bay: That Dwayne Roloson is the new Johnny Bower, putting together terrific seasons, and looking money in...

Round 2 Game 1 Frame-by-Frame: Chris Higgins’ Goal

Round 2 Game 1 Frame-by-Frame: Chris Higgins’ Goal

The Situation It’s halfway through the second period, and Vancouver is dominating. They’ve blasted shot after shot at Pekka Rinne, but the Vezina finalist’s glove is a black hole. Nothing is getting past him. Kevin Bieksa moves the puck through the neutral zone to try again. Frame 1 Both teams are changing as Vancouver moves up ice. But Nashville’s bench is further away from their goal, giving Vancouver a brief advantage as Higgins joins the rest of the third line. Frame 2 Mike Fisher stands up to Bieksa at the blue line. Instead of making a move and risking an...

Yalla Canucks Yalla!

Yalla Canucks Yalla!

Amman, Jordan – one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.  Since 10,000 BCE people have lived at this Middle Eastern site, and only in the last century has the town grown into a city due to the adoption of Palestinian refugees. Amidst the hustle and the bustle of Jordan’s culturally diverse capital lives Canucks fan Ramzi Ghurani, a marketing and brand strategy consultant who moved from Vancouver to the Middle East 10 years ago. “I fell in love with hockey when I first moved to Vancouver during the ‘88 playoffs when I saw Gretzky beat Mike Vernon...

WSF Game 1: Canucks 1 Predators 0

WSF Game 1: Canucks 1 Predators 0

I think it said a lot about how Canucks fans anticipated this series that much of the pregame chatter still focused on the team’s round 1, game 7 win against the Chicago Blackhawks rather than round 2, game 1 against the Nashville Predators. No, game 1 against the Preds won’t soon be talked about as an instant classic, but from the Canucks’ standpoint, it was an effective performance. What they may have lacked in emotion – at least relative to how much they played with in game 7 – they made up by dictating the pace of the game and...

Round 2 Preview: Western Conference

Round 2 Preview: Western Conference

Vancouver (1) vs. Nashville (5) Season Series: Tied (2-2) What we learned in Round 1 Vancouver: That the Canucks can win a Game 7 without much of a contribution from the Sedins. Also that the league’s best team is still learning the mental side of what it takes to become a champion. Finally, that Alex Edler has arrived as an impact defensive defenseman (23 hits, 15 blocked shots against Chicago). Nashville: That they have enough offense to take advantage of shaky goaltending (Anaheim’s Ray Emery had a .897 save percentage; Dan Ellis let in four goals on 20 shots in...

Canucks Round 2 Playoff Schedule

Canucks Round 2 Playoff Schedule

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The NHL has announced its schedule for the 2nd Round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Canucks vs. Predators series start today at 6 PM. Game 1 (at Rogers Arena): Thursday, April 28th at 6 PM Game 2 (at Rogers Arena): Saturday, April 30th at 6 PM Game 3 (at Bridgestone Arena): Tuesday, May 3rd at Time TBD Game 4 (at Bridgestone Arena): Thursday, May 5th at Time TBD Game 5* (at Rogers Arena): Saturday, May 7th at 5 PM Game 6* (at Bridgestone Arena): Monday, May 9th at Time TBD Game 7* (at Rogers Arena):...

Round 1 Game 7 Frame-by-Frame: Alex Burrows Overtime Winner

Round 1 Game 7 Frame-by-Frame: Alex Burrows Overtime Winner

The Situation Jonathan Toews stuns the crowd with a shorthanded marker at 18:04 of the third period to tie the game and force sudden-death overtime. It’s five minutes into overtime, and there’s no margin for error. Frame 1 Chicago gets the puck out of their zone, but Hamhuis dumps it back in, just as he gets nailed against the boards by Toews. It’s a delayed offside. Raymond must clear the zone before Vancouver touches the puck. Frame 2 Chris Campoli gathers the puck along the boards, as Burrows straddles the line, watching the linesman for the moment Raymond crosses the...

Hansen’s Hometown Fan

Hansen’s Hometown Fan

Just when we all thought my CHB colleague Richard Loat was the only man in the world who would follow Jannik Hansen to the ends of the earth, we hear about Danish press photographer and Canucks fan Brian Poulsen. Poulsen, 32, was also born in Hansen’s hometown in Denmark called Rodovre, and as part of his job as a photographer, Poulsen has been able to travel to Manitoba and Vancouver to shoot Denmark’s newest hockey hero, #36. “I’ve actually been to Vancouver to shoot a couple of Vancouver games,” Poulsen says. “Unfortunately Hansen was out with a groin injury when...

Alex Burrows’ Series-Winning Goal

Alex Burrows’ Series-Winning Goal

I’ll have more on the Canucks’ game 7 win over the Blackhawks later this morning. In the meantime, savor Alex Burrows’ series-winning goal in OT.

Just Win. Nothing Else Matters.

Just Win. Nothing Else Matters.

(Video credit: Sandro Desaulniers from Port Coquitlam, BC) Almost to a man, Canucks fans are calling game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks the most important game in the franchise’s history since game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Think about it. This is a Canucks team widely-considered to be the best in its 40-year history. They won the President’s Trophy by a wide margin. They’re a no. 1 seed facing a no. 8 seed that finished 20 points below them in the standings. They finished at the top (or near the top) of every significant statistical category. They boast...

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