Tagged: Ryan Kesler

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

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...

He Said, She Said: Craziness

He Said, She Said: Craziness

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 17:53 Hey Caylie, So it’s about 10 minutes before puck drop. What should expect tonight? C. PS: Saw 4 guys in teal and orange body suits walking along W. Cordova. Guess you know you’ve made it big when imitators follow your lead and travel to the enemy’s turf, eh? From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 18:09 Hi Chris, Expect the Canucks to come out like its...

WSF Game 6: Canucks 2 Predators 1

WSF Game 6: Canucks 2 Predators 1

At one point of tonight’s telecast, Glenn Healy commented that it was “Kesler Night in Canada”. It’s hard to think where the Canucks would be had Ryan Kesler not found his scoring touch. Freed from the responsibility of going against last year’s Conn Smythe trophy winner, Jonathan Toews, Kes busted out in a big way and scored or assisted on 11 of the Canucks’ 14 goals this series. As it stands, both coaches, Barry Trotz and Alain Vigneault, agree that he was the difference maker in this series. First, Trotz: “I said to him when I went by out there:...

WFS Game 5: Canucks 3 Predators 4

WFS Game 5: Canucks 3 Predators 4

For all the pregame talk about treating last night’s game 5 like a game 7, the Canucks failed to deliver. More specifically, they failed to finish. The Canucks outplayed the Predators by a large margin to start the game, yet gave up a short-handed goal on their first powerplay opportunity of the game. They did come back and carried a 2-1 lead into the intermission, only to allow the Preds to tie it up less than a minute into the second period. If the previous playoff seasons were learning experiences, the Canucks missed the classes on killer instinct. In game...

Round 2 Game 3 Frame-by Frame: Kesler’s First Goal

Round 2 Game 3 Frame-by Frame: Kesler’s First Goal

The Situation Although Vancouver dominated the first period, the lone goal was a shorthanded marker by Predators’ David Legwand. But in the dying seconds of the period, Luongo suckered the refs into calling a high-sticking penalty on Smithson. The Canucks started the second with the man-advantage, but nearly gave up another shorthanded marker as Ehrhoff turned the puck over twice. Frame 1 Finally Vancouver gets out of their zone and up the ice. Henrik takes the puck at Nashville’s blue line. Frame 2 Shane O’Brien’s the lone man back as Henrik and Kesler come in 2-on-1. But instead of passing...

WSF Game 3: Canucks 3 Predators 2

WSF Game 3: Canucks 3 Predators 2

As Henrik Sedin continues to look like he’s playing hurt, Ryan Kesler finally shook off a long playoff scoring slump. With 2 goals – including the OT game-winner – he finally hit the scoresheet and led the Canucks to a 3-2 overtime win and a 2-1 series lead. The game shouldn’t even have gone to overtime. Like in game 2, the Canucks nursed a 1-goal lead in the third period and allowed the Predators to tie it up late in the game. And like in the first 2 games of this series, Pekka Rinne once again held his team in...

2011 WQF Game 3: Canucks 3 Blackhawks 2

2011 WQF Game 3: Canucks 3 Blackhawks 2

To be honest, I don’t think even the most optimistic of fans expected the Canucks to take a 3-0 series lead on the Chicago Blackhawks. Hell, a week ago, there were still plenty of questions as to whether or not this team even belonged on the same playoff ice as the defending champs. Now, here they are with a stranglehold on this series and a chance to finish off the Hawks on Tuesday. The Hero Roberto Luongo. Through the Canucks’ slow start and the Blackhawks’ 7 powerplays (including a very lengthy 5-on-3), Lui stopped 30 of 32 shots to keep...

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...

Not Afraid

Not Afraid

As the Canucks head into the postseason, there’s no doubt that we’re seeing a different team from years past. This is a team that is hungrier than ever. They know the pain of defeat. They only have one goal, there is only one standard. Since they started their domino effect assault on personal, franchise and league records, they’ve established – for themselves and the fans – that it’s Cup or bust. Whether they play the Blackhawks or the Stars, this team is on a mission and it’s clear that come puck drop on game 83, all bets are off. As...

Canucks Review and Preview: April 4 to April 10, 2011

Canucks Review and Preview: April 4 to April 10, 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 79 GP, 52-18-9, 113 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference, 1st in NHL) Who’s Hot Remember earlier this season when people were saying that Alex Burrows was having an off season? Well, he now has 25 goals, 47 points and a plus-25 rating in 69 games. Burr scored the only goal against Edmonton and has 4 goals in his last 5 games. Who’s Not Raffi Torres has 1 assist in his last...

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