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Vancouver Canucks’ Top 10 Clutch Goals This Season

Vancouver Canucks’ Top 10 Clutch Goals This Season

There are pretty goals, like Daniel’s between-the-legs shot against Calgary last year in a mean-nothing, final-game-of-the season blowout. Then there are the clutch goals: the shorthanded breakaway, the rush up ice in the dying minutes, the rebound bashed home from your knees with the goalie pulled and seconds left. In chronological order, here’s the 10 clutch goals that made you roar in relief and jubliation this season. Manny Malhotra vs Detroit Red Wings on November 6 Killing a late second-period penalty in a tied game, Malhotra strips Datsyuk at the blue line and goes in alone. Ryan Kesler vs Anaheim...

Ask Katie about the Canucks: What’s up with Clouts?

Ask Katie about the Canucks: What’s up with Clouts?

[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@KMaximick)] After spending the weekend on Bowen Island I realized how close to Vancouver this little getaway spot was – and not a lot of the island is populated, making it easy for elusive creatures to hide there, like a sasquatch or the notorious “wolf dog” running wild on Bowen right now, or even former NHL players who needed somewhere to go and forget their problems. Which...

Get dirty

Get dirty

Photo credit: National Post There are a few hockey adages that nearly always ring true. Adages like “throw it on net, and good things happen”, or one of a similar vein, “go to the net and good things happen”, litter not just hockey but all sports. There is no sport where being flashy and being pretty wins games. More often than not, it’s the hard-earned garbage goals that are more effective or have a larger impact than the fancy toe-drag dangle after a coast-to-coast rush. This year’s Canucks team is loaded with depth, talent and a will to win but...

Canucks Review and Preview: March 7 to March 13, 2011

Canucks Review and Preview: March 7 to March 13, 2011

[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Canucks Record 67 GP, 42-16-9, 93 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Although Roberto Luongo is only 3-5 in his last 8 starts, he has undeniably been the best Canuck during this recent stretch of .500 hockey. His save percentage in his last 8 games is an impressive .920 and his goals-against-average is 2.13. Luongo hasn’t allowed more than 3 goals in his last 16 starts and his focus,...

Out of Town Notebook: Rebuilds and Playoff Races

Out of Town Notebook: Rebuilds and Playoff Races

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] THOUGHTS ON THE FLY Gotta give it to Bryan Murray – he’s an entertaining, horse-trading general manager in a league where many front offices are afraid to make deals. However, his off-season plans for the team, as expressed to local media this week, have to concern Sens fans. Quick fixes won’t get the job done, and players selected in the first round aren’t always ready to play in the NHL right away. As a courtesy for Sens fans,...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 2 Senators

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 2 Senators

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis — the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game.] You’d have thought, from the tone of the media coverage leading up to this game, that Ottawa was coming in with a bag over their collective heads, while the Canucks had been spotted a guillotine, a French audience, and a death warrant personally signed by Maximilien Robespierre. From the outset, this one looked like a routine execution, the league’s best team up against,...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 7 – 1 Stars

I Watched This Game: Canucks 7 – 1 Stars

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis–the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys that watched a hockey game.] Friends, Romans, countrymen, I ask you, humbly, what is the cure for an offensive slump? Don’t answer; this is a rhetorical question. The solution, as everybody knows, is an opponent with porous goaltending and crap defense. It’s a fairly simple remedy, but the real trick is finding a major league team willing to provide it. Short of scheduling a shinny with the Washington Generals or the...

Shootout Losses Not All Lui’s Fault

Shootout Losses Not All Lui’s Fault

You could almost hear the sigh before it began. Another shootout. The NHL’s post-lockout gimmick has been the bane of Canucks fans ever since its inception, with the majority of those fans placing the blame directly on Roberto Luongo. But is that fair? A closer look at Roberto’s individual shootout stats, versus those of the Canucks shooters sent over the boards to score when it counts, paints a much different picture than you would expect. In his 49 career shootouts, Luongo boasts a .682 save percentage. The Canucks on the other hand, have scored just 63 times on their 200...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 0 – 1 Rangers

I Watched This Game: Canucks 0 – 1 Rangers

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] It is the worst letdown in the world when the Canucks suffer a shutout loss. It’s a worse letdown than Urkel O’s (the cereal that showed so much promise). Not only am I forced to watch the Canucks lose, but I’m forced to watch as they’re held off the scoresheet....

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 3 Islanders (SO)

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 3 Islanders (SO)

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] The Canucks had a season-high 51 shots tonight, the Islanders had 41; that’s 92 shots total. How odd, then, that I found this game, with its scoring chances hither and thither, exceedingly dull. Heck, the shootout nearly matched the entire game for entertainment value. Why so mundane? I suspect some...

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