The puck finally drops for some preseason action tonight as our beloved Vancouver Canucks take on the New York Islanders in Terrace, BC. Here are today’s Canucks chatter around the web: It’s Hockey Night in Terrace. Willie wants to go fishing in Terrace; Wellwood doesn’t even know where it is. Terrace is excited at being named Hockeyville. And so they should be. (I just wish CBC was just as excited.) Turns out there’s a great view from Terrace. Again, you can check out Joe Pelletier (Greatest Hockey Legends) for the festivities straight from Terrace. Lots of linkage from the Islanders’...Click here to read more.
Glitter Graphics I like Ripper a lot. He’s speedy and great fighter for his size. If he can stay healthy I really think he could have a similar career track to Alex Burrows. Did you see that little spin move he made to set up that goal of Hordi’s in the Chicago series? He’s got some pretty snazzy moves. Ripper is going to be a fan favourite if he isn’t already and I think I’ll add him to my potential Ohlie replacement list now that he has some job security. Remember that fight he had with Brandon Prust in the...Click here to read more.
Vancouver Canucks comfortable in the role of ‘Canada’s Team’ (Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun) Vancouver Canucks slam Blackhawks with heavy defence (Vancouver Sun) Salo rejoins team, but does not practise with Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt plays every shift for Carly (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Rypien sees light after dark times (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks get boosts from, gives boost to Pyatt (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Early lesson in life (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Focus on Luongo something to behold (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Vigneault at loss to explain fast starts (Mike Spellman, Chicago Daily-Herald) Credit Canucks for...Click here to read more.
Amidst the chaos and stampede caused by the bandwagon emptying on Saturday, one thing was overlooked. It’s something that has killed the Canucks in the first two games and has subtly been a difference maker in the series so far. Hits. One of the main reasons that the Blackhawks are coming back from 2 and 3 goal deficits is largely due to their hits, but it starts with their forchecking and playing of the body. The Canucks by no means boast a small roster, Hordichuk, Salo, Mitchell, Bieksa, and Rypien all know how to throw those big bone jarring heavy...Click here to read more.
The NHL has apparently decided that Ben Eager’s cheap, late hit to Rick Rypien’s head was a clean and legal one. Because Rypien wasn’t injured. I’d point out this fail, except Colin Campbell has been so horribly and maddeningly inconsistent that I’m just not surprised anymore. It’s no wonder that head shots are a regular occurence these days – heck, Mike Brown took a late run at Jiri Hudler last night too – if players know they’re going to get away with it. In Eager’s case, Campbell’s decision has set a bad precedent. Eager has been told that the hit...Click here to read more.
Last night’s 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks was an important one. The obvious first reason is that it gave our Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 series lead. That’s cool, but also, the process by which they won will surely serve as a lesson for the remainder of the series. After building a 3-0 lead in the first 40 minutes, the Canucks came out flat in the third period. For the first 18 minutes of the third period, their defensive coverage was sloppy and they showed about as much emotion as Freddie Prinze Jr. in character. As unthinkable as it seemed...Click here to read more.
Canucks, Flames going in opposite directions (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks in first? No foolin’ (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Do the math: Canucks need one more win to officially clinch playoff spot (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Give Vigneault due credit for Canucks roll (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) It’s truly Wild when Hank scores (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Ducks elite D-man eyes 2010 (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Hindsight beats heck out of flights of foresight (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Rypien makes surprise return (Greg Harder, Regina Leader-Post) Staying healthy key for Canucks (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Canucks in good...Click here to read more.
Playoff-hungry Blues down Canucks, 4-2 (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Blues get to Canucks in 4-2 loss (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Kesler good, Burrows better, Henrik best (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Canuck is back, but won’t let it ‘Ryp’ yet (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Blues continue playoff push with win over Canucks (Norm Sanders, Belleville News-Democrat) Blues rev up, stay in chase (Jeremy Rutherford, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) This is what you’ve been waiting for (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver) Lessons pile up for Moose college recruit (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Pleasant surprise (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)...Click here to read more.
‘We didn’t deserve to win’ says Kesler as goalies bedeviled (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks ‘facing adversity’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Pitiful performance full of pratfalls and more (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Canucks drop fifth game in a row at home (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) LaBarbera ponders future after poor – and brief – effort (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks can’t wait for Luongo to come back (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks nearing a crossroads (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Clemmensen felt the pressure, but held onto Devils’ 5-3 win over Canucks (Rich Chere, The Star-Ledger) What’s really wrong...Click here to read more.