Even as the Canucks advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1994, there were some questions surrounding the team. Among them, what happened to the best third period team in the NHL after they squandered lead after lead in the first two rounds of these playoffs? Can the Sedins elevate their game as Ryan Kesler has? For one game, at least, they answered the bell. The Canucks vastly outplayed the San Jose Sharks in game 1 of this series. And though they trailed early in the third period – it was only the second time all...Click here to read more.
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Eastern Conference Final Boston (2) vs Tampa Bay (5) Season Series: Boston (3-1) What we learned in Round 2 Boston: There is offense to be found in the Bruin attack. It’s name is David Krejci. Also, that Boston remains an incredibly difficult opponent to generate offense against. Tim Thomas is lurking in the Conn Smyth Trophy weeds. Tampa Bay: That the team’s 1-3-1 style has effectively neutralized their greatest weakness – a lack of defensive mobility. This Lightning team is playing as well as Montreal defensively right now, but they have the game-breakers the Habs lack to take advantage offensively....Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com So who ordered the fish? It’s been a long road for the Vancouver Canucks, but at the halfway point in the race for hockey’s richest prize, they’ve overcome the second-round hurdle and, like the San Jose Sharks, want to go the distance. After finally vanquishing the Chicago Blackhawks in a seven-game thriller in Round 1, the Canucks dispatched the pesky Nashville Predators in six contests. San Jose followed a similar route, needing six games to upend the Los Angeles Kings and squandering a 3-0 series lead against the Detroit Red Wings before burying them in Game 7. It’s...Click here to read more.
[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what's happening around the NHL.] With two weeks left until the end of the NHL regular season, it’s pretty easy for fans to get caught up in the race for the final playoff spots. But those teams who scramble to the finish line rarely make it all the way to the Stanley Cup final. Vancouver, Detroit and San Jose in the West, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington in the East – these are your Stanley Cup favourites heading into the Spring. Each of these...Click here to read more.
[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what's happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: Forbes As the NHL All-Star Game approaches (yawn), so too does the trade deadline and the final stretch towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. While there is some significant separation between playoff and non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference is a dogfight. With this in mind, here now are five GMs facing important decisions at this stage of the season. Doug Wilson, San Jose Sharks The Challenge: Some questionable moves and a weakened backend...Click here to read more.
[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 came into San Jose to play their third road game in four nights. Unbeaten in five, and expected to be dog-tired, there was a sense among Canuck nation that a loss to San Jose was as inevitable as the extraplanar robots that chase down lawbreakers. The Sharks came...Click here to read more.
The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks have never met in the playoffs. It’s probably a good thing too. The Sharks are to the Canucks as Kryptonite is to Superman. Since the 2007/2008 season, the Canucks have a whopping 2 wins against the Sharks. In fact, Team Blue is an abysmal 2-9-1 against Team Teal in their last 12 meetings. In the same span, the Canucks have scored 21 goals (1.75 per game) and have allowed 41 goals against (3.42 per game). The Canucks’ powerplay have clicked for 15.2% (7 PPG on 46 PP Opp); unfortunately, the Sharks’ have...Click here to read more.