- Ohlund classy to the end (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province)
- Sedin contract talks to move from back to front burner (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Why would they trade me? Luongo asks (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Players pause to reflect on past, future (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- Sundin sits on fence again (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- How did it go so very wrong for the Canucks? (Jeff Patterson, Georgia Straight)
- Canucks’ exit should inspire Moose (Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press)
- Will layoff hurt and can Cody help? (Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press)
- Season ends with 7-5 loss to Chicago (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Blackhawks trumped Canucks in all categories (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province)
- Future of Swedes in question after playoff elimination (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province)
- No Canadian Cup champion as Canucks eliminated (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- The better team won, Daniel says (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Great game, but no happy face (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun)
- Canucks ousted (Tim Wharsby, Globe and Mail)
- Canucks KO’d in shootout (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun)
- Winning the Windy City rebirth (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun)
- Chicago’s Kane sends Canucks packing (Toronto Star)
- Blackhawks beat Canucks 7-5, win series 4-2 (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- Kane – doubted at every level – comes through with game of his life (Joe Aguilar, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- For Hawks on this night, offense the best defense (Barry Rozner, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- There’s no downside to this story (Mike Imrem, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- Blackhawks beat Vancouver Canucks 7-5, advance to conference finals (Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune)
- Baby-faced Kane comes of age (Rick Morrissey, Chicago Tribune)
- Trick, treat: Patrick Kane keys Hawks’ win (Len Ziehm, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Burish: ‘Building was crazy’ (Steve Tucker, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Canucks’ Roberto Luongo: ‘I let my teammates down’ (Lacy J. Banks, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Veteran core must dig deep (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks need offense to emerge – or else (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Maybe Mitchell’s ’03 experience can lead way to comeback (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Campbell evades Vancouver heavy hitters (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province)
- So little power in powerplay (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province)
- Fret not, because it ain’t over until… (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Series a long way from over, insists Canuck Willie Mitchell (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Blackhawks pumped about chance to finish off Canucks at home (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Do or die time (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- Canucks on the ropes (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver)
- Hawks push Canucks to brink of elimination (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun)
- When push comes to shove, Hawks refused to back down (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- Hawks put on impressive display of stage fight (Len Ziehm, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Blackhawks hope to close out Canucks (Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune)
- Canucks confident they can regroup for critical Game 6 (Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune)
- Canucks, Blackhawks series tied at 2-2 (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Canucks were within 3 minutes of a 3-1 series lead (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Nobody ever said this would be easy (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Blackhawks down Canucks 2-1 to tie series (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks low shot tally costs in end (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks let one slip away (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail)
- Blackhawks are fit to be tied (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star)
- Supporting role suits Sundin (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star)
- After tragedy, solace in The Game (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star)
- Chicago hope (Terry Jones, Toronto Sun)
- Blackhawks come back and stun Vancouver (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- Not easy for young Hawks to adjust to extreme ups and downs (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- As usual, Havlat finds a way (Mike Spellman, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- Blackhawks won’t ‘nuckle under, tie series in OT (Len Ziehm, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Blackhawks’ high-energy win raises hopes (Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Canucks’ Luongo laments that Hawks ‘got a break’ (Lacy J. Banks, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Hawks’ win a real eye-opener (Stu Courtney, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Chicago Blackhawks tip Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in OT (Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune)
- Vancouver Canucks Roberto Luongo looked like winner until… (Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune)
- Chicago Blackhawks come to life just in time (Rick Morrissey, Chicago Tribune)
- 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 playing smarter than Blackhawks (Mike Spellman, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- Blackhawks at a pivotal point in quest for Stanley Cup (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald)
- Togetherness suits identical twins – and Vancouver Canucks (Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune)
- Blackhawks in must-win situation (Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune)
- It’s time 4 a response (Len Ziehm, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Recent history adds intensity to Canucks-Blackhawks series (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- Sedins get another shot at Sammy (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Memory serves Canucks well (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Mitchell back on ice, but doesn’t fully practice (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Kesler named Selke award finalist (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- For the Sedins, that was then, this is now (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province)
- Staying out of box will be the key (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province)
- Young versus the restless (Guts Mactavish, 24 Hours Vancouver)
- Passed over for Vezina, Luongo eyeing Stanley Cup (AP via USA Today)
- Hodgson OHL’s best (Jim Parker, The Windsor Star)
- Battalion captain always delivers that little bit extra (Ryan Pyette, London Free Press)
- Road hazard’s ahead (Len Ziehm, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Settle in for another long Hawks series (Barry Rozner, Chicago Daily Herald)
- Blackhawks believe in themselves (Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune)
- Canucks beat the Blues to open Stanley Cup playoffs (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Canucks got the results they were looking for (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- A Swede’s need for speed (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun)
- Blues ‘disappointed in the outcome’ (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Canucks draw first blood with 2-1 home win (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks left scratching their heads over strange playoff penalty calls (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Penalty kill shines in Canucks opener (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks take early initiative (Matt Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
I’m sure it wasn’t quite like the Canucks Tweetup at the Shark Club, but it was a good time nonetheless. The pub here at the resort put up last night’s game on both of their big screens and Tracy and I watched the game with fellow Canucks fans from Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria. There was also a couple from St. Louis. We were 5,300 kms from home, but while the game was on, it felt very much like home.
I was talking to a guy from the Island earlier in the week and he was very critical of the Euros – specifically the Sedins and Sundin – we have up front. Last night, he at least laid off the Sedins.
There were many reasons the Canucks won game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal against the St. Louis Blues. Roberto Luongo was spectacular and the defense and the team’s role players were very good. The Sedins’ play? It was eye-opening.
For years the Sedins have dealt with their unfair share of criticism and lack of respect. In case their excellent play over the last couple of months of the regular season didn’t quiet their critics, their performance last night may well have.
Quite simply, the Sedins were great. They were dangerous all night and were responsible for both Canucks goals. More important than the results though was the process. They played through checks and finished hits. They didn’t shy away from the physical play, and in fact, seemed to thrive on it. In front of our very own eyes, Henrik and Daniel grew from sisters to men.
I know it’s a cliche, but like every other team that goes on a successful Stanley Cup run, the Canucks need their best players to be their best players. Last night, they got that. 1 win down, only 15 more to go.
At tonight’s game against the LA Kings – the Canucks’ last home game in the regular season – the team is handing out their annual end-of-season awards. Here are my personal picks:
Cyclone Taylor Trophy (presented to the Most Valuable Player)
There are a lot of Canucks who have been critical to the team’s success this season. Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Willie Mitchell are having career seasons, and the Sedins have seemingly and quietly raised their game in the last couple of months. However, the fact is that the Canucks would not be in the position they are in right now – still challenging for first place in the Northwest Division and home ice advantage in the postseason – if not for Roberto Luongo. With Luongo in the lineup, the Canucks are 31-13-7; without him, they are 12-14-3.
Walter (Babe) Pratt Trophy (presented to the Most Valuable Defenseman)
There’s no doubt that Big-stick Willie has been the Canucks’ most valuable defenseman this year. On a nightly basis, he’s faced the opposing teams’ best players; on a nightly basis, he’s shut them down. His career-high plus-28 rating is 4th best among all defensemen and 9th best in the entire NHL. He’s also set career-highs in assists (19) and points (22).
Most Exciting Player
Many of Alex Burrows’ 28 goals were momentum-shifting goals. And they were freakin’ exciting ones too – breakaways, shorthanded breakaways or just the result of some good, old-fashioned mucking and grinding. I’ve always loved his energy and tenacity but he’s taken it to a whole, different level this season.
Fred J. Hume Award (presented to this season’s Unsung Hero)
At the start of the season, I don’t think anyone expected Kesler to be a 25-goal, 60-point guy. Like Burrows, Kesler has taken his game to another level this season and proved he was more than just a checking center. He doesn’t get as much credit for getting Sundin and Demitra going as Burrows has for getting the Sedins going.
Cyrus H. Mclean Trophy (presented to this season’s leading scorer)
Going into tonight’s game, Daniel and Henrik both have 81 points. If they stay tied in points, Daniel wins the tiebreaker with 10 more goals. It’s worth noting though that Henrik has cracked the 20-goal barrier for the 1st time in his career (he has 21). Both lead the team with 7 GWG.
Molson Cup Award (presented to the player with the most Three Stars nominations throughout the season)
I honestly haven’t kept up with these nominations, though I will go out on a limb and say Alex Burrows or one of the Sedins win it.
There are probably a million excuses for the Canucks’ weekend, which included back-to-back losses against teams that won’t make the playoffs. I mean, last night’s game was their 9th game in 16 days and they’ve had to travel the night prior to each one of them. Also, they’re still obviously feeling the loss of Carly Bragnalo, a family member.
The fact is, after the high of catching up to Calgary last Tuesday, the Canucks have lost 3 straight games (0-2-1), and in each of those losses, they surrendered the first couple of goals and had to play catch-up. Whether it’s physical or mental fatigue, they need to recover quickly – like, by Tuesday – if they want to continue to remain in the hunt for the Northwest Division championship.
To the Canucks’ credit, they’re not making any excuses.
Here’s Roberto Luongo (from Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun):
“There’s no excuses tonight,” said Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. “That was a game we needed to have. We all need to give a little bit more, starting with myself trying to make one or two more saves.”
Here’s Sami Salo (from Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province):
“We have to figure it out soon, because it’s not going to happen by pressing a secret button going into the playoffs,” said defenceman Sami Salo, who wouldn’t lean on the fatigue crutch of the Canucks playing three games in four nights and 10 in the last 18 days.
“Every team plays the same schedule, so that shouldn’t be an issue for anybody. We lost this game in every aspect — battles, puck management and everything.”
The Canucks are well aware of what’s at stake.
Here’s Daniel Sedin (from Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun):
“If we don’t play better than we did today, we’ll get embarrassed,” winger Daniel Sedin said. “This is a tough game to explain. We talked about coming out in the first period and getting a lot of shots on net. We had five shots in the first period.
“I think everyone realizes we have a good chance to win the division, and to come up with this kind of effort is not good enough. We can’t go into the playoffs playing like this.”
Fortunately, they have an opportunity to quickly right this ship. Tuesday’s game is against the Calgary Flames – a win will keep their hope for a division championship (and home-ice advantage in the playoffs) alive and a loss will all but kill it.