The Canucks take their show on the road with the series tied at 1-1. Can they play better than their 19-20-2 regular season road record indicates? Without the benefit of last change, how can the Canucks contain Drew Doughty? Can Demitra prove that he’s no Justin Williams? Can the Canucks stop taking stupid penalties? Time to shed road kill reputation. [Monte Stewart, AOL FanHouse; Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province; Jeff Patterson, Georgia Straight; Greg Beacham, AP via Washington Post] Doughty is dangerous. [Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun; Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province;Click here to read more.
Tagged: Shane O’Brien
– I was in the Vancouver daily 24 hours today for the 5 on 5 segment. It was fun and those involved sure bring the funny. It’s pretty flattering Guts Mctavish asked me since he’s one of the very funniest puppets or people I know. An online version can be found here if you’re so inclined. – On the Shane O’Brien situation, while he’s made bad decisions and deserves some discipline from the Canucks, the person (or people) that sent the picture to Deadspin are so SO low. If you do a little research it’s clear that picture wasn’t even...Click here to read more.
– So our very own lovely Hank Sedin was the first player to get to 100 points. Wow! I was chatting on twitter and mentioned that I would bake Hank 100 cuppycakes when he reached 100 points. It was mostly a joke and I figured it would take him a little longer to do so but hey a declaration on twitter is fairly binding. So, this holiday weekend I will be making a big pile of cuppycakes with Swedish flags and Canucks colours. Maybe even Swedish fish. Look for a post documenting the deliciousness. – Mr. Hanky has also been...Click here to read more.
[Editor’s note: CHB would like to welcome Chris Golden as a contributor to the site. As you’ll be able to see from his first post, he’s a tough-love kinda guy. Don’t worry, we think he’ll come around after SOB scores a big goal in the playoffs.] ***** Hidey ho folks! Remember me? No?! I’m hurt. Some of you may recognize me from my witty (or witless) banter in the official Canucks Fan Zone Live Blog, others may know me more as@lyteforce from the vast twitterverse, and one of you probably hangs out at my blog. Regardless of how you know...Click here to read more.
Shane O’Brien’s gone from being in Alain Vigneault’s doghouse to becoming the latest breakout Canuck in a handful of Canucks that are having breakout years or have noticeably improved play. After leading the leagues in penalty minutes last year, being roasted for his lack of grit, lack of physicality, offense, defense and everything in between, people were shocked that he was extended a year at the healthy price of 1.6 million dollars. While O’Brien showed considerable improvement in the second half of last year, he certainly had a long way to go to earn that inflated salary of his and...Click here to read more.
It’s no surprise that O’Brien’s been in the hot seat for most of his time in Vancouver. Be it for taking bad penalties, own goals or glaring errors that cost the Canucks. He’s probably the only person that gets more flak for going to the penalty box than Mats Sundin. That and the fact we had Schneider just sitting ready to go lead to O’Brien’s timeout in the press box. With that in mind it’s no surprise the Canucks have a couple of extra defenceman and I’m fairly sure it’s a no-brainer if you had to pick between O’Brien and...Click here to read more.
– It appears I’m jumping on the Penguins bandwagon for the rest of the playoffs. The Wings don’t need another Cup. As much as like a bunch of their players, as a whole team I just can’t get behind them. I’ve tried embracing this crush on the Blackhawks that the NHL keeps pimpin, but I can’t do it. They’re kind of whiney and I find I giggle too much when they do badly. The Canes are pretty cool actually. But I’m chillin with the Penguins because of two things 1) MALKIN. His hat trick last night, especially the third goal,...Click here to read more.
New third jersey pass players’ test (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Tough break for Canucks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks D-man maintains ties to Leaf Nation (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Broken foot sidelines Bieksa (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Bernier swings and misses (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Wellwood got his slack back coast (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) This season recalls productive Toronto teamup with Sundin (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Fat to fabulous: The Kyle Wellwood story (Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun) Ouellet puts on happy face after Canucks cameo (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.