In the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, both Henrik and Daniel were among the Canucks skaters to shoot in the shootout. Daniel’s quick snapshot was stopped by Mike Smith, and Henrik lost the handle of the puck on his attempt, sealing the loss. It still perplexes me as to how two of the most creative and offensively-gifted players in the entire league can perform so poorly in the shootout. Perhaps they could spend some of their new $28 million on shootout coaches or lessons. In the meantime, CHB readers offered up their suggestions on...Click here to read more.
In quite a comical scene from Friday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks, Roberto Luongo and Patrick Kane shared a few words as they were sprawled on the ice together seconds after Luongo foiled Kane’s shootout attempt (see video below). Two rounds later, rookie Jordan Schroeder beat the Hawks’ Corey Crawford before Luongo stopped Nick Leddy to seal the 2-1 win. Reports surfaced later that Luongo said to Kane “Not this time” as the two players untangled themselves. Even so, the two rivals were within earshot of each other for a full five seconds after Kane’s...Click here to read more.
I wrote this post a while ago, but it was never put on Canucks Hockey Blog. It’s the first part in a two part piece on the shootout. Keep in mind when this was written, November 15th 2007 – but it serves an important purpose for the point I’ll make in the second post. ——- Since the introduction of the shootout in the post lockout era a lot of people were sucked into the hype that it made the game more interesting, I for one was not. Let me state clearly now that I have been against the shoot out...Click here to read more.