Much has been made of Roberto Luongo’s plight here in Vancouver in recent years. Starting with the Stanley Cup Finals in June 2011, it’s been two and a half years of turmoil, tension, and drama. The Luongo saga took yet another fascinating turn this past weekend when Eddie Lack was named the starter for Sunday’s Heritage Classic game at BC Place versus the Ottawa Senators. Lack played the first game coming out of the Olympic break, shutting out the St. Louis Blues 1-0 on Wednesday night. Made sense given that Luongo returned to Vancouver from Sochi just a couple...Click here to read more.
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(canucks.nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (27-17-9) Edmonton Oilers (16-32-6) For the fourth time this season, and the second time in just six days, the Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks won all three previous games (6-2, 4-0 and most recently, 2-1). After Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win for the Canucks, they’re looking to keep the momentum going and start a new winning steak. However, the Oilers are looking to start a new winning streak of their own. On Sunday, the Oilers ended a six-game winless streak as they beat the Nashville Predators 5-1. Who’s Hot As we all know, the...Click here to read more.
It’s that time of year again: time for our 4th annual Canucks Christmas Carol! Our song this year is inspired by Wham!’s “Last Christmas”. We lament the lockout of last Christmas and look at the most important elements of this year’s team: Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedins, and head coach John Tortorella. This year I’m joined by Marie Hui, Arielle Tuliao, Joseph San Jose, Pat Guevara, Pat Teodosio, and our favourite foreign exchange student Kevin who somehow always finds his way to my place just in time to be in these videos. In fact, both Joseph and Kevin have...Click here to read more.
Roberto Luongo was pulled from the net early in the third period of last night’s 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. It was a tough night for the Canucks’ netminder as he let in the 4 goals on only 19 shots in 42 minutes of work. Shortly after being pulled, the cameras caught Luongo on the bench making the above face. Was he replaying the goals in his head? Sucking on a sour candy? Fighting off a stomach ache? With the help of the Twittersphere, I was able to discover some possibilities. In fact, I received the highest number...Click here to read more.
The most popular topic stemming from last night’s 2-1 Dallas Stars victory over the Vancouver Canucks was the apparent Henrik Sedin power play goal that was called off early in the second period. The official reason referee Rob Martell waved the goal off was because he felt that Daniel Sedin had made illegal contact with Stars’ goalie Kari Lehtonen just prior to Henrik’s shot. Obviously, the goal could have been a huge momentum-changer, as it would have evened the score at 1-1 in a game that the Canucks were controlling the play. Needless to say, Twitter exploded with conspiracy theories...Click here to read more.
I have a confession to make: I watch professional wrestling. While I don’t follow it as closely as I used to in my teenage and young adult years (I can get through a 3-hour show on my PVR in about 15 minutes), I admit that I can still be entertained by these “sports entertainers”. Some of the most memorable and exciting moments in wrestling take place when a hero switches allegiances and becomes a villain. Most wrestling fans know that the good guys are called “faces” and the bad guys are called “heels”; thus when a good guy becomes a...Click here to read more.
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.
The Vancouver Canucks continued their long road trip with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils in New Jersey. Once again, it was the battle of former teammates as Roberto Luongo faced off against Cory Schneider (figuratively and not literally), giving me yet another opportunity to post my latest Canucks music video. But I digress. After overtime had concluded, the cameras caught John Tortorella, referee Wes McCauley, and a few Canucks players sharing a chuckle as Torts handed over his shootout line-up. We will likely never know what exactly they were all giggling about, but it’s sure fun to speculate....Click here to read more.
Roberto Luongo picked up his first shutout of the young NHL season last night in a 3-0 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. Luongo played a solid game while getting some help from the crossbar and post, and Ryan Stanton in two different situations in the third period. Regardless, it was great to see Bobby Lu get the goose egg after an uneven start to the year. While not privy to the post-game congratulatory handshakes and head butts, it’s still fun to imagine what Luongo was saying to his teammates after the game. So here’s CHB’s Top 10 Things that...Click here to read more.
I was blessed to be at all three of the Canucks home games this week. Although the team only picked up two out of a possible six points, I was fortunate to be in the arena to witness three big games: Cory Schneider’s return with the Devils on Tuesday, our rival San Jose Sharks on Thursday, and the popular Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thursday in particular was a very memorable day for me as I was able to accompany friend of the blog Marie Hui as she sang the national anthems. I hung out with her in the dressing room...Click here to read more.