The Vancouver Canucks loss in Nashville proved one thing. They miss their missing defencemen very, very much.
The Canucks fell to the Nashville Predators 3-1 Thursday night in a game that can only be described as plodding. The Canucks are Predators are the NHL's stingiest teams in terms of goals allowed, so that can't be that much of a surprise.
The Canucks were without, stay with me here, Kevin Bieksa (Broken Foot), Keith Ballard (knee strain), Dan Hamhuis (concussion), Alex Edler (back surgery), Andrew Alberts (broken wrist), and Lee Sweatt (broken foot). Because of that, they were forced to ice a lineup that included three rookies with a combined 17 NHL games between them.
The Vancouver Canucks got their first win at Xcel Energy Arena this year, in their third try, as they beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1.
Xcel had not been kind to Vancouver, as they had lost 4-0 and 6-2 in the previous 2 games. However, tonight was destined to be different.
Offensively maligned Manny Maholtra got the Canucks off to a quick start, as he converted on a powerplay, tipping a Sami Salo point shot past Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom for his 7th goal of the year, and his first since December 28th, a span of 23 games. Backstrom finished the game with only 10 saves, as the Canucks only mustered 13 overall.
The Wild countered however, as surprise offensive threat Cal Clutterbuck...
After a rare regulation loss last night to the St. Louis Blues, the Vancouver Canucks will try to rebound against a familiar foe, in the Minnesota Wild.
The Canucks have to be the favourites going into this game, for no other reason than their incredible record. However, the Xcel Energy Center has not been very kind to the Canucks this season. They've already lost 4-0 in Minny, as well as 6-2.
Last night in St Louis was all kind of bad news for the Canucks. First of all, another, yes ANOTHER Canucks D-Man went down with injury, as Andrew Alberts broke his wrist when he blocked a shot with it, meaning he's out for a while. That means Moose Dman Yann Sauve, the teams second round pick in ...
Remember last year when Mikael Samuelsson, obviously angry that he was left off the Swedish Olympic team went on an incredible tear that ended with him getting 30 goals for the season?
This may be round 2.
Samuelsson had another 2 goals Saturday night, and the Canucks beat their arch rival the Calgary Flames 4-2 in a brisk, fast paced game.
The Canucks, as they often do, 35 times now this season, opened the scoring, with Alex Burrows getting his 16th goal of the season. It was a powerplay marker, and it kept up Burrows' incredible hot streak, as he now has 8 goals in his last 8 games.
The teams traded chances left and right, but Flames netminder Miika Kiprusoff was definitely th...
The Vancouver Canucks suffered their first regulation loss in fifteen games, plus another defenseman to injury, as they lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Wednesday night.
The game was entertaining, no doubt, although it had to have left Canucks fans screaming at their TV's again. For the second straight game, another top defenceman was lost to injury, this time, Dan Hamhuis. As Hamhuis played the puck in his own zone, Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaff skated in towards him. Hamhuis showed Getzlaff his back, and thats when Getzlaff left his feet, and levelled Hamhuis with a hit to the back. There was no penalty on the play.
Hamhuis appeared to be knocked out as his head hit the glass, and he lay ...
Sometimes life seems to kick people when they are down by handing them another dose of bad luck. But then life is all about dealing with the good bad and downright terrible things that are often thrown at us.
During the course of an 82 game NHL season each team will find themselves facing adversity. Take the New York Islanders who after having a few problems in net decided to claim Evgeni Nabokov off waivers only to have him refuse to play for the club.
Or the Penguins who were relieved to get star Centre Evgeni Malkin back in the line up after a 5 game absence due to knee problems and sinus infection. Relief would have turned to dismay when the Russian tore the MCL and ACL in his kne...
There are only two certainties in life; death and taxes. And, well, the Canucks defence getting injured.
Keith Ballard was the latest casualty of a depleted blue line that already boasts stud D-man Alex Edler. However, many fans of the Canucks, including Canucks GM Mike Gillis, felt that the play that got Ballard injured, was in fact a dirty one.
If you didn't see the play, Senators forward Milan Michalek and Ballard were chasing the puck behind the Canucks net on Monday night. Ballard delivered a nice hit on Michalek, and then the two continued the chase to the corner. Thats when Michalek and Ballard got tangled up. Some would define it as "tangled", other, more passionate fans would...
The Vancouver Canucks showed why they are the top team in the NHL by beating the Blackhawks 4-3. It was an odd game with weird bounces, blown calls by officials, and a new art ross leader.
First, Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks appeared to have scored the opening goal. However, officials deemed that Troy Brouwer was interfering with Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, and the goal was waved off. On further review, however, Brouwer was nowhere near interfering with Luongo. It was a horrible call, and one the Canucks capitalized on.
Christian Ehrhoff fired a shot from the point. It went through traffic and beat Blackhawks netminder Marty Turco for the games opening goal, and his tenth of ...
The Vancouver Canucks kept up their hot streak wednesday night, and Cody Hodgson scored his first NHL goal, as they destroyed the Phoenix Coyotes by an embarrassing 6-0 final score.
The Coyotes seemed to have all the advantages going into the game; the Canucks had played the night before in Dallas, and because of bad weather, the Canucks hadn't even checked into their hotel room until 3 a.m. that morning.
If they were fatigued, it didn't show.
Alex Burrows opened the scoring a little under four minutes into the game on the first Canuck shot. Daniel Sedin intercepted a clearing attempt, then fired the puck in front of the net. Burrows, screening Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, tipped...
It was another night of special teams dominance for the Vancouver Canucks, as they defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1.
Not only did the Canucks continue their red hot powerplay against the stars by scoring two PP goals, they also shone on the penalty kill, with Ryan Kesler scoring a shorthanded goal.
With the win, the Canucks moved two points past the Philadelphia Flyers for top spot in the NHL with 73 points.
The game opened up very slow and sluggish. The first period was a plodding, defensive struggle, with no team really outplaying the other.
Cody Hodgson, the former first round pick who was surrounded by all types of hype coming into the game, had a terrific chance early on a pow...