It was a night of firsts Tuesday night for the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche.
For instance, the Av's beat the Canucks for the first time this season, 4-3 in over time.
Besides being the first loss against the Av's this season for the Van city squad, tonight also marked Manitoba Moose call up Sergei Shirokov's first NHL goal.
And boy was it ever a beauty. But more on that later.
The Canucks have seen the shine of their previous win streak dull a little bit, as they've lost back to back games and 3 of their last 4.
However, the Canucks did manage to get a single point of it, even if it wasn't pretty.
Let's take it from the top.
First, Alex Edler scored his six...
When everything is going your way it’s sometimes difficult to notice the weeds if you always see things through rose tinted glasses.
Vancouver is still sitting atop the NHL with 63 points, the team has the best points percentage .711, and are continuing to dominate in the face-off circle with the number one face-off win percentage of 55.7. If that wasn’t enough the club also has the second best PP and are seventh on the PK.
Offensively, players like the Sedins and Kesler are among the best in the league. Daniel is third in goals with 27; Crosby and Stamkos are first and Second. Henrik has a league leading 46 assists. Kesler is having one of his greatest years with 24 goals if he ...
The Vancouver Canucks were shut out for the second time in three games, this time losing 4-0 to the Minnesota Wild.
It's not as if the Canucks played badly; in fact, they outshot the home team 32-25. No, the NHL's best team was felled by a little known goaltender who put in a dazzling performance.
Anton Khudobin (who?) stopped all 32 shots he faced for his first career shut out, and he did it against one hell of a hockey team.
Corey Schnieder took the loss, his second straight. Schnieder was not at his best tonight, but he can hardly take full blame for the loss.
The Canucks had to play with a slightly depleted defence, as Andrew Alberts left the game with a shoulder injury and ...
The Canucks bounced back from a disappointing loss last night, and beat the struggling Washington Capitals 4-2.
Roberto Luongo had a strong game, stopping 25 of 27 shots, and Daniel Sedin had two goals, while defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Alex Edler potted the other two.
Jannik Hansen was the most noticable Canuck on the ice all night long, getting two assists and a slew of scoring chances.
But let's take it from the top.
The Canucks started the game with a bang, out shooting the Cap's 15-8 in the first period. It was, however, the Capitals that struck first.
Matt Hendricks snuck by Alex Edler, went in on Vancouver Roberto Luongo and scored right underneath Luongo's glove ...
How many times have you heard people say things like? “Paul is good at sports, but there’s always room for improvement”, or “If my child could just improve their grades I really think they could be top of the class.”
There aren’t many people who are perfect; even those individuals that are considered great have to work hard to fine-tune their skills or talents. After all greatness isn’t something a person is, its something they become.
Ryan Kesler is one such person who knows all about improvement, last season the Michigan native had a career year where he tallied for 75 points in 82 games, (25G, 50Ast, 75Pts).
Many believed that they had seen him at his best, but ...
The Red Hot Vancouver Canucks will pay a visit to the streaking New York Islanders Tuesday evening, at 4 pm pt.
The Canucks are coming off a shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings but still haven't lost in regulation since December 5th, a span of sixteen games. The Canucks have gone 13-0-3 during that span and currently occupy the number one spot in the NHL.
Daniel Sedin was named the NHL's first star of the week after scoring 7 points (5 goals) in 4 games. He will look to keep his hot streak going, as will Ryan Kesler, who had a hat trick two games ago versus Edmonton. Kesler has two career hat tricks, and both have come this season.
Roberto Luongo, after a magnificent preformance...
The Canucks didn't play their best Wednesday night, that much is certain.
However, the Flames are the Flames, and that enabled the Hometown Canucks to escape with a 3-1 victory.
Roberto Luongo was superb, stopping 43 of 44 shots, and missing out on a shut out by ten seconds.
The Canucks won their seventh straight and also tied a franchise record of best win streak. (No losses in regulation time)
Daniel Sedin scored his 22nd, while Ryan Kesler, who has been on a torrid pace, potted his 20th to open the scoring.
Kevin Bieksa; once thought of as nothing more than trade bait scored his fifth of the season and also had an assist. Bieksa has been solid as a rock lately, and now his of...
Sami Salo hasn't played since last season, due to a torn achilles tendon he suffered before this years training camp.
The Canucks got some inspiring news a couple of days ago, as Salo had resumed skating. His return seemed imminent.
However, now the Vancouver Sun is reporting that Salo may walk, or should i say hobble, away from the game, as he has hinted at retirement.
Apparently, Salo won't play again if their is a risk of permanent damage to himself. Fair enough. He has also stated that he doesn't want to play if he cannot play at the top level he is accustomed to.
So essentially, Slammin Sami won't be rushed back to the lineup. Expect him out longer, or possibly forever.
Remember when the Canucks opened the season with 4 straight road losses? Remember when every media outlet in Vancouver was scared to death that the most hyped team in franchise history couldn't get it done on the road? Remember when Ryan Kesler was being labelled as a only good on home ice player?
Yea, me neither.
The Canucks proved that being first in the NHL was no accident, and harpooned the home town San Jose Sharks 4-3 last night.
They also improved to 12-5-3 on the road after starting 0-4. That's right kiddies, that means since, they've gone 12-1-3. Holy Crap.
After having an off night in Colorado, the Sedin Twins were magic tonight, combining for an absolutely breath ...
Alex Bolduc scored his first career NHL goal, and Mason Raymond also scored in his return to the lineup, and the Canucks won their fifth straight game, 2-1 over the hometown Colorado Avalanche.
It didn't seem like it would be an exciting game; the chances were fairly low; both teams weren't giving much of anything.
With two minutes left in the first period, Alex Bolduc scored his first career NHL goal. It was a goal that Craig Anderson should've had; a roller across the ice that went five hole.
However, whether it was a snipe or not, it was a 1-0 lead for the Canucks going into the second period, all momentum with the visiting Canucks.
The Canucks couldn't parlay any of tha...