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...
Not much to see here folks. That is, unless you happen to be a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.
The boxscore will tell you the entire story.
Henrik Sedin, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points to match his career high.
Alex Burrows, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points.
Daniel Sedin, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points.
Raffi Torres, 2 goals.
Ryan Kesler, 1 goal.
Christian Ehrhoff, 1 goal.
Needless to say, it was kind of embarrassing.
The Canucks absolutely demolished the home team tonight, winning 7-3 against the Blue Jackets. A score that while lopsided, still didn't tell the whole story.
Vancouver was dominant from the opening faceoff, particularly the Sedin Twins and Alex Burrows. The Twins ...
It was a seesaw battle between two Western Conference powerhouses, and at the end of the day, the Red Wings skated away victorious winning 5-4 in overtime.
It was a costly win for the Wings, however, as Pavel Datsyuk was injured. It is speculated that he could be out 4-5 weeks with a broken hand or wrist. For now, let's get back to the game.
It was an entertaining contest that saw lead changes, big hits and pretty goals. The Red Wings got the party started when former Canuck Todd Bertuzzi feathered a beautiful pass to Dan Cleary on a 2 on 1 break. Cleary waited, then snapped a perfect shot over Roberto Luongo's shoulder.
Luongo had 40 saves in the game, and made some spectacular st...
The Canucks won again, their 4th straight, and are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games. Impressive stats to say the least. Here are some more;
Ryan Kesler is on a 4 game point streak (4-2-6), Aaron Volapatti scored his first career NHL goal in just his second game, and the Sedin twins have 27 points combined in their last 11.
But let's focus on tonight.
The Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in a plodding, slow moving game. There were some exciting moments; hey, every hockey game has to have at least one, and the Canucks showed they can win a tight checking, defensive game.
Aaron Volpatti, recently called up from the Manitoba Moose had his first NHL goal, and it came after a strong ...
It won't be just another game for the Canucks tonight. Tonight, the boys from Van city take on Brian Burke's Toronto Maple Leafs, a game so hyped here in vancouver, you would think the leafs actually had a competitive team!
Obviously that isn't correct, but I don't need to tell you that.
The game goes down at 4 pm pt at Rogers Arena.
Burke was the GM of the Canucks from 1998-2004. He was in Vancouver last week as part of Markus Naslunds jersey retirement ceremony, but lets move on to the actual players of the game.
Ryan Kesler will look to continue his hot streak, as he had a hat trick, the first of his career, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Canucks previous game. Kesler ha...
Ryan Kesler has been the most consistent forward on the ice for the Vancouver Canucks the past few games, and he kept his hot streak going Wednesday night, as he had his first career hat trick in a 3-2 overtime win against the Columbus Bluejackets.
The Canuck forward accounted for all the Canuck goals, and each one was a beauty.
Not only did he contribute offensively, but he also played strong defensively too, reminding everyone watching that he has twice been a Selke trophy finalist.
But let's get back to the goals.
The first was a goal that must have been inspired by former teammate, and jersey retiree Markus Naslund, as Kesler snapped a beautiful, quick shot past Columbus bac...