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Luongo struggles; Canucks lose 5-4 in Overtime to Red Wings

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...

Make it four! Canucks best Blues to extend win streak to 4 games

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 ...

The center of the universe comes to Vancouver; Canucks host Maple Leafs

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...

Don't mess with Kess: Kelser's hat trick helps Canucks down Bluejackets in OT

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...

Canucks v Blue Jackets Preview

The past weekend was quite an eventful one that included the festivities of the retirement of franchise leading scorer Markus Naslund’s jersey, a home loss to the Lightning and a dominant road victory against the Oilers. Vancouver’s next game will be at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night when the Canucks host Columbus. The Blue Jackets most recent meeting was a 3-2 overtime loss to the Flames in Calgary. That was the first of a short 3 game road trip; the Jackets have been struggling as the visiting club, loosing their last four games away from home. Rick Nash is on a hot streak scoring a point in his last four games; against the Rangers on December 11th he had 2 goals and 1 assist. ...

Canucks dominate Oil, win 2-1

Three Stars: 1) Devin Dubnyk. 35 saves, at times, he looked like the only Oiler that cared about the game 2)Henrik Sedin. 1 goal, 1 assist to continue his domination of the Oilers. 3) Daniel Sedin. 2 assists, proved that he can pass too. It was plodding, it was slow, and at times, it was downright boring; but hey, 2 points is 2 points. The Canucks absolutely dominated the hometown Oilers, out shooting them 37-11, and winning 2-1. Alex Burrows continued his strong play with a goal, and Henrik Sedin also scored. The game started interestingly enough, as Burrows cashed in after a beautiful setup by the Sedin Twins. All he really had to do was tap the puck into an empty net and rai...

Oh captain my captain! Canucks retire Markus Naslund's number

The Canucks will take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at 7:30 pm pacific time, but thats not the biggest story of the night. Markus Naslund, the Canucks Captain from 2000 to 2008 will have his number ascend to the rafters of Rogers Arena. Hundreds of journalists have already covered every angle of Naslund's number retirement ceremony, so I'll keep this as brief as possible. Naslund's ties to the Canucks run deep; when he was a seven year old in his native Sweden, his babysitter was Elsie Gradin. Elsie Gradin, as Canuck fans can probably guess, was former Canuck superstar Thomas Gradin's mother. He just seemed destined to be a Canuck. His story with th...

In Kess We trust: Canucks win in shootout 5-4

Three Stars: 1) Ryan Kesler. Two goals, one assist, most dominant Canuck on the ice 2) Christian Ehrhoff: 2 assists before leaving game with injury 3) Teemu Selanne: Dangerous all night, 1 goal, 1 assist for 40 year old. It was tense, nerve wracking, and when it was all over, cheers echoed through the rafters in Rogers Arena. Ryan Kesler scored two goals, including the game tying mark with 21.6 seconds left, and the Cancks stole two points from the Ducks, winning 5-4 in a shootout. The game was far from beautiful, but it was deliciously entertaining. Corey Perry, starting to become very disliked in Vancouver, had the opening tally on the Powerplay, and the Ducks looke...

Pregame: Canucks host Ducks

The Canucks look to rebound from a poor effort in St Louis, as they host the struggling Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night at 7 pm, pacific time. They will be lacking some offensive for a while, as Mikael Samuelsson will miss at least a week of action with what the team is calling a mild concussion. The team called up Jonas Andersson, acquired as a part of the Shane O Brien deal to Nashville to skate on the fourth line in place of Joel Perreault, who was sent back down to Manitoba. Canucks last game: The Canucks let two points slip through their fingers as they underestimated an injury depleted St. Louis squad, and lost 3-2. St. Louis was missing Andy McDonald, David Perron and TJ oshi...

Alex Edler's Swedish Connection

When asked what is Sweden famous for most people would agree Ikea, Meat Balls and Volvo cars. Very few would answer that question with the Pace Maker, invented by Rune Elmqvist in 1958 or the Safety Match, which was first patented in 1844 by Gustaf Erik Pasch. If your reading this on a flat screen monitor the technology used to make it was discovered in 1979 thanks to Sven Torbjörn Lagerwall, all three are from Sweden. When compiling a list of Swedish born hockey players past and present who have graced the ice in a Canucks jersey, most people would include such names as Thomas Gradin, Mattias Ohlund, Markus Naslund, Mikael Samuelsson and of course the omnipresent Sedin twins. Alex E...