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.
Mikael Samuelsson will sit for at least a week as he suffered with the Canucks are calling a "Mild" Concussion last night against the Blues.
The lineup shouldn't change too much, as Mason Raymond will draw in on Wednesday night against the Ducks, as he recovers from the flu.
Sami Salo has also started skating by himself, don't expect him back soon though, the Canucks have stated he won't be back until at least after Christmas.
They were sluggish, slow footed and the second best team at Rogers Arena Sunday night, and the Canucks fell to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 3-2. Vancouver seemingly had all the advantages coming in; St Louis was dreadful on the road, were coming into tonight on a five game losing streak, Andy McDonald was injured, along with David Perron and TJ Oshie, and Jaroslav Halak had fallen back to earth after a phenomenal start. Instead of jumping all over the Blues, the Canucks couldn't keep up with them.
Granted, the Canucks were missing Mason Raymond due to the flu, but still, the Blues didn't have more skill than the Canucks tonight, they simply outworked the Canucks, something that ...
Vancouver Canucks: 14-7-3, 31 points. (1st in Northwest Division)
St Louis Blues: 12-9-4, 28 points. (4th in Central Division)
Canucks Leading Scorers:
Goals: D. Sedin (14)
Assists: H. Sedin (27)
Points: D/H. Sedin (30)
Plus/Minus: C. Ehrhoff (8 )
Blues Leading Scorers:
Goals: A. McDonald (8 )
Assists: D. Backes (13)
Points: A. McDonald (17)
Plus/Minus: D. Perron (7)
Canucks: M. Raymond (illness) (G. Desbiens (hand), S. Salo (achilles), R. Rypien (personal leave).
Blues: T.J. Oshie (ankle), D. Perron (concussion), R. Polak (wrist)
The Vancouver Canucks will try to make it five in a row when they take on the struggling St. Louis Blues Sunday ni...
Three Stars Selection:
1) Roberto Luongo. 32 saves, Shutout preformance.
2) Daniel Sedin. 2 assists, including an assist on the third, "put away" goal.
3) Christian Ehrhoff. 1 goal (PP), 23 minutes of Ice time.
He was mesmerizing, showstopping, unbelievable. Six days after being pulled against the Blackhawks after letting in four goals, Roberto Luongo was nothing short of miraculous. He made save after save, making the unbelievable, well, believable, and the Canucks shut out the Blackhawks 3 to 0. It was a welcome turnaround for Bobby Lou, as he has had well documented struggles against the 'Hawks potent offence. Two years in a row in the playoffs, Luongo had looked confused, inef...
December 3rd, 2010
Canucks at Blackhawks
Puck Drop 5:30 pacific time at United Center in Chicago
Canucks: 13-7-3, 29 points. (1st in Northwest Division)
Blackhawks: 14-11-2, 30 points. (2nd in Central Division)
Canucks Statistic Leaders:
Goals: D. Sedin (14)
Assists:H. Sedin (27)
Points: H. Sedin (29)
PIM: R.Rypien (31)
SV %:C. Schneider (.936%)
g.a.g.:C. Schneider (2.08)
Wins:R. Luongo (10)
Chicago Statistic Leaders:
Goals:P. Sharp (16)
Assists:P. Kane (16)
Three Stars: 1) Mason Raymond 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points.
2) Jeff Tambellini 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points.
3) Henrik Sedin. 2 assists, 2 points. Won 69% of his faceoffs.
Mason Raymond had three goals, his second career hat trick in a 7-2 thrashing of the Calgary Flames Wednesday night, and the Canucks won their third straight game.
Not only was it a third straight win, it was a second straight dominant win. Four nights ago, the Canucks blasted the Sharks 6-1; tonight, it was the Flames turn to feel the burn.
Alex Burrows scored for the third straight game, Jeff Tambellini for the second straight, and Dan Hamhuis and Daniel Sedin...
Vancouver Canucks: 12-7-3, 27 points. (second in NW division, 6th in Western Conference)
Goal Leader: Daniel Sedin, 13 goals
Points Leader: Henrik, Daniel Sedin: 27 points.
Wins Leader: Roberto Luongo: 9 wins.
Calgary Flames: 10-12-2, 22 points. (4th in NW Division, 14th in Western Conference)
Goal Leader: Rene Bourque: 11 goals
Points Leader: Alex Tanguay: 21 points.
Wins Leader: Mikka Kiprusoff: 9 wins.
The Canucks will renew a rivalry tonight when they pay a visit to the struggling Calgary Flames Wednesday night.
The Canucks are currently on a two game win streak after posting wins in San Jose and Colorado.
The Vancouver squad should be well rested as they haven't p...
The Canucks exorcised some demons friday night, absolutley dominating the San Jose Sharks 6 to 1.
It was a nice change of pace for the Canucks, who had struggled mightily against Joe Thornton's squad, going 2-9-2 in their last 11 against them.
It was a different story tonight.
The top three lines all generated goals, with Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson twice, Jeff Tambellini, and Raffi Torres tickling the twine. Keith Ballard, in what had to be his best game of the season, had the other goal. The Canucks started strongly, with Tambellini depositing his third of the season past Antii Neimi only nine minutes into the game.
The Sharks simply didn't have their "A" game tonight,...
2010-11 has been a tough season for Rick Rypien. Of course by tough, I mean mind boggling.
In case you haven't heard, Rick the Ripper has been granted a personal leave of absence by the Canucks to deal with a "personal matter". Thats just about as much information as they're going to release at this time. Whether he still hasn't gotten over his altercation with that Minnesota fan, or there are some problems at home, its, to say the least, troubling.
The weirdest part is, this isn't the first time this has happened. Two season ago, Rypien was granted a leave of absence to, again, attend with a "personal matter." He's missed tons of games in his young career, being injury prone, but the...