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Looking In The Face Of Adversity

The passing of time can often be a cruel occurrence, on March 15th Canucks.com proudly reported that Mikael Samuelsson had been named the NHL’s first star of the week, for the week of 8-14 March. During that time Samuelsson accrued some impressive stats, ten points six goals and four assists in four games. Then on 17th March the site reports that Samuelsson will miss at least two – three weeks with an upper body injury. In seventy games the Canucks RW has a total of thirty goals placing him second in that category for team stats, he also has fifty-three points. With just twelve games left on the regular season schedule this could cause a rather problematic situation for Vancouver, or c...

What Road Trip Hangover?

Everyone says that the first game back from a long road trip is usually a let down. Just don't tell that to the Vancouver Canucks. After finishing their 14-game odyssey, where the Canucks went 8-5-1, with a shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes the Canucks returned home on Saturday night prepared for a weekend back to back set with the Ottawa Senators and divisional rival, Calgary Flames. Vancouver's return to General Motors Place was a raucous one considering the last hockey game before that had a bit of significance to Canadian hockey fans across the nation. The Canucks came out blazing, riding high from their road trip, and scoring a rare ice breaker goal. In the second period they esse...

The Longest Trip In History

On January 30th the Vancouver Canucks started what was to be the longest road trip in NHL history. During this time they traveled a total of 20,737 kilometers. The first game of the colossal fourteen game expedition began with a win against the Leafs, it ended on March 10th with an overtime loss to Phoenix. In a span of fourteen games the team finished with a respectable 8-5-1 record, the final outcome of this journey could have ended much worse, especially when you consider that Vancouver have been playing without two of it’s best defensemen. Like most huge excursions there were many highs and lows. During the Olympics, Luongo was able to feel perhaps the ultimate high, when he helped...

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

It has been over a month since the Vancouver Canucks have played in the comfort of their home at General Motors Place, 42 days to be exact. The Canucks have just one more game remaining on their NHL record 14-game road trip that has seen them travel all across North America. With Vancouver hosting the Olympic Games, this road trip was well expected before the schedule even came out. The trip consisted of two sections, 8 games prior to the Olympics and 6 games after the Olympics. Experts, media, players and fans all marked their calendars as this stretch would be the true test and hurdle for the Canucks who, at the time, were coming off their second Northwest division title in three years....

Sometimes Less Is More

In recent years Vancouver has become notorious for it’s lack of activity at the trade deadline. Last year Mike Gillis opted to do absolutely nothing, a year earlier Matt Pettinger was the sole acquisition. Yesterday was also a relatively quiet affair with only three deals made. Leading up to the deadline the Canucks had some issues that needed to be addressed, the primary concern was to add extra depth on defense due to the injuries to Bieksa and Mitchell. An upgrade on offence to help improve the somewhat mediocre third and fourth lines was also expected to be on Gillis's to do list. The most significant and possibly the only new face in the Canucks dressing room will be that of de...

A Fifty-Fifty Start

The Canucks are halfway through a crucial stretch of the season. Vancouver has completed half of the pre-Olympics portion of their 14-game road trip and have picked up 4 of a possible 8 points after coming back from 2 goals down against the Boston Bruins this afternoon to win in the shootout. For the fourth consecutive game of this trip the Canucks surrendered the first goal of the game. In fact, in all four contests Vancouver has allowed at least two first period goals with goals in the first and last few minutes of the opening frame. In Toronto they managed to come back from 3-0 down to win but weren't so fortunate in Montreal and Ottawa. In Boston, who headed into the game on a nine ...

Tough Guys

There are many NHL teams that covet players who are considered to be tough guys. Such players like Carcillo, Ott and Laraque can earn a very good living from playing the role of a pugilist or for administering bone-shaking body checks to opposing players. Some even act as a bodyguard who protect their teams’ star player. Athletes who compete at this level can often be admired by both fans and coaches for the ability to display a combination of toughness and skill. When you consider which current members of the Vancouver Canucks roster fit the role of the teams aggressors, most would agree that the likes of Rypien, Hordichuk and relative newcomer Tanner Glass are the teams resident h...

Canucks Bid Farewell To G.M. Place


Mason Raymond scored two goals and Christian Ehrhoff scored the game winning goal in the third period as the Canucks capped off a perfect 4-game home stand with a 3-2 victory over the St.Louis Blues. This win also marks the last time the Vancouver Canucks will play at General Motors in over a month as they embark on their 14-game road trip. The Canucks, fans and media have had this stretch of games circled on their calendars since the schedule was released last summer and it has finally arrived. With the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games now just 16 days away the Canucks will hand over the keys to VANOC who will now prepare G.M. Place for the Olympics when it will be called Cana...

Back To Normal For Canucks and CBC

It has been a pretty controversial couple of weeks for the Vancouver Canucks starting with the Alex Burrows-Stephane Auger incident on January 8th. On January 16th, Ron Maclean of CBC spent 11-minutes of Hockey Night in Canada siding with Auger and discounting everything Burrows said. The Canucks responded by blackballing CBC last Saturday and declined to do any interviews despite a big 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks. This ongoing feud has been covered in great lengths in the media but it looks like things have finally been resolved. Canucks GM Mike Gillis and team spokesman T.C. Carling had a conference call with Scott Moore, head of CBC Sports and Sherali Najak, CBC HNIC executiv...

Super Sedins Serve Up Another Win

A win for Vancouver, in this game was for most people, going to be a somewhat easy affair. Although the Canucks won in overtime Edmonton made sure that Vancouver would have to earn it the hard way. The Oilers were certainly the most dominant of the two teams in the first and second periods, especially when playing five on five. Sam Gagner was the first skater to get points on the board. The Oilers were in the middle of a line change that seemed to disorientate the Canucks leaving Gagner open in front of the Vancouver net allowing him to easily shoot the puck past Luongo. Grebeshkov had the assist on Gagner’s goal, which was the only power play goal for the Oilers. Later on in the fi...