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Beatdown in Beantown: Canucks lose big

I'm not sure if I even have words to describe this game. Sounds, maybe. Not words. Sounds like, COMEONAREYOUKIDDINGME, OR UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. But I digress. The Vancouver Canucks were destroyed by the Boston Bruins 8-1 Monday night, in an emotionally charged game that saw Boston forward Nathan Horton leave on a stretcher. The first period was scoreless, but about five minutes in, Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome laid a head shot on Horton, who's head bounced hard off the ice. He appeared to be knocked out for a second, then laid on the ice for several minutes. He eventually was taken to hospital and was said to be able to move his extremities. Quick rant: What the hell was Rome thinking? Y...

Canucks Lead Final 2-0

Alex Burrows may just have willed himself into Conn Smythe consideration. The pesky winger, who has come under scrutiny in the hockey world for his nibble on the finger of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, had two goals, including the overtime winner as the Canucks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. It won't go down as the Canucks prettiest game, but it had all the elements of a classic. Lead changes, pretty goals, outstanding goaltending, and bone crunching hits highlighted a spirited affair that saw the two teams combine for 63 shots. It started with Alex Burrows whipping a shot on the powerplay from the left faceoff dot, which found a hole under Bruins goaltender T...

Torres Scores! Canucks win Game 1

Ohhh baby. If Game 1 is any indication of how the Stanley Cup Final is going to happen, this will be an amazing series. There was everything in game 1; big hits, scoring chances, superb goaltending, and a last minute hero, as the Vancouver Canucks scored late, very late, to best the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. For a scoreless game early, it sure was exciting. The Bruins outshot the Canucks 17-12 with neither team tickling the twine. There were a plethora of penalties, with the Canucks taking 4 (including 2 double minors) and the Bruins taking three. The Bruins had ample opportunity to score some goals in that penalty filled first period, but their abysmal powerpl...

Pipe Dreams - Bobby Lou Versus The World

So you want to be an NHL goaltender, eh? Who wouldn't want to shoulder the load of being considered the last line of defense? Why wouldn't you want to constantly answer for the bulk of your team's struggles? In victory you are given partial credit and in defeat the majority of the blame. Sounds like fun doesn't it? With the Stanley Cup Finals set to begin in mere hours, I feel the need to draw attention to what appears to be a glaring no-win situation. Despite backstopping the Presidents Trophy winning Canucks to their first Stanley Cup birth in almost two decades, Roberto Luongo is still receiving a surplus of unwarranted criticism. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Luongo has bec...

Where are the fans?

The Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup Final so everything is sunshine and roses here in Vancouver. However, I do want to get one last thing off my chest before the Canucks embark on the most important hockey in franchise history. Where the hell are the fans? Not technically, I mean. You can't find a ticket for a Canucks playoff game-they're consistently sold out. However, you would think that with a house full of people, it would be louder. Much louder. The Canucks are supposed to have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs, but most nights the crowd is so quiet that it isn't really an advantage at all. I don't mean when the Canucks take the ice for the first time, or the Ca...

Canucks advance to Stanley Cup Final

The Vancouver Canucks may hate any comparison drawn between themselves and the hated Chicago Blackhawks, but Kevin Bieksa's series winning goal was certainly, how shall I say, Kane-esque? Bieksa scored after Alex Edler unwittingly deflected the puck off the stanchion, directly to Bieska, who let go a weak shot that no one saw, least of all Sharks goaltender Anti Neimi, who didn't know where the puck was until it passed him into the net. It was a strange goal, but hey, this was a strange series. Alex Burrows, so clutch in big games with six goals in five elimination games this post season scored his seventh of the playoffs after a beautiful set up by the Sedin Twins. The twins, by...

Can the Canucks win Game 5?

The Vancouver Canucks are one measly win away from their third ever Stanley Cup Final appearance, yet there is a nervous energy around the province of British Columbia. There shouldn't be. The Canucks have handily out played the lack lustre San Jose Sharks squad that have their top player banged up, thanks to a hit on Joe Thornton by Raffi Torres. The Canucks have dominated five on five, and last game they finally managed to break through on 5 on 3 powerplays. They also managed to get their penalty kill back on track, killing off five straight penalties. However, this Canucks squad has had trouble sealing the deal when it comes to Game 5. I don't have to remind you of the first roun...

Canucks use PP to down Sharks

The Canucks are one win away, ladies and gentlemen. Vancouver used their powerplay, specifically three straight five on three's, to down the Sharks 4-2 in a crucial game 4. It was a bizarrely officiated game, with the Canucks taking 5 straight penalties to open the game, and then the Sharks taking four straight to blow the game open. The Canucks were able to weather the early storm, only allowing ten shots on four powerplays, none of any real danger. Tanner Glass took a tripping penalty 26 seconds into the contest, Kevin Bieksa took a high sticking call, and then Tanner Glass took another penalty, this time for boarding. In Glass's defense, the call was border line at best. The Canucks h...

Canucks dominate, take Game 2

Oh baby. There was a lot to like about the Canucks 7-3 spanking of the San Jose Sharks, but lets try to narrow it down. First, Ben Eager might just be named MVP of the second game, mostly because he ran Daniel Sedin from behind, igniting the Sedins and sparking a four goal third period. He took four penalties, and was an amazing -2 in only ten minutes of ice time. Thanks alot Big Ben. Remind me to send you a fruit basket. The most hilarious thing is, down two nothing in the series, and 7-3 in the game, Eager actually celebrated a last minute garbage goal. Then he promptly took a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, proving the endless depths of his class. Second, the Sedins proved that the...

Canucks Defeat Sharks to Take Game 1

Talk about living up to expectations. The first game of the Western Conference Final was absolutely brilliant. Fast paced and hard hitting, the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks are clearly evenly matched. This, folks, is going to be an amazing series. The Canucks showed why they won the Presidents Trophy, coming from behind to win Game 1 3-2. The first period started with a push. Literally. Joe Thornton was actually thrown out of the faceoff circle to begin the game after jostling with Ryan Kesler. It was a quick first period, highlighted by two gigantic body checks, the best coming from Alex Edler on Joe Pavelski. Joe Thornton scored his third goal of the playoffs after capitalizing...