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...
Recently, former Canuck Kyle Wellwood has been a hot topic around the city of Vancouver. He's insinuated that the Canucks were playing like they were afraid to lose, something Kevin Bieksa took offense to. He responded by calling Wellwood a "weasel" and saying that the Canucks were afraid to lose when Wellwood was in Vancouver, because he was one of the smallest third line centers in the league.
The question to be asked is, does Kyle Wellwood have the right to be spouting off like this when he didn't even have a contract when the NHL season started?
I have no problem with players trash talking. I think it injects excitement into what are dull days waiting for the playoff games to begi...
The Vancouver Canucks are going to the Conference finals for the first time in 17 years, a staggering figure for any NHL team. They managed to do what they couldn't against Chicago; beat their opponents early, as they beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game six. Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin both scored for the 'Nucks, while David Legwand had his sixth goal of the playoffs in a losing cause.
However, amidst the high fives and hugging, one question still has to loom for this team; did they deserve it?
When you look at the Canucks, you can take a handful of players that went above and beyond the call of duty. Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Chris Higgins, Kevin Bieksa, Jannik Hansen and ...
The Vancouver Canucks have taken a stranglehold on their second straight series.
Let's just hope this one is a little smoother.
Henrik Sedin finally sprung to life, and Ryan Kesler continued his solid offensive play as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2 to take a 3-1 series lead.
4 goals on a stingy predators defense and an all world goalie? I'll take that.
The game started well enough for the Canucks, but bad for the Preds. Christian Ehrhoff scored his second goal of the playoffs fifteen minutes into the first, after Pekka Rinne was screened by Alex Burrows. Rinne complained to the referee that he believed he had been interfered with, but no call was made. ...
Ryan Kesler finally showed up in the goal column as he potted two goals in the Canucks 3-2 overtime win versus the Nashville Predators. With the win, the Canucks now lead the best of 7 series two games to one.
The Canucks were coming off a stinging loss to the Pred's, as they had lost 2-1 in overtime at home, after blowing a third period lead.
This time around, the story was pretty much the same, but with a much better ending.
The Predators opened the scoring early; something the Canucks do not want to make a habit of. Playing from behind against a trap team like Nashville can be playing with fire. 10 minutes into the first, David Legwand stole the puck from Canucks defenceman Alex...
After the emotional high's of Game 7 versus the hated Blackhawks, it's understandable to think that Game 1 versus the defensive orientated Predators would be, shall we say, boring as hell. Boy was it ever. Like, try
It was essentially the Canucks versus Pekka Rinne tonight, because no other member of the Predators decided to show up. The result was an embarrassing performance from the visitors, and an absolutely dominant performance by the home squad in a 1-0 Canucks victory in Game 1 of the second round.
The Canucks outshot the Predators 30-20, but even that is flattering to Nashville. The shots before a late flurry by the Predators were 16-30, Vancouver almost doubling Nashville's ...
For a province full of title starved arm chair coaches, it was a collective sigh of relief, a gigantic group hug, and a brisk Vancouver night filled with the jarring chorus of, “WOOOOOO!!!” The Canucks finally, FINALLY got the gorilla, or piano, or whatever imagery you want to insert here off their back and beat the Chicago Blackhawks. Yes, the Vancouver Canucks, the President’s trophy winning Vancouver Canucks eked past the Blackhawks by a score of 2-1 in Overtime.
It was a game filled with redemption and nail biting action, mostly dominated by a determined Canucks squad. In the first, Alex Burrows continued his strong play by scoring another goal, this one in the opening five m...
With Game 6 coming up on Sunday, you have to wonder if somehow, after going up 3 games to none on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Vancouver Canucks have no gas left in their tank. Are they cursed? Let’s take a quick look at why we’re where we are right now.
The regular season was very good to the Canucks, winning over 50 games and claiming the President’s Trophy. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schenider shared the William Jennings Trophy for having the lowest combined goals against average for a goaltending tandem, which they received after Schenider made the 25-appearance minimum.
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Heading into their series with the Blackhawks, th...
Was there actually a time when we were worried about Roberto Luongo's playoff performance?
Luongo was miraculous yet again for the Canucks making 30 saves as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
The pressure was really on Chicago. Everyone was expecting them to come out strong in this game, and they did, thanks to some sloppy play by the Canucks. The boys from van city took 4 penalties in the opening stanza, but Luongo was equal to the task, only letting one escape his grasp, a bullet point shot by Duncan Keith. The Canucks also had to kill off a 5 on 3 man advantage, and Luongo stole the show. He stopped Patrick Kane on a sure goal by getting his g...
Was that Daniel Sedin or Father Merrin? The Vancouver Canucks exercised the demons of game 2's past and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Friday night. It was a tense game filled with body checks, shots after the whistle, and plenty of scoring.
First it was Jannik Hansen; yes, Hansen again, opening the scoring for the Canucks 7:30 into the game, assisted by the twins.
Then, the Canucks completely in control, scored 30 seconds into the second period for a 2-0 lead. Daniel Sedin tipped a Christian Ehrhoff point shot through his legs as he was leaping, and beat Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford.
Then, the Blackhawks, finally, FINALLY, were able to put one past Roberto Luongo, as rookie ...