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 ...
The atmosphere around Rogers Arena was full of excitement. That, mixed with nervousness. After all, the defending Cup champs, the kryptonite to the Canucks, had touched down in Van City ready to defend their title.
Nervousness was soon replaced by chest pounding and group hugs as the Canucks shut the door on the Blackhawks, and took Game 1 by a score of 2-0.
Roberto Luongo was, in a word, belissimo, as he stole the show, continuing the level of play that won him the Jennings trophy this season. He made three highlight reel saves on Brian Campbell and Patrick Sharp, and most importantly, got a goose egg against the team that has made him look like an AHL'er the last two playoffs.
The Vancouver Canucks ended the season on a beautiful note with a 3-2 overtime, come from behind victory at the Saddledome against their arch rival Flames.
While the game may not have meant much of anything for either team, it did have some interesting elements.
1) Daniel Sedin had 2 more assists, giving him 104 points and assuring his Art Ross trophy
2) Ryan Kesler set a new career high in goals with 41
3) Cory Schneider allowed 2 goals, therefore winning the Jennings Trophy with Roberto Luongo. Schneider, making his 25th appearance, qualified for the award.
4) Christian Ehrhoff had the overtime goal, giving him 50 points for the first time in his career.
It was a disappo...
Ryan Kesler had a hat trick. Mason Raymond had 2 goals. Roberto Luongo had a shutout. Not bad for a meaningless game.
The Canucks, mainly the above three mentioned, absolutely demolished the Minnesota Wild, padding the stats for many of the Canuck players seeking individual awards.
Daniel Sedin, facing stiff competition from Corey Perry for the Art Ross and Hart trophies, had 2 assists to bring his season total to 102 points, 5 points ahead of Perry. Ryan Kesler had a hat trick to bring his season goal total to an impressive 40, second on the team to Daniel Sedin. Lastly, Roberto Luongo, in contention for the Vezina, but probably destined to lose to Tim Thomas of the Bruins, had a mir...
It's a good thing these games are meaningless.
The Vancouver Canucks put forth another lack lustre effort against a horrible Oiler squad that is currently dead last in the NHL. It didn't help that the Canucks took far too many penalties, including a Raffi Torres 5 minute major with 7 minutes remaining in the game, nor did it help that the Sedin Twins and Ryan Kesler were non existent for the second straight game. I get that you've clinched the Presidents trophy, but come on guys, you get paid to play EVERY game.
Anyways, not much to recap here. At the very end of the first period, 3 second remaining, Oiler Ryan Jones snuck a puck under Vancouver goaltender's Roberto Luongo's arm, for...
This season the Canucks have done many things right—they have broken old franchise records, and they have set new ones. The club stands tall atop many stats, like most wins, goals for and the best road record in the league. Not forgetting the recent Presidents' Trophy win, awarded for amassing the most points in the NHL. Many players will also be the recipients of silverware.
What makes these feats more remarkable is that the roster has often been decimated by injuries, most notably to key players like Alex Edler, Manny Malhotra and, recently, Dan Hamhuis
The playoffs commence on April 13, and Vancouver will be the favorite. Since the 2005-06 season, only one team that won the Presid...