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Bo Horvat started this season as the 3rd line centre behind Henrik Sedin and Brandon Sutter. Despite ranking 5th in TOI/GP for forwards this season, and with very little time on the power play, Horvat is leading the team this season in goals and points. He has been a professional through everything this season – good or bad. Horvat  represented the Canucks at the NHL All-Star Game, and he did not look out of place, showing off his speed against Patrik Laine, and scoring 2 goals in the 3-on-3 tournament.

Nikita Tryamkin started this season in the press box. He refused a demotion to Utica, instead choosing to stay in Vancouver. Due to all the injuries on the blue line, Tryamkin finally drew into the lineup on November 3. He hasn’t relinquished his spot in the lineup since, ranking 4th on the team in plus/minus, and leads the team in penalty minutes. At 6’7″ and 265 lbs, Tryamkin’s size got him to the NHL, but he has shown surprising mobility for a big defenceman.

Everyone loves an underdog, and Richmond’s Troy Stecher fits the bill perfectly. Undrafted and undersized for a defenseman, Stecher had a great pre-season, but was sent down to Utica to start the year. Since he got the call to return to the Canucks, he has excited the fanbase with his play. He can rush the puck with his speed and leads all Canucks defensemen in shots on goal and points.

In 2014-15, Luca Sbisa was everyone’s favourite scapegoat. In 2015-16, injuries kept him out of the lineup for half of the season. Finally this year, Sbisa is getting a chance to consistently show why the Canucks signed him to an extension through 2017-18. He looks far more comfortable on defense, making solid contact to gain possession of the puck and make a good first pass out of the zone. He has stayed healthy, and leads the team in plus/minus and hits. Solid.

Markus Granlund came to Vancouver via a trade with Calgary for Hunter Shinkaruk. There were a lot of armchair GM’s out there that called for Jim Benning’s head, but at this point in time, the Canucks are the clear winner of that deal. On Brandon Sutter’s left wing, Granlund has provided the Canucks with some much needed secondary scoring, playing in every game and potting 12 goals so far. Shinkaruk on the other hand has spent most of his season in the AHL. He has played 7 games for the Flames and has 1 assist.

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In 1999, Henrik Sedin was chosen third overall, after his brother Daniel and Patrick Stefan in the NHL Entry Draft. The top five picks of that draft class, rounded out with Pavel Brendl and Tim Connolly. Out of those top chosen five players of that draft class, only Henrik and Daniel have played more than 1100 NHL games, Hank with 1212 and Danny 1189. The Sedins are also the only two of that draft class that are within 40 points of 1000 NHL points. Out of those top five players picked in the Sedin’s draft year, Henrik and Daniel are the only ones who became NHL All Stars. I guess Brian Burke knew what he was doing in drafting the twins. Sixteen, almost seventeen, seasons later, Henrik Sedin is going to accomplish something no Canucks player has ever done, he is going to hit 1000 NHL points in his illustrious career.

 It’s kind of a big deal for the Canucks, their fans, and the beloved Captain. No one has ever done it before. Trevor Linden hasn’t done it, nor Markus Naslund, not even the Canucks only Hall of Famer, Pavel Bure has scored 1000 points. Hank will be the first, and not only am I excited for the city, the team and all his loved ones, it couldn’t happen to a better person.

Sure, there have been plenty of players who have hit the 1000 point milestone and have done it in less time, but I’m not here to compare Henrik to current and past greats of the game. I am here to celebrate something special for the Vancouver Canucks, their fans, and their franchise points leader. Henrik is making his way into uncharted waters for the first time in this organization’s history. Whatever that says about the organization, it has no bearing on what Henrik has contributed to this franchise.

What’s even more impressive, Henrik Sedin has only missed 30 games in his 16 year NHL career, including playing in all 46 of this current season’s games. His durability has been incredible, and at 36, although he’s not the Art Ross and Hart Trophy winning player any longer, Henrik is still contributing as one of the team’s point leaders. 

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23:  Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks poses for a portrait with the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS – JUNE 23: Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks poses for a portrait with the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight, Henrik has a chance to hit 1000 NHL points, at home in Rogers Arena. The Florida Panthers are in town, and the goalie the Canucks face, is Roberto Luongo. His former teammate from that 2011 Stanley Cup Finals team, could be the tender on record to give Henrik his career milestone. How fitting. However, if Henrik does reach that new apex in his NHL career, there isn’t a guy between the pipes to try harder to stop him, but if he can’t, Luongo would be the happiest goaltender to ever give up that point to Hank.

Just how big of a moment is this for the Canucks and their fans? Pavel Bure has 779 points in 709 NHL games; Trevor Linden has 867 points in 1382 games; Markus Naslund has 869 points in 1117 games. What is the biggest difference between Henrik and those former Canuck legends? Henrik, will be playing game 1213 and going for point 1000, and he has never played for another NHL franchise in achieving that goal. I cannot imagine a better scenario and more fitting person to be the first Vancouver player to ever hit that milestone.

I’ve been a Canucks fan for 35 years, I’m 42 years old and I’ve loved this team since I was a young girl of seven. I have yet to see a Stanley Cup victory, although I have watched all three Cup Final appearances. I have only seen one Canucks player be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. I have seen a player become so beloved in this city, he became one of its most dedicated citizens and then took over the helm of running the franchise as President. I’ve seen three goalies put teams on their backs to bring them to the Stanley Cup finals, each with having their own place in Canucks history. I’ve seen a line that had their way with the NHL for a few seasons and had the best nickname for a line this city has ever heard, “The West Coast Express”. As great as those players, moments and honours have been for the Vancouver Canucks, Henrik Sedin has already surpassed them in his tenure here, and sometimes, he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. We are truly honoured, Canucks fans. 

Photo Credit: The Province

Photo Credit: The Province

 

 

 

 

 

I for one, am so overwhelmed with emotion for the fans, the franchise but especially for Henrik. As a captain and teammate, he is always about the team first, his career accomplishments find priority where they may.  But just this one time, when it happens, I hope Henrik takes a little of it in for himself, feels some selfish pride, and basks in his moment. As Canucks fans, we are truly the fortunate ones to have you as one of ours. Thank you, Henrik, we are honoured to share this moment with when it happens, you’re truly our best.

 

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A little #WATN: Where are they now for you 1980s Canucks fans.

Vancouver on a Friday night  can be a fun town, that is, if you know where all the cool events are happening. For nearly a decade now, Vernard Goud’s Luvngrace Entertainment Events : Beauty, Art, Music & Fashion have been the events to attend. Their diverse visions in the arts and fashion usually have brought out some of the best Canadian celebrities the west coast can offer, like Pamela Anderson, Raphael Mazzucco and last Friday night, Richard Brodeur. I was asked by Vernard if I could do a write up about Richard’s art show and share some of my thoughts and Richard’s to a hockey audience that still adores him. I was honoured and humbled, especially after talking to Richard Brodeur. He is as wonderful and gracious as a person as he is as talented as an artist and as an NHL goalie.

Walking into the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery on Howe Street, I felt a little overwhelmed and a little out of place. I dressed for the part, I knew the procedure, but I’m a sports girl, and although I do love and appreciate the arts, I haven’t been to such an event in a long time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, both the organizers, Vernard Goud and Georgia Primar, along with Richard Brodeur made me feel right at home. So much so, King Richard, granted me an interview.

JG: Thanks for inviting me to your wonderful and successful event. It’s great to see many fans of your hockey days become fans of your art. How long have you been painting?

RB: As an active professional artist since 1990, although I have been painting since the age of 18.

JG: That’s fantastic, you became a professional artist just three years from retirement. You’ve had a few collections over the years. Couple questions now, first, what differentiates this collection from the previous ones and how long did this one take for you to finish?

RB: This load of work for me represent a more decisive and confidence in my accomplishments. It took me 3 months to finish the collection.

JG: I usually hear of artists taking a year or even more to finish their collections, three months is machine-like! This is a pretty sizeable collection. That’s impressive. Explain your favourite piece in the collection and why?

RB: The childhood memories series is an emotional feeling to create nostalgia and happiness. The “I ” series is exploring and challenging my own creativity. Its not fair to ask me that, but there is one that leaves a strong message about our world, Mother Nature is Crying, the Red Lilies is a statement in moving forward and challenging myself. Of course I love all my little kids playing and not having any worries about life.

JG:How does being a goalie show similarities to your approach to your art?

RB: Being a goalie you train yourself to be focused but aware of your surrounding and every time you play it is a new canvas and a new challenge physically , emotionally and mentally. Meditation and staying within yourself is so important.

JG: I guess being a goalie has given your art an approach of rapid movements and reactions, does that have much to do with how you finish your collections so quickly?

RB: Yes, when you put it that way, that’s a part of the process. I don’t really want to dwell on a piece. I want to feel it in the moment I am doing it. I usually am working on three to four pieces at a time.

JG: One last question. Do any of your old teammates come to the art shows and/or commissioned you to do some art?

RB:My old buddies don’t understand what it’s all about.

JG: Thank you so much for doing this for CanucksCorner, the three main writers on here are all big fans of the Canucks presently and in our youth. I can speak for Bruce and Brian, you played an integral part of our hockey childhood.

RB: I thank you for your support. Cheers. 

Here are some pieces and event shots from Richard Brodeur’s latest collection “The King and I” Solo Art Exhibit.

 

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

Showcasing some of Richard Brodeur's bigger pieces. Picture courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Showcasing some of Richard Brodeur’s bigger pieces. Picture courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Crowd at the King and I Art Exhibit at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Crowd at the King and I Art Exhibit at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

As we move forward in our lives, we hope to explore different aspects of ourselves. Richard Brodeur has moved on from the world of professional hockey, but it resonates deeply in his art and in his spirit. He has inspired many young boys and girls to be Canucks fans in the early 1980’s, myself included. Today, I see Richard inspiring many artist to find what is true to them and to evolve but remain true to what drives their work. Thank you Richard, it was my honour.

 

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Richard Brodeur and I posing in front of his childhood hockey paintings. Photo Credit: Dorothy Wong Photography.

Richard Brodeur and I posing in front of his childhood hockey paintings. Photo Credit: Dorothy Wong Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A little #WATN: Where are they now for you 1980s Canucks fans.

Vancouver on a Friday night  can be a fun town, that is, if you know where all the cool events are happening. For nearly a decade now, Vernard Goud’s Luvngrace Entertainment Events : Beauty, Art, Music & Fashion have been the events to attend. Their diverse visions in the arts and fashion usually have brought out some of the best Canadian celebrities the west coast can offer, like Pamela Anderson, Raphael Mazzucco and last Friday night, Richard Brodeur. I was asked by Vernard if I could do a write up about Richard’s art show and share some of my thoughts and Richard’s to a hockey audience that still adores him. I was honoured and humbled, especially after talking to Richard Brodeur. He is as wonderful and gracious as a person as he is as talented as an artist and as an NHL goalie.

Walking into the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery on Howe Street, I felt a little overwhelmed and a little out of place. I dressed for the part, I knew the procedure, but I’m a sports girl, and although I do love and appreciate the arts, I haven’t been to such an event in a long time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, both the organizers, Vernard Goud and Georgia Primar, along with Richard Brodeur made me feel right at home. So much so, King Richard, granted me an interview.

JG: Thanks for inviting me to your wonderful and successful event. It’s great to see many fans of your hockey days become fans of your art. How long have you been painting?

RB: As an active professional artist since 1990, although I have been painting since the age of 18.

JG: That’s fantastic, you became a professional artist just three years from retirement. You’ve had a few collections over the years. Couple questions now, first, what differentiates this collection from the previous ones and how long did this one take for you to finish?

RB: This load of work for me represent a more decisive and confidence in my accomplishments. It took me 3 months to finish the collection.

JG: I usually hear of artists taking a year or even more to finish their collections, three months is machine-like! This is a pretty sizeable collection. That’s impressive. Explain your favourite piece in the collection and why?

RB: The childhood memories series is an emotional feeling to create nostalgia and happiness. The “I ” series is exploring and challenging my own creativity. Its not fair to ask me that, but there is one that leaves a strong message about our world, Mother Nature is Crying, the Red Lilies is a statement in moving forward and challenging myself. Of course I love all my little kids playing and not having any worries about life.

JG:How does being a goalie show similarities to your approach to your art?

RB: Being a goalie you train yourself to be focused but aware of your surrounding and every time you play it is a new canvas and a new challenge physically , emotionally and mentally. Meditation and staying within yourself is so important.

JG: I guess being a goalie has given your art an approach of rapid movements and reactions, does that have much to do with how you finish your collections so quickly?

RB: Yes, when you put it that way, that’s a part of the process. I don’t really want to dwell on a piece. I want to feel it in the moment I am doing it. I usually am working on three to four pieces at a time.

JG: One last question. Do any of your old teammates come to the art shows and/or commissioned you to do some art?

RB:My old buddies don’t understand what it’s all about.

JG: Thank you so much for doing this for CanucksCorner, the three main writers on here are all big fans of the Canucks presently and in our youth. I can speak for Bruce and Brian, you played an integral part of our hockey childhood.

RB: I thank you for your support. Cheers. 

Here are some pieces and event shots from Richard Brodeur’s latest collection “The King and I” Solo Art Exhibit.

 

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

Showcasing some of Richard Brodeur's bigger pieces. Picture courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Showcasing some of Richard Brodeur’s bigger pieces. Picture courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Crowd at the King and I Art Exhibit at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Crowd at the King and I Art Exhibit at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson  for CC

Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC

As we move forward in our lives, we hope to explore different aspects of ourselves. Richard Brodeur has moved on from the world of professional hockey, but it resonates deeply in his art and in his spirit. He has inspired many young boys and girls to be Canucks fans in the early 1980’s, myself included. Today, I see Richard inspiring many artist to find what is true to them and to evolve but remain true to what drives their work. Thank you Richard, it was my honour.

 

G. Justine Galo

Richard Brodeur and I posing in front of his childhood hockey paintings. Photo Credit: Dorothy Wong Photography.

Richard Brodeur and I posing in front of his childhood hockey paintings. Photo Credit: Dorothy Wong Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When many in Vancouver  think of Richard Brodeur, we think about a Canucks legend between the pipes. We think of the amazing Stanley Cup run in 1982 when King Richard put the team on his shoulders and brought them to the Stanley Cup finals. His team had no business being there, but it was his play that found a way.  These days, Richard Brodeur’s artistry is not so much on the ice, but on canvas.

On Friday, November 18, Richard Brodeur will have a solo art exhibition featuring his newest work and we, at CanucksCorner, are very excited to have been invited to cover it for Canucks fans.

Since retirement, Brodeur has become an accomplished local artist with works we have seen all throughout the city. The city campaign of  the Eagles, Bears and Orcas included some of Brodeur’s work, most notably eagle art named “Heart and Soul”.

Brodeur's Eagle Art  "Heart and Soul"

Brodeur’s Eagle Art “Heart and Soul”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He is known for his hockey landscapes and for capturing BC in its best light through his paintings. Here are some examples. 

Brodeur's "Late Afternoon At The Rink" featuring the Habs and Canucks .

Brodeur’s “Late Afternoon At The Rink” featuring the Habs and Canucks .

"Storm Break Haida Gwaii"

“Storm Break Haida Gwaii”

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Twins With Burrows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Friday, many are looking forward to Richard Brodeur’s exclusive art show aptly named, “The King and I”. We look forward talking to the man himself and sharing glimpses of his new work with his fans. 

 

The King and I: Richard Brodeur Solo Art Exhibit

Presented by LUVNGRACE & Georgia Primar

Chali-Rosso Art Gallery: 7PM-10PM 

549 Howe Street, Vancouver

 

CHECK OUT: 

The King and I: Richard Brodeur Solo Art Exhibit

Official Facebook Page

 

 

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As the success of the Canucks comes and goes, so do the fans. For the casual fan that’s still on board, you may not recognize the team, and for good reason. Initially billed as a retooling, this is a full rebuild. Remember the 2011 run to the Stanley Cup final? Only 6 of those Canucks are still around: Alexandre Burrows, Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen, Chris Tanev, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

This will be the second year in a row that there is no goaltending controversy. Miller is the starting goalie and Markstrom is a backup that is more than capable. What’s more is that the plan for the future is clear: Markstrom may be the starter next year but the future is Thatcher Demko.

On defence, Edler and Tanev now make up the Canucks shutdown top pairing. Both can move the puck, and both are solid in their own end. The Canucks added size and toughness on defence by acquiring big defenceman Erik Gudbranson from Florida for Jared McCann which solidifies the second pairing behind the shutdown top pair of Edler and Tanev. Gudbranson is a former 3rd overall pick from the 2010 draft, and he’s a big, right shot, stay-at-home type. His style should make a good fit with the freewheeling left shot of Ben Hutton. Luca Sbisa should be a lock as the fifth defenceman, but the sixth man spot is anyone’s guess. The Canucks know what they have with Alex Biega, but also love the raw potential of Nikita Tryamkin, who is 6’7″ and 228 pounds.

The Sedins are destined to retire as Canucks. Hansen and Burrows are the other forwards that remain from the 2011 run to the final. They are both versatile, both can still skate, both can play up and down the lineup, and in any situation.

The Canucks lost Radim Vrbata during free agency, but the twins received scoring help in the form of Loui Eriksson. The hope is that with a healthy Brandon Sutter the Sedins will get some second line scoring support, leaving Bo Horvat to continue his development on the third line, along with linemates Sven Baertchi and Jake Virtanen. The 4th line would feature Mikael Granlund and Derek Dorsett. Emerson Etem has not had a great training camp, and after a standout MVP season in Swedish Hockey League, Anton Rodin could also make the roster.

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With the ‘youth movement’ in full swing here for the Vancouver Canucks, there aren’t any players more excited than the guys who are benefiting from it. Guys like Sven Baertschi, Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann. Throw Ben Hutton, Jacob Markstrom and Emerson Etem in there, and the Canucks are not even recognizable from the teams that was last coached by John Tortorella and even prior to him, Alain Vigneault. Canucks kids are looking to make their marks with their veteran teammates and with their coaches and fans. 
 
When Trevor Linden and Jim Benning took over after the firing of Mike Gillis, they said there would be change. However, contracts given out by the previous regime, loss of draft picks in trades, and fan loyalty were some impediments to have to deal with in moving forward as a team and an organization. Despite some questionable moves Benning and Linden have made along the way, they are sticking to their plan and building up the empty cupboards by giving opportunities to young players of the organization. 
 
Let’s have a look at the young men of this organization. See what they offer currently, what they can improve in their game and what we can expect from them in the future. 
 
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Sven Baertschi
Stats: 5’11, 190 lbs 
Age: 23
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerand
Position: Left Wing
Baertschi was traded from Calgary last season for a 2nd round pick. At the beginning of the season, Sven still had to be stronger on the puck, work harder along the boards, but since that seven game road trip, Baertschi started to show us, just what he can do. What he can do is finish. Baertschi has the natural talent of a goal scorer and ability to find the play. With not impressing Calgary, they were ready to part ways with him and has been given a second chance here in Vancouver. When he first was acquired by the Canucks organization, he was sent to Utica to work with Travis Green. He’s found himself a roster spot on the big team and playing along side Bo Horvat and Radim Vrbata. Sven has found chemistry with Horvat. If this continues in the near future we could be seeing parts of a line that will eventually replace the Sedin’s production. 
 
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Emerson Etem
Stats: 6’1”, 212 lbs
Age: 23
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA, USA
Position: Right Wing
Emerson Etem came to us via trade with the New York Rangers. A young, fast winger with the potential to crash and bang with the best of them. He brings, speed, size, youth and some grit with him. Alain Vigneault doesn’t see him in his coaching plans, but the Canucks can see what he could offer here. Although we’ve only seen one game from Etem, I liked what I saw. He drew three of the four penalties against Florida, including the OT on Jagr, which lead to the Daniel Sedin powerplay goal. I’m looking forward to seeing more for Etem on this road trip. 
 
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Bo Horvat
Stats: 6’0”, 202 lbs
Age: 20
Birthplace: London, ON, Canada
Position: Centre
With a very good rookie season behind him, Bo Horvat hit what some called a sophomore slump. He went 27 games between goals. A very long drought in the eyes of the public, media, and even Bo Horvat. Through his point production slump, Horvat has had to take on more responsibility when Brandon Sutter went down with injury.  He’s had to take on the No.2 centre position and increased his minutes tremendously. He was still playing a good defensive game and did many of the little things right. Eventually, although he was in a big goal drought, with taking care of all the little things, Bo has been rewarded with some goals as of late. He’s also developed some good chemistry with Sven Baertschi. I’d like to have that play out for as long as we can have it in Vancouver. 
 
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Jared McCann
Stats: 6’0”, 179 lbs
Age: 19
Birthplace: Stratford, ON, Canada
Position: Centre
McCann came in to the season guns blazing. Some quick goals and some great moves. He’s fast, he’s got the instinct to go to the net. He has some scoring prowess. As a centre, you can see his game in how he sees the ice. However, as a centre, he also needs to learn how to win face-offs. He’s got all the tools to be a very good 2nd line centre. Although in terms of points, McCann has slowed down, if he keeps doing the right things, you can see McCann really blossom in the next couple of years. Horvat and McCann as 1 and 2 after the Sedins retire looks more promising than not.

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Jake Virtanen
Stats: 6’1”, 208 lbs
Age: 19
Birthplace: New Westminster, BC, Canada
Position: Right Wing
Jake Virtanen didn’t quite figure out the NHL as quickly as his draft mate, McCann did . However, what you get from Jake is a hard hitting player with some scoring ability. Virtanen doesn’t quite have the size of a typical power forward, but he has the skill set to play that game if he wants. What we saw in the World Junior tournament was a Virtanen that was already  used to playing with the level of intensity it takes to play the NHL game. I can see Jake being an impact player for this team. People are joking around calling him the next “Jannik Hansen” and I like it, but I think he’s more a Martin Gelinas type of player. That’s just the vibe I get from Virtanen when he plays.
 
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Ben Hutton
Stats: 6’2”, 183 lbs
Age: 22
Birthplace: Brockville, ON, Canada 
Position: Defense 
 
 
Hutton came out of camp with no expectations, but clearly was the stand out defenceman out of the class who had little to no NHL experience. He played so well, he ended up taking the spot of one Frank Corrado, who was subsequently waived (although I thought I was a bad move) to make room for Hutton on the blue-line. What Hutton brings is the smooth skating ability much like Mattias Ohlund, with some offensive creativity of Jyrki Lumme. He looks calm and relaxed out there and with him back, he’s made Weber play a little better recently. Hutton, along with Tanev and Sbisa will be part of the blue line for a while to come. 
 
With such drastic moves towards getting the team younger, we as fans, have to know it’s going to be a process. Growing pains are expected and we, as a fanbase, should be more patient with the changes. 
 
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The Vancouver Canucks end the Florida Panthers 12 game winning streak, like they ended the Montreal Canadiens nine game winning streak earlier in the season. I had a feeling the streak would end here, and it did. Here are some thoughts about the game last night and brouhaha that ensued after the OT winner by Daniel Sedin. 
 
Game Notes
 
Roberto Luongo showed why he was given a 12 year contract by former Vancouver GM Mike Gillis. That glove-save on Bo Horvat reminded us why he was once our No.1 and why he is going to the All-Star Game this season. 
 
Emerson Etem has some wheels. With his speed, Etem drew two penalties last night. The OT penalty on Jagr proved to be the key on beating the Panthers. I’m going to like this kid. 
 
Jaromir Jagr can still play hockey. The oldest player in the NHL at 43 years of age, can still be a scoring threat. If not for some good goaltending from Jacob Markstrom, Jagr would have added another goal to his HOF tally. 
 
Jacob Markstrom shut it down after the 1st period. Not disregarding his passing mistake and lack of defensive presence in front of him on the Jokinen goal, Markstrom gave his team a chance to get back into the game and eventually win it. His excellent play has helped the Canucks have this seven game home-stand 4-2-1. With the return of Miller, Willie can breathe easy and give Miller more rest now that Markstrom has shown him the goods.
 
Jake Virtanen scored his second goal of the year on Roberto Luongo to tie up the game. When that happened, I couldn’t help it…  

 

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Daniel Sedin scores twice, including the OT winner, to tie Markus Naslund as the Canucks franchise leader in goals. A story that should have eclipsed everything but was overshadowed by a brouhaha that ensued after the winning goal. 
 
Brouhaha
 
Canucks win the game 3-2 in overtime, snapping the 12 game win streak of the Florida Panthers. Shortly after the winning goal,  Henrik Sedin did a fly-by toward the Florida bench due to something that was said to them by a member of the Panthers prior to OT starting. The comment was disparaging enough for both Sedins to be angry about it. These guys usually good about shrugging things said on the ice off, but not last night. In their post-game interviews, you could see they were angry about the comment. Here is what I saw during the melee that ensued after the win. 
Bench brawl ensues after Canucks win.

Bench brawl ensues after Canucks win.

  • Twins do fly-bys past the Panthers bench. Singling out the unnamed player (assuming it was Thornton)
  • Daniel gets squirted with a water bottle and Dorsett take exception and chirps the bench
  • Montoya takes a swing at Dorsett and then Dorsett retaliates 
  • Canucks come in from centre ice to intervene
  • Luongo still in full gear shoved his stick in Dorsett’s face and then later leaves the bench to stand next to Markstrom
  • Prust caught at the Panther bench with no backup, until Hockey Wives co-star, Ryan Miller separates some Panthers away from Prust 
  • This went on for a good few minutes after the game ended 
  • Commentary from both broadcast crews had something to say, especially Florida’s Denis Potvin about the twins and mainly Daniel Sedin ( I will address this later on) 
 
It was an entertaining game and today in the mid-afternoon the day after, I am still engaged enough to write about it and some messages I received over the morning and late last night. 
 
It brings me to the a couple of things that have been bothering me about ’things said’ and ’things supposedly said’. 
 
The On-Ice Comment Angered the Sedins
 
For as long as I can remember, the Sedins have been taking a lot of crap from players, media and fans from all over the league, including right here in Vancouver. In fact, admittedly, I wasn’t very fond of them when they were drafted. I later changed my tune, once I saw these guys play. Even with their struggles, I saw their brilliance. I soon became a fan.
 
The ’sisters’ remarks and taunts are old. The weird sexual and incestual innuendos that many have spewed over the year and even as recently from guys like Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars. NBC national broadcaster, Mike Milbury, calling them ‘girls’ “sisters’ on national TV as well as many fans and media members across the league questioning their “toughness”. The list goes on and on and on. I am amazed the Sedins haven’t cracked sooner. 
 
Whatever was said to Daniel and Henrik before overtime, was enough to get them to shove it in that guy’s face after the win. I liked what I saw from Hank and Danny, it shows that they are not to be messed with. Perhaps, the league, fans and media will start showing them the respect they both deserve. 
 
Denis Potvin called Daniel Sedin a “low life” 
 
I don’t care about his ‘peanut butter comment’. No one knows what it even means. I don’t think Denis himself knows what it meant. The comment he made about calling Daniel a “low life” made me laugh and angry at the same time.  It also did no favours for Denis Potvin’s credibility as a person and a broadcaster. 
 
First off, it was unprofessional. As much as people gripe that Cheech can be a bit of a homer (and I am not arguing), Potvin just made himself look like a fool to anyone that has any brains and even knows the Sedins a little, that he’s so wrong. He just made himself look like he will say just about anything to keep his Florida Panthers in the good light. That’s fine, but not to the point you’re making defamatory comments about a guy who has a reputation of being a class act and *is* one. 
 
Second, when I hear Denis Potvin call anyone a “low life”, I can’t help but shake my head and remember what was said about him in the past.  For those that do not know. During his time as a player for the NY Islanders, Denis Potvin’s wife has claimed in a court of law that Potvin has beaten her repeatedly. She also claimed that Potvin was under the influence of drugs and alcohol often when she received these beatings. So when Denis goes off talking about who is a “low life”, he should, perhaps, take a step back, and look in the mirror. 
 
 
It was a game full of everything. It had great goals, great saves and big drama. Not bad for a Monday night game on the NHL schedule. I was thoroughly entertained and rode an emotional roller coaster.
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Return of the Lack

It’s the return of the Lack! Eddie’s back in town for the first time after his trade to Carolina back in August. Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for the Hurricanes tonight at Rogers Arena. Facing his old team for the first time this season, Lack is looking forward to the game and opportunity to play in familiar settings.

As Vancouver’s backup goaltender, Lack became some sort of an icon in these parts. His twitter posts, his great smile and his love for tacos have made Eddie Vancouver’s favourite goalie backup of all time and social media rock star. 

Eddie Lack Returns to Vancouver! Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick NHL/via Getty Images

Eddie Lack Returns to Vancouver! Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick NHL/via Getty Images

Eddie Lack is a fantastic person. You see it with the way he interacts with everyone he comes into contact with, but the whole media/social media love affair with Eddie Lack didn’t get me enough to think he was good enough to steal the starting job from a proven NHL veteran goaltender in Ryan Miller last season, and from future HOF’er Roberto Luongo the season previous. Sorry, I don’t believe the hype.

Eddie had a good run, he is a fine tender, and one Melanson loved to have play the type game typical of a Rolly goalie, but I will take Jacob Markstrom and Ryan Miller over Eddie Lack any day. It’s not just because I am a Canucks fan first, but in my opinion, Markstrom has more potential to be a starter in the NHL eventually,and Miller has played better than his record indicates (defensive play is another story and another blog).

I like Eddlie Lack, he played well enough here that I didn’t want him out of here like I wanted other players in the past gone. I wish him a good career in the NHL, but now that he is no longer a Canuck, I won’t be going out and buying an Eddie Lack Hurricanes jersey any time soon. Tonight, I for one, hope the Vancouver Canucks pepper him with shots and pot a few pucks past Lack for a victory.

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Evolution of Jannik Hansen

The evolution of Jannik Hansen has been a wonderful and steady progression. Picked in the 9th round of the 2004 NHL entry draft, many did not see a real future for Vancouver Canucks right winger. Early in his career, Hansen spent much time going back and forth between the Canucks then farm team, The Manitoba Moose. It wasn’t until the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run back in 2010/2011 did Hansen become a regular for the team, playing a 3rd or 4th line role with limited minutes.

A shot of bloody Hansen shows just how tenacious he plays.

A shot of bloody Hansen shows just how tenacious he plays.

Since then, Hansen has become the best utility guy for the Canucks playing anywhere he could contribute. He is on the penalty kill, he is sometimes on the power-play and he can float between a scoring line role to a shutdown line when needed. These days, that’s on the first line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. This move has regulated Alex Burrows to the 3rd line, where Hansen used to be. Hansen been a great shot of Adrenalin for the twins who seem to having a renaissance year at 35 years of age. Hansen’s speed and crash and bang style of play has opened up the Sedins game and has his linemates in the top 15 in scoring in the NHL. Here is exactly what Hansen has been so good at this season…

How high is Jannik Hansen’s ceiling? Who knows, but it’s been great to see it unfold this season.  I’m sure Hansen is feeling pretty good about his game as well. Hansen is a hard worker and has proved his belongs on the line with the Sedins.  He’s won that Fred J. Hume Award twice as the Vancouver Canucks “Unsung Hero”  in 2011 and 2013. But it’s getting more and more obvious as this season progresses, you can drop the “unsung” part. Hansen has stepped up as one of the leaders on this team but scoring goals and helping the Sedins score them too. 

It sure beats Torts chastising him on the bench like this…

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Or former teammate, Cory Schneider doing impersonations of his voice…

 

Hansen has embraced his new role this season as a 1st line RW. He’s learned to just play his game with the Sedins. In the past, Hansen would try to play too much of a finesse game when he was put on the 1st line and looked out of place doing so. These days, Hansen keeps his game simple and it has worked. Hansen has hit a career high of 16 goals twice in his NHL career. This year at the 37 game mark, the feisty right-winger has recorded 12 tallies. Barring injury and his trigger stick going cold for extended periods of time, Hansen is on pace for a career year. From the 9th round to the top line, it’s been quite the evolution of Jannik Hansen. I don’t know anyone, with the exception of  my friend, @RichardLoat, who thought Hansen was going to stay in the NHL years after his Canucks debut.

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Twas the Nucks Before Christmas: 2015

We haven’t written one of these in a few years, so I thought I’d give it a revisit this season. 
 
Twas the Nucks before Christmas: 2015
 
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Rog
Not a feature was playing, no video montage.
The stands were all empty and the ice rink was bare,
In hopes that St. Nicholas will soon would be there.
 
The players were nestled, all snug in their beds
While visions of game wins danced in their heads.
Willie D smiling, behind the bench where he stood
A few days off for all, “Ah, real good, real good.”
 
No team out there losing to a chorus of boos
In hopes for a pick with the surname, Matthews
No bitching from GMan, No Provies from Botch
No broadcasters sipping big glasses of Scotch
 
Production crew off-set, no one manning the show
No fans up high in the stands, no fans down below.
No Jared McCann around, for us fans to cheer
No Brandon Prust with his cold glare and mean sneer.
 
No sight of Bartkowski, so fast, so damn quick
No Yannick Weber, no shots from his stick.
So youthful and so fresh is this one’s hockey game
He checked and he banged, Jake Virtanen by name!
 
“Now Daniel! Now Henrik and a badger named Jannik!
Go Burrowsl! Go Edler! Opposition in panic!
To the top of the crease, all balls to the wall!
Now hit away! Shoot away! Score away all!”
 
Game evolution for our young Bo Horvat
My husband still wishing for displayed in-house stats
Miller and Markstrom are spared from puck shots
No Cracknell, no Vey  to stand on face-off dots
 
Now 12, and 16,and 19  raised to the roof
‘Oh Captain, my captain’, your greatness with proof
Now there’s No.10 who elevated the game
Pavel Bure was honoured and in the Hall of Fame
 
Henrik to Daniel, their passes so merry!
Lighting up the goal lamp, bright red as a cherry!
Alex Edler is scoring like crazy from the blue line
Chris Tanev’s playing so cool and  sublime
 
Dorsett was dressed all in gear, from his head to his foot,
Fighting in the corners, his jersey all dirty with soot.
Sbisa hitting hard, Alex Biega blocking shots,
Hutton owning the zone, like it was Fort Knox.
 
Dan Hamhuis at home, resting and rehabbing his jaw
Some fans wishing for Crawford, ‘caw caw, caw caw’
In a blink of an eye, and a strange twist of fate
I was at the Garage, at my regular gate
 
The stands were all full, many months passed us by,
And all of a sudden it appeared it was hockey in July!
Visions of battered faces and a bloody red nose,
Ryan Miller our tender, to the occasion he rose!
 
With the sound of the horn and the blow of the whistle,
Bone crunching sounds along with the stretch of the gristle.
I’ll see you on Robson with foamy-head pucks!
“Maybe Lord Stanley will be there with the Vancouver Canucks!”
 
 
Edler with his "yes I broke my stick" look.

Edler with his “yes I broke my stick” look.

 
Merry Christmas everyone.
 
 
 
PS I do understand it’s a tough season, Canucks fans, but we can always dream. 
 
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Thin in the Middle

The Vancouver Canucks have lost Henrik Sedin to injury, leaving them thin in the middle. Linden Vey has been called up from Utica to join the Canucks in Detroit tonight. Last night in Philadelphia, Henrik was hurt in the first period of the game and did not return. A lower body injury was the report. I have a suspicion this has been an on-going injury that was propelled to worse after that hit along the boards in the first of yesterday’s game.

Henrik Sedin is day to day with a lower body injury as they head into Detroit on the second of a back to back.

Henrik Sedin is day to day with a lower body injury as they head into Detroit on the second of a back to back.

Brandon Sutter has been out with an abdominal injury and went through a successful sports hernia surgery not long ago and is recovering. Sedin and Sutter the Canucks’ No.1 and No.2 centers. Henrik is top 10 in scoring in the NHL, his production with brother Daniel, has been most of the production for the Canucks overall. While Sutter’s 200 foot game has been surely missed, especially on the Canucks penalty kill.

Sutter is now recovering from a successful sports hernia surgery.

Sutter is now recovering from a successful sports hernia surgery.

Due to these injuries down the middle, Linden Vey has been called up from the Utica Comets to fill a gap. Jared McCann will be staying with the Canucks and not joining Jake Virtanen at the Hockey World Junior Championship. In the middle of a six game road trip, Hank’s injury couldn’t come at worse time. The Canucks have struggled on the road, having difficulties scoring. Henrik is listed as day to day and doubtful to play in Detroit.

Linden Vey has been called up from Utica to fill in the gaps at centre.

Linden Vey has been called up from Utica to fill in the gaps at centre.

The Canucks aren’t the only ones thinning up front, due to all the call-ups, the Comets are dressing 7 defencemen to fill their lineup.

Thin in the middle and flat on the back isn’t a good sign for the rest of the road trip for the Vancouver Canucks. Now sporting a three game losing skid and getting closer to the basement of the Western Conference, the Canucks are looking closer to high draft pick than lower playoff seed.

 

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Open Letter to Dorsett and Prust

 

Last night in Anaheim, was the worst effort as a team the Canucks have put forth all season. They were pushed around, out-worked and out-classed on all levels. However, some of the shenanigans that went on last night, could have been snuffed out, had certain 4th line players stepped up and took it upon themselves to not allow some events to happen. So here is an open letter to Dorsett and Prust.

Dear Brandon and Derek,

Last night, was the worst collective team effort I have seen in a couple of years. Not since the John Tortorella era have I seen the Canucks play this piss-poorly. So I am not going to put it all on your shoulders…BUT…there were certain incidents I felt the two of you could have curbed with your ‘talents’ on the ice. Unfortunately, you two didn’t curb those events and it cost your team more than the game.

Ryan Getzlaf crosschecks Jake Virtanen in the ribs.

How can anyone let anyone do this to a rookie without, for lack of a better word, retribution? What one of you should have done is let Getzlaf know, you saw it, don’t do it again, with some physical play. 

Corey Perry using Ryan Miller as an Ottoman

Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry uses his knee to pin down Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller as Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis covers the puck during the second period of a NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

“Excuse me Ryan, mind if I sit on you?” – Corey Perry knee on Miller’s arm and weight on his back. Lovely.

He is our goaltender. He’s our starting goaltender. Why is this allowed to happen? I understand Hamhuis should have been the guy in the first place to not even allow it to happen, but I would gladly have one of you guys take a goaltender interference penalty, just to get the message across. Ryan Miller has been mowed down like a golf course green and it has to stop. Most fans expect you, Brandon and Derek, to take it upon yourselves to make sure it’s not OK to run down our goalies.

Hit Somebody

Henrik Sedin out-hit both of you combined. That’s right, Henrik Sedin. Let that sink in for a moment. He had three hits. The both two most physical players combined for two. That’s a telling tale and not a good one.

McCann Scruff-up From Kesler and Getzlaf (courtesy of the @TheStanchion)

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Kesler nailing McCann to the bench boards. No one in Kesler’s face.

McCann suplexed in the corner by Getzlaf.

McCann suplexed in the corner by Getzlaf. At this point, all the damage has been done. No fight back whatsoever from Prust or Dorsett. Go at it, Ryan!

Jim Benning wanted a “safe work environment” for the young guys and the stars. In this game, Miller; Virtanen; and McCann can tell you differently. That’s why guys like you, Brandon and Derek, were brought into the fold, and being paid scoring players’ money to do it. That’s $5million or so dollars the Canucks pay you to make sure this type of game doesn’t happen. What the heck were you two doing last night?

Brandon, you have sweet twitter game. But if we wanted twitter game, we would have kept Eddie Lack. This needs to be addressed by the both of you. That means to make sure guys like Getzlaf, Kesler and Perry don’t ever do that to our boys again. We all have jobs to do, your team and your fans need you blokes to do yours.

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On to LA and hopefully a more physical game against a very big and heavy Kings team. We are all now looking to see if Prust and Dorsett will respond on the ice when it is necessary. However, if we see what we saw in Anaheim again, the management might have to rethink their approach in finding guys who will stand up for their teammates.

 

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Three Up, Three Down: Shootout in Dallas

Three Up, Three Down: Shootout in Dallas

The Canucks are in Dallas to face-off with the Stars, but before that, they thought to take in some American Thanksgiving tradition and bought a suite in Jerrywood for the day. Rumour has it, the Sedins were the ones to arrange all this, but you would never hear either of them take credit.

Nice way for the team to bond on American Thanksgiving.

Nice way for the team to bond on American Thanksgiving. Too bad the Cowboys lost, well, not really. I’m a Cam Newton fan. 

 

Tonight, we saw the Canucks out-shoot the Stars, but nonetheless, they lose to the best team in the Western Conference in a shootout. This was also the first game the Canucks came back to send into OT after being down after two periods. A few improvements, but still some questions are looming the Canucks, especially in the play of their special teams. However, we have our three standouts in this game. Oddly enough, all three have one thing in common. They are all 35 years old.

THREE UP

1. Daniel Sedin: Daniel was the best skater tonight for the Canucks. A goal to tie it up 1-1 and an incredible assist on the power-play on a goal for Henrik to knot it at 2-2, sending the game to OT and eventually a shootout. That pass to Henrik for the goal ended up using Johnny Oduya like a croquet wicket and shuffling the puck between his legs.

2. Ryan Miller: Ryan Miller was spectacular, but in OT, he was brilliant. That leg stretched out to make that save, unreal. Only Seguin beat Miller in the shootout, but it was enough for the Stars.

3. Henrik Sedin: Captain Hank and his doppelganger seem to be the main source of offense for the Canucks lately. Twins on the power-play are money, even if they don’t always score. When you see them on the ice with the man advantage, they are usually possessing the puck and keeping play in the attacking zone. Tonight, it was no different, but that beautiful twin telepathy they possess resulted in the 2-2 tying goal. Watch Daniel’s pass on Hank’s goal. 

THREE DOWN

1.Alex Edler: I’m not sure where his head has been lately, but the bad passes and turnovers have making him look like Tortorella was still coaching this team. Sometimes I feel he has ear buds on and listening some indie rock and not really paying attention to what is happening around him.

2.Penalty Killing: The Canucks have allowed 14 goals in 12 games, being a man down. Against Dallas, they allowed two goals on five PKs.  Do I need to go into it more than that? That is dreadful and for this team, unacceptable. 

3.Willie Desjardins: A few things that did not make Willie “real good” in this game vs. the Stars. Willie’s untimely bench minor penalties of ‘too many men’ are often happening. Too many men on the ice in OT should never be happening. Never. If it wasn’t for the stellar play of Miller, the Canucks would have another  3-on-3 OT loss in the books.

Also, Higgins on the shootout? I don’t mind Higgins, but he hasn’t had a goal since early in the last road trip and only two for the year. He hit a post in this game, but it wouldn’t be enough to put him in as the third shooter. However, my biggest gripe with Desjardins is his reluctance to play the young guys more late in the game and especially in OT. My biggest pet peeve in the extra period is Willie’s insistence of having a double D-man combo to hit the ice. Why? 3on3 OT should be all about offense, so let’s just keep it to two forwards and one blue-liner.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Jared McCann: This kid just ‘gets it’. Each and every game, he is improving and willing to work for it. He had four shots on goal against Dallas, and if he keeps that up, the puck will start going into the net again.

Jannik Hansen: Whatever Jannik Hansen is doing out there, it’s creating opportunities for the Sedins that we haven’t seen in a few years. Hansen is Burrows 2.0. He is doing exactly what Burrows did for the twins back in their Art Ross days with a little more speed. Great for us to see, but even better for Daniel and Henrik.

Yannick Weber: A  few fans in the twitterverse don’t want to see Weber on the ice, but in all honesty, he hasn’t been as glaringly bad as some seem to think. Between him and Sbisa, the blue line whipping boys positions are currently occupied. I know he’s not the most physical D-man and he is definitely our smallest. He is also a guy who isn’t afraid to shoot the puck from the back end and get it through some traffic. He had 10 shot attempts and a team high five shots on goal. You can’t fault him for working his game to stay in the lineup. Were we not complaining about not shooting enough?

Another overtime loss, another overtime point. Do you remember when the Oilers went to the Stanley Cup final recently? They had less wins than the Canucks, beat them out for the final playoff spot but the amount of OTL’s gave them 8th place and a run to the Stanley Cup. I’m not saying I wouldn’t like to win one of these 3 on 3 overtimes, but I sure would rather take the point than none at all.

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It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so here we go! Three Up, Three Down: Sniper Spotted in St. Paul.

Canucks came home from a seven game road trip for only two home games, back to back last weekend. Only to hit the road again for a four game Western Conference trip. First stop, St. Paul, MN to visit the Minnesota Wild. The Wild ] just happen to be the best team at home in the NHL currently. Prior to this Canucks visit, only the Nashville Predators, have won at the Xcel Energy Center so far this season. The Canucks have had much difficulty winning on Wild home ice for as long as I could remember. The Canucks had a hard time winning there even during this famous stare down…

We all remembered what happened that series. Keeping one's mouth shut might have been a good idea back then.

We all remembered what happened that series. Keeping one’s mouth shut might have been a good idea back then.

However, the Canucks managed to win 3-2 in St. Paul, MN, with a few veteran players making a big difference.

THREE UP

  1. Radim Vrbata: For the Canucks leading goal scorer last season, Vrbata has been battling get to his production going this year. Radim had only four goals prior to this game. A far cry from how they were all going on this time last year. However he scored a couple of beauties, included the first one from a sweet pass by Jared McCann. He then added a PPG from Henrik to give the Canucks the lead. Perhaps we can bring back the famous “Mean Mug” picture from an old press conference.
    This is quite the stare. As many of the followers on twitter know, @TheStanchion got a lot of mileage from this one picture. #Vrbadass

    This is quite the stare. As many of the followers on twitter know, @TheStanchion got a lot of mileage from this one picture. #Vrbadass

     

  2. Ryan Miller: A well rested Ryan Miller looked like All- Star goalie, Ryan Miller. Mid-way through the 1st period, the Canucks’ netminder made six very good saves, until he was beaten by a puck that deflected off Alex Edler’s leg during a Wild PP. Miller was still right there and squared to the puck. Unfortunately, Edler’s attempted block inadvertently put the puck into the net. Miller’s sharp play inspired the team to come back the rest of the game and for the most part, control it. (Minus about a minute and half to go in the 3rd period) .
  3. Daniel Sedin: Daniel has been a different player, or should I say he is back to being a familiar player this season. This is the first time in a few years, Daniel is once again, Daniel. He’s shooting 4 or more shots on goal and has scored 10 goals in 22 games. He is also No.4 in the NHL in points. He’s only behind Seguin, Benn and Patrick Kane but Daniel is doing at 35 years of age. Henrik is 12th in points but only two less tallied behind his brother.

THREE DOWN

  1. Penalty Kill: What has usually been a great part of the Canucks’ specials teams in recent years and even the beginning of this season, the PK has looked less than stellar and at times down right ugly. The Canucks penalty killing has allowed 10 goals in 11 games when they are a man down. Its effectiveness has dropped below 70% and needs to vastly improve if they wish to have more success in the near future. 
  2. Late 3rd Period Goals Against: Far too many times this year, we’ve seen the Canucks allow goals in with the dying minutes of a game, whether  it is tied or the Canucks are up by a goal or two. The Buffalo game, the Canucks fought back to tie the game and lost in regulation with 17 seconds left due a late goal. The Wild came back with one goal and almost scored the tying goal if Miller and his team did not receive a lucky bounce off the crossbar.
  3. 200 Foot Game:  The Canucks have looked like scrambling clowns in their own zone defending. When they are without the puck, their game drops a level. This game wasn’t a bad example of defensive breakdowns in their own zone with the exception of the first period and the last minute and half of the game. It’s time to help the goalies and out clear the zone and play smart hockey when defending.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

  1. Jannik Hansen: When Jannik just plays simple hockey, it’s when his game is most effective. Today he scored a breakaway goal and made it look effortless. As a friend was saying, when Hansen just shoots on a breakaway instead of deke’ing, it usually goes in. Well, he shot, he scored.
  2. Jared McCann: McCann  has looked very good this season. He has matured and developed a lot faster than many anticipated. McCann versus the Wild has shown some cohesiveness and  chemistry with Radim Vrbata. McCann helped with this first goal and later in the game almost helped on another, if the puck didn’t fly past Vrbata.
  3. Bo Horvat: With all the struggles in his sophomore year so far, Bo Horvat skated hard, played a good 2-way game and tried to create some offense with his linemates. I’m not going to be too hard on Bo. He has been asked to be a 2nd line centre on this team and taking more minutes as Brandon Sutter is still out with injury.

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Highlights:

So the Canucks went into Wild Country looking shaky in the 1st period. There was a sniper sighting for the Canucks in the slot and tied the game before going into the 1st intermission. The sniper also showed up on the power play, notching his second. A Honey Badger put the Canucks up by two. Untimely penalties and a barrage of pressure from the Wild got the game to within one. However, the Hockey Gods decided to grace Ryan Miller and the Canucks with a couple of lucky bounces, they knew they owed them some from the last road trip and just like that, road trip starts off with a win.

Nice effort boys, now go enjoy some Thanksgiving football in Dallas!

Happy Thanksgiving to our American neighbours!

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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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Rocky Road Trip

The loss to the Ottawa Senators was a tough one to swallow. Especially since after 17 previous tries, the Vancouver Canucks finally scored on the Power Play. So far the Canucks are 1-2-1 on this road trip with Toronto waiting in the wings on Saturday. However, as a fan base, we are all on the […]


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