CANUCKS 6 vs FLAMES 0
Who better to kick off the 2008-09 NHL season against than a Northwest Division foe. It's the Vancouver Canucks against the Calgary Flames tonight in Vancouver's home and season opener at GM Place, the Canucks are hoping to kick this season off in style by smothering the Flames. A familiar face will be in the line-up for Calgary tonight as former Canuck Todd Bertuzzi will meet his old mates once again; this game promises to be a physical battle that will surely have the intensity of a playoff game.
The big story of this evening is that it's Luc Bourdon night as the Canucks honour a fallen soldier. The team unveiled the Luc Bourdon Wall of Dreams in a ceremony this morning and prior to the game tonight a tribute video will be played, commemorative LB pins will also be handed out to all those in attendance.
GM Place is electric as the teams take to the ice to stretch things out. The new sound system at GM Place sounds great, the only drawback is the ugly NHL Face-off 2008 decals that are on the ice just over each team's blueline. The ice looks like an over-decaled Nascar.
I guess I should introduce myself, I'm Derek Jory, the man in charge of all your Canucks glogging needs this season. My previous writing experience includes creating zingers for the comics in Double Bubble gum and covering the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League for the Coffee News. I'm kidding of course, but that's a taste of the good times you can expect this season. Lucky you!
On with the show...
20:00 - Wow what an opening, that was one of the sickest things I've ever seen. The base was booming, the crowd was jacked, the ice was illuminated, it was awesome.
20:00 - They just played the Luc Bourdon tribute video, there isn't a dry eye in the house. You'll be missed Luc. How Vancouver switches gears to play after that I'll never know.
20:00 - Rob Davison, Mike Brown and Kyle Wellwood are all scratches for the Canucks, Eric Nystrom, Robyn Regehr and Brandon Prust for the Flames.
18:37 - Pavol Demitra and Taylor Pyatt just went in on a two-on-one, Demitra fed Pyatt, but the Pieman couldn't get his stick on it quick enough. Great first scoring chance for the Canucks.
16:00 - Things are getting scrappy and guess who's right in the middle of it, oh just Steve Bernier. This guy plays scrappy and I love it. The Flames drew a penalty on the play, Jim Vandermeer is in the box, two minutes for roughing.
15:24 - Pyatt decided it was too easy to score on a power play so he tripped up Mark Giordano. Pyatt's off for interference.
13:21 - The first LOUUUUUUUUUU cheers of the season just rang loud as Roberto Luongo shut the door on Jarome Iginla. Todd Bertuzzi worked the puck out to Iginla on the left side of the net, his snap shot was a joke to Louie who smothered it with ease.
11:27 - Bernier just delivered Vancouver's first big hit of the year as he laid out Dustin Boyd of the Flames deep in the Canucks zone.
9:55 - Ryan Kesler's headed to the box, apparently because the Flames can't stay on their skates. He'll serve two or less for cross-checking. That was a terrible call, hopefully the Canucks don't pay for it.
8:57 - Kesler's got company in the sin bin as Rick Rypien takes a seat beside him. He hooked Iginla in front of the Vancouver goal. It's now a five-on-three for :45 seconds.
7:23 - Count them, one, two, three close calls in Luongo's crease, a save, a miss and a save and the game is still knotted at zeros.
4:03 - Vancouver killed off the penalties but Calgary has all the momentum right now. They now lead in shots 8-4, Bertuzzi recorded the last shot with a floater backwards through his legs. Once again the capitano laughs.
3:35 - 1 - 0 VANCOUVER - Daniel Sedin took the puck in on the left side of the goal, couldn't sneak it past Kiprurusoff thanks to a block from defenceman Cody Sarich but the puck ran down Sarich's stick and Daniel got it back behind the net. He then fed brother Henrik in front for Vancouver's first goal of the season. Kesler also earns an assist on the goal.
00:00 - End of the first period. The Canucks trailed the Flames 9-5 in shots, but they still lead by one.
20:00 - Welcome back, the ice is clean, the teams have switched ends and the crowd is slowly drizzling back in. The Sedins and Bernier take to the ice first for Vancouver.
19:37 - 2 - 0 VANCOUVER - The Sedins and Bernier click for the first time this season. Daniel works the puck to Henrik out of the corner, he awkwardly passes it to Bernier who roofs it so quick Kipper is still looking for the puck. The puck was in and out in the blink of an eye.
18:03 - 3 - 0 VANCOUVER - Kesler drives down the right wing with authority, he rips a hard shot at Kipper who shields himself with his blocker. He inadvertently sends the puck right to Alex Burrows who shoots it into the empty net.
16:21 - KIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR, KIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR, the fans are all over Kiprusoff and for good reason. Nothing like five saves on eight shots...
14:06 - Dion Phaneuf just manhandled Burrows from behind. Burrows had fallen in front of Kipper and as he was getting to his feet Phaneuf gave him a glove to the face from behind. Fight like a man Phaneuf, that was just cowardly. Phaneuf's in the box for roughing, surprise, surprise.
12:49 - Canucks looking good on the power play, they're moving the puck well and getting some great scoring chances.
9:52 - Clifford Smith from White Rock is the ticket holder of the game, just thought you might like to know. (aka there hasn't been anything to write about for a few minutes...)
8:21 - Bertuzzi is in the penalty box and the crowd loves it. Interference is the call. The Canucks are 0-for-3 on the power play so far, maybe they can get something going on this one. They had the best power play in the league during the pre-season.
7:30 - Just realized some people have been commenting, thanks for tuning in and I LOVE that idea aussie_canuck, have one for me.
4:40 - Kesler is getting taken care of on the Canucks bench right now. He came off the ice pretty heated after Dustin Boyd got his stick up and gave Kes a little chin music. Should be a nice battle scar, but there was no call on the play.
2:43 - Mattias Ohlund just knocked Bertuzzi to his butt at the Canucks blueline. Solid hit.
53:1 - The tempers flair to end the second frame, Iginla wants a piece of Jannik Hansen. The third line is doing a great job of getting under the skin of Calgary's top line. And Iginla was assessed a roughing minor on the play, that's just a bonus.
00:00 - 3-0 Canucks through two periods. Flames still lead in shots, they're up 19-12 heading into the final period.
20:00 - 20 minutes separate the Canucks from their first win of the season. Will that come out sluggish and let the Flames back into the game? I don't think so.
19:01 - BIG blast from Alex Edler at the point, Kipper saw it all the way and gloved it. Is it just me or does Edler's shot look better and better every time he lets it rip?
17:12 - 4 - 0 VANCOUVER - Ryan Johnson carried the puck into the Calgary zone, drew a defender once he reached the middle of the ice ten feet in front of Kipper, then zipped the puck over to Burrows who one-timed it home. Second goal of the game for Burr, you can tell he's skating with Luc Bourdon on his shoulders tonight.
13:39 - You don't mess with Luongo and Hansen just proved it. Daymond Langkow took a swipe at Bobby Lu and within milliseconds Hansen was all over Langkow feeding the forward right after right after right. He isn't the biggest body ever but Hansen's got courage like a lion. Hansen got a double-minor while Langkow is only in for two so the Flames are on the power play.
10:51 - Wayne Primeau's in the box for hauling down Edler, can the Canucks get something going with the man advantage this time?
9:33 - 5 - 0 VANCOUVER - POWER PLAY GOAL: Pyatt turned on the burners and coasted down the right side of the ice into the Calgary end, he tried to find the back of the net but Kipper made the save with his right pad. Good thing the rebound sprung out to Ohlund who scored one of the easiest goals of his career. A very early Christmas gift from Kiprusoff. Daniel Sedin picked up his third assist of the game on the goal.
6:13 - Daniel Sedin just dipsy doodled his way into the Flames' zone but was leveled by Phaneuf before he got in too deep. The Canucks have said they'll be a tougher team this season and Bernier proved it once again in this game as he came to Sedin's aid by exchanging blows with Phaneuf. This fight lasted at least a minute and a half with each player scoring a few shots. The sound of the crowd chanting Bernier is something that I could get used to, it was almost deafening during this brawl.
5:18 - 6 - 0 VANCOUVER - SHORTHANDED GOAL: Rick Rypien is fast, real fast. Ohlund was just trying to clear the zone on the penalty kill but Rypien skated past the Calgary defenders with ease before roofing the puck over Kipper's left shoulder. Wow did he ever make that look easy.
2:08 - Not much left too report from this one, it was a done deal in the second period, the Canucks are just adding insult to injury in the third. Is it ever fun to watch though, especially against the dreaded Flames!
1:00 - The only question left is if Luongo will get a shut...don't worry, I didn't say it.
00:00 - There goes the final horn, what a win for the Canucks. That is by far one of the prettiest score sheets I've seen in a while. CANUCKS WIN! CANUCKS WIN! CANUCKS WIN!
FINAL SCORE: VANCOUVER 6 - CALGARY 0