All I got for Chris-T-mas was some offence

Cam Charron
December 23 2013 01:46PM

With his fourth goal on the year, Chris Tanev tied himself with Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison for the team lead among defencemen. He's also in a tie for 19th in the entire NHL as for defensive goal-scoring, which is positively silly. At 12 points, he has as many as Christian Ehrhoff, Justin Schultz, Jonas Brodin, Sergei Gonchar and more than Alex Goligoski and Jake Gardiner. 

It's just half a season, so of course we can't get too high on this dramatic, new, offensive Chris Tanev we've come to love over the last 39 games. Tanev has never been an offensive stud at any level. During his draft year, Tanev had 10 points in 30 games with the Markham Waxers and Stoufville Spirit of the Ontario Junior A ranks. During his first and only year at the Rochester Institute of Technology he was third among defence in scoring on his team. His talents mostly surround his defensive ability against third and fourth line opposition and inability to take minor penalties.

But.. that wrist shot? An absolute cannon. Let's investigate.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Top Guns

Rhys Jessop
December 22 2013 09:49PM

This game had all the indications of a "trap game." The home team coming off a long road trip, after a big win over bitter rivals, just before the Christmas break, against a team that they should beat, with the greatest awards event ever of all time happening during the game... The list could go on. But the Canucks stuck to their guns, overcame some adversity, and earned the two points they should have earned in a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Read past the jump for a quick postgame recap so you can get back to basking in the 2013 Shapys afterglow, b.

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The 2013 Shapys

Dimitri Filipovic
December 22 2013 09:23PM

"What are the Shapys'?" is a question which you may be asking if you've been living under a rock for the past year or so. You should give this a read if you're still unclear, but honestly, the video above should've done a pretty gloriously (dramatic) job of explaining what's happening here. Jason Botchford, a former Shapy winner himself - and nominee once again this year - should you this footage as his application for narrating the 24/7 series in the future.

Remember that it was this very event, just a year ago, which provided us with a "pretty classic 33 seconds from Roberto Luongo (which probably isn't the first time that phrase has been uttered..). Anyways, I think it's safe to say that this is something more than just a passing fad. After all, it has been around for a while now, only gaining more and more traction as the numbers of "Shappers" grows.

It's because of this that we're taking a little break tonight from our regularly programmed analytical approach of hockey coverage to support the 2013 Shapys. I know that some of you out there have been eagerly awaiting this day, so without further ado, read on past the jump for a breakdown of the awards.. and remember, it's supposed to be fun. Let loose and enjoy the show.

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Canucks Army GDT #39 - Jets @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
December 22 2013 01:28PM

Dale Weise is in a festive mood, and why shouldn't he be? Christmas is just around the corner!

If there were ever a "trap game" (or "look-ahead game", as some of you may know it) it would be this one. Sunday evening's tilt against the Winnipeg Jets has the perfect medley of things going for it to ensure that a bad performance would be followed up with talk that their heads weren't in it, and that they weren't in the right frame of mind.

The Vancouver Canucks are coming off of an impressive victory against a bitter rival. They then had the weekend off (spending Friday night in Chicago, and almost assuredly keeping the good times going Saturday night on Granville Street). Now they play against a team that's well below them in the standings, and as soon as they're done, they have 6 days off for the Holidays.

But hold on a second. While all of that is true they're still all professional athletes, and they're facing a squad in the Winnipeg Jets that quite frankly is not very good at hockey. Given how tight the Western Conference playoff picture is, using that as an excuse surely wouldn't fly with John Tortorella..

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Canucks Army Postgame: Cool Hand Lack

Dimitri Filipovic
December 20 2013 09:41PM

Eddie Lack was impressive, and the difference for the Canucks [Image via Bruce Bennett]

Ho boy.. that was fun, wasn't it? After two rather unrefined showings against the Wild and Stars, we were treated to an exhilarating affair on Friday night at the Madhouse Sadhouse on Madison. It shouldn't come as a surprise, though, because seemingly every time these two teams go up against each other, notable things happen. And this game was no different.

In the preamble of the preview I specifically pointed out that while things looked bleak for the Canucks, we shouldn't necessarily count them out since they play these games for a reason. Just like that time in St.Louis at the end of a long roadtrip they showed some impressive resiliency and fight in battling against an opponent that theoretically should have had the upper hand. I guess you could say it was gutsy, but I certainly won't. 

The result was a 3-2 shootout win, which I'll recap just past the jump..

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