September 18 2016 06:21PM
In the Canucks' second leg of the Young Stars Tournament they hosted the high-flying Winnipeg Jets for an afternoon showdown at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
It was a clash of ideologies, as the Canucks emptied their defensive cupboard with a seven-man blue line to match with the Jets array of top-flight forwards. With Brock Boeser and Adam Gaudette ineligible to play and Dmitry Zhukenov nursing an injury, that was bound to be the case for Vancouver; similarly, the Jets don't have their best defensive prospect Josh Morrissey to call on and help an otherwise paper-thin defence corps.
On the backs of their many (and I mean many) tournament invitees, the Canucks forecheck was active early and reaped instant rewards, with Danny Moynihan of the Shawinigan Cataractes put home the rebound on a Troy Stetcher shot. Cole Cassels (a player I focused on intensely for Friday's recap) put in a similar goal in the dying seconds of the second period, scoring at 19:59 mark. Back on their heels, the Jets clawed their way back even with a fast and furious push in the third period. Though Winnipeg tied the game, a Tyler Coulter (another invitee) shot from in close was good to put the Canucks back on top, with what proved to be the game-winning goal.
September 18 2016 12:48PM
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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom will face a stiff test in his first taste of competitive game action this season.
The 26-year-old netminder, who finally proved himself at the NHL level last season, was expected to be the backup for the Tre Kronor, but with Henrik Lundqvist battling an illness, Markstrom will start for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey in their opening game against Russia on Sunday.
September 17 2016 10:03PM
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It's opening day at the World Cup of Hockey, and all the gloom, doom, debates, and debacles have been thrown out the window. Whether this oddball event makes any sense is irrelevant; all that matters is that the puck is on the ice, and so are the world's best.
"World's best" is a key phrase there. As always, the pressure is higher for Canada to succeed than anybody else. They're the perennial Olympic powerhouse, and while the average degree of difficulty has tilted up, a team with a tradition of dominance should be able to shake such a roadblock off.
If today's game was any indication, they're going to have no trouble doing just that, as they cruised to an easy 6-0 win against the Czech Republic.
September 17 2016 04:56PM
It is time for the hockey! And tonight, we get to see Team Canada—the favourite entering the World Cup of Hockey—against the Czech Republic. Sidney Crosby leads his team into a three-week battle that should result in another victory for the land of ice and snow—and they can do it before the snow flies.
September 17 2016 02:44PM
Reading that title, those are words that every Canucks fan dreads. Daniel and Henrik Sedin turn 36 in just a few days, an age where most NHL players would have already called it quits. The twins are a rare breed, not only playing as part of the 35+ club but succeeding too.
Their point production has yet to fall, and what they lack in speed, they make up for with elite hockey sense. The two recently spoke with Sportsnet's Mark Spector in what Canucks fans may find to be a somber interview.