February 28 2017 11:20PM
On a night when the Detroit Red Wings were in town, Canuck fans could be excused if their attention was focused elsewhere. One day into the post-Alex Burrows era, the Canucks continued their rebuilding efforts in earnest by dealing fellow 2011 alumnus Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional 2017 fourth round draft pick.
The action on the ice was not entirely devoid of excitement, either. After falling down 2-0 early to the visitors from Michigan, the Canucks battled back to tie the game late and sent it to overtime. Although the Canucks eventually dropped the contest on a Justin Abdelkader overtime marker, the loss moved the Canucks into sole possession of 28th place in the NHL - and the third-best draft lottery odds.
February 27 2017 05:00PM
Few trade deadlines in Canucks history have ignited a similar controversy. There have been better trades, and even some that arguably shaped the future of the franchise to a larger extent. But what transpired on February 27, 2012 was still a pivotal date in the history of the Vigneault-era Canucks. That it came almost entirely out of left field was simply icing on the cake. Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani may now only register as a minor NHL deal, yet at the time it was anything but.
January 26 2017 10:27PM
With one game remaining before the All-Star break, the Canucks waltzed into Phoenix tonight to play the hapless Coyotes, fresh off a victory against the last-place Avalanche the night before. What followed was one of the most collectively uninspired games in recent memory. Vancouver failed to register a shot on goal in the first period and failed to score a goal in the remaining two, ultimately losing 3-0.
With an excellent opportunity to consolidate their position in the Western Conference wild-card race, the Canucks instead came out flat. The Canucks would finish with only 19 shots on goal against the NHL's 29th-place team. That, coupled with the Los Angeles Kings' win against Carolina (coincidentally, also by a 3-0 margin), the Canucks again fell out of the playoff picture.
January 17 2017 11:49PM
Going against the recent NHL trend, the Canucks continued their streak of playing in low-scoring affairs again Tuesday night. Squaring off against the Nashville Predators - minus both PK Subban and Roman Josi - the Canucks managed to do this evening what they were unable to do Sunday against New Jersey and last Tuesday against these same Predators - win.
Henrik Sedin inched one point closer to 1000 for his career, and Ryan Miller notched his second shutout of the season as the Canucks came out the victors in an otherwise dull contest. Scoring late in the third period to break a scoreless tie, Henrik helped the Canucks jump ahead of the Predators in the Western Conference playoff race and into a tie with the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card spot (although both teams have multiple games in hand), and end Vancouver's four-game winless streak.
January 07 2017 11:56PM
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For the second time in as many nights, the Canucks faced off against the Calgary Flames - but this time in Alberta. In spite of a much-improved effort compared to their dreadful winning performance the night prior, Vancouver fell 3-1 in a close and physical affair, ending its six-game win streak. Vancouver probably deserved a better fate on the evening, much as Calgary did 24 hours ago, but were unable to tie the game late. With a Kings win earlier in the day, the Canucks again fell out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.