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.
January 07 2017 11:00AM
Never had a regular season rematch been so highly anticipated and the timing of the game so awkward. Five years ago today - yes, it has been that long - the Vancouver Canucks squared off against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden in a rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final at 1 o'clock in the afternoon (or 10 am PST).
While the excitement in mainstream and social media was palpable, the game managed to do something few grudge matches actually accomplish. Instead of simply living up to the hype, it exceeded it. What transpired was a game for the ages, a classic, and arguably the greatest Canucks regular season game ever played. But it also marked the beginning of the end for the Stanley Cup-contending, Vigneault-coached Canucks. It represented a thrilling final act for the greatest era of Canucks hockey, with one of its most memorable victories also being one of its last.
December 21 2016 12:04AM
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The Winnipeg Jets paid a visit to Vancouver Tuesday evening, in the first game of a rare set of consecutive contests in the same city. They also happened to show why they are one of the most perplexing - and tantalizing - teams in the NHL this season. After looking like world beaters in the first period, the Jets fell back as the Canucks took over the game in the second and skated away with a well-deserved 4-1 victory.
Jannik Hansen and Sven Baertschi were the offensive stories of the night, and Jacob Markstrom had another fine performance in goal. And with the Sedins coming back to life with their usual linemate, this was, aside from the first twenty minutes, one of the Canucks more solid efforts of the season.
December 16 2016 03:00PM
Sometimes fate gives us a unique convergence of moments. Some might say they're purely coincidental -- that, in any other circumstance, it would have played out differently, devoid of meaning. But in some instances, we can just choose to ascribe some deeper meaning to the situation. Tonight might be one of those rare occasions.
Although the Canucks anointed tonight "Mattias Ohlund Night" for the banal reason that it was the one time this season that the Tampa Bay Lightning -- the only other team for which Ohlund played during his 909 game NHL career -- were in town, the date carries with it a special significance. It fits that the player who shares the record for most Babe Pratt Trophies as the Canucks best defenceman (four - with Jyrki Lumme and Doug Lidster), should be enshrined in the Ring of Honour on December 16. Babe Pratt, for whom the eponymous award is named, passed away on this date, 28 years ago.