December 18 2014 12:18AM
Tonight seemed as good an opportunity as any for Vancouver to recapture some of the offensive flare that was so pivotal in driving their success from earlier this season. They had finally been given a large enough cushion from their grueling season-long road trip to ditch the exhaustion excuse. A repeat affair of Saturday night wouldn't be accepted.
Further to that point, even in the golden era of Lindy Ruff's brief tenure as the Stars bench boss they've more or less thrown defensive hockey to the wayside. This year it's doubly so, with Dallas icing a lineup that consistently includes at least two rookie defenceman. They've also been victimized by even-strength goaltending nearly as bad as Vancouver's.
Alas, it wasn't to be. For every Vancouver push, there was a response from Kari Lehtonen. It didn't take much for the Stars to win this one, as they got the one fluky goal past Eddie Lack and sealed the deal with an empty-netter, securing the 2-0 victory.
Read past the jump for a recap.
December 06 2014 08:37PM
Well, that was ugly. The Canucks were scored on early and often and in waves from the Leafs bottom-six forwards, and never recovered. It was a night to forget for Ryan Miller, who was pulled on the fourth goal of the night for the Leafs, that came on just the 14th shot he faced. Toronto would add another empty-netter to skate away with a 5-2 victory over the Canucks.
See how it all went down on the other side of the jump.
December 06 2014 03:04PM
Randy Carlyle caught game-planning for the Canucks
The Canucks look to build on their road success this afternoon against the middling Toronto Maple Leafs, in a matinee match-up underneath the bright Saturday light of Hockey Night in Canada. It will be the first of three straight games against Eastern Canadian teams on the road. If the Canucks can win tonight's contest, it will guarantee they leave this road trip having secured at least eight of a possible fourteen points.
That's what I'd call road success. Maybe I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself, though. There's still some game to be played here, right? Well, lets see how they stack up on the other end of the jump.
December 05 2014 03:00PM
In his first season with the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Stanton could be counted on for a predictably uneventful 15-minutes of ice time per game, and leave in the black for possession more often than not. It was the breakout campaign needed to launch Stanton from stud AHL defenceman to NHL regular.
I can count the Canucks who thrived under John Tortorella on one hand and Stanton is among them. Nothing was asked of Stanton offensively and even less was delivered. No qualms were to be had with this, as Stanton's value was always measured in the offense kept from his net. All substance, no flash.
It's been a precipitous fall from third-pairing grace since then and many are left wondering why. Injuries might be a likely suspect, if not for the fact that Stanton's return from his most recent ailment was delayed due to his desire to not rush it. Had he been more hasty in his return, there might be some validity to this.
So if injuries aren't to blame, then what has gone wrong for Stanton and what can we reasonably expect going forward? Well, you know the drill...
December 04 2014 02:01PM
The Canucks will continue their eastward swing on Thursday, facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Consol Energy Center. It will be the fourth leg of the Canucks seven-game road trip, which marks the more than half-way mark of completion. Thus far, the Canucks are 2-1 with victories over Columbus and Washington, while having surrendered their only loss to Detroit.
Can the Canucks keep up their success against the Leastern Conference, or will the supremely talented Penguins overwhelm them? Lets set the stage, on the other, other side of the jump.