Canucks Army Post-Game: Reigning Artillery

J.D. Burke
December 18 2016 05:22PM

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The Canucks proved Friday they're not ready to quit on their coach just yet. When the fire underneath their feet burns brightest, this club shows up to play.

The fire that burns twice as bright lasts half as long, though, and that goes a long way towards explaining why the Canucks rolled over for the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening two frames. It took Vancouver 30 minutes of hockey to register their fourth shot. And somehow, they entered the third down just two after a pair of power play markers (Cam Atkinson and Brandon Saad) for the Blue Jackets in the first. 

Vancouver battled back in the third frame, though. A Brandon Sutter power play goal made things interesting. Then a fortuitous bounce gave Daniel Sedin his tenth goal of the season. Somehow, the Canucks were tied by the 10:00 mark in the third.

That tie was short-lived, however, as a second Saad goal put the Blue Jackets back ahead 3-2 with just under five minutes to go. The Canucks weren't willing to go quietly into that good night, though. Jannik Hansen took the puck through the neutral zone and into the Blue Jackets'. A wrist shot from way out bounced off Blue Jackets defender Ryan Murray and sent this game to overtime knotted at three.

In that extra frame, Ben Hutton almost singlehandedly earned the Canucks that second point. He launched the puck on a two-on-one off the Columbus post, and the Blue Jackets took it the other way, with Seth Jones scoring the 4-3 marker and securing the victory.

Ryan Miller made 21 saves on 25 shots for the Canucks. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 14 of the Canucks 17 shots.

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Erik Gudbranson to Undergo Wrist Surgery

J.D. Burke
December 18 2016 12:29PM

The Vancouver Canucks announced this morning that defenceman Erik Gudbranson will miss significant time, as the club and player have opted for surgery to repair ligament damage to his wrist. Gudbranson's been absent from Canucks practice since Friday and missed their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning too.

In 30 games with the Canucks, Gudbranson's contributed six points (one goal and five assists) playing primarily alongside Ben Hutton on the second pair. The Canucks acquired Gudbranson in advance of last off-season, surrendering Jared McCann and a pair of draft picks for the 6'5 defender.

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Canucks Recall Andrey Pedan

J.D. Burke
December 17 2016 03:21PM

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The Canucks dipped into their farm system today, recalling defenceman Andrey Pedan from the Utica Comets of the AHL. Pedan, a late cut at Canucks training camp, was last recalled as recently as December 8th.

With Erik Gudbranson sidelined by a possible wrist injury suffered in Tuesday's loss in Carolina and Troy Stecher noticeably absent from practice this morning, Canucks coach Willie Desjardins alluded to this recall in his media availability. 

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Canucks Army Post-Game: Raw Charge

J.D. Burke
December 17 2016 12:52AM

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It would've been easy for the Canucks to let tonight's game slip from their clutches. They battled through and earned a much-needed win to alleviate mounting pressure on their embattled coach instead.

The Canucks lost an elusive second unit power play goal when the Tampa Bay Lightning coaches challenge showed Jayson Megna offside. Tampa scored shortly thereafter and ran away with the shot clock into the first intermission.

From there, though, the Canucks found their feet. They pulled away from the Lightning in the second, with a pair of goals from Brandon Sutter and Luca Sbisa. Former Canucks minor leaguer Cory Conacher knotted things at two in the third, but a Bo Horvat marker with the man advantage put the Canucks back on top. Alexandre Burrows scored on the empty-netter to secure the Canucks 4-2 victory over the visiting Lightning.

Ryan Miller stopped 25 of 27 shots for the Canucks. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 of 23 for the Lightning. It was Mattias Ohlund night at Rogers Arena, as they inducted the former Canucks and Lightning defenceman into the Ring of Honour.

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Guillaume Brisebois Cut from Team Canada for World Junior Hockey Championship

J.D. Burke
December 14 2016 10:51PM

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The Canucks contingent at the World Junior Hockey Championship was dealt another blow today. According to a Mark Masters report, Canucks prospect Guillaume Brisebois was among the last cuts for Team Canada's U20 roster.

For Brisebois, a third-round selection by the Canucks in the 2015 Draft, this was his last time to make an appearance in this formative tournament. To Brisebois' credit, he played for Canada in the Canada-Russia Super Series, on the QMJHL's roster earlier this season.

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