March 15 2013 12:18AM
Jannik Hansen made it look way too easy on this night.
If you read my preview for this game, I thank you for taking the time to do so, and appreciate your click. But boy, I could not have been more wrong. I listed a few less than flattering offensive statistics regarding the Nashville Predators, before citing the last meeting between these two teams as the reason why this would be a snooze fest.
Instead, what we were treated to was one of the more exciting Canucks games of the entire season. And quite frankly, a game which featured just about everything you'd want to see as a fan. Goals, a penalty shot,
momentum swingers fights, and some more goals. It had it all. What it also had, was a final result that saw the Canucks earn two points with a 7-4 victory.
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March 14 2013 01:10PM
Can't blame Carrie. This was probably taken the last time these two teams played.
The Good? Your Vancouver Canucks currently find themselves on a 1-game winning streak! They're also kicking off a 4-game stretch at home tonight.
The Bad? That win was their first in the last 5 games, as they've found themselves mired in a hideous stretch of hockey.
The Ugly? They're playing hockey against the Nashville Predators for 60-65 minutes tonight.
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March 08 2013 01:21PM
A sight for sore eyes.
These days people have differing opinions on the state of the Vancouver Canucks. Which is fitting, quite frankly, given the team's topsy turvy performance this year. Some feel obliged to call for coach Alain Vigneault's head once they see lackluster efforts like the one the Canucks submitted against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Others see performances like the one against the Los Angeles Kings, and say to themselves, "hey this makes sense, this is a top-5 possession team!" I'll let you guess which of the two camps I reside in.
Nonetheless, one thing we can all agree on is that this team has had their share of troubles scoring goals of late. Over the past 7 games - a stretch in which they went 2-3-2 - they managed to score 15 goals. Keep in mind that 5 of those came in one game. Now the team sits at 17th in the league in goals/game, a far cry from their top-5 finishes in the past two seasons.
Yesterday, Thomas Drance highlighted the issues on the power play. It also wouldn't hurt their cause if first-line winger Alex Burrows started converting on some of his chances.
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March 06 2013 01:02AM
"You stole those two points for your team, Antti."
Here's the question if you're a Canucks fan: would you rather see your team play a thrilling game in which they dominate, only to have them eventually lose, or would you prefer to see them squeek out a forgettable yawner and take home the two points?
For me, personally, it's the former; every single day of the week, and twice on this particular night. Especially when you're talking about a regular season game in March, shortened season or no shortened season.
The Vancouver Canucks wound up losing to the San Jose Sharks in a shootout on Tuesday night, yet it's nearly impossible to fault the process that they put forth. They should have won this game, and if they continue to play like this, more often than not they will.
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March 05 2013 03:27PM
The Canucks need to figure out a way to beat Antti Niemi, which has been easier said than done this season.
The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks come into Tuesday night's game bearing some serious similarities, even if their respectives paths in getting there have been different. They have nearly identical records, their underlying numbers are comparable, and come playoff time, I think they've both got a legitimate shot to make a run.
This will mark their first meeting since January 27th - only the 5th contest of the early season for the Canucks - when the Sharks took care of business with a score of 4-1. Yet just like these two teams, that game was close; much closer than the score would indicate. Despite a dreadful start and some terrible shooting luck, the Canucks were in it until some dumb penalties ultimately derailed their efforts.
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