April 11 2014 12:19AM
"My god, it's worse than I thought..."
After the fireworks on Wednesday, it was time to get the Second Trevor Linden era underway. The Canucks clearly aren't in win mode anymore, as the team sat Jason Garrison and Eddie Lack in favour of Frank Corrado and *gasp* Jakob Markstrom, and responded in turn with another loss, their 34th of the season. Fortunately, piling up the losses is probably good for the long-term health of this franchise as every point in the standings avoided brings Vancouver closer to a potential future top-6 centre.
So in the grand scheme of things, Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche isn't the worst thing that could have happened. Read past the jump for more.
April 06 2014 08:09PM
Is it just me, or does that look a lot like Zack Kassian?
Depending on how you look at it, the Vancouver Canucks were either handed a gift on Sunday afternoon or cursed to remain painfully clinging to their last ounces of life on their deathbed as old friend Roberto Luongo stepped up and delivered a quality performance, stopping 35 of 37 shots as his Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in regulation to hold the Stars at 87 points on the season. Any Stars win would have given them 89 points on the year and put out of reach of the Vancouver Canucks as the Stars would own the tiebreaker.
Of course, this means that there's still a distantly remote possibility that Vancouver can make the playoffs to meet the vulnerable St. Louis Blues in the first round. Just how can they pull this off? I'm glad you asked. Read past the jump to find out.
March 30 2014 12:20AM
Hey, at least it wasn't 9-1.
March 27 2014 11:37PM
Photo courtesy of @TheStanchion who I don't follow on Twitter because he made mean Mason Raymond jokes and I like Mason Raymond. You can follow him though. You Mason Raymond hater.
Sitting in 10th place in the West with just eight games to go, all games are essentially "must-win" games if Vancouver wants to hold out hope of making a playoff push. Coming off a back-to-back after last night's win in Minnesota with Eddie Lack making his 13th consecutive start since the Olympic break and Henrik Sedin out with a leg injury, the odds were already stacked against Vancouver.
Sure enough, despite the best efforts of David Booth and Zack Kassian once again, the Canucks were unable to come away with two much-needed points as they lost 3-2 in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche. Worse still, Phoenix gained another point on the Canucks, making their playoff hopes that much slimmer.
Read past the jump for more.
March 16 2014 04:58PM
This was supposed to be a huge showdown: Roberto Luongo against the evil empire that held him captive for the better part of two years. But a pair of floundering franchises whose playoff aspirations are largely extinguished at this point and a noon-on-a-Sunday start went a long way to killing any Luongo-related buzz that there would have been for an otherwise non-notable meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and the Florida Panthers in the middle of March.
Fortunately, Nicklas Jensen continued his strong play, notching his second goal in two games as well as a beautiful shootout winner to help give the Canucks a 4-3 shootout victory. Please take a moment to appreciate Jensen's strong play before I mercilessly assassinate his character, much like I did with Bo Horvat, and read past the jump.