March 06 2014 11:02PM
"Must-win game!" "Biggest game of the year!" "Fighting for their playoff lives!"
Those are all things you probably heard leading up to tonight's showdown with the 2nd-place-in-the-wildcard Dallas Stars. Since Vancouver was sitting just two points back of the Stars but with two more games played, a loss would really go a long way to pushing Vancouver's season to the brink. You'd expect then that the Canucks would come out flying in a desperate attempt to gain some oh-so-valuable ground on one of the teams they're chasing, right?
Haha, wrong! Vancouver learned the hard way that you cannot stop Jamie Benn, you can only hope to contain him. He and Tyler Seguin combined for 4 goals and 4 assists in a 6-1 beatdown of the Canucks in the first game of the post-Luongo era. Read past the jump for a recap and possibly some group therapy. Possibly.
March 02 2014 07:26PM
In isolation, or to the outside observer, I'm sure the Heritage Classic was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon as the NHL gears up for the trade deadline and post-Olympic stretch drive. It was a relatively fast-paced game with goals scored off the rush, plenty of shots, scoring chances both ways, and some intensity and nastiness to boot. Under different circumstances, we'd probably be regaling in how that was an entertaining game and a welcome break from the monotony of the regular season, and even though the Canucks didn't get the result they wanted, they can put this in their rear view mirror and get on with their season.
Of course, the operative term is "different circumstances." John Tortorella (or Rollie Melanson if you pay attention to Jason Botchford) decided to bench Roberto Luongo in favour of Eddie Lack, kicking the "goaltender controversy" hornets nest that had so far been dormant. The move backfired, as fans voiced their displeasure at John Tortorella and the rest of the Canucks brass who allowed this to happen by booing the likable Swede at times during the game. Like the rest of the Canucks, Lack didn't have a particularly strong game in a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Read past the jump for more.
February 22 2014 10:48AM
The last time we checked in on the Vancouver Giants, they were fresh off a loss against division rival Victoria, but just a game removed from a 10-0 blowout of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (despite having lost their captain and #1 defenseman Dalton Thrower to a reported ankle injury).
Since then, times have been tough for the G-Men as they stared down one of the toughest stretches of the season without their best player. The wins have stopped coming, goaltending has struggled, and the possession numbers have slipped.
More importantly, Vancouver has lost ground in the all-important race to stay out of 7th in the WHL. They sit just 4 points up on the 7th place Everett Silvertips, and with just 10 games remaining in the regular season, it's definitely scoreboard-watching time. For a look at how the rest of the season is shaping up, read past the jump.
February 17 2014 07:52PM
Image via Jean Levac
By now you're all well aware of the narratives surrounding Mike Babcock, P.K. Subban, and Team Canada's personnel decisions. And let's face it, there was going to be controversy surrounding them no matter which players were scratched and which were dressed. We Canadians panic a lot about small things like this. It's just what we do.
But at the same time, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as last year's consensus best defenseman in the known universe was scratched yesterday in favour of three inglorious minutes from Dan Hamhuis, as Canada just barely squeaked by a Finnish team that's probably not even as deep as the Buffalo Sabres by a 2-1 score in overtime.
It's not exactly a stretch to say that they probably could've used the services of one Pernell Karl..
February 06 2014 10:18PM
It's usually disingenuous to label a matchup between two teams as "PLAYER A VS. PLAYER B" especially when those two players are goaltenders, but since we are just days away from the beginning of the Sochi Olympics, the allure of billing Vancouver-Montreal as Luongo vs. Price for Canada's starting job was all the more tempting. As it turns out, the head-to-head goaltending battle never really materialized as Max Pacioretty and the Canucks' hilarious defence stole the show in a 5-2 Canucks loss to the Habs.
For a recap of tonight's events and a look at the root of some of Vancouver's recent troubles, read past the jump.