February 02 2012 08:53AM
Watch out Henrik Karlsson, those two Canucks are "clutch".
Cody Hodgson, as we all know, had a terrific January. As a Canucks Army newcomer described on Twitter last night Hodgson has scored "big goals at big times". He scored the tying goal against Chicago on a breakaway and scored this year's most memorable goal (so far) with a vicious slapshot that beat Tim Thomas, and stood up as the winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final rematch early in the month.
This got me thinking. Which Canucks score the biggest goals at the biggest times? Also, does it matter? Well, yeah, in the scope of a month or two, you'll notice players who seem to come up big. In the interest of satire because I rail so often against a player's individual "clutch" ability, I counted up all the "big goals" the Canucks have scored this season. Those are goals in the 3rd period or overtime, as well as game winners.
January 31 2012 02:53PM
"One guy that I know that was making comments from the benches is no longer there. For me really, it's a dead issue. I don't know of anybody else who said anything to me."
Former beloved Vancouver Canuck Brendan Morrison, in speaking to reporters ahead of tonight's game, addressed partially the issue that arose when a few bench players on the Chicago Blackhawks joked about Morrison limping off the ice after an injury sustained in a collision with Niklas Hjalmarsson.
January 24 2012 11:18PM
In the last game before the week-long All-Star break, the Vancouver Canucks had plenty to play for. If you believe in momentum, I guess it's good to go into the break on a positive, and, despite Edmonton's record and their perpetual ineptitude over the last five years, they're still a division rival who have played Vancouver tough this season.
The Canucks played to a tie, but picked up the extra point in the shootout thanks to a stellar performance by Roberto Luongo. The Canucks starter stopped 4-of-5 shooters, and Vancouver's club got the game-winner from Cody Hodgson on a simple forehand, five-hole shot that beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk. For more analysis, a scoring-chance breakdown, and the Statistical Three Stars (you can't get them anywhere else!), click past the jump.
January 21 2012 05:02PM
(Image courtesy of Nucks Misconduct - Couldn't resist)
The Vancouver Canucks stuck it to CBC, scheduling an afternoon affair in Vancouver against the San Jose Sharks, for their third Western Final rematch since Christmas. It was their last game of the season against the perennial playoff contenders, finishing the season series at 3-0-1 over their Pacific rivals with a 4-3 win with a lucky goal from Cody Hodgson in the game's waning minutes. After a pretty slow affair, the pace picked up for the third period and the team's played to a pretty entertaining finish.
For more in-depth analysis, scoring chance numbers, and the statistical three stars, click past the jump...
January 17 2012 11:39PM
"Luongo earned them a single point," admitted John Shorthouse at the end of tonight's broadcast of the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings game, the game itself was a 2-2 tie, though the Kings won in the skill competition and the bonus point went home with the white, black and silver visitors from tinseltown. There wasn't any hyperbole to Shorthouse's statement —the Canucks came out flat—and Luongo held the team in the game early with several terrific saves, was strong throughout the game, and made a pair of big saves in overtime before being beaten by Justin Williams and Mike Richards in the shootout.
Final score, I reluctantly accept, officially was 3-2 for the Kings. For detailed analysis, the Statistical Three Stars, and a Scoring Chance Table, please click past the jump.