The Top-Seven Canucks Goal "Cellys"

Thomas Drance
January 25 2013 01:06PM


Rogers Arena Celebrates Kevin Bieksa's WCF series winner with controversial confetti.
Uncreditted via MSN.com

Exciting rookie forward Nail Yakupov scored a game-tying goal on Jonathan Quick with four seconds left in an Oilers game on Thursday night, and his over the top goal celebration has been a talking point all day Friday. Arguments about its appropriateness have since given way to arguments about the word "celly." The whole thing is, frankly, exhausting.

Personally I love over the top goal celebrations. Hockey is supposed to be entertaining, and the joy of Yakupov's celebration on Thursday was obvious and pretty damn awesome. The paying customers at the Oilers game sure seemed to like it, and that's what really matters, no?

Anyway, I figured I'd take the opportunity to count down the top-7 best Canucks goal "celly's" (I know it's a stupid term, but who cares it's pretty funny). Click past the jump for more.

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Headshots: January 24th

Thomas Drance
January 24 2013 03:18PM


Here's sparkly Maxim Lapierre because why the hell not?
Photo credit: Sealcat.tumblr.com.

Following Wednesday night's feel good shootout win over the Calgary Flames, all of our favorite Canucks blog are rolling out their post-game content staples. Now I'm sure most of you reading this only check the Canucks Army gamers (and scoring chance data) after you watch a Canucks game, and I totally understand why, but the Smylosphere is chalk full of excellent stuff. So let me recommend some post-game coverage for you from some of our (apparently not so) bitter rivals:

So there you go. Obviously The Province, The Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun do their gamers too (and those gamers are usually very interesting) but you already knew about all of that. So I figured I'd offer you a quick round up of the best postgame content that the Canucks blogosphere regularly has to offer. Get reading!

Some injury notes from today's Canucks practice, where Alain Vigneault also named his team's starter for Saturday night per Jeff Paterson:

Man, oh man. With Ryan Kesler and David Booth already out of the lineup, the Canucks really can't afford to lose a versatile player like Maxim Lapierre at this point. I wonder if Lapierre was struggling with his groin earlier in the week (and this is just the first we've heard of it), since that would in part explain Dale Weise's promotion to the top-9. 

Meanwhile Schneider, who looked shaky at times on Wednesday but did well to get the job done, will make his second straight start against the team that ventilated him in the season opener: the Anaheim "Don't call us Mighty" Ducks.

David Ebner has a lengthy profile of Zack Kassian on the powerforward's 22nd birthday. Because of his general enormousness, it's crazy to think that Zack Kassian is still so young. It's hard (but also really, really fun) to imagine what a monster he's going to be when he really grows up over the next couple of years. Frightening thought, that. [Globe and Mail]

More spitballing on shootouts, and other links to Canucks news on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks Douse the Flames, get into the win column: recap and chance data

Thomas Drance
January 24 2013 12:30AM


Zack Kassian's pumped. As well he should be.
Photo Credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images

Vancouver's three game homestand started out with a gong show performance in the season opener against Anaheim, but it ended triumphantly (I guess) with a shootout win on Wednesday night over the Calgary Flames. If we're being honest, Vancouver has lost a game and tied two others so far on the season and they've given up two goal leads in each of those ties... But whatever, the Canucks got into the win column in their third game of the season and that should help ease some of the panic in this market.

It wasn't pretty, especially in a low-event first period in which you could've heard a pin drop in the mausoleum-like confines of Rogers Arena. But two points is two points, and as the Canucks struggle to tread water in the early going this season (while they await Ryan Kesler's return to the lineup) that matters a whole lot. 

Read on past the jump for scoring chance data, and some analysis.

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Afternoon Headshots: January 23rd

Thomas Drance
January 23 2013 03:54PM


Sami Salo feels your pain (miss you forever Sami!).
Photo credit: Dhamhuis.tumblr.com

Alex Burrows tells Ben Kuzma that he'll "surprise" opponents with his effectiveness in the face-off dot. About that, I have to say, it would completely and utterly shcok me if he wins 45% of the draws he takes as a full time centre. For what it's worth Burrows is 2 out of 7 on face-offs so far this season, and has won 77 of 195 (or a shade under 40%) over the past six seasons according to NHL.com. [The White Towel]

Marc Spector recaps the Luongo to the Edmonton Oilers trade rumours, and makes the case that Roberto Luongo wouldn't really fit in Edmonton, and that certainly the Oilers shouldn't give away anything more than Sam Gagner in exchange for the services of the second best goaltender in the National Hockey League. Yeah, because trading for an elite goalie a few seasons after picking first at the entry draft three years in a row has never worked out for a franchise in recent memory. [Sportsnet]

Harrison Mooney of Pass it to Bulis finds what is basically the opposite of a tribute video to Dale Weise. It's just a collection of moments where Dale Weise got pummeled (either by Jeff Petry, or of his own vollition) into the boards during Sunday night's Canucks shootout loss to the Oilers. Like "man gets hit by football in the groin" this video is remarkably simple and funny. Hey, at least Weise is laying his body on the line for the team, right? Anybody? [Pass it to Bulis]

Our buddies over at The Legion of Blog have debuted "LoBTV"  which features them mostly haggling off camera with Rogers Arena security and ultimately interviewing Canucks fans at Saturday night's home-opener against the Anaheim "don't call me Mighty" Ducks. The video is well worth your time. I'm not sure if it's Trevor Linden good necessarily (what is, really?), but these two certainly have more camera presence in their cuticles than I'll ever have. [Legion of Blog]

If you're interested in what Flames fans are saying about tonight's tilt between Calgary's "perpetually ninth in the Western Conference club" and the Canucks, and I'm not sure why you would be, then Justin Azevedo of Flames Nation has you covered. [Flames Nation]

Read on past the jump for more links and stuff.

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Preview: Game #3 Flames @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
January 23 2013 12:12PM


Image uncredited via Northwest Sports Beat.

With two games already in the books, the Canucks remain winless on the season. While the Canucks technically "tied" the Oilers (and lost the shootout gimmick), they also gave up a two goal lead that they'd held with twenty minutes and four second to play in the game. So that kind of tarnishes any "bounce back" or "moral victory" narrative the media might otherwise spin. 

The fact of the matter remains that the Canucks are without their two best five-on-five forwards (David Booth and Ryan Kesler), which has left them short-handed up front and mostly ineffective at even-strength. In Vancouver's two games so far this season, Anaheim and Edmonton have managed to exploit the club's lack of forward depth and take advantage of favourable matchups. There's really no obvious sollution to the Canucks' woes on this front. 

Meanwhile on the back-end, Alex Edler's performance on the right-side of the club's second defensive pairing has been mixed and Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis have yet to hit their stride. Factor in Cory Schneider's porous goaltending in the season opener and Luongo's uneven third period on Sunday, and you've got a team still looking for their first win.

The Canucks are well aware of their issues. Mike Gillis, in a telling quote, told Cam Cole that "the way [our team is] constituted to start this year, we just needed to get through this first 2-3 weeks." To do so they'll need Cory Schneider to rebound, their defense to hit their stride and their forward group to find some secondary scoring behind the Sedin line. It's a tall order, even against a moribund club like the Calgary Flames.

Read on past the jump.

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