The Russian Rocket On Putin, The Hall of Fame, Ovechkin and Sochi

Thomas Drance
November 28 2011 09:15AM

Pavel Bure and then Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2001

Editors Note: Last week, the legendary former Canucks forward, Pavel Bure, stepped onto the ice for the first time in many years. He took part in an "old-timers friendly" alongside with other former Russian superstars and (surprise-surprise!) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. After the game he chatted with the media about making it into the Hall of Fame, about Ovechkin's regression, about his future in hockey and the Russian National Team. The original text for this interview comes from Igor Rabiner of Sport-Express and has been translated for our benefit by Andrey Osadchenko

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Canucks V. Sharks Scoring Chance Data

Thomas Drance
November 27 2011 10:42AM

I did a long recap of the game over at Pass it to Bulis, so I recommend you check that out over there if you're interested.

A quick "by the numbers" recap: The Canucks were pretty lucky to come away from San Jose with the win. Cory Schneider played some truly brilliant hockey and bailed out his team, who were out-chanced nearly two to one overall. The Sedins had a rough game (despite Henrik's power-play goal) and were made into something of a liability thanks to the stellar work of M.E. Vlasic, Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski especially. Also, the Sharks fourth line of Desjardins/A. Murray and Clowe/Winchester really took it too Lapierre and company.

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Coyotes v. Canucks: Scoring Chance Data

Thomas Drance
November 27 2011 10:27AM

To briefly recap Friday's game against Phoenix: the Canucks got off the even-strength schneid in a big way with five even-strength goals. They were led by their second line who played a phenomenal game, and completely dominated proceedings, allowing only six total chances against through sixty minutes. Alex Edler's aggressive physical play stood out to me, especially in the first period, and helped establish a "tone" for the game. The coyotes struggled to get out of their own end and were completely man-handled by a superior Canucks team that looked to have found their legs. 

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Headshots November 25th

Thomas Drance
November 25 2011 02:48PM

Lookout! Here comes a Schneiderman.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at

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The Canucks and Lebron, Together at Last

Thomas Drance
November 24 2011 12:01PM


There are some uncanny similarities between Lebron James, and the Vancouver Canucks. Both made the finals and lost this year, both Lebron and the Canucks (led by their goaltender Lebrongo) are reputed to be "choke artists" despite being really good at what they do, and both are almost universally reviled. Of course, there are also some key differences, like the fact that Lebron took his talents to South Beach, whereas the Canucks take talent out of South Beach - but that's a minor quibble with the overall applicability of this drawn out comparison...

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