February 01 2012 01:10AM
Unbelievably, what happened next didn't result in a goal.
It was a fast paced, hard-fought regular season classic at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night, which, was what we expected with the Blackhawks in town. It was also the first head-to-head game between the two clubs since Dave Bolland publicly called the Sedin twins "sisters" who "sleep in bunk-beds." Despite the history and the animosity, it was a largely clean game that featured only two penalties. With the Canucks vaunted power-play neutered, the Blackhawks proceeded to out-shoot and out-chance the Canucks throughout the game. The Blackhawk advantage was particularly noticeable in the second frame (usually the Canucks weakest) but they failed to capitalize on an assortment of gift-wrapped goals off of turnovers, and odd-man rushes.
Finally, the Blackhawks took the lead early in the third period on a Stalberg back-hander, but Cody Franchise tied the game a few minutes later as the Canucks capitalized on a lazy break-out by Blackhawks rookie sensation Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews (who was otherwise dominant). Eventually the twins combined to win it in overtime, but not before Cory Schneider put an exclamation mark on his dominant evening, stopping two straight Blackhawk breakaways in the extra frame.
A full recap, chance data and tonight's statistical three stars after the jump.
January 31 2012 04:27PM
Parents beware, it's a trap!
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January 31 2012 11:07AM
In case you didn't notice, or were too busy being mesmerized by Marian Hossa's sweet third period back-hand goal - a goal that represented an isolated outburst of real hockey in Ottawa this past weekend - social media, and Twitter in particular, took centre stage at the NHL's All-Star festivities. The All-Star showcase always feels frightfully static: at the end of the day it's just a skill game, played in slow-motion, absent the faintest hum of hockey's usual intensity. All-Star weekend is like eating a Subway sandwich: you know what to expect, you know it'll fill you up, and you know in advance that it will always, always leave you feeling underwhelmed.
For better or for worse, we've seen various names, jerseys and venues over the years. We've seen the league experiment with formats, and last year the NHL added the "All-Star Draft," which, while a bit dull at times, at least feels genuinely fresh (unlike the North America v. The World stinkers a decade ago). This year, the dramatic change was the wholesale incorporation of "Social Media" into every facet of the proceedings, and for the most part: it was an impressive showing for the league and their players.
January 30 2012 03:09PM
The Sedins and Drake: all the talent in the world and a reputation for being soft.
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January 30 2012 01:52PM
We interrupt our usual programming to bring you a major announcement from our humble hockey blog!
Canucks Army and the Nation Network would like to formally welcome Canucks Army's newest contributor, Vancouver's own Jeff Paterson! Jeff is a credentialed Canucks reporter for the Team 1040, he contributes a weekly Canucks column for the Georgia Straight, and his work can occasionally be found on Canucks.nhl.com.
Jeff's first Canucks Army post will debut on the site on Wednesday, and from then on, look for his stuff regularly because he'll be posting two or three times per week. We're extremely excited to be adding a writer with Jeff's experience and perspective to the staff, and we look forward to bringing you his near daily observations about the team.
With Paterson on board, Canucks Army will now have a guy at the rink for Canucks practices and home games. It's a major step towards providing our audience with a type of independent Canucks news coverage unseen elsewhere in the Canucks blogosphere. In this space, Jeff will be filing stories from the rink as well as sussing out wider trends surrounding the team. We're extremely excited to be combining Jeff's unique insight and access, with our customary irreverence and detailed quantitative analysis.
It's a new day for Canucks Army folks. Make sure to follow Jeff on twitter: @patersonjeff.