Canucks Pulverize the Blackhawks

Thomas Drance
April 23 2013 01:46AM


LoL Duncan Keith
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick via NHLI/Getty

The Canucks have been reeling somewhat of late, partly as a result of injuries along their backend, but they got some relief on Monday night in the form of Chris Higgins. Higgins' presence alongside Derek Roy and Ryan Kesler in Vancouver's top-six was key to a dominant first period performance for the Canucks. The Sedins took over from there, and Vancouver's club didn't look back, completely crushing the Blackhawks by a three to one score that flattered the away side.

It was something of a cathartic victory for the Canucks, and a memorable one that included Daniel Sedin moving into second place on the all-time franchise points leaderboard, and Frank Corrado's rather impressive NHL debut.

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Canucks Call up Frank Corrado

Thomas Drance
April 22 2013 09:56AM


Image uncredited via FrankieCorrado.blogspot.com

Following Chicago's elimination from Calder Cup playoff contention, the Canucks have called up Frank Corrado, according to Chicago Wolves General Manager Wendell Young and theAHL.com's transaction page. The team hasn't announced the move with a media release yet, but hell, it's early on Monday morning and we can be pretty confident that'll come later in the day.

Frank Corrado has had a bit of a whirlwind season. The young two-way defenceman nearly made the Canadian world junior championship team in December, he was the only Canucks major junior player who was invited to training camp this past January, and he was traded from the Sudbury Wolves team he captained to the Kitchener Rangers in midseason. Through it all, his stock as a prospect has risen appreciably and it wouldn't be a surprise if he made his NHL debut at some point this week.

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Cory Schneider Puts in a Signature Performance, Flummoxes the Red Wings

Thomas Drance
April 21 2013 12:33PM


Cory Schneider: the man of the hour.
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick NHLI/via Getty

The Canucks clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, in a shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings, thanks almost entirely to Cory Schneider. It was a superhuman performance for the young netminder, who by himself is enough of a reason why opposing teams might prefer to avoid the Canucks in the first round. 

Unfortunately for the Canucks, and their fans, the list of reasons to want to avoid a playoff series against the Canucks is otherwise diminishing. The back-end is banged up, the even-strength play has been mostly subpar since the trade deadline, and the middle of Vancouver's lineup - and the third line in particular - has offered the opposition only token resistance over the past ten or so days.

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Game #45 Preview: Red Wings @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 20 2013 03:51PM


Cory Schneider will try to prevent scene like this one on Saturday night.
Photograph by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images

The Canucks suffered a third period debacle to close off a mostly uninspiring five game road trip on Thursday night in Dallas, and will look to bounce back against the Red Wings. Vancouver's club will clinch a playoff spot with a point, and they could clinch the division with a win and a Minnesota loss. That's a symbolic milestone mostly, this team isn't in any real danger of falling out of a playoff spot, what's more important is that they get their game back on track and do it against a Red Wings team that has positively feasted upon them in two previous meetings this season.

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Ebbett Does Dallas

Thomas Drance
April 18 2013 11:48PM


What does Cory Schneider have in common with laundry? Both get hung out to dry.
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The Canucks finished up their season long five game roadtrip in Dallas on Thursday night not with a whimper, but with a bang. Unfortunately it was a bang of the wrong sort, like a flashbang, as the Canucks got lit up for four goals in the third period - three of them in quick succession - by a pretty mediocre team in the Dallas Stars.

But you know what's white and blue and not nearly as bad as it looked on Thursday night? The Canucks. Actually, the team was probably the better club on the whole in this game, though it wasn't enough to prevent the game from getting away from them in dramatic fashion in the latter half of the contest...

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