February 24 2012 01:38PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I give a fatherly pat on the back to Baumer, Goon and the STREAKBREAKER, while I send the Hurricanes, Scott Howson and crybabies to their room without dinner.
February 24 2012 11:42AM
Honey Badger don't care about future Hall of Fame goaltenders.
(Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #62 - Canucks @ Devils
The Canucks and the Red Wings played last night, and it was arguably the game of the season for both clubs. They put on the type of hockey-playing clinic that you want to show non-hockey fans and say, "See? THIS is how the game should be played. THIS is how good our game is."
And 24 hours later, the Canucks play the New Jersey Devils. /sad trombone.
February 24 2012 09:38AM
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Did you know that Patrick Kane has a bobblehead doll that even comes with a mouthguard? Is Alex Ovechkin going through an NHL mid-career crisis? Does Roberto Luongo have a secret twitter account? Hockey: it comes with toys.
February 23 2012 11:46PM
What was billed as the "biggest game of the Canucks' regular season" lived up to the hype in a big way on Thursday night. Considering that the Canucks, the reigning Western Conference champions and winners of 9 of their last 13 games - rode into the Motor City to face a Red Wings team that hadn't lost at home in an NHL record 23 straight games - that was a lot of hype to live up to.
The Canucks came out flying and utterly dominated the first period, with the exception of a Bieksa turnover that led to a Darren Helm goal that put the Red Wings up one against the flow of play. In the second period, the Red Wings were dominant (especially in a late period flurry that saw them record five scoring chances in 30 seconds), but the Canucks scored 4-on-4 to even the score.
Then the third period happened, and it was as bad-ass as February hockey gets. New Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey scored on a beauty six minutes into the frame to restore the Red Wings lead. When the Canucks answered with a lucky goal by Cody Hodgson that deflected in off of Johan Franzen's skate - the Red Wings responded just twenty seconds later to restore their one goal lead yet again.
All of which set up a brilliant Sedin sequence with Luongo on the bench and time-ticking down on the clock. Detroit was eighteen seconds away from extending their 23 game home-winning streak when Henrik Sedin spun, and sent a crisp pass to his brother Daniel at the point. Daniel had space to burn with the Red Wings collapsing down-low and he stepped up and fired an absolute bullet past Jimmy Howard to force overtime.
The teams traded chances in the extra frame, with the Canucks generally dominating proceedings (as they usually to do in a 4-on-4 game state), but no one beat either goaltender. In an ironic twist, the Red Wings, whose 23 game home winning streak comes with an asterisk as far as I'm concerned because of the skills competition (yes, I know, I'm a massive kill-joy), saw their streak end on a patented Burrows fore-hand back-hand deke that was the only goal in the shootout.
A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars and goats after the jump!
February 23 2012 02:28PM
When it comes to technique, Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider are extremely similar goaltenders. They're both large, athletic goalies who play a reasonably aggressive, technically sound butterfly style. They both like to challenge shooters and cut off the angle, and both have an elite catching mitt, making both of them tough to beat glove side. Schneider is somewhat quicker post-to-post than the older Luongo, and Luongo is somewhat more conservative in his movements - but stylistically, they bring a similar approach to the net.
In terms of their differences, there are the obvious ones. Luongo is from Montreal, Schneider from Marblehead. One came through the QMJHL, and played in the memorial cup - while Schneider is the product of College Hockey, and played in the Frozen Four with Boston College. Schneider is a ginger with an Eisenhower era haircut, while Luongo sports long, flowing Romance novel locks, that seem to be perpetually covered in grease. Luongo is one of the highest paid goaltenders in the NHL, Schneider makes less than a million per year on his second pro-contract.
But the thing that really stands out between the two is their proficiency with words.
Click past the jump to read on!