April 22 2015 10:52PM
Wednesday evening was the first ever franchise playoff game for the AHL's top ranked Western Conference team, and affiliate of your Vancouver Canucks: The Utica Comets. Facing the 8th seed, and the Canucks' previous affiliate, the Chicago Wolves - The Comets are currently playing a best-of-5 series.
The Comets quickly took the lead in this game and held on to it until the very end when the Wolves managed to tie it up. The game ended up going to 2OT where the the game winner was scored by Bobby Sanguinetti after being set up by Alex Grenier.
Continue past the jump for the details on what went down.
April 22 2015 04:02PM
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With Alex Burrows now confirmed to be sidelined for the remainder of Vancouver's first round series against the Calgary Flames, the Canucks will now turn to a Calgary castoff and a playoff rookie to help them turn their fortunes around and do the improbable.
Trade deadline acquisition Sven Baertschi will reportedly suit up on Thursday for game 5 for his NHL playoff debut. Read past the jump for more.
April 22 2015 09:00AM
With the Comets entering their first ever post-season, it almost seems ironic that their first ever series will be against their NHL parent club's previous affiliate: The Chicago Wolves. What a way to bridge the old affiliate with the new.
The locals of Utica are quite excited as their team has earned a post-season berth for the first time in this franchise history. Not only did they earn a seed, they dominated the west, winning the Western Conference banner and have been a dominant force all season. Locals in upstate New York have high expectations for this team.
Those high expectations may matter little if you are facing the AHL's version of the L.A. Kings, or if your opponents have a strong string of good luck. With that aside, let's look at the breakdown between these two teams as they are about to go head-to-head in the first round of the Calder Cup Championships.
April 22 2015 12:37AM
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Count tonight's game as the most important of the year for the Vancouver Canucks - the fourth of its kind, all in succession. As the saying goes, the Canucks are an average team. They have the horses to play up to higher competition, but can be just as easily susceptible to letdowns at the hands of much lesser teams. One assumed all season that when the games really counted, it wouldn't matter who played the role of opposition. We would see their best, win or loss.
Yet the Canucks find themselves down 3-1 to not just the worst team to suit up for this post-season, but historically one of the worst to suit up for any. Should Vancouver fall to Calgary, it would be wholly fair to describe this year's iteration of the Calgary Flames the worst team to win any playoff series since the behindthenet.ca era gave us the possession metrics that have aligned so regularly with objective assessments of the teams we've come to watch and bemoan.
Lets break down how the Canucks found themselves in this hole, on the other side of the jump.
April 21 2015 09:17PM
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He may not be 100 percent, but with the Vancouver Canucks' season on the line down two goals with 40 minutes to go in a crucial Game 4 against the Calgary Flames, it's Miller Time.
Ryan Miller replaced Eddie Lack at the start of the second period of Tuesday night's game, after Lack permitted three goals against on seven shots. You wouldn't necessarily say that Lack was at fault on any of the goals, but he did seem to be fighting the puck.
Can the $6 million man stabilize the situation for a Canucks team that has been bleeding goals against since the series shifted to Calgary?