Wolves cruise into Abby, mostly cruise to a win

Patrick Johnston
January 25 2012 04:59PM

With the Wolves boxing out like this, it's no surprise the Heat had a such a struggle getting to the net
(Photo: Jesse Winter)

Switching up the lines in an old coaching tactic, and sometimes it actually works. Tuesday night in Abbotsford was one of those nights, as Wolves coach Craig MacTavish split up groupings of players he'd been leaning on all season. The new combinations he found worked to great effect in a 3-2 win for the Chicago Wolves over the hometown Abbotsford Heat.

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Headshots January 25th

Cam Davie
January 25 2012 02:50PM


Oh, God. It's like a car accident. I can't not look at it.
Photo "courtesy" @mattthemascot

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 Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Sarah Connors Praises the Canucks

Thomas Drance
January 25 2012 01:58PM


Cory Schneider: the only Canuck player who Bruins Bloggers are willing to praise.

Several week ago the Canucks defeated the undisciplined Boston Bruins 4-3, largely thanks to the punk antics of Brad Marchand. One of our favorite Bruins bloggers is Sarah Connors, who made a bet with Cam Charron prior to that game. The loser of the bet had to write a post extolling the virtues of the opposite team. Sure it was harder to get Connors to pay up than it is to get Tim Thomas to fill out a census form, but no matter, here she is talking about her respect for perennial rival: Cory Schneider.

Hello, Canucks Nation! I’m coming to you today as penance for losing a bet to one of your finest writers, and although it’s taken me several weeks to get over the loss compose myself enough to write punch enough Swedes in the face to sate my anger at losing get free from being too busy at work to write a piece telling you all how great your team is (like you don’t already know, honestly Cam why do I need to do this again? /hate), here I am, fulfilling my side of the bet. Look how awesome I, a Bruins fan, actually am.

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Roberto Luongo is Having Another Stellar January

Thomas Drance
January 25 2012 12:30PM

You can just tell that it's mid-winter in Vancouver. It may not snow in our fair city like it does in much of the rest of the country, but we have our own tell-tale signs that January is in the air, namely the complete absence of "goalie controversy" chatter. The Canucks incumbent starter, Roberto Luongo, is turning in another stellar month of puck-stopping. His routine brilliance in the first month of the year has yet again caused blue-chip back-up Cory Schneider to become stapled to the pine. Schneider may well have plenty of time to work on his commendable debating skills, because Alain Vigneault is likely to ride Luongo's piping hot-hand for much of the next four weeks following the all-star break.

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Bieksa, Luongo instrumental in tie over Oilers; Scoring chance recap and analysis

Cam Charron
January 24 2012 11:18PM

In the last game before the week-long All-Star break, the Vancouver Canucks had plenty to play for. If you believe in momentum, I guess it's good to go into the break on a positive, and, despite Edmonton's record and their perpetual ineptitude over the last five years, they're still a division rival who have played Vancouver tough this season.

The Canucks played to a tie, but picked up the extra point in the shootout thanks to a stellar performance by Roberto Luongo. The Canucks starter stopped 4-of-5 shooters, and Vancouver's club got the game-winner from Cody Hodgson on a simple forehand, five-hole shot that beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk. For more analysis, a scoring-chance breakdown, and the Statistical Three Stars (you can't get them anywhere else!), click past the jump.

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