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.
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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...

Read past the jump for scoring chance data and analysis.

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The Week of a Canucks Bandwagoner (Episode II)

Austin Wallace
April 18 2013 04:13PM

Image uncredited via NWSportsbeat

This week, I hope we can all agree to jump on a bandwagon: the Bruins bandwagon. Regardless of how much most of us fans hate a certain breed of rat, or how we have perceived Boston players and fans, we as people, not fans, should lend our support in any way we can. An event like this does more than transcend sport; it diminishes its importance to the same extent that Astronaut’s feel diminished by the stars. I have been heartened by the fact that even those fans that have previously been passionate in their distaste for Boston within the scope of their NHL team have shown genuine concern and support. Sports may not matter in and of themselves, but they can be a rallying point, a source of healing and pride. Look no further than the national anthem of the first Bruin's game, I don’t think I have ever shed tears over an anthem before...

The Canucks may not matter in the big scheme of things, but they matter to me and I assume those reading this share my sentiment. This week has been interesting as far as bandwagoning goes. Like the Canucks, there has been a lot of turnover on the old wagon, but just as many people seem to leave as arrive. Read past the jump for more.

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Game #44 Preview: Canucks @ Stars

Thomas Drance
April 18 2013 02:47PM

Keep your head on a swivel when Aaron Rome is on the ice!
Photograph by: Rich Lam/Getty Images North America

The Stars and Canucks will meet for the third time this season in Dallas on Thursday night, and what a season series it has been. The two clubs have combined to score fourteen goals in their previous two contests, and both games were thoroughly memorable and entertaining. Not coincidentally, both games also featured a Canucks lineup that included Ryan Kesler...

The Dallas Stars are fighting for their playoff lives as they currently sit four points out of eighth in the West with two games in hand over the Bluejackets. They've been hot of late, and have Kari Lehtonen back and playing well - Lehtonen played less than a period in Vancouver's first two games against the Stars this season - so they're not a pushover. 

Read past the jump for more.

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Speed and Skill, or Size and Grit?

Jeff Angus
April 18 2013 09:08AM

Photo credit to Jeff Vinnick
Lapierre licking his chops as the playoffs approach (photo credit to Jeff Vinnick).

The Canucks, depending on who they end up facing in round one of the postseason, need to find a way to deploy three lines that are a threat to score. It is simply a requirement against three-line clubs like St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas (hey, Verne Fiddler is channeling his inner Wayne Gretzky right now). Okay, that last one may be a bit of a stretch, but the point remains.

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Afternoon Headshots: Bruins Anthem Edition

Thomas Drance
April 17 2013 06:21PM

Deviating from our usual format tonight because, let's be honest, in comparison with that scene from Boston tonight no other hockey story really matters.

Luongo, of course, nails it:

Here's footage from the upper bowl.

For most of us, hockey is a diversion, a passtime, a fun game to play and watch. But sometimes, like when Rene Rancourt stopped singing and just conducted the Boston faithful in belting out the Star Spangled Banner two days after the bombing at the Boston marathon, hockey trancends entertainment. And sports. Sometimes hockey is about comfort and community, when we need those things most.

Courage, Boston.

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