February 28 2012 11:48PM
Kassian tries to direct a Henrik Sedin feed past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
The Canucks newest acquisition impressed in the team's 2-1 SO loss in Glendale.
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Tonight's game between the Coyotes and the Canucks got off to a typically slow start, but somehow on the way to the Forum, it turned into a wide-open hockey game and a goaltenders duel. The Canucks got the opening marker on a first period power-play, when Alex Edler directed a pass in the general vicinity of the Coyotes net. The puck deflected off of multiple Coyotes defenders and past Mike Smith.
From there the Canucks continued to generate shots, but had few scoring chances and looked lost in the first fifteen minutes of the second frame. I think it's fair to describe the team's breakout in the second and third periods as conservative, and so was their cycle game. The team fell into the "get traffic and set up points shots" offense as the Coyotes out-chanced Vancouver's club mostly against the flow of possession.
The Coyotes caught a break with 10 minutes to go in the game, when "the Wizard" Ray Whitney capitalized on an ugly rebound that Cory Schneider coughed up off of a 120 foot Keith Yandle shot. The goal shook the Canucks out of their mid-game slumber, and they dominated what remained of the game but couldn't beat Mike Smith. Smith shut the door over the balance of the third, throughout OT and then stoned both Canucks shooters in the skills competition to earn the NHL's hottest team yet another two points.
A more detailed recap, scoring chance data, and the statistical three stars and goats after the jump!
February 28 2012 04:32PM
Kassian is an old timey hockey player, hence the black-and-white image. Via theyslayedthedragon.
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February 28 2012 03:06PM
Unlike the dudes pictured above, these thoughts are sober.
Yesterday's trade deadline was an unusually emotional one for Canucks fans. Canucks fans had become extremely attached to traded rookie Cody Hodgson over the course of this season, which made the buzzer-beating blockbuster that shipped Hodgson (and depth defenseman Alexander Sulzer) to Bufalo in exchange for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani as difficult to digest as a jagged metal Krusty-O. As the shock has diminished, curiosity has set in. There's no bones about it: this was far and away the most fascinating deal that went down on deadline day yesterday.
Read on for some sober second thoughts on yesterday's moves.
February 28 2012 12:07PM
Kesler, Hamhuis and the Canucks trounced the Coyotes in their first visit to Glendale this year.
Tonight, the Canucks play their first game with new teammates Pahlsson, Gragnani and Pahlsson.
(Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Image)
Game Day Recon: Game #64 - Canucks @ Coyotes
Did the Vancouver Canucks become a tougher playoff team yesterday? Or did they gamble away their future by trading a potential captain? Canucks fans will have the next few months and then years and years ahead of them to debate Mike Gillis's 2012 Trade Deadline Day moves.
Today is Day 1 of the Canucks A.C. (After Cody) and Vancouver club gets their first chance to put their new lineup to a pretty hard test tonight as they'll be hosted the hottest team in the league... the Phoenix Coyotes.
Yes, that's right. The Coyotes are the hottest team in the NHL.
February 28 2012 10:38AM
To his credit Tony Gallagher, pictured right, was months ahead of the Hodgson trade story.
I haven't written about it at length like some of my Smylosphere colleagues have, but I'll admit it: I thought the Tony Gallagher led fan-base obsession with Cody Hodgson's ice-time this season was silly. Hodgson's deployment made sense to me for hockey reasons, so I didn't believe his limited ice-time was some sordid indicator of Alain Vigneault's dislike for his star rookie. I'd have liked to have seen Hodgson play more with the first power-play unit, but otherwise, the way Hodgson was sheltered and used this season seemed deliberate, and I figured he was being groomed for the long-term. Yep, I was way off the mark.
Read on past the jump.