March 14 2015 09:00PM
Who wouldn't want to punch this pic.twitter.com/FwqSR48LeG— ZoSo (@ZoSoNuck) March 15, 2015
Even though the Toronto Maple Leafs are embracing the tank so thoroughly that they drove a Panzer squadron to the rink and have allegedly hired Georgy Zhukov to oversee the rest of the season, games against the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada are rarely lacking in entertainment. Tonight was no exception, as the Canucks skated to a 4-1 lead and masterfully trolled Dion Phaneuf too while they were at it.
For a look at tonight's events, read past the jump.
March 14 2015 08:17PM
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In the second period of Saturday night's 4-1 Vancouver Canucks victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Canucks forward Zack Kassian lost his damn mind.
The burgeoning power forward was attempting to get to Dion Phaneuf and fight him, but a linesman all but wrestled him to the ground. Not that it stopped Kassian from pursuing the fight. Did Kassian pursue the fight with too much verve? Could he be facing an automatic suspension as a result?
Let's get into it on the other side of the jump.
March 14 2015 07:09PM
With Alex Burrows out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, other Vancouver Canucks players were spiritually tasked with stepping up their trolling game. The usually mild mannered Jannik Hansen proved up to the task.
After exchanging cross checks with Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf Hansen went to great lengths to very strongly imply that Phaneuf turtled during an early exchange with Zack Kassian. The gesture was a bit harsh, especially considering that Phaneuf has been battling through a broken hand, but it was also extremely funny. Click past the jump to check it out:
March 14 2015 03:53PM
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It would seem that Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows needed more than a maintenance day.
Burrows, 33, is unlikely to play on Saturday when the Canucks host the moribund Toronto Maple Leafs as a result of an undisclosed injury, according to TSN's Jeff Paterson. The fear now is that Burrows has reaggravated the lower-body injury that caused him to miss six games earlier this month.
March 14 2015 02:30PM
On Friday evening, the Canucks unexpectedly dipped into the CHL free agent pool, landing Edmonton Oil Kings captain and second leading defensive scorer Ashton Sautner to a three-year entry level contract.
Sautner, 20, was a major contributor to Edmonton's Memorial Cup run last season, playing a top-four role on the best puck possession team in the entire CHL, and now has two consecutive very strong WHL seasons under his belt.
Still, Sautner is an over-age player this season, and we know that 20-year olds playing in a teenager's league generally look better than they actually turn out to be, so he's an interesting gamble for Jim Benning to make.
So what do the Canucks have in Sautner? Read past the jump to find out.