December 14 2011 09:07AM
Last night the Canucks played hard for forty minutes against the NHL's "worst team," it wasn't enough, and they had to make do with a single point. Les boys came out meekly in the first period and through twenty minutes were thoroughly out-chanced while allowing Columbus to functionally dominate proceedings. Jeff Carter scored on a 4-on-3 power-play after a Ryan Kesler penalty and that was all Columbus needed to get to the shootout.
The Canucks turned things around in the second and third, and were especially good through the first ten minutes of the third, but ultimately it wasn't enough. While Lapierre got the equalizer, the Canucks couldn't put the game away despite having a number of quality chances, and several other chances at chances in the games waning minutes and in over-time. In the shootout, Luongo (who was otherwise the best Canuck player) was beaten on all three Columbus opportunities. It's really not the biggest deal, and the Canucks have still taken five out of a possible six points thus far this road-trip, but it wasn't their best team effort... A more detailed recap and chance data after the jump.
December 14 2011 12:06AM
Dave Bolland, master of gender roles.
Just 37 seconds into Blackhawks Live at Harry Caray's presented by The Village at Bedford Park, host Dave Kaplan referred to Henrik and Daniel Sedin as "sisters".
December 13 2011 09:01PM
The World Junior Championships are less than two weeks away, and Team Canada is poised to make their final cuts tomorrow morning. It won’t be an easy decision, as the team boasts incredible depth at almost every position.
December 13 2011 02:41PM
Schneider and Luongo check out the Blue Jackets crowd (who have arrived early) in Columbus today.
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December 13 2011 12:23PM
Birthday Boy Dan Hamhuis Flips-Up An Anonymous Blue Jacket
Game Day Recon: Game #30 - Canucks at Blue Jackets
Tin Soldiers, and the Richard Nixon of NHL team's are coming to Ohio tonight, as the visiting Canucks face-off against the lowly Blue Jackets for the third time this season. This is the Canucks third game on their current East Coast swing, and they're, thus far, undefeated on the trip. Cody Hodgson, who many feared would be out for a while with a concussion following an incidentally vicious head-shot from Nick Foligno on Saturday night, will be in the lineup. Roberto Luongo, who has been hot of late gets the start, his fourth in a row. In the Blue Jackets meanwhile, are throwing Steve Mason in net, so take the over.
While the Canucks have dominated the Blue Jackets so far this season, and historically, this Blue Jackets team is better than their record indicates, and if their goaltending holds-out (unlikely with mason in net) they could give the Canucks some trouble this afternoon. B.C. born youngster Ryan Johansen had a borderline dominant performance in a losing effort against the Canucks the last time these two teams met, and I'll be curious to see him skate again. Kid looks like the real deal.