Game #38 Preview - Pucking Ducks

Cam Davie
December 29 2011 10:38AM


My clever play on "Peking Duck" above will probably fall completely flat.
Much like the Anaheim Ducks have done in the past 19 games, as evidenced in this photo.
"I'm supposed to WHAT? BACK check?! Oh! Ok, got it. Oh, wait. He's gone already."
(Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #38 - Canucks @ Ducks

The Vancouver Canucks slugged and duked it out with the San Jose Sharks last night in the Bay Area, and are rewarded with a game in Anaheim. The Ducks are terrible and have been terrible all season. The Canucks are rolling and have proven that they can win on the road against the elite teams of the league. So it's guaranteed win night for the Canucks, right?

That usually means it's a guaranteed loss.

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Canucks Withstand Third Period Barrage, Defeat Sharks in OT: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
December 29 2011 01:44AM

 
Andrew Ebbett celebrates his game winning tip-in. It was his third goal since Christmas.
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Over the past twelve months, even regular season meetings between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks have been transformed into appointment viewing, and Wednesday night's game was no exception. Though the refereeing was bad both ways, the pace, tension and energy of the game was palpable. The clashes between these two clubs continue to make for some excellent spectator sport, so I'll look forward to their meeting early next week, and to their being united within the re-formed Western-most Conference next year.

The Canucks jumped out to an early lead thanks to a soft Daniel Sedin wraparound goal, and a persistent Kesler goal off of a juicy rebound on the power-play. The Sharks answered, however, with two beauties; one from Logan Couture on the breakaway and one from Joe Thornton on the power-play late in the second frame. In the third the Sharks and the Zebras teamed up to bombard the Canucks with a seemingly endless parade of shots and penalties - but the Canucks survived, killed off the multitude of man-advantages given to San Jose, and took the game to overtime. WIth roughly a minute left in the free frame, Kevin Bieksa sent a rug-burner towards the net that was tipped past Antii Niemi by journeyman, and surprise offensive catalyst Andrew Ebbett for the game winner. Then I exhaled. 

A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!

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Game #37 Preview - Shark Fin Soup

Cam Davie
December 28 2011 11:33AM


Ol' One-Eye beat Boyle and Niemi on this play to give his Canucks
a 1-0 lead in their first meeting this season.
He'll need to be solid tonight, especially in the second period (that's foreshadowing, kids!)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #37 - Canucks @ Sharks

Looking to escape the cold, wet and miserable weather for a few days, the Vancouver Canucks sweet-talked the NHL schedule makers into giving them a 3-game road trip to Southern California to close out 2011.

First up on the Tanning Tour... the San Jose Sharks and their mediocre rise to the top of their division. Tonight the Canucks look to dine on some Shark Fin Soup!

***Ed note*** The practice of harvesting shark fins for use in soup and other foodstuffs is highly unethical and, in some countries illegal, and is not condoned in any way by CanucksArmy. Plus, I hear it's really disgusting.

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TEAM CANADA GAME DAY - CZECH REPUBLIC

Vintage Flame
December 28 2011 11:04AM

Canada started off the 2012 World Junior Championship with an impressive 8-1 win over Finland, and now draws the Czech Republic. Last night the Czech’s came off their own opening win, downing Denmark by a score of 7-0. The two teams meet for 29th time since 1977, with Canada holding the edge with a 14-6-8 record. While the Czechs showed some success against Canada in the early 90’s, they have not beaten Canada since 1993.

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Canucks Ruthlessly Defeat Children, Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
December 27 2011 12:34PM


Burrows celebrates his short-handed goal. I like to think he said to Ryan Jones "nice coverage."

Having whiffed on their first chance to wrest top-spot from the Minnesota Miracles on December 23rd against Calgary, the Canucks came out like guerillas on boxing day and dominated a group of children from Edmonton. Vancouver's club was energetic and deadly in the first period, as they got two goals from an unlikely source in under-rated possession player Andrew Ebbett, and took advantage of a missed call on Daniel Sedin's goal on their way to building a three goal lead that was ultimately insurmountable. They also embarrassed Ben Eager in the process, which, is always fun to see!

A more detailed recap, chance data and your statistical three stars after the jump!

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