Sharks, Couture Take Game 1 and Home Ice Advantage from the Canucks

Thomas Drance
May 02 2013 01:12AM

Logan Couture powered the Sharks to victory in Game 1 of their first round series against the Canucks.
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On Wednesday night the Vancouver Canucks opened the 2013 playoffs with a three to one loss at home against the San Jose Sharks. For the most part the game unfolded as we expected as game one was tightly contested, evenly matched, and extremely physical. There isn't a lot of daylight separating the Sharks from the Canucks in terms of overall team quality, and on a night where a sixty minute effort was required from the hockey club in order to stack the deck in their favour, the Canucks only really gave twenty.

It was the team's fifth straight home loss in the postseason dating back to game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, a fact that might provide us with a partial answer to the question, "why aren't Canucks playoff tickets selling like hot cakes this spring?"

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Late Afternoon Headshots: May 1st

Thomas Drance
May 01 2013 06:18PM

Image via Brendan Hoare.

Today at our hockey blog we reacted to the news that Roberto Luongo will start game one, unveiled our new partnership with PlayNow Sports that includes a wicked offer for CanucksArmy readers and set up tonight's game with a podcast. Of course if you want to read our absurdly exhaustive series preview, do that before the playoff opener!

Read past the jump for more Canucks news and stuff!

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CanucksArmy Podcast: Episode 3 Playoff Game Day Edition

CanucksArmy Podcast
May 01 2013 04:12PM

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I figured it would make sense to cut a quick playoff game day episode of the CanucksArmy podcast ahead of the playoffs, so here it is for your listening pleasure. Joining me on Wednesday is Derek Tanabe of Fear the Fin, and Harrison Mooney of Pass it to Bulis and Puck Daddy

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@PlayNowSports Presents: This Week Straight Up. May 1st - 5th

Thomas Drance
May 01 2013 01:24PM and PlayNow Sports are proud to launch a new partnership between our humble hockey blog and their fun, legal on-line sports book.  Going forward this post will appear every Monday afternoon at, but today to launch the partnership, we're bringing you a special Wednesday Edition of "This Week Straight Up."

We at CanucksArmy are big supporters of sports betting, in part because we buy into the Nate Silver theory that putting your money where your prediction is will help improve the aggregate accuracy of forecasting. So this is a natural fit for us. That said, make sure to gamble for fun (or for bragging rights), not to make money. From all of us at CanucksArmy and PlayNow: a gentle reminder to use your game sense!

Read past the jump for special offers to readers from PlayNow Sports, and for a preview of this upcoming week in NHL hockey!

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Roberto Luongo Starts Game 1 Because Of Course he Does

Thomas Drance
May 01 2013 12:28PM

Over the latter half of the lockout shortened 2013 regular season, Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider went on a run and cemented his status as the everyday starter for the club. As the team racked up wins, Roberto Luongo appeared to adjust to life as a backup and remained focussed and committed to the team even though his bitter disappointment over staying put at the trade deadline was evident.

For a brief shining moment earlier this month it appeared as if the neverending soap opera that has engulfed Vancouver's crease ever since Cory Schneider was named the starter for game six of the club's first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks way back in 2011 had subsided. Perhaps normalcy might finally reign. Then, of course, Cory Schneider got hurt in the last week of the regular season, and now, of course, Roberto Luongo will be starting in game one of Vancouver's first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. How silly we were to think this situation could possibly unfold any other way.

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