February 19 2015 10:35PM
The Canucks (finally) defeated Alain Vigneault! Click past the jump for our NHL94 inspired infographic look at Thursday night's comeback victory over the New York Rangers.
February 19 2015 09:23PM
With near parity in the bottom rungs of the Western Conference playoff ladder, tonight's contest was just the first of what will surely become an almost endless streak of "must win" games for Vancouver. Facing a red-hot New York Rangers team, this presented a tall order for the undermanned Vancouver Canucks and their patchwork defense corps.
Vancouver pushed play in the opening minute of the first, but waned as the clock ticked on an otherwise embarrassing first frame -- one which saw Vancouver out-shot 14-4 and trailing 1-0. It was looking like the Canucks AHL blueline was in for a long night. With an early Shawn Matthias tally in the second though, the Canucks were able to shift into second gear and play the part of NHL equal for the remainder of the game.
These clubs traded and goals and chances from that point forward, before a last minute marker from Captain Canuck himself, Henrik Sedin, knotted things at four, ensuring overtime. A fast-paced and open extra frame wasn't enough to decide this one, leading to the dreaded
gimmick shootout. The Canucks made quick work of the Rangers, beating them 2-0 in the shootout on Alex Burrows and Radim Vrbata goals. The final score 5-4 Vancouver.
February 19 2015 05:47PM
The Vancouver Canucks have been dealing with injury-related depth issues of late, so we might reasonably expect several organizational depth players to receive an opportunity to be called up from Vancouver's minor league affiliate. We're not talking about the Utica Comets though. We're talking about Vancouver's Eastern Conference affiliate, the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers are preparing to move rate-stats All-Star Sean Bergenheim and Vancouver is among the club's that are interested, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Would Bergenheim fit in Vancouver, and might the asking price make sense for the Canucks?
February 19 2015 04:00PM
Happy lunar New Year! Or as they say in Toronto, "Gone hey, frat boy?"
At least, that's what they would like to say about everyone's favourite punching bag in Toronto. And no, that is not a shot at his body type.
Seems like tide has turned at the Centre of the Universe, and they are open to moving pretty much everyone except Morgan Rielly. Not sure if that's because they recognize he's a real talent, or maybe they just keep misspelling his name and Morgan Reilly actually is available.
But I digress.
The point is, it looks like Phil Kessel is taking the fall for Leafs. And I'm sure there's an autumn joke in there somewhere, but I really want to get this back to the Canucks, so let's talk about our own little goat out here in Canucksville after the jump.
February 19 2015 02:06PM
After picking up a gutsy win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night, the Vancouver Canucks embark on a five-game Eastern road swing, beginning tonight in Madison Square Garden as they take on the New York Rangers and former bench boss Alain Vigneault. With the Kings and Wild winning last night and the Flames picking up a point as well, the Western Conference playoff race is only getting tighter, so the Canucks are in need of a big two points.
Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.