Perception vs. Reality – The Alex Burrows Story

Jeff Angus
December 29 2011 04:23PM

It is not unusual for a professional athlete to be revered in the city he makes his home in during the season, but hated in most of the rest of the country or continent. In competitive sports, one team always has to win, and one team always has to lose. Teams that win more often than not are usually more hated than teams that lose more often than not (success breeds jealously), and in the past few years we have seen that highlighted with the suddenly successful (and suddenly hated) Canucks.

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TEAM CANADA GAME DAY - DENMARK

Vintage Flame
December 29 2011 01:49PM

 

Canada plays for the second night in a row, but it should have no bearing on the outcome of this game. The Canadians are rolling right now with 13 goals for and only 1 against, the penalty kill is at 100% and they are getting goals from everyone. In the last game, expectations were put on guys like Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome; they delivered. Scheifele had two goals in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic and it seems that one of Canada's biggest strengths when they assemble these teams every year, is that when they need someone to step up, they do.

It's always been a feather in the cap of Hockey Canada and the coaching staff, as to how quickly these teams come together with such limited preparation time.

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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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