March 31 2015 11:33PM
Tonight was a schedule loss for the Vancouver Canucks. Coming off a tough game less than 24 hours prior, travelling overnight into a hostile city, and facing one of the NHL's best home teams with a tired goalie in net, Vancouver had no business winning this game. Finding themselves down 2-0 early with a shaky Eddie Lack, it looked like the game story would be written early.
Oh, but it wasn't even close. The Canucks got some fantastic offensive performances from their depth lines, managed to capitalize on their opportunities once again, and sneaked four pucks past Pekka Rinne en route to a 5-4 shootout win, nearly ensuring a playoff berth in 2014-2015.
But even THAT won't turn out to be the story of this game. Oh no, we have some controversy on our hands tonight. Perhaps you've even read some of our coverage already. Regardless if you have or not, join us after the jump as we break it all down.
March 31 2015 08:57PM
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Following a very strange series of events Vancouver Canucks veterans Kevin Bieksa and Alex Burrows were both assessed a game misconduct late in Tuesday night's game oddly officiated game against the Nashville Predators.
We'll try and unpack what occurred after the jump.
March 31 2015 06:52PM
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Early in the first period of the Vancouver Canucks' Tuesday night game against the Nashville Predators, Canucks defender Kevin Bieksa caught Predators forward Viktor Stalberg with an illegal check to the head.
Bieksa was assessed a minor penalty on the play and Stalberg left the game rather woozily with an apparent head injury. The Swedish winger returned and took another shift within five minutes on the game clock though, and the Predators cashed in on the ensuring power-play opportunity.
So will Bieksa be hearing from the league as a result of the hit? Let's discuss it on the other side of the jump.
March 31 2015 02:01PM
So of course the Canucks beat the Blues last night - St. Louis is a playoff team! It wasn't neccesarily a pretty one to watch but they came to play and Eddie Lack stood tall. On to Nashville this evening against, you guessed it, another playoff team. The Preds were sure happy the Canucks beat the Blues which helped keep the buffer 3 points above St. Louis.
The Canucks are gaining some ground of their own by keeping ahead of both the Flames and Kings with 93 points, 2 ahead of Calgary and 5 ahead of LA. Nashville has beaten the Canucks both times this season and with a pretty important game tonight, expect both teams to put on their army boots.
March 31 2015 11:25AM
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The Vancouver chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA) has nominated Henrik Sedin as for the 2015 Masterton Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually "to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." Unlike the other major NHL awards, which have just three finalists, each local PHWA chapter selects a team Masterton nominee. From there the entire PHWA then votes on the Masterton Trophy winner from among that group of 30, three finalists are named, and the winner is chosen at the NHL's annual Awards Gala.
Sedin has obviously been selected for bouncing back impressively from a depressing and injury plagued 2013-14 campaign. His nomination comes with a tinge of controversy though.
Read on past the jump for more.