January 07 2012 04:58PM
On Saturday afternoon, the Bruins had no answer for Hodgson and the Canucks.
The Bruins play dirty hockey. It's true and we all know it. Today was no exception, as Boston's club attempted to intimidate and push around the Canucks in their own barn. And why wouldn't they have taken that approach, hell it won them the finals and helped them earn this "Baltimore Ravens of the NHL" mystique that they've been riding high on all season.
The problem is, if the referees call the game correctly (which, for the most part they did today, with a couple of notable exceptions) then dirty play leads to penalty minutes, which, leads to power-play opportunities for the other team. In the finals, the Canucks were unable to execute and it cost them the series. This afternoon, however, while the Bruins were out to settle scores and endanger the playing careers of well-loved Finnish defenseman, the Canucks padded their lead on the man-advantage, scoring four power-play goals on their way to a convincing 4-3 road win over the Bruins. It was awesome.
A more extensive recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data after the jump.
January 06 2012 01:39PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week, I focus exclusively on the Canucks players, as we hand out some CanucksArmy special mid-season Cheers and Jeers. Who's got the shap? And who are the Canucks milts?
January 06 2012 08:42AM
Editors note: The following is the second entry into our "Embrace the Hate" troll post competition. It's written by Boston Bruins blogger Greg Ezell of DaysofYorr.com. The only thing Greg prefers to his Bruins, is robbing old ladies, but a close third on the list of "things Greg enjoys" is reminding Canucks fans about last June's Stanley Cup Finals loss. If you want to read the first Troll Post entry (by BlackhawkDL's Kelly Reardon), you can do so here. Also we're still taking nominations for the "worst Canucks fan on twitter" category, and submissions for the "in enemy territory" accounts so check out the details and send those our way! Enjoy, and remember not to take this whole thing too seriously:
By Greg Ezell
When I was asked by Thom to write a post for ‘Embrace the Hate’, I accepted fully knowing that my troll talents would come to good use. What he wants me to do is “piss off” the Vancouver Canucks fan base and then said if my entry was good enough, a monetary donation would be made to charity.
Whoa there Thom, settle down, you had my at “piss off the Vancouver Canucks fan base”.
January 05 2012 03:03PM
The boys of Team Canada are certainly disappointed.
But hold your heads high, guys. We're proud of you.
(Photo by Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Have the Boston Bruins started losing games yet? Has anyone figured out where exactly “The Nuge” is from? Will Patrick Kane ever stop chewing his mouth guard? It’s hockey, a sport full of more mysteries than a Sherlock Holmes marathon.
January 05 2012 12:34PM
Wolf Prowl returns from the holiday break and looks back at a busy but middling holiday week for the Wolves - a pair of wins and a pair of losses. Two games on the road, two games at home
between Christmas and New Year's
. Wins where they gave up lots of shots and losses where they gave very few. It was another tough-to-contemplate week for the Wolves