January 25 2012 12:30PM
You can just tell that it's mid-winter in Vancouver. It may not snow in our fair city like it does in much of the rest of the country, but we have our own tell-tale signs that January is in the air, namely the complete absence of "goalie controversy" chatter. The Canucks incumbent starter, Roberto Luongo, is turning in another stellar month of puck-stopping. His routine brilliance in the first month of the year has yet again caused blue-chip back-up Cory Schneider to become stapled to the pine. Schneider may well have plenty of time to work on his commendable debating skills, because Alain Vigneault is likely to ride Luongo's piping hot-hand for much of the next four weeks following the all-star break.
January 24 2012 11:18PM
In the last game before the week-long All-Star break, the Vancouver Canucks had plenty to play for. If you believe in momentum, I guess it's good to go into the break on a positive, and, despite Edmonton's record and their perpetual ineptitude over the last five years, they're still a division rival who have played Vancouver tough this season.
The Canucks played to a tie, but picked up the extra point in the shootout thanks to a stellar performance by Roberto Luongo. The Canucks starter stopped 4-of-5 shooters, and Vancouver's club got the game-winner from Cody Hodgson on a simple forehand, five-hole shot that beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk. For more analysis, a scoring-chance breakdown, and the Statistical Three Stars (you can't get them anywhere else!), click past the jump.
January 24 2012 08:12PM
When asked about Tim Thomas' snub of President Obama, the Canucks popular, Massachusetts born back-up goaltender Cory Schneider took full advantage of his right to self-expression. As quoted by Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun:
January 24 2012 03:21PM
Aaron Rome is a massive bad-ass.
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January 24 2012 01:56PM
Hodgson is tearing it up in his rookie season, but is he a realistic Calder contender?
Yesterday Elliot Pap wrote a column that appeared in the National Post under the slightly misleading headline: "Canucks' Hodgson making case for Calder Trophy." Pap's piece wasn't exactly a full-throated piece of advocacy on behalf of the Canucks talented rookie, it was more about Hodgson's impressive play and continued improvement in his first full NHL season. Here's what we know for sure: Cody Hodgson is already a reasonably consistent difference maker at the NHL level, and headline writers at one of the country's biggest papers seem to believe that Cody Hodgson should be in the rookie of the year conversation. I'm sure most Canucks fans would agree.