October 02 2011 12:44AM
Photo Credit: Reuters
Tonight's preseason victory over the Edmonton Oilers featured some good news, and some bad-news. The good news? Luongo looked excellent, Hodgson scored twice and the next time the Canucks play hockey - the result will count. The bad news? They may start the season without Marco Sturm and Alex Edler, who were both penalized under rule 48, and may find themselves guest starring in Brendan Shanahan's popular new on-line reality show this week. If you'd told me before the game to name a Canucks skater who was most likely to find themselves in hot-water with an ugly head-shot, I think I'd have listed off twenty names before I uttered "Marco Sturm," but there you go.
The game itself was filled with emotion, featured some big hits and some nice skill moments. In short it was some entertaining hockey, especially considering it was a preseason game. Both teams took twenty-nine shots on net - with the Oilers outshooting the Canucks by a wide margin in the second period, and the Canucks comfortably controlling the third. Hodgson, Hansen and Samuelsson tallied with Khabibulin in net, and Hodgson added the empty netter in the games dying seconds. Paajarvi had the lone Oilers goal - a power-play marker in the second period.
October 01 2011 10:01PM
Alex Edler tagged Taylor Hall with an errant elbow to the head late in the second period of Saturday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers.
September 30 2011 06:47PM
While his teammates have trained all month in preparation for the season - Ryan Kesler, fresh off of hip-labrum surgery - has spent his time recovering, Keslurking himself, improving his twitter skills and having a nice time. It's actually been a pretty hilarious month for the Canucks ace-in-the-hole two-way dynamo, from agreeing to pose naked for ESPN's "The Body Issue" (how ironic is that name, I can't get over it) to challenging a Berserker to a Twitter duel, Kesler has been a god-send for hockey bloggers everywhere.
Recently, he's been about town and everyone on my facebook seems to have a Kesler picture, accompanied by an amusing story. Consider my friend Lindsay who attended the Kyprios concert at Joe's Apartment on Granville Street yesterday, where Kesler appeared on stage with the rapper (see the image above, courtesy @smash11).
September 30 2011 11:24AM
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's entry features lots of talk of boobs and bodies and nakedness.
September 30 2011 09:27AM
Confused as to why Aaron Rome gets so many minutes? Check your spread-sheet.
In the summer of 2010, Mike Gillis and the Vancouver Canucks had a big decision to make. After finishing tied for 11th in the National Hockey League in goals against, the Canucks needed to find away to improve that aspect of their game. While they had strong defenders in Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa, along with an eventual Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler up front, what the team lacked defensively was the difference between being a "good" team and a "great" team.