Best of the Nation: 2.17.13

Jonathan Willis
February 17 2013 11:15AM

After the jump: the single-biggest story in the NHL last week, a mess of trades, injuries, and trade rumours, how bloggers are once again undermining Western society, and Graphic Comments. Also - and this is important - the Winnipeg Jets' all-time greatest moustaches.

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Breaking Down Henrik Sedin's Record-Setting Assist

Jeff Angus
February 16 2013 04:20PM


Henrik Sedin, in fitting fasion, delivered his record-setting assist on a silver platter to Alex Burrows last night. I had the above graphic created to pay tribute to Sedin's riduclously amazing saucer passes, and it is only fitting that he delivered the sauce while setting the Canucks all time record for points. Oh, and the Canucks lost the game, but let's ignore that for the next little while.

Sedin had a great game last night (as did the rest of the Canucks top line). They had Dallas hemmed in their own zone on multiple occasions, especially at even strength. It was arguably the best game of the season for either Henrik or Daniel, and with Ryan Kesler now healthy (and he was launching one-timer bombs all night long), the Vancouver offense should really get rolling now.

Mr. Drance did a great job with the game recap, so I won't dive into too many of the other details from last night's action. Instead, I want to break down the Burrows goal frame by frame.

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Canucks Fall to Stars in Memorable, Record Setting Game

Thomas Drance
February 16 2013 12:22AM

Photo Credit: (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

In what was a historic Friday night game for Henrik Sedin and Vancouver's NHL franchise, the Dallas Stars - owned by Vancouver businessman and Aquilini rival Tom Gagliardi - were fortunate to narrowly defeat the Canucks in regulation. Beyond the Gagliardi connection, this was a defeat with a decidedly local flavour: the winning goal was scored by Surrey native Brenden Dillon and assisted on by Victoria's Jamie Benn, the game tying goal was scored by Antoine Roussel who first broke into the professional ranks in the fall of 2011 with the Canucks organization, and also Dallas employs a dude named Aaron Rome who was probably the difference this evening.

It's ironic really, because the Canucks were the superior club througout on Friday and arguably put together their best sixty-minutes of hockey this season. Heading into Frirday night's game the Canucks had relied on goaltending so airtight it was downright indecent, and they were due some unfortunate breaks in their own end of the rink. Luck evens out eventually, and it caught up to the Canucks and Cory Schneider in a big way against the Stars. Read on past the jump for more.

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Afternoon Headshots: February 15th

Thomas Drance
February 15 2013 04:05PM

When you think of all time great Canucks three names come to mind immediately: Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden and Aaron Rome.
Photo Credit: Jason Botchford

Tonight is the night that former Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome, beloved by no one except Alain Vigneault and the editors of this site, returns to Rogers Arena. The anticipation is palpable, and Jason Botchford is on it. [The Province]

More links, .gifs, Aaron Rome jokes and other stuff after the jump!

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Was Scott Howson A Bad GM? Well, Is the Pope Catholic?

Graphic Comments
February 15 2013 01:50PM

The difference between retiring and being fired

Looks like there's a couple of struggling organizations looking for new leadership this week.

However, unlike Scott Howson, the Pope wasn't fired but chose to retire voluntarily. Mind you, it would be pretty tough to fire the Pope for cause, what with the whole "Papal infallibility" and all. That's not something you could ever accuse Scott Howson of. His record of abject fallibility is about as long as the Pope's hat is tall. As the headline to @CamCharron's piece over at Puck Daddy put it, "Blue Jackets part ways with GM Scott Howson, probably because of all the losing." 


Anyway, all this talk about the Pope got me thinking about how long it's been since I went to confession...

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