Flipping the Switch

Jeff Angus
March 22 2012 10:06AM

As the Canucks crawl towards the postseason, it is becoming painstakingly obvious that the team isn’t giving a full and committed effort each game. It isn’t like they are trying to tank (like a certain divisional rival the past few seasons), but they aren’t willing to risk injury or fatigue. When you combine that mentality with the fact that the teams they are playing are desperate for points, it becomes clear why they are losing more than they are winning right now.

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Meatheads on Madison - Canucks drop OT decision to Blackhawks

Cam Charron
March 21 2012 11:53PM


(This didn't actually happen in this game. Do you really think Keith would have answered the bell?)

It was close, it was painful, it was thrilling, but most importantly the Vancouver Canucks put forward a strong second half effort in a game that was overshadowed by a sideshow of Duncan Keith elbowing Daniel Sedin in the face and walking away with a two-minute minor. There was a lot of emotion in the game after that incident, but cooler heads prevailed in the end and the teams played a penalty-free, open ice game of hockey in the third period in a game that was taken to overtime.

From there, the Canucks had pressure, but Chicago got the only two chances of the extra frame, with Andrew Shaw re-directing a Johnny Oduya shot from in close that fooled Roberto Luongo and gave the Blackhawks two points.

This game had a big negative (other than the loss) but some positives as well. For full analysis, scoring chances, the Statistical Three Stars and Goats, click past the jump...

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The #Canucks Week in Tweets - March 21st

John Cullen
March 21 2012 04:57PM

 Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me at @cullenthecomic!

 

Mary Ann, I'm sure you're an excellent person and even better Canucks fan, and I hate to tell you this, but you're doing it wrong. Tonight might be an important game for the Canucks to get some mojo back, but do or die games don't exist in March for teams who are leading their division by 9 points. NINE POINTS! Canucks fans read way too much into EVERYTHING, and it's time someone let them know: they're doing it wrong. Congratulations, Mary Ann, for being our official Canucks Army Doing It Wrong Tweet of the Week!

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Headshots March 21st

Thomas Drance
March 21 2012 03:10PM


OH MY GOD BIEKSA! What have you done!

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Canucks Sign Goaltender Joe Cannata

Thomas Drance
March 21 2012 12:03PM

 

The Canucks announced today that they have signed their 6th round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, goaltender Joe Cannata to an entry level deal. The deal doesn't come as a surprise, as Lorne Henning told the Vancouver Sun a week ago that the team is "very high on [Cannata] and are in the process right now of trying to sign him." Guess that process if complete then!

Joe Cannata just completed his senior season, in which he nearly carried the Merrimack Warriors to an NCAA tournament berth that ultimately fell short. Cannata's masterful performance this season earned him First Team Hockey East honours. Here's the full press release from Canucks.nhl.com.

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