Canucks Postgame: Skills Competition Settles The Game That Had it All

Dimitri Filipovic
October 19 2013 03:07PM

 
This was probably the least entertaining part of the game, but I enjoy this photo for some reason. 
(Image via Justin K. Aller)

If you had a hectic Friday night out and about and missed the Vancouver Canucks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result, that sucks, because it was an enjoyable affair. Getting out of bed a few hours before I normally would on a typical Saturday morning was totally worth it; this game pretty much had it all.

The Canucks put forth pretty clearly their most impressive showing of the season (keeping in mind the quality of competition), before ultimately losing out on a potential 2nd point in the shootout. Given their performance from start to finish, they really deserved better. But there's reason for optimism regardless of the end result, and things to build off of going forward in the final 4 games of the roadtrip (and beyond).

Read on past the jump for a recap of what went down.

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The Sea-to-Sky Boner Report: Oct 18th 2013

Rhys Jessop
October 18 2013 06:07PM

Madison Bowey and Tyson Baillie are leading the way for the strong Kelowna Rockets
Madison Bowey and Tyson Baillie are leading the way for the strong Kelowna Rockets.

The Vancouver Giants haven't played a game since ending their disasterous eastern road trip without a win, so instead we'll turn our attention this week toward the Okanagan and what is probably the B.C. Division's top team: the Kelowna Rockets. Led by offensive contributions from young guns Tyson Baillie, Nick Merkley and Riley Stadel, the Rockets are off to a furious 6-1-0-2 start. They trail only the Victoria Royals for the B.C. Division lead, but the Royals have played four more games.

For a closer look at Kelowna's early season success, read past the jump.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for Oct 18th

Jordan_Clarke
October 18 2013 09:57AM


Split?

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Canucks Postgame: Kassians 3, Hodgsons 0

Dimitri Filipovic
October 18 2013 12:07AM


All the Canucks needed on this night was Higgins' 1st period tally. (Image via Sean Rubnyk )

Good lord, the Buffalo Sabres are as bad as the numbers, and the people on my Twitter timeline say. I've got to say that I hadn't seen much of them through the first few weeks of this early season, but by essentially any metric they had been absolutely abysmal through the first 8 games of the season.

The Canucks pounced on them early, and took advantage of their general ineptitude en route to another victory against an inferior opponent. I'm not going to fault them for beating a poor team - you can only play the team that's in front of you, after all - but we need to keep things in perspective and not get too carried away since there's a strong chance that the 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres will go down as a historically bad team.

Still.. the Canucks are now 2-0 on their season long 7-game roadtrip, and have secured 4 meaningful points ahead of their upcoming matchup with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Evening Headshots: October 17th

Mitch
October 17 2013 10:28PM

Zack Kassian seen during happier times, has more hair and all of his teeth.

 Zack Kassian during happier times; more hair, teeth intact and an unquenchable thirst for blood.

Here it is, Evening Head Shots, Episode 2: The Phantom...something or other. I'm back again, though some of you may not be happy about that, it's alright, it was nice to get a real negative reaction for once; I assume it was because I wasn't swearing nearly enough or because we all know that my Dad can kick the shit out of your Dad. Anyways, here we go.

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