October 21 2011 09:52AM
Remember when we had goalies like this?
Unhappy with Roberto Luongo? Perhaps we should go back and remind ourselves first of where we've been. One of the best rugby coaches I've ever worked with, Kevin Elliott, has a great saying he tells his players which goes along the lines of 'perfection is impossible but excellence is achievable.' In other words, is this the best we can do? Well, let's have a look at non-Luongo Canucks goalies of the recent past...
October 21 2011 09:29AM
Bobby Lu, I got your back.
And I got a few tips for you to bring you to the promised land.
(Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
Far be it for me to give advice to an Olympic gold medalist, warrior-poet and perennial Vezina nominee, but I have a suggestion. You see, Vancouver is a goalie graveyard. It always has been and it probably always will be. There is a growing sentiment in this hockey-mad town that fans don't like you. They don't appreciate you. They don't value you. They don't want to see you as the Canucks #1 goaltender.
But you don't need to cave under the pressure. You don't need to ask for a trade. And you shouldn't pay any mind to the detractors.
To quote Colonel Ludlow, "Screw'm! Screw'm all!". My friend, there is only one solution:
Say it with me now, "Embrace the Hate."
October 20 2011 11:46PM
After a frustrating offensive performance against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers, the Canucks got exactly what they needed: an early goal, and who better than the Sedins to get the team on the board. Buoyed by four first period goals from each Sedin, Dale Weise and Christopher Higgins, the Canucks cruised to a 5-1 victory over an insipid Nashville Predators club.
There’s nothing like a poor performance from an elite NHL goaltender to put things in perspective. And to be fair to Pekka Rinne, he was certainly the victim of bad bounces and a lackadaisical defensive unit. Sound familiar?
October 20 2011 02:46PM
Roberto Luongo's New Mask. I like it.
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October 20 2011 01:24PM
Ryan Kesler put on a hockey clinic against the Predators this past Spring.
Will it do it again tonight?
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images North America)
Game Day Recon: Game #7 - Predators @ Canucks
The Predators roll into Rogers Arena to try to avenge their devastating second round loss to your Vancouver Canucks. I'm trying to make this game sound dramatic because if tonight's game is ANYTHING like the six games we saw in the playoffs, we're in for a looooooooooong, sloooooooooooooow night, kids.
Get the caffeine ready. Maybe have a book on hand. Maybe you have a really exciting game of Words with Friends that you want to finish. All viable options.
Predators Hockey! Catch the fever!