October 12 2011 10:55AM
It was quite a first week in the NHL.
Winnipeg welcomed back the Jets and gave Gary Bettman a standing ovation, an agent went ballistic over a two-game suspension, Sidney Crosby didn't play, Jaromir Jagr returned, the Sabres, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Red Wings, Predators, Sharks and Oilers were undefeated, Don Cherry looked foolish, the Blue Jackets, Flames, and Jets went pointless, thankfully Lowetide didn't change his ways and a few players inched closer to some great achievements.
October 11 2011 02:27PM
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October 11 2011 11:58AM
The Canucks have a problem, and it's not a pool-hall.
What observers will tell you plagues this team is its "softness". That "softness" was on full display last night when Marc Methot recklessly boarded Henrik Sedin, and the Canucks conspicuously failed to present Methot with his just-desserts. Apparently Bieksa and Volpatti both offered Methot an ice-cream cake of whoop-ass, but Methot wouldn't go, and the Canucks skaters let it go, rather than risk the instigator.
Henrik Sedin hobbled away from the hit, and today is not skating with the team. The incident and the team's reaction uncovered a sensitive emotional deposit in Canuckistan, and conjured up shades of playoff eliminations past. From Brad Marchand speed-bagging Daniel in June, to Bolland's happy-hacking on both twins (and Daniel's ill-considered response) in the Conference Semi-Final the season previous - many believe that it's open season on the Sedins because the Canucks don't "fight back" in the schoolyard sense of the term.
October 11 2011 09:41AM
Our little Hodgson had another great game, while Mr. Vermette dominated in the faceoff dot.
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks picked up their first win of the season, as they came from behind twice to beat the Blue Jackets in Columbus... ON COLUMBUS DAY! To quote your favourite departed Team1040 afternoon host, "How good is THAT?!" Seriously, do Americans even celebrate Columbus Day? Well, more importantly for us Canadians, it was Thanksgiving Monday, and Canucks fans were giving thanks for the year's first win.
I'll show myself out.
October 11 2011 08:49AM
Mid-way through the second period of Monday night's game between the Canucks and the BlueJackets - Mark Methot tagged Henrik Sedin, was called for boarding and it's possible he'll hear from the NHL's office of player safety as a result. The league has prioritized the enforcement of "a more stringent standard with respect to boarding," and boarding (rule 41) along with hits to the head (rule 48) were the two major rules that were altered this summer. Here's the Methot hit, courtesy The Score: