February 01 2012 10:19AM
It is true. I have joined the Army. No brushcut, no fatigues, no basic training – in fact, no training of any kind – I’m jumping right in and hoping to have some fun in this space as the Canucks hit the stretch run, approach the trade deadline and advance into the playoffs.
When the guys who oversee this website first approached me a few weeks back, I was flattered that they thought there was a fit for me, with what they’ve created here at Canucks Army. But I didn’t know if it was something I wanted or needed to do. However, after some time, I realized that while I have an outlet for my thoughts about the hockey club on the Team 1040, in the weekly column I write for the Georgia Straight, and on Twitter, one thing I was missing was a regular space to call my own on the web. A spot where I can post whatever I want, whenever I want as thoughts cross my mind about the Vancouver Canucks.
And now I have that here at Canucks Army.
February 01 2012 01:10AM
Unbelievably, what happened next didn't result in a goal.
It was a fast paced, hard-fought regular season classic at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night, which, was what we expected with the Blackhawks in town. It was also the first head-to-head game between the two clubs since Dave Bolland publicly called the Sedin twins "sisters" who "sleep in bunk-beds." Despite the history and the animosity, it was a largely clean game that featured only two penalties. With the Canucks vaunted power-play neutered, the Blackhawks proceeded to out-shoot and out-chance the Canucks throughout the game. The Blackhawk advantage was particularly noticeable in the second frame (usually the Canucks weakest) but they failed to capitalize on an assortment of gift-wrapped goals off of turnovers, and odd-man rushes.
Finally, the Blackhawks took the lead early in the third period on a Stalberg back-hander, but Cody Franchise tied the game a few minutes later as the Canucks capitalized on a lazy break-out by Blackhawks rookie sensation Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews (who was otherwise dominant). Eventually the twins combined to win it in overtime, but not before Cory Schneider put an exclamation mark on his dominant evening, stopping two straight Blackhawk breakaways in the extra frame.
A full recap, chance data and tonight's statistical three stars after the jump.
January 31 2012 04:27PM
Parents beware, it's a trap!
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January 31 2012 02:53PM
"One guy that I know that was making comments from the benches is no longer there. For me really, it's a dead issue. I don't know of anybody else who said anything to me."
Former beloved Vancouver Canuck Brendan Morrison, in speaking to reporters ahead of tonight's game, addressed partially the issue that arose when a few bench players on the Chicago Blackhawks joked about Morrison limping off the ice after an injury sustained in a collision with Niklas Hjalmarsson.
January 31 2012 11:07AM
In case you didn't notice, or were too busy being mesmerized by Marian Hossa's sweet third period back-hand goal - a goal that represented an isolated outburst of real hockey in Ottawa this past weekend - social media, and Twitter in particular, took centre stage at the NHL's All-Star festivities. The All-Star showcase always feels frightfully static: at the end of the day it's just a skill game, played in slow-motion, absent the faintest hum of hockey's usual intensity. All-Star weekend is like eating a Subway sandwich: you know what to expect, you know it'll fill you up, and you know in advance that it will always, always leave you feeling underwhelmed.
For better or for worse, we've seen various names, jerseys and venues over the years. We've seen the league experiment with formats, and last year the NHL added the "All-Star Draft," which, while a bit dull at times, at least feels genuinely fresh (unlike the North America v. The World stinkers a decade ago). This year, the dramatic change was the wholesale incorporation of "Social Media" into every facet of the proceedings, and for the most part: it was an impressive showing for the league and their players.