December 29 2011 07:58PM
Mason Raymond does actually like going to the net.
So Mason Raymond is going to the net more, you say? Thom Drance has been fighting this battle, arguing Raymond's been no different this year from last, but it's hard for people to let go of what they 'see'.
Perhaps some visuals will help us assess this popular belief. Here's a run down of every single Raymond goal from last year.
December 29 2011 04:23PM
It is not unusual for a professional athlete to be revered in the city he makes his home in during the season, but hated in most of the rest of the country or continent. In competitive sports, one team always has to win, and one team always has to lose. Teams that win more often than not are usually more hated than teams that lose more often than not (success breeds jealously), and in the past few years we have seen that highlighted with the suddenly successful (and suddenly hated) Canucks.
December 29 2011 01:49PM
Canada plays for the second night in a row, but it should have no bearing on the outcome of this game. The Canadians are rolling right now with 13 goals for and only 1 against, the penalty kill is at 100% and they are getting goals from everyone. In the last game, expectations were put on guys like Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome; they delivered. Scheifele had two goals in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic and it seems that one of Canada's biggest strengths when they assemble these teams every year, is that when they need someone to step up, they do.
It's always been a feather in the cap of Hockey Canada and the coaching staff, as to how quickly these teams come together with such limited preparation time.
December 29 2011 10:38AM
My clever play on "Peking Duck" above will probably fall completely flat.
Much like the Anaheim Ducks have done in the past 19 games, as evidenced in this photo.
"I'm supposed to WHAT? BACK check?! Oh! Ok, got it. Oh, wait. He's gone already."
(Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #38 - Canucks @ Ducks
The Vancouver Canucks slugged and duked it out with the San Jose Sharks last night in the Bay Area, and are rewarded with a game in Anaheim. The Ducks are terrible and have been terrible all season. The Canucks are rolling and have proven that they can win on the road against the elite teams of the league. So it's guaranteed win night for the Canucks, right?
That usually means it's a guaranteed loss.
December 29 2011 01:44AM
Andrew Ebbett celebrates his game winning tip-in. It was his third goal since Christmas.
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Over the past twelve months, even regular season meetings between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks have been transformed into appointment viewing, and Wednesday night's game was no exception. Though the refereeing was bad both ways, the pace, tension and energy of the game was palpable. The clashes between these two clubs continue to make for some excellent spectator sport, so I'll look forward to their meeting early next week, and to their being united within the re-formed Western-most Conference next year.
The Canucks jumped out to an early lead thanks to a soft Daniel Sedin wraparound goal, and a persistent Kesler goal off of a juicy rebound on the power-play. The Sharks answered, however, with two beauties; one from Logan Couture on the breakaway and one from Joe Thornton on the power-play late in the second frame. In the third the Sharks and the Zebras teamed up to bombard the Canucks with a seemingly endless parade of shots and penalties - but the Canucks survived, killed off the multitude of man-advantages given to San Jose, and took the game to overtime. WIth roughly a minute left in the free frame, Kevin Bieksa sent a rug-burner towards the net that was tipped past Antii Niemi by journeyman, and surprise offensive catalyst Andrew Ebbett for the game winner. Then I exhaled.
A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!