October 07 2013 11:12AM
Dan Hamhuis is doing just fine in John Tortorella's new system. (Image via Ward Perrin )
The Canucks completed a successful weekend all-in-all when they finished off a sweep of Alberta's professional hockey teams on Sunday evening. They went into the Saddledome, sat through some terribly boring player introductions of a bunch of dudes I'm only vaguely familiar with, snoozed through the first 2 periods of play, and then made a furious comeback en route to an Overtime victory.
Just past the jump are the scoring chances totals, and some other interesting numbers that I figured were worth mentioning. You might find them interesting, too.
October 06 2013 09:16PM
Sometimes I try to get ahead of the curve by beginning to put together my recap well before the game is actually over. I chip away during the first and second intermissions, setting things up, before ultimately finalizing everything right after the final buzzer. It's a pretty common thing to do when covering a game because it allows you to have your thoughts up rather quickly while the topic is still hot.
This time around I didn't do that for whatever reason, and boy am I glad that I didn't. The Canucks-Flames game on Sunday night pretty much had it all, before ultimately ending in Overtime on the game winner by Mike Santorelli (pictured above). Let's get to it all right past the jump.
October 06 2013 01:16PM
Wake up Eddie, you're in net tonight! (Image via Nick Didlick )
What a difference a day makes, eh? At this time yesterday, there was at least a unease felt in Vancouver regarding the state of the team following a lackluster performance in the season opener, and the news that Alex Burrows would be out for a few weeks. Then they went out and laid an absolute shellacking on the pitiful Oilers.
Much like it wasn't time to start totally panicking after one loss, it's still not time to start planning the parade following one win. While the offensive showing was certainly impressed, we need to keep in mind that it came against a swiss cheese defense that was playing without its top two centres. Still, that's what good teams do; take care of business at home, leaving little doubt.
There ain't no rest for the wicked, though, with the season's first back-to-back on the schedule. The Canucks will hop on a quick flight to Calgary, and attempt to complete a sweep of Alberta on Sunday evening. Read on past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.
October 05 2013 11:08PM
-Screencap from Twitter dot com's Mike Martigagno
Seems like the mantra in Vancouver will be to "win big, or not at all". John Tortorella (pictured above, a fiery, dangerous John Tortorella) earned his first win as the Vancouver Canucks' bench boss Saturday night as the Canucks pulled out a 6-2 game from their rumps against Edmonton. The Oilers are now 0-2 to start the season and perhaps reeling a little without top two centremen Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner.
Take a time machine back to those halcyon days of 2008 to 2011, when Henrik and Daniel Sedin would frequently ravage the Oilers. Daniel scored a goal and added an assist. Henrik had three assists. Everything was mostly working, despite a soft goal two minutes in by Jeff Petry that had a real "oh, Luongo, here we go again" feel to it. The Canucks struck back with a shorthanded goal by Brad Richardson just 1:44 later, and twice more before the period was out.
6-2 final. And we got that face from Torts.
October 05 2013 02:17PM
No Alex Burrows, or his eyebrows, for tonight's game (Image via some dudes over at the Sun )
Things could be going better for the Vancouver Canucks right about now. After a less-than-stellar debut performance against the Sharks a few nights ago, they return home to the friendly confines of Rogers Arena without a key piece of the puzzle, as Alex Burrows has been ruled out.
The Edmonton Oilers - who lost their opener at home to the Jets - come into town, and will probably be looking to exact some corporal punishment after the whole Kassian-Gagner fiasco from the preseason. Premedidated fights and goonery. Good times. But hey, at least we have Elliotte Friedman saying interesting things during intermission to look forward to. Plus, Henrik Sedin will be a guest on After Hours tonight (or will it be Daniel? Who really knows?).
I guess we should talk about the game, and the fight, for a bit. Read on past the jump for the preview of tonight's home opener.