March 27 2012 12:36AM
Not quite sure what happened here, but the crowd sure liked it.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Canucks, who play in a city generally well disposed towards the monarchy, toppled the Kings this evening in a hard-fought if offensively challenged affair. The only goal was scored within the first five minutes of puck drop, and came off of the stick of Manny Malhotra, who rarely so much as sniffs the offensive end, for his seventh tally of the year.
Though it was a low-event game that sagged in the second period, it was tightly contested and fraught with intensity. Usually games with so few scoring chances (there were 23 total in the game) bore me, but from my vantage point tonight's game was an excellent tight-checking confection, infused with a helping of playoff-like intensity.
A thorough recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!
March 26 2012 03:31PM
Mike Burnstein got Keslurked. Pass it to Bulis has more.
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March 26 2012 12:11PM
This zombie is angry. Wait, it's not a zombie? What happened to my favorite Zombie show!
(Photo courtesy AMC/Mad Men)
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
This week, I hold a scotch in my hand while I shut the door and scold the Canucks remaining schedule, lack of visors, and dubious sellout streaks.
March 26 2012 11:36AM
Fresh of their final extended roadtrip of the regular season, the Canucks will renew acquaintances with the the new-look Los Angeles Kings on national television tonight in Vancouver. The Kings are a tough team, and while they've struggled offensively this season, they absolutely dominate possession and have received superb goaltending from Jonathan Quick. The combination makes the Kings nigh impossible to score on.
The Kings are currently holding down eighth spot in the West, but are only a single point out of third place in the conference. If the Kings fail to win their division (though, I suspect they will figure out a way to win it) they'll be a nightmare first round opponent for either of the top-two seeds. Tonight's game is a potential playoff preview against a physical team that has punched the Canucks squarely in the mouth several times this season, and have spoken openly about their animosity for the Canucks players. Sounds pretty fun!
Click past the jump for a more thorough recap and the underlying numbers!
March 25 2012 01:14PM
Eddie Lack and his teammates are standing tall.
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
A good week for the Wolves, featuring solid-as-ever goaltending and signs of improved defensive work.
Read on for more after the jump!