December 17 2011 08:20PM
(It wasn't quite this, but it was something)
After losing two games to the lowest-ranked teams in each respective conference, the Vancouver Canucks faced a team that they've had a bit of recent dominance against in the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming off a close loss to the Buffalo Sabres a night prior. The Canucks got an early goal, had it tied up, got an early goal in the second, had it tied up again, but then pulled away in the third period to cement their ninth straight win against the Leafs.
Follow us after the jump for detailed analysis, scoring chance data, and a new favourite feature of ours, the Statistical Three Stars...
December 17 2011 11:55AM
Last year's affair at Air Canada Centre was a bizarre one.
I think the Canucks would rather just demolish the Leafs old fashioned-like this time around.
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Game Day Recon: Game #32 - Canucks @ Maple Leafs
The Vancouver Canucks lost consecutive games to the worst teams in either conference. Sobering, for sure. But par for the course when it comes to the Vancouver Canucks, who have found ways to lose to the bottom feeders in the league for several years. The good thing about the Canucks facing the Leafs is that the Leafs are currently in a playoff spot. And the Canucks should be good and pissed off after gagging away a two-goal lead in Carolina on Thursday.
December 16 2011 04:10PM
All this news has popped up about the Vancouver Canucks apparently owing money to Mark Messier. I'd rather not get into the legal ramifications, because I'm no lawyer, but instead I'd like to ask... why weren't the Canucks, such a good team in 1997-98 on paper, such a bad hockey team in the end?
December 16 2011 02:49PM
Today, CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury was charged with assault in relation to an incident that occurred with an opposing player as he helped coach his son’s pee wee hockey team.
How serious the incident was is not entirely clear; but from the reports today it sounds like it’s fairly unexceptional hockey parent behaviour. That may change depending on what exactly Milbury said – the reports also indicate he was charged with uttering threats, after all – but everyone who has spent any amount of time around the game has seen, heard or at the very least read about the line-crossing actions of hyper-competitive hockey moms and dads.
The actions alone weren’t the reason the internet quickly filled with Mike Milbury jokes this morning.
December 16 2011 01:00PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week, I praise AND cut down a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, show some love to a good BC kid and a Russian bizzaronaut, and bodyslam the G Man and Mr Poopy.