Breaking Down Mad Max's Gritty Goal

Jeff Angus
April 14 2013 12:56PM

I think I speak for all CanucksArmy writers when I say that I love the way Max Lapierre plays hockey. He's cleaned up his act considerably since coming to Vancouver two years ago, and does a great job as the fourth line center (he's essentially a third defenseman with how coach Alain VIgneault deploys him).

The Canucks slept-walked through most of the game against Calgary on Wednesday night, but Lapierre and linemade Andrew Ebbett provided some excitement with a prototypical "grinder" goal, and it kickstarted the rest of the team, as Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin added goals shortly after.

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Canucks backup-for-a-day Dustin Butler on Jannik Hansen, his favourite goalie and more

Patrick Johnston
April 14 2013 11:10AM

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

One moment you're thinking about exams, the next you are on your way to the Saddledome to join an NHL team. Then tv, then radio... Then the blogs called.

Yup, it was a busy 24 hours for Dustin Butler, University of Calgary goaltender and now Canuck-for-one-day. Is cult hero status next?

Canucks Army caught with Dustin by phone, a day after his big NHL moment, back at the books as he stared down his last-ever session of university exams.

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Flat Canucks Blow Late Lead Against Bottom Feeder

Thomas Drance
April 13 2013 05:36PM

Photograph by: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

The Canucks played with fire throughout Saturday afternoon's game against the Avalanche, and ultimately they got burned. From the team's inability to control play against one of the league's worst teams, to the fact that they had more turnovers than a restless sleeper - this wasn't a game that Vancouver deserved to win.

More analysis and also scoring chance data after the jump.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for April 13

April 13 2013 04:04PM

"Sure, I could give you an autograph...but then I'd have to kill you." (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/

This is a regular Friday feature — running on Saturday this week — combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Game #41 Preview: Canucks @ Avalanche

Thomas Drance
April 13 2013 10:48AM

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images

Among the four Northwest Division also rans, the Avalanche were my preseason pick to overachieve expectations. Instead they've put in a thoroughly miserable season culminating in the team getting called out vociferously by veteran netminder J.S. GIguere. 

The Avalanche are in full on "not winning for MacKinnon" mode at this point and probably won't pose much of a stiff test for the Canucks, who haven't lost to the Avalanche since January of 2011 (and that was in OT). Going back three seasons the Canucks have put up a hilarious 14-0-1 record against Colorado's club and will look to win a fifteenth against their divisional rival this afternoon in Denver. Frankly I'd expect to see the Avalanche show some pride and give the Canucks a game on Saturday afternoon, with Cory Schneider being up to the task and the Canucks winning anyway as is their usual wont...

Read on past the jump.

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