The Good The Bad and The Heart of Hockey

Marda Miller
January 05 2012 03:03PM

The boys of Team Canada are certainly disappointed.
But hold your heads high, guys. We're proud of you.
(Photo by Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Have the Boston Bruins started losing games yet? Has anyone figured out where exactly “The Nuge” is from? Will Patrick Kane ever stop chewing his mouth guard? It’s hockey, a sport full of more mysteries than a Sherlock Holmes marathon.

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Wolf Prowl - January 5th, 2012

Patrick Johnston
January 05 2012 12:34PM


Wolf Prowl returns from the holiday break and looks back at a busy but middling holiday week for the Wolves - a pair of wins and a pair of losses. Two games on the road, two games at home between Christmas and New Year's . Wins where they gave up lots of shots and losses where they gave very few. It was another tough-to-contemplate week for the Wolves

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Wild like an Afternoon Nap

Thomas Drance
January 05 2012 10:38AM

Burrows picks himself out of the Wild net after scoring Vancouver's second goal on Wednesday.

Turns out the Wild aren't some new model for "winning with team defense, and shot quality," nor are they the "the leagues most improved team." Nope, the Minnesota Wild are back to being the Wild whom Canucks fans know, and are totally indifferent towards!

On Wednesday the Canucks took it to their Northwest division "rival" in the first, and sealed the deal in the games first ten minutes by scoring two goals on their way to a three-zip shutout victory. The Wild had no answer, and seemingly no emotional push-back as they offered limited resistance. The "Minnesota Tebows" never really pressed the issue after the Sedin line's second goal, and only managed 8 scoring chances at even-strength throughout the entire game (Vancouver had seven in the first period).

Even score effects couldn't make Mike Yeo's squad look respectable, the Wild continued to be out-chanced throughout, and were out-shot in the third period despite being down two in a "statement game" ostensibly between the Northwest Division's two top clubs.

Chance Data, the Statistical Three Stars and a more detailed recap after the jump.

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Crimson Rising - Patrick McNally

Jeff Angus
January 05 2012 09:52AM

Patrick McNally playing as a member of the Harvard Crimson.
(Photo courtesy

The Canucks didn’t pick until the fourth round back at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, thanks in large part to the Keith Ballard trade (the team gave up its first round pick, which Florida used to select WHL winger Quinton Howden). With the 115th overall pick, the Canucks took skilled American defenseman Patrick McNally.

McNally was a very interesting pick at the time, as he represented a significantly long-term investment. He still had one more year of prep school hockey to play, as he wasn’t eligible to begin his college career until the fall of 2011 (he had already verbally committed to Harvard). The fact that he had another year of school before starting his college likely scared off a few NHL teams (he was projected to go anywhere from the second to the fourth round at the draft).

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Vintage Flame
January 05 2012 08:58AM


The other night undoubtedly registered a wide range of emotions amongst fans. From the shock at the Russian start; the anger of the Canadian’s undisciplined play; the dismay of a five goal deficit; the elation of a four goal comeback; the heartbreak of a one goal loss and finally to the agony that for the first time in eleven years, we will not be watching Canada play in the Gold medal game.

However, it’s not over just yet for the Canadian Juniors. They can still come out of the tournament with a medal. It may not be Gold, but there is something to be said about the fact that you have to lose the game to get the silver; you have to win the bronze. Canada can still end this tournament on their terms and walk away with their heads held high.

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