January 06 2012 08:42AM
Editors note: The following is the second entry into our "Embrace the Hate" troll post competition. It's written by Boston Bruins blogger Greg Ezell of DaysofYorr.com. The only thing Greg prefers to his Bruins, is robbing old ladies, but a close third on the list of "things Greg enjoys" is reminding Canucks fans about last June's Stanley Cup Finals loss. If you want to read the first Troll Post entry (by BlackhawkDL's Kelly Reardon), you can do so here. Also we're still taking nominations for the "worst Canucks fan on twitter" category, and submissions for the "in enemy territory" accounts so check out the details and send those our way! Enjoy, and remember not to take this whole thing too seriously:
By Greg Ezell
When I was asked by Thom to write a post for ‘Embrace the Hate’, I accepted fully knowing that my troll talents would come to good use. What he wants me to do is “piss off” the Vancouver Canucks fan base and then said if my entry was good enough, a monetary donation would be made to charity.
Whoa there Thom, settle down, you had my at “piss off the Vancouver Canucks fan base”.
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.
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
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.
January 05 2012 09:52AM
Patrick McNally playing as a member of the Harvard Crimson.
(Photo courtesy canucks.com)
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).