April 15 2015 11:48PM
Brian Burke. Thrilled. pic.twitter.com/bGCPdGDzXO— Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) April 16, 2015
For a while, it looked like the Vancouver Canucks really came to play tonight against the Calgary Flames in their home playoff opener. They had jump in their steps, fire in their bellies, and looked like a team determined to make a statement in game one that would last the rest of their series. They outplayed Calgary early and generated scoring chances, but couldn't put the Flames away.
And then they wilted down the stretch, falling into a defensive shell with a tenuous 1-0 lead in the 3rd period, which proved to be a fatal calculation. The Flames tied the game off of a botched breakout, and then won it with just 30 seconds to go in regulation after a defensive zone fire drill to take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-7 series and steal home ice advantage away from the Canucks.
Read past the jump for a recap of tonight's disappointing playoff opener.
April 15 2015 08:58PM
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom got heated during Wednesday night's American Hockey League tilt between the Utica Comets and the Binghampton Senators.
Late in the second period Canucks prospect Frank Corrado was jumped by Senators forward Darren Kramer and bludgeoned repeatedly. Kramer wouldn't let up and right from the get go Markstrom wanted in on the action, despite the efforts of the on-ice officials to diffuse the situation.
It was to no avail and Markstrom finally got his hands on (and his fists into) Senators goaltender Peter Mannino. As a result of the fight, and his actions in evading the officials, Markstrom was assessed 29 minutes in penalties for a variety of infractions including a minor for "leaving the crease" and a major for engaging in a "secondary altercation."
April 15 2015 07:02PM
Remember when the Flames beat the Canucks in Game 7 back in 2004? Of course you do, how could you forget?
Todd Bertuzzi was suspended, Dan Cloutier was injured, and the swashbuckler Ed Jovanovski was sitting in the penalty box when the baby giraffe Alex Auld surrendered the final goal. We lost. Martin Gelinas buried us and made us cry.
But in case you've forgotten how to hate the sad sack Albertan clubs in the decade since, we've got five reasons why you should hate Calgary after the jump.
April 15 2015 06:15PM
As we are about to start the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, any good analyst would look into the true talent of the team to see how likely they are to win. But given how short the Stanley Cup tournament is, it becomes more of a crap shoot as shooting percentages and variances play a larger role.
We already looked at why the Canucks won’t win, so let’s look at what they do right and why they will win the 2015 Stanley Cup!
April 15 2015 03:53PM
As we are about to start the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, any good analyst would look into the true talent of the team to see how likely they are to win though they'd also note that - given how short the Stanley Cup tournament is - predicting outcomes is more of a crap shoot as shooting percentages and variances play a larger role.
Let us take a deeper look into the Vancouver Canucks and see why the odds are already stacked against them. (Hint: You might want to start picking another team).