Canucks Rally, Defeat Habs in Skill Competition

Thomas Drance
December 08 2011 10:54PM

Mason Raymond beats Carey Price short-handed to key the Canucks rally.

It began with a familiar script for the Canucks this season: a series of missed calls, iffy goaltending and some lackluster even-strength play conspired to put the team down early. The Canucks were handily out-chancing the hometown Habs (9-5 in the first twenty minutes) but nonetheless found themselves down two to nothing through twenty minutes. Then Erik Cole turned a Sami Salo turnover at the offensive blueline the other way, and beat Luongo on a softy to put the game away, or so it seemed. That's when the Canucks threw out the the "Fall 2011" script, and turned to the "Winter 2010 script." The show must go on, of course, and the Canucks put on a pretty good one, staging an impressive comeback as Mason Raymond, Cody Hodgson and Sami Salo tallied in the shootout victory.

A more extensive recap, chance data and tonight's statistical three stars after the jump!

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Game #28 Preview: Cassé

Cam Charron
December 08 2011 01:14PM

Maxim Lapierre makes his eaglerly-awaited return to the Bell Centre tonight

Game Day Recon: Game #28 - Canucks @ Le Club Hockey Canadien

The Vancouver Canucks find themselves in Montreal tonight. In one forgotten era, this would be a game the Canucks would be lucky to find themselves come out of unscathed if they only lost by five goals, but the current Montreal Canadiens are not your father's Flying Frenchmen of yesteryear. The Habs are struggling to score goals, and are 10th in the NHL's Eastern Conference.

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The Good, The Bad and The _____

Marda Miller
December 08 2011 12:33PM

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. Did Shanahan finally suspend a Bruin? Did Aaron Rome get a hat-trick? Was a hockey blogger actually photographed & caught sitting in his basement without any pants? I hope all of these things occur.

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With David Booth gone, what are the Canucks losing for 4-6 weeks?

Cam Charron
December 08 2011 10:38AM

The quick and easy answer to that question is about 2 shots per game.

It was announced last night that David Booth, an early-season trade pickup by Mike Gillis, will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a MCL injury sustained in Tuesday's 6-0 win over Colorado. Booth was the victim of a knee-on-knee collision from Colorado's Kevin Porter, who can expect a howler from Brendan Shanahan's office sometime Thursday or Friday.

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NHLNumbers Podcast Episode 4

NHLnumbers Podcast
December 08 2011 10:03AM



The first three episodes of the NHLNumbers podcast focused mostly on definitions and theory in general. In episode four, we move on to applying what we've talked about to particular teams/players/news in the league. This week, we decided to focus on the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers - a couple of clubs with a lot to talk about and great writers to talk with. Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post and ESPN as well as Geoff Detweiler of Broadstreet Hockey stop by to share their insights.  

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