Canucks lose to Blues, or when dominating 70 percent of the game doesn't work

Patrick Johnston
February 17 2013 11:37PM

Oh pooey. Wait, that's Keith Tkachuk. And Luongo's mask is all wrong. What. Is. Going. On. (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLi)

Pretty straightforward analysis here - take your chances, don't give up many to the other team, and who the hell knows what will happen in the shootout.

And maybe buy an iPad. Studying does actually help. Those of us who have been to school know that paying attention before the test usually leads to better results; of course most of still didn't do that. Then again, most of us weren't playing professional sport.


The Canucks and Blues played a pretty tepid game through two periods, keeping each other to the outside - a chess game, Henrik is said to have described it as, post-game - before the Canucks exploded in the third. That explosion was on-going even before the Blues surprisingly banged home the go-ahead goal and the home team was forced to chase down the game and force overtime.

You know about the rest, but for some chance data and some analysis, click past ye ol' jumpe.

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Game 14 Preview: Blues @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
February 17 2013 02:23PM


On the heels of a 4-3 regulation loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars on Friday, the Canucks will look to get back on track against Ken Hitchcock, David Backes and the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. The Blues are off to a slow start this season relative to expectations, but make no mistake: this is a very, very good possession team and they'll represent a stiff test for the Canucks. That is if their goaltending holds...

Read on past the jump.

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The Agony of Manny Malhotra

Patrick Johnston
February 17 2013 11:17AM

In a different universe, this doesn't happen. 

The puck never hits him in the eye; he doesn't need major surgery to save his eye; there doesn't have to be a major comeback. No decision is ever forced about his elite-level usefulness by the pressures of a salary cap.

But of course it doesn't work this way.

March 16th, 2011. That's when it all changed, when control was lost.

We all like to believe that we control our lives, that ultimately we have influence in what happens next. Oftentimes, this is the case. But in many instances, it's not.

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Best of the Nation: 2.17.13

Jonathan Willis
February 17 2013 11:15AM

After the jump: the single-biggest story in the NHL last week, a mess of trades, injuries, and trade rumours, how bloggers are once again undermining Western society, and Graphic Comments. Also - and this is important - the Winnipeg Jets' all-time greatest moustaches.

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Breaking Down Henrik Sedin's Record-Setting Assist

Jeff Angus
February 16 2013 04:20PM


Henrik Sedin, in fitting fasion, delivered his record-setting assist on a silver platter to Alex Burrows last night. I had the above graphic created to pay tribute to Sedin's riduclously amazing saucer passes, and it is only fitting that he delivered the sauce while setting the Canucks all time record for points. Oh, and the Canucks lost the game, but let's ignore that for the next little while.

Sedin had a great game last night (as did the rest of the Canucks top line). They had Dallas hemmed in their own zone on multiple occasions, especially at even strength. It was arguably the best game of the season for either Henrik or Daniel, and with Ryan Kesler now healthy (and he was launching one-timer bombs all night long), the Vancouver offense should really get rolling now.

Mr. Drance did a great job with the game recap, so I won't dive into too many of the other details from last night's action. Instead, I want to break down the Burrows goal frame by frame.

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