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Tuesday night marked the return of Cory Schneider to Vancouver, and while he'd give his former team a run for their money, it was the Canucks who came out on top at Rogers Arena. Jason Garrison scored a game-winning goal in overtime as t...
Tuesday night marked the return of Cory Schneider to Vancouver, and while he'd give his former team a run for their money, it was the Canucks who came out on top at Rogers Arena. Jason Garrison scored a game-winning goal in overtime as the Canucks defeated the Devils 3-2. It was Vancouver's third straight win, and their second straight overtime win. Schneider did his job early on, stopping all nine shots he faced in the first period With just over one minute remaining in the opening period, Jaromir Jagr opened the scoring with a one-timer past Roberto Luongo to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. The scoring picked up in the middle period, beginning with a wrist shot from Patrick Elias to extend the Devils' lead to two goals. The puck bounced around off some skates on the ice before finding the back of the net Daniel Sedin got the Canucks on the board just 90 seconds later with a wrist shot fired in from the blue line to cut New Jersey's lead in half. The play started with Mike Santorelli fighting to get to the loose puck and sending it back out to the top of the zone. Vancouver moved the puck around nicely, setting up Daniel's goal, his second of the year. Alex Edler tied things up five minutes later, set up by assists from the Sedins. The goal probably would not have happened if it hadn't been for Ryan Clowe struggling to get himself off the ice. Due to Clowe's injury, the Canucks essentially got a free 5-on-4 and took advantage to tie the game up heading into the final period. In the third period, the Canucks had to kill off their first penalty of the game when Henrik Sedin was sent off for hooking. So far this year, Vancouver's penalty kill has been nothing short of perfection as the Canucks have killed off each and every penalty they've been dealt so far. The same could be said for Tuesday night, as Vancouver killed off the lone Devils power play to stay in the game, forcing overtime. In the extra period, it was Jason Garrison who fired in the game winner from the point to lift Vancouver over the Devils for their third straight win. The goal was Garrison's team-high third of the season. On a second look, it appeared as if the shot went off Santorelli, but we're really not going to be picky with who gets credit for the goal, we'll just call it a team effort and take the win. While the game might have gotten off to a slow start, the finish is what counts, and the Canucks certainly impressed in that aspect tonight. It initially seemed as if it would be another frustrating night of the Canucks not being able to score, but three unanswered goals will do the trick just fine. In fact, the Canucks ranked third in the league in scoring heading into tonight to open the season. Yes, that four goal average was just based off three games, but work with us here. We like numbers, and numbers are always a little skewed to start the season. Kind of like when a pitcher has an ERA of 36.00 on Opening Day. Now, we can put the Schneider story lines behind us. Well, at least for another couple weeks until Vancouver heads east to face the Devils on October 24. Next up for the Canucks are those pesky San Jose Sharks that seem to really have this team figured out. If you're searching for the last time Vancouver managed to beat the Sharks, you'll have to look back to January 21, 2012. With the new divisions, the Canucks are going to have to figure out a way to gain back the edge versus the Sharks, something they weren't able to manage to open the season. Full game stats can be found here, courtesy of ExtraSkater.com. If you haven't checked out this site yet, and you're a numbers type of person, you might just consider it the happiest place on the Internet, aside from Nucks Misconduct of course.
about 6 hours ago
Sure, it's not like we wanted to see him get traded away. Schneider was a professional throughout a difficult situation for anyone to be placed in. And maybe it's just me, but when you take those colours off, and put one new ones, whil...
Sure, it's not like we wanted to see him get traded away. Schneider was a professional throughout a difficult situation for anyone to be placed in. And maybe it's just me, but when you take those colours off, and put one new ones, while I may have an appreciation for what you did while you were here, you're not a Canuck anymore. So no, I won't be booing Schneider, but I sure as hell won't be cheering him either. How much more do we really need to give the Devils in that deal? Cory Schneider may have wanted to stay a Canuck, but he's a big boy. Don't feel sorry for him, it's not like he's been banished to some Eastern Gulag. The Canucks meanwhile should have no trouble getting up for this game, after a couple emotional wins over divisional rivals Edmonton and Calgary this weekend. While it sucks they couldn't finish off the Flames in overtime Sunday night, the fact that this team has rediscovered it's 3rd period legs is indeed a good sign. Also nice is that, while they're not perfect, we saw the bottom 6 for the Canucks step up in response this weekend, after being called out by Coach Tortorella following the Thursday night loss to the Sharks. The true test will come this Thursday when the Canucks host those same Sharks in a rematch at Rogers Arena, but let's not lose sight of tonight's challenge. The Devils are going to try and test Luongo early to see if they can rattle him, but while he may be playing it cool on Twitter, you know he's focused for tonight's game. Miss you buddy.....👬 pic.twitter.com/wjc5da78Ss— Strombone (@strombone1) October 8, 2013 He was strong after a bad early goal against the Oilers, and this year of redemption, or the 2013 Diva Tour, whatever you want to call it, is just getting started. One thing we learned from last night's game against the Oilers is that Jaromir Jagr is still a hell of a hockey player, and certainly showing no signs of slowing down. Jagr scored a beauty to open the scoring, showing that he hasn't lost that touch and moving 8 goals behind his former teammate Mario Lemeiux on the all time scorers list. Also off to a good start for the Devils is Damien Brunner. The Red Wings cast off has 3 goals in as many games heading into tonight's match. The Devils though are still looking for their first win of the season, and will likely come out hard not just for Schneids, but a little pissed off at letting one get away from them in Edmonton. KICKASS METAL TUNE OF THE DAY While most of Motley Crue's musical output has been utter garbage, their first two albums still have some redeeming qualities. Stumbled across Gates Of Ishtar covering my favorite track off 'Shout At The Devil' a while back, so here's that one for you. And since it's Tuesday here's a twofer for ya, with IMPIOUS throwing down a kickass version of 'Live Wire'
about 17 hours ago
C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcastIn our sixth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (again – he must be a regular now) and discuss the Canucks season 3 games in, Tortorella and Healy making friendly (or...
C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcastIn our sixth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (again – he must be a regular now) and discuss the Canucks season 3 games in, Tortorella and Healy making friendly (or not), how the roster is panning out, and as always much, much more. Oh, and more haiku! Torts’ World – October 8th, 2013
about 18 hours ago
Time Tues. 7:00 PM PST TV TSN, NHLN-US Season Series What? Last Meeting 2-1 Canucks, Feb. 24/12 The Enemy In Lou We Trust Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 0-5-5 Brunner: 3-0-3 DEVILS CATEGORY ...
Time Tues. 7:00 PM PST TV TSN, NHLN-US Season Series What? Last Meeting 2-1 Canucks, Feb. 24/12 The Enemy In Lou We Trust Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 0-5-5 Brunner: 3-0-3 DEVILS CATEGORY CANUCKS 0-1-2 SEASON RECORD 2-1-0 2 POINTS 4 13th CONFERENCE POSITION 5th Lost 3 STREAK Won 2 - LAST 10 - 0-1-1 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 1-0-0 2.33 (21) GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE 4.00 (3) 3.33 (20) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 3.33 (22) 0.50 (23) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 0.75 (19) 14.3 (20) POWER PLAY % 15.4 (17) 85.7 (11) PENALTY KILL % 100 (1) 40.8 (29) FACEOFF WINS % 52.5 (11) 54 (5) ROAD HITS / HOME HITS 22 (17) 36 (11) BLOCKED SHOTS 46 (3) 6 (6) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 17 (29) NHL.COM Luongo vs Schneider. So soon. It's the storyline of the evening and you will not hear the end of the Luongo/Schneider debacle all evening so just prepare for it, ignore it, and enjoy the game. The Devils play their second game in as many nights and may have a lot of jump in this one. They have to make amends for blowing a 3-0 lead on Monday night in Edmonton and inevitably losing 5-4 in a shootout. The Canucks showed us in their previous game against the Flames that a 2 goal deficit was not a big deal and beat the Lames in overtime on Mike Santorelli night. Can Santorelli stay hot? Given his work ethic I'd say it's quite possible. To me, it's a bit about how Roberto Luongo plays but more about how Cory Schneider performs. If Cory plays lights out and the Devils win....well...the uneducated fans are going to rage. I want to the red light burn Schneider's neck and he gets pulled. No love here. Blow the Devils out and be done with it. OK, I can say I appreciated Schneider's efforts in Vancouver, don't get me wrong, and it was not his fault that he was traded, but it's in the past now. Get the 2 points, Canucks. Show no mercy. Schneider did have this to say about Luongo before the Devils played the Oilers Monday night: “I am obviously keeping tabs on him and seeing how he is doing. You don’t root for many guys outside your team, but he is a guy that I hope the best for just because of the kind of player and person he is. He is someone I think is easy to root for. Not on Tuesday night. But again, we are still friendly and we try to support each other.” That from the Vancouver Sun. PROJECTED LINES CANUCKS Sedin-Sedin-Hansen Booth-Kesler-Higgins Weise-Richardson-Satorelli Sestito-Dalpe-Weber Hamhuis-Bieksa Edler-Garrison Stanton-Tanev Luongo DEVILS Zubrus-Elias-Jagr Henrique-Zajac-Ryder Clowe-Loktionov-Brunner Carter-Gionta-Bernier Salvador-Zidlicky Greene-Larsson Volchenkov-Harrold Schneider Oh look, Ryane Clowe. Welcome back to the Rog you fiend! And Steve Bernier...oh geez. Remember the Stanley Cup Finals from 2 years ago? Kings vs Devils? It was game 6 and Mr. Bernier did this in the 1st period: Ouch. The Kings would go on to score 3 straight power play goals on that 5 minute power play and won the game 6-1. Game over. Hey, I love picking on Bernier. SOME TRENDS TO DIGEST Devils are 14-6 in their last 20 Tuesday games. Devils are 6-21 in their last 27 road games. Devils are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. Devils are 0-7 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. Canucks are 7-1 in their last 8 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. Canucks are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference. More at Covers.com. SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE gmonk33: 1 Tengeresz: 1 VIDEO The last time the Devils and Canucks played each other: Aaron Rome, baby. The trade: Canucks Hockey Blog's Clayton Imoo is at it again with a new song: GO CANUCKS GO!
1 day ago
There's a few tidbits going around today in NHL news, so it would be worthwhile to share them. Dancing With The Devil The Canucks host the Devils Tuesday night, who are on a road trip through Western Canada at the moment. Faced with t...
There's a few tidbits going around today in NHL news, so it would be worthwhile to share them. Dancing With The Devil The Canucks host the Devils Tuesday night, who are on a road trip through Western Canada at the moment. Faced with the back-to-back game situation, head coach Pete DeBoer has revealed that Cory Schneider will be starting in net against his former Vancouver team. Martin Brodeur will take on the Oilers tonight. Another One Bites The Bust After starting the season with 3 straight losses, the Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette. Lavy's assistant coach Craig Berube is taking over the head role. Despite giving Laviolette the vote of confidence back in the beginning of September, team chairman Ed Snider said the following today: "Training camp was a disaster," he said. "I've been at 47 training camps and I've never seen one that I thought was worse. Now that's not talking about Peter, that's talking about our players. And it carried right on over to the first three games of the season." Yikes. Who would've thought the first coach firing would happen in the first week of the season? If things don't improve quickly with Derube, expect GM Paul Holmgren to find his own head on the chopping block. A Few Timbits To Round It Out Ryan Callahan is expected to return from injury tonight, suiting up for the Rangers as they take on the Kings. Also on the return from injury front, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be returning to the Oilers lineup tonight against New Jersey. Alex Ovechkin, Lars Eller and Marc-Andre Fleury were selected as the NHL's 3 Stars of the past week. Over at Pension Plan Puppets, SkinnyFish takes a statistical look at whether or not fights during hockey games deter other nasty penalties. John Tortorella doesn't care what the CBC has to say about him, and Elliotte Friedman says that Glenn Healy (among others) is acting like a 14-year-old girl. The Ducks played the Jets last night, and the Winnipeg crowds showed their appreciation for Teemu Selanne one more time. Finally, a quick postgame celebration clip from the Canucks game last night, as Mike Santorelli is pulled away from the group for an interview:
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Welcome to the second TGATT of the Canucks 2013/14 season. Well, really it should’ve been the third by J.J. decided it was a good idea to get all hooped up on mai tais in Hawaii and dropped the ball! Talk about letting down the t...
Welcome to the second TGATT of the Canucks 2013/14 season. Well, really it should’ve been the third by J.J. decided it was a good idea to get all hooped up on mai tais in Hawaii and dropped the ball! Talk about letting down the team, eh? Anyhow, what did we expect from the Canucks last night? The lackluster effort like we saw in San Jose or the beating we saw them lay against the Oilers at home Saturday? Didn't want to say it, but saw that coming. #canucks — Linds (@feedmehappy) October 7, 2013 Sure you did. [View the story "The Game According to Twitter: Vancouver Canucks 5 vs Calgary Flames 4 OT" on Storify]
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The Canucks Play of the Week is a weekly feature that breaks down the best play from the past seven days. This week: Brad Richardson scores his first goal as a Canuck, on a momentum-shifting shorthanded breakaway against the Edmonton Oil...
The Canucks Play of the Week is a weekly feature that breaks down the best play from the past seven days. This week: Brad Richardson scores his first goal as a Canuck, on a momentum-shifting shorthanded breakaway against the Edmonton Oilers. Game: Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers Date: October 5, 2013 The Play: The boxscore: 1st Period 3:42: Brad Richardson (1) (SH) (Assist: Jason Garrison) The breakdown: It's a real shame that Jannik Hansen did not get an assist on this play, because his hardwork on the PK makes it happen. Here, Hansen tips the pass to the point, slowing it down and giving him time to get to pressure the Oilers' pointman. Hansen checks Ladislav Smid, forcing him to make a quick dump down the boards where Jason Garrison is waiting, having beat his man to the puck. The other Oilers pointman is deep in the Canucks zone (four Oilers are below the circles), leaving Richardson with loads of open ice to break out. Garrison chips the puck out of the zone and Richardson is off to the races, with a clean breakaway from the red line onward. Richardson does a nice little fake on Dubnyk, even kicking his leg back in his best Alex Burrows impression! Dubnyk is well out of the net and in good position to make the save. Instead of shooting, Richardson goes for the deke - but midway through, as Dubnyk's legs are slightly open, he slips the puck through the five-hole. It was actually a pretty nifty shot and definitely one that Dubnyk was not expecting. GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!! The significance: Well, the first week of the season is in the books! After a rough start against new Pacific Division rival San Jose, the Canucks beat up on familiar ex-Northwest foes Edmonton and Calgary (and yes, I realize that at one point all four of these teams were in the Smythe Division!). So the Canucks are 2-1, and have been looking pretty good on offense so far. Early days, yes, but not too early for a Play of the Week! I hate to start with an honourable mention,* but let's face it - this goal by Daniel Sedin vs. Edmonton was far prettier than Richardson's: That being said, Daniel's goal made the score 4-1 for the Canucks and put them well on their to a blowout win. Richardson's goal came at a crucial time for the Canucks. Roberto Luongo had given up a weak goal to Jeff Petry just two minutes into the game, and a minute later Kevin Beiksa went to the box and the Oilers went to the powerplay. A goal by Edmonton on this powerplay would have brought back bad memories of last year's 4-0 loss to the Oilers, when Edmonton stormed out of the gate and scored four goals before eight minutes had elapsed. Given their top-end talent, Edmonton can be a scary team when they have momentum. Thankfully, instead of capitalizing on the powerplay, the Oilers botched it and allowed Richardson's breakaway - on which he made no mistake. The goal leveled the game and halted any early Oilers momentum, setting the stage for the Canucks' offense to take over the game and seal the win. It was Richardson's first goal with the Canucks, and it was a hell of a way to make an introduction. Welcome to the club, Brad, and let's hope we see more of that hustle and slick moves as the season continues! *Mike Santorelli also deserves an honourable mention for his OT winner against the Flames.
2 days ago
Clay with Marie and Arielle After a tumultuous and unpredictable season (and off-season), Roberto Luongo is back in the crease as the Vancouver Canucks’ undisputed number one goaltender.  There is no doubt that the past 18 months h...
Clay with Marie and Arielle After a tumultuous and unpredictable season (and off-season), Roberto Luongo is back in the crease as the Vancouver Canucks’ undisputed number one goaltender.  There is no doubt that the past 18 months have taken its toll on Bobby Lu. Thus, I proudly present to you Luongo’s Lament to the tune of Phil Collins’ hit Against All Odds.  And I’m so proud to welcome my friends Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao as the featured vocalists.  You’ll see that they are lovely, talented, and amazing. With Cory Schneider returning with his new team – the New Jersey Devils – on Tuesday, I thought it would an appropriate time to present this song.  Enjoy!
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You better watch out.I'm sure you're gonna cry.It's gonna make you pout, Flames hopes are gonna die...Santorelli's coming to town. John Tortorella split the Sedins up in the 3rd period of Sunday's game vs the Flames and wow, did it pay ...
You better watch out.I'm sure you're gonna cry.It's gonna make you pout, Flames hopes are gonna die...Santorelli's coming to town. John Tortorella split the Sedins up in the 3rd period of Sunday's game vs the Flames and wow, did it pay immediate dividends: Atta boy, Mikey! But I guess you could say that Santa outshone himself, because his 2nd goal as a Canuck came in overtime: Super assist from Kevin Bieksa there, and Dennis Wideman, who stumbled and missed catching KB3 along the boards, allowing the 2 on 1. Keep 'em coming, Santorelli! You gotta love his work ethic. Also, a huge congrats to Eddie Lack on his first NHL win! Way to stick it to the damned Flames, Eddie!
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In the first game, I decided to focus on how the new system looked, and was pleasantly surprised to see the Canucks go out the next game and totally implement the system. It sure is a lot more fun than sitting on a lead! Tonight's task...
In the first game, I decided to focus on how the new system looked, and was pleasantly surprised to see the Canucks go out the next game and totally implement the system. It sure is a lot more fun than sitting on a lead! Tonight's task was something more varied and with different questions. Would the Canucks be able to do the back to back thing in the context of the style that Torts has them playing? Well, yes. While it was tougher than might have been expected, given the relative talent and experience levels, the Canucks played the game "Torts Style" and got the two points. Well done lads. ESPN 1st / 2nd / 3rd and o/t ExtraSkater.com for all your Fenwicky Corsi goodness #FIRSTIES It started out with the same fire and hard work. The Canucks being hard on the puck. They were rewarded on a smart smart shot from Jason Garrison, getting it through with no back swing at the perfect height for a David Booth tip to make it 1-0. As opposed to last night though, the other team did not look for chances for themselves as goal sucks and puck hogs. There is not a lot of the "me first" that permeated the Oilers game yesterday. Bob Hartley has his guys playing a straight ahead, hard working game. That was enough to get them to 12 shots that forced a variety of great saves from Eddie Lack, before the 13th, a Giordano shot was unfortunately inly partially blocked by Jannik Hansen, going off his shin pad over Lack's should to tie the game with about five and a half minutes left. That would be about it, as they only got one more shot before the end of the period, while the Canucks had a couple other half chances to test Joey MacDonald. They may have controlled more of the play, slightly. It was one of those games where looking at the stats sheet was not going to give any clues. Perhaps it had something to do with a hometown guy, who knows? But while the Flames played hard, were they really as good as forcing 6 giveaways to the Flames 1? I thought the home team may have been trying to by physical more, and they had the puck less, but a 10-2 edge in hits after one period? One stat the visitors had an edge in was faceoffs, where Henrik Sedin going 7 of 9 gave the Canucks a 13-9 edge in faceoffs, to offset the 14-10 edge in shots for the home team. ( for you "blockheads", the Canucks had 5 of those to 2 for the Flames, with Ryan Stanton leading the way with 2 in his 5:28, mostly, but not all, with Tanev. The Sedins were decent enough in the first, with 4 of the 10 shots, led by Daniel Sedin ( with 3 ) doing exactly what he said he would this year, taking more shots. #SECONDLY The second started out a little less "intense" , as the Flames looked to be falling back a bit when they didn't have a neutral zone advantage, until Bouma hung a leg and tripped Daniel Sedin in the offensive end, but the power play was no where near as crisp as the other night. Again, credit the home team, as their pressure on the PK was more stout than the other Alberta team's was. In the next five minutes though, you could see, ( if you squint a bit ) another aspect of the Canuck system in their own end, with support and structure replacing the pressure at the other end. But Alexander Edler would make a grab where it is not allowed, and gave the Flames a power play of their own. The first minute with Santorelli and Richardson was all pressure and reads, and the second 30 was all Sedins along the boards. By the time Kesler and Higgins got out there, the Flames had only a token bit of pressure. Another excellent penalty kill kept the game at 1-1. Strangly enough, it was after a very good shift by the Kesler line ( where a Kesler point shot was easily blocked, stranding Garrison in deep ) was countered by a nice tip pass by Galliardi to Backlund, who just tucked it in on Lack. They were then given another one of those "goalie interference that really shouldn't be such, because other team contact ref!" that I have see
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