The Canucks lost last night against the Islanders, big whoop.
We all know that tomorrow's game is what matters. Even though the Canucks are atop of the NW Division, does that matter if we lose to the Sharks? No, you know that people will throw the team under the bus on the Team 1040 tomorrow if the Canucks lose to the Sharks since tomorrow IS the statement game.
Is it possible? Yes, the Sharks were embarrassed by the Stars last game in Dallas losing 8-2, and have struggled since the Olympic break losing to teams just on the playoff bubble. But then again I wouldn't read too far into that, don't forget last year, the Sharks were Canuck killers. I know I'm waffling here, but I don't think the Sharks are as bad as they have appeared in the last 10 games and I also feel that both teams really have had their problems. With Samuelsson out and Grabner in, it should make the dynamic interesting, and hopefully we'll see a defensive change with SOB drawing back in. Check out fellow bloguin blog Couchtarts for your SJ perspective.
Game time 7pm on TSN
Other Canuck News
What the Canucks did lose in the game against the Islanders is Mikael Samuelsson as he has been sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury he sustained in the third period. Michael Grabner has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose to take his roster spot. As much as I am dismayed that Samuelsson is out, shit happens, and to Grabner this is his chance to show that he can bring offense to the team.
In other Canuck news, Jordan Schroeder has been signed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Vancouver Canucks. He is in Vancouver for some orientation and will take in tomorrow's Sharks game before reporting to Winnipeg to join the Manitoba Moose.
Note: The photo is from Fuck Yeah Sharksno comments
So let's start off with some good news
You'd think I could just stop there, but although we did win last night, did the third period make you feel good about the team? Don't fret, the Canucks just ran out of gas. They came out strong outshooting the Flames 20-6 in the first period but wasn't able to register a shot in the third. Luongo did however, have a game where he didn't look shaky trying to smother the puck, so even with the pressure from the Flames, the Canucks still won 3-1. Coming off of the giant roadtrip to two back to back home games, it seems understandable that they would be tired. The Canucks had a break today, and will return to the ice tomorrow night to face the New York Islanders.
Jason Botchford write a great article in The Province about how this team could possibly be the best team in Canucks history. I'd have to agree with him in that the answer to that question won't be decided until the playoffs are over, but based on the stats, our team looks pretty good. And we're good even though we have have lost Kevin Bieksa and Willie Mitchell for a significant number of games of the season. Before the monster of a roadtrip, with a road record that we had, I don't think many Canuck fans would have predicted for us to come out in the spot that we are today. I had thought that it would be a success for the Canucsk to come out .500 over the roadtrip, but to come out with a record of 8-5-1, I was more than surprised.
Of course like Botchford said, the real answer to question about the Canucks as a team will come during the playoffs, but it's nice to see this break from the mediocrity that we've become so used to.
Game against the Islanders tomorrow at 7pm on Sportsnet
In case you missed the Jason Spezza end-to-end goal, I've hidden it after the jumpno comments
Photo from Mike Stobe/Getty Images
Finally! A home game! After finishing up that monster of a road trip the Canucks 8-5-1 and will now play the next 10 of 15 at home. The Senators on the other hand will play 9 of their 14 games remaining on the road
- Kevin Bieksa returns to the line up today (thank god) and will replace O'Brien (really? not Alberts?)
- The Senators were fantastic going into the Olympics, right now, not so much. They've only won 1 game since coming back from the break, and that was against the Oilers
- The last time the Canucks faced the Senators they beat us for their franchise record 11th straight win
- Leclaire will start in net for the Sens with Luongo taking the back to back for the Canucks
- Luongo will be on After Hours tonight
- Looking ahead the Canucks will play the Sharks three times, the Ducks twice and the Flames twice
Neat thing on Canucks.com that has the Canucks sharing the best moments from their road trip
no commentsBest meal according to Hordichuk:“The meals you get for free are always good. On the road there we played a little credit card game, the last guy with their credit card pulled out has to pay. We had a couple real good meals that tasted especially good after winning.”
Ok Vancouverites, it's almost here....a freakin home game! After 41 days on the road, the Canucks will come back to GM Place on Saturday night to face the Senators. I cannot say how excited I am to have Canucks hockey back in Vancouver.
- Yes we lost in overtime against the Coyotes yesterday, but what's more important? Daniel and Henrik Sedin donated $1.5 million to help build a new BC Children's Hospital, go read it, then donate some money to BC Children's
- Steve Bernier has successful sports hernia surgery today. He'll be out 4-6 weeks and could be back for the first round of the playoffs. His hands of stone will not be missed, but maybe surgery can fix his ability to not put the pucks in the net...maybe
- Lukowich never reported to the Manitoba Moose after he was waived from the Canucks, instead he will be having shoulder surgery
- Roberto Luongo lights the Paralympic cauldron in Robson Square tonight
- The Caps have clinched the SE Division...but really that wasn't hard to do considering who else is in the division
- In some seriously ugly uniforms, the Calgary Flames win 2-0 over the Ottawa Senators tonight
- The Sharks come back in the 3rd period to score 6 goals to win the game 8-2 over the Nashville Predators. Dan Ellis gets pulled, and he tweets
Yeah I would say so Ellis
So we have two back to back games starting with the Senators on Saturday and the Flames on Sunday. For your Senator-centric reading before Saturday's tilt check out Five for Smiting (seriously funny) or the 6th Sens (has Kypreos in a cabbage and really good podcasts - was blown away when I listened for the first time last week)
The Canucks for Kids Fund will have their telethon this Sunday March 14th from 12pm-midnight, proceeds go to Canuck Place Children's Hospice. DO ITno comments
The Canucks have really got to stop spotting their opposition goals.
A three goal lead at the end of the first? That's what the Canucks, and ahem, Luongo, gave the Avalanche. Luongo let in two goals from Duchene and one from Christ Stewart. By the end of the first I began to think that tonight would be like Friday night against the Blackhawks. But for the 10th time this year, the Canucks have come back to win the game after going into the 3rd period trailing. But really guys, we need to stop this need to come back in the 3rd period.
Recap after the jump...no comments
So a week or so before the Olympic break I was asked to review the NHL's GameCenter Live and in exchange I would get use of the service for free for the rest of the season. Well do bloggers love free. I kid, ok we do, but I was actually interested in this one, I jumped at their offer. Since I got asked so close to the Olympics I held out to write my review till we got back into actual hockey since it didn't make sense to write it earlier. In retrospect I wish they had asked to review this product back in November when my giving a good review of it would actually make you consider buying the service for the entire year, maybe I will repost this again next season after I've seen what it looks like next season.
The NHL gave a similar free trial to anyone during the very early part to the season, and I had tried it out then, but since I wasn't in to hockey enough to want to watch many games of other teams, the service didn't have the same draw that it had about a month or two into the season.
First off, if anyone has seen what GameCenter looked like last season, this years version has made leaps in improvement in regards to features and quality. There are pros and cons with GameCenter, and it's not perfect yet, but it's definitely gotten better.
Now as a fan of more than one team (the Canucks and Lightning) who lives in Vancouver, this product had it's pros and cons.
Click read more for a look at the features after the jump...no comments
Actually I'm a week late with this post, but since this is what happened last Sunday on this blog's actual birthday:
I think it's understandable that I didn't want to write a post about my blog's first anniversary when there was clearly bigger things happening, like Canada winning GOLD!
Once year ago, after many weeks of thought, I decided to begin blogging. After overwhelming and perhaps annoying my friends and family with my talk about hockey, I decided to channel my desire to talk about the sport through a blog. To read about the reason I started blogging you can read it at a contribution I did for CLS' Odd Woman Rush. Instead of being logical and starting just one blog, I started two: Vancity Canuck and The Hockey Bay. I figured that it would be fun and that if I hated it, I could just quit after a few posts. I didn't really care or have any expectations that anyone would actually read what I wrote.
After twelve months of writing and 487 posts later (between the two blogs), a lot of things have changed. The most obvious is that I have moved from my old home on blogspot over to join the Bloguin family here, moving both of my blogs over to the network. The Hockey Bay retained the same name, whereas Vancity Canuck got renamed Benched Whale.
One of the great things about being a hockey blogger is getting to know other bloggers through which, I have also been able to write at such fab sites like Cycle Like the Sedins, Raw Charge and most recently as a writer for the Olympic Hockey Blog.
And the most important, is that I got readers! Yes readers, and sometimes even commenters, which proves that it's more than just my brother (and Sharks fan) reading what I'm writing. I'm sure my writing quality has gotten better over time, which you, dear reader, I'm sure is grateful for.