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Long Journey To NHL Was No Sweatt For Canucks Defenceman

Every person who has been lucky enough to lace up their skates and step on to NHL ice has been on a journey. For the Sidney Crosbys, Evgeni Malkins and Alexander Ovechkins of this world, the path taken to reach their dreams was perhaps a simple one. For others it’s not quite so straightforward. Players like Martin St. Louis, Antti Niemi and even recent Hall of Fame inductee Dino Ciccarelli, weren’t able to revel in the excitement of being drafted by an NHL club. Such athletes have had to rely on years of determination, hard work and an innate belief in themselves and their own abilities, just to have the right to play in the best league in the world. In April 2010 professional Finn...

Hamhuis the hero; Canucks win in OT

The Vancouver Canucks won their third game in a row, and kept their unbeaten road trip intact with a 4-3 overtime win over the struggling Phoenix Coyotes tuesday. It was a night of posts, weird bounces, and thrilling action, something not normally witnessed at the jobing.com Arena in Glendale. With a Gary Bettman led press looming over the heads of the 'yotes, they still managed to come out strong and give the Canucks a run for their money. Coyotes forward Eric Belanger scored his tenth goal of the year just under four minutes in, when Canucks D Man Sami Salo coughed the puck up to him, and he deposited the puck just under the crossbar. Just over six minutes later, on the Powerpl...

Pitiful Performance: Canucks lose badly to Predators

Pitiful. Embarrassing. Pathetic. That is three words to describe the performance put forth on the ice by the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night. The Canucks lost 3-0 to the Nashville Predators, a team that has trouble scoring goals. Well, the Canucks must be taking pages out of their playbooks, because recently, they couldn't score with a five dollar hooker. The Canucks have 7, count em 7 goals in their last 5 games, and have looked horrible during that stretch. Also, the "go-to" guys, the core group of players this team is built around, can't light the lamp to save their lives. Ryan Kesler has one goal in his last 10 games, Alex Burrows has 0 in his last nine, the Sedin Twins hav...

Vancouver Add Three Players On Deadline Day

It took until the last few seconds of the NHL deadline, but the Vancouver Canucks have addressed some of their needs. The first deal was with Anaheim. The Canucks sent Joel Perreault and a third-round pick in exchange for Maxim Lapierre. As Vancouver were in the hunt for a fourth-line center, Lapierre will likely fill that role. He's known as being a checker and agitator, and this season he has five goals, six assists and 11 points in 56 games. Prospect MacGregor Sharp (25) was also included in the deal. LW Chris Higgins is the player heading to Vancouver and Evan Oberg will be heading to Florida along with a third-round pick. Higgins is currently recovering from a hand injury, a...

Back on Track: Canucks down Blues

The Vancouver Canucks didn't play a perfect game thursday night; but they skated away with a 3-2 victory at the hands of the St.Louis Blues. The Canucks were coming off a disappointing home loss to the Montreal Canadians, and looked hungry for a win off the puck drop. Mikael Samuelsson, red hot as of late, opened the scoring with his 18th of the year, as he whacked a backhand shot past blues netminder Ty Conklin. Conklin, filling in for the injured Jaroslav Halak, finished with 24 saves. Then, late in the first period, Sami Salo unleashed his patented howitzer past Conklin for his first goal of the season with four minutes left in the first. It was a great play by Tanner Glass that ...

Defensively Depleted Canucks fall to Predators

The Vancouver Canucks loss in Nashville proved one thing. They miss their missing defencemen very, very much. The Canucks fell to the Nashville Predators 3-1 Thursday night in a game that can only be described as plodding. The Canucks are Predators are the NHL's stingiest teams in terms of goals allowed, so that can't be that much of a surprise. The Canucks were without, stay with me here, Kevin Bieksa (Broken Foot), Keith Ballard (knee strain), Dan Hamhuis (concussion), Alex Edler (back surgery), Andrew Alberts (broken wrist), and Lee Sweatt (broken foot). Because of that, they were forced to ice a lineup that included three rookies with a combined 17 NHL games between them. Yann S...

Canucks finally beat Wild on the road

The Vancouver Canucks got their first win at Xcel Energy Arena this year, in their third try, as they beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1. Xcel had not been kind to Vancouver, as they had lost 4-0 and 6-2 in the previous 2 games. However, tonight was destined to be different. Offensively maligned Manny Maholtra got the Canucks off to a quick start, as he converted on a powerplay, tipping a Sami Salo point shot past Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom for his 7th goal of the year, and his first since December 28th, a span of 23 games. Backstrom finished the game with only 10 saves, as the Canucks only mustered 13 overall. The Wild countered however, as surprise offensive threat Cal Clutterbuck...

After loss in St Louis, Canucks try to bounce back against Wild

After a rare regulation loss last night to the St. Louis Blues, the Vancouver Canucks will try to rebound against a familiar foe, in the Minnesota Wild. The Canucks have to be the favourites going into this game, for no other reason than their incredible record. However, the Xcel Energy Center has not been very kind to the Canucks this season. They've already lost 4-0 in Minny, as well as 6-2. Last night in St Louis was all kind of bad news for the Canucks. First of all, another, yes ANOTHER Canucks D-Man went down with injury, as Andrew Alberts broke his wrist when he blocked a shot with it, meaning he's out for a while. That means Moose Dman Yann Sauve, the teams second round pick in ...

Still Number One: Canucks beat Flames 4-2.

Remember last year when Mikael Samuelsson, obviously angry that he was left off the Swedish Olympic team went on an incredible tear that ended with him getting 30 goals for the season? This may be round 2. Samuelsson had another 2 goals Saturday night, and the Canucks beat their arch rival the Calgary Flames 4-2 in a brisk, fast paced game. The Canucks, as they often do, 35 times now this season, opened the scoring, with Alex Burrows getting his 16th goal of the season. It was a powerplay marker, and it kept up Burrows' incredible hot streak, as he now has 8 goals in his last 8 games. The teams traded chances left and right, but Flames netminder Miika Kiprusoff was definitely th...

Another D-Man injured as Canucks lose to Ducks

The Vancouver Canucks suffered their first regulation loss in fifteen games, plus another defenseman to injury, as they lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Wednesday night. The game was entertaining, no doubt, although it had to have left Canucks fans screaming at their TV's again. For the second straight game, another top defenceman was lost to injury, this time, Dan Hamhuis. As Hamhuis played the puck in his own zone, Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaff skated in towards him. Hamhuis showed Getzlaff his back, and thats when Getzlaff left his feet, and levelled Hamhuis with a hit to the back. There was no penalty on the play. Hamhuis appeared to be knocked out as his head hit the glass, and he lay ...