The atmosphere around Rogers Arena was full of excitement. That, mixed with nervousness. After all, the defending Cup champs, the kryptonite to the Canucks, had touched down in Van City ready to defend their title.
Nervousness was soon replaced by chest pounding and group hugs as the Canucks shut the door on the Blackhawks, and took Game 1 by a score of 2-0.
Roberto Luongo was, in a word, belissimo, as he stole the show, continuing the level of play that won him the Jennings trophy this season. He made three highlight reel saves on Brian Campbell and Patrick Sharp, and most importantly, got a goose egg against the team that has made him look like an AHL'er the last two playoffs.
The Vancouver Canucks ended the season on a beautiful note with a 3-2 overtime, come from behind victory at the Saddledome against their arch rival Flames.
While the game may not have meant much of anything for either team, it did have some interesting elements.
1) Daniel Sedin had 2 more assists, giving him 104 points and assuring his Art Ross trophy
2) Ryan Kesler set a new career high in goals with 41
3) Cory Schneider allowed 2 goals, therefore winning the Jennings Trophy with Roberto Luongo. Schneider, making his 25th appearance, qualified for the award.
4) Christian Ehrhoff had the overtime goal, giving him 50 points for the first time in his career.
It was a disappo...
Ryan Kesler had a hat trick. Mason Raymond had 2 goals. Roberto Luongo had a shutout. Not bad for a meaningless game.
The Canucks, mainly the above three mentioned, absolutely demolished the Minnesota Wild, padding the stats for many of the Canuck players seeking individual awards.
Daniel Sedin, facing stiff competition from Corey Perry for the Art Ross and Hart trophies, had 2 assists to bring his season total to 102 points, 5 points ahead of Perry. Ryan Kesler had a hat trick to bring his season goal total to an impressive 40, second on the team to Daniel Sedin. Lastly, Roberto Luongo, in contention for the Vezina, but probably destined to lose to Tim Thomas of the Bruins, had a mir...
It's a good thing these games are meaningless.
The Vancouver Canucks put forth another lack lustre effort against a horrible Oiler squad that is currently dead last in the NHL. It didn't help that the Canucks took far too many penalties, including a Raffi Torres 5 minute major with 7 minutes remaining in the game, nor did it help that the Sedin Twins and Ryan Kesler were non existent for the second straight game. I get that you've clinched the Presidents trophy, but come on guys, you get paid to play EVERY game.
Anyways, not much to recap here. At the very end of the first period, 3 second remaining, Oiler Ryan Jones snuck a puck under Vancouver goaltender's Roberto Luongo's arm, for...
This season the Canucks have done many things right—they have broken old franchise records, and they have set new ones. The club stands tall atop many stats, like most wins, goals for and the best road record in the league. Not forgetting the recent Presidents' Trophy win, awarded for amassing the most points in the NHL. Many players will also be the recipients of silverware.
What makes these feats more remarkable is that the roster has often been decimated by injuries, most notably to key players like Alex Edler, Manny Malhotra and, recently, Dan Hamhuis
The playoffs commence on April 13, and Vancouver will be the favorite. Since the 2005-06 season, only one team that won the Presid...
It's a historic day in Vancouver as the Canucks; yes, those Canucks, finally get to make the proclomation: Best in the NHL. For the regular season anyways.
What do the Canucks and Charlie Sheen have in common? Winning, baby.
The Canucks continued their dominance over the rest of the NHL by posting a 3-1 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The win gave the Canucks 113 points, 11 more than the Philadelphia Flyers, who only have 5 games remaining. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a clinch. It`s never happened before in Canucks history, and though it`s a great day to be a Canuck, the playoffs is when it all really matters.
The game started with the pace of the Kentucky derby, wi...
Pekka Rinne almost stole the show. Almost.
Instead, it was the Alex Burrows show, as he scored two goals and the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 tuesday night. It was tough, close checking game with a playoff atmosphere.
Both goalies were teriffic in this game, although one more than the other. Pekka Rinne of the predators made 29 saves, including fifteen in the third period in a losing cause. Roberto Luongo, the league leader in wins with 36, made 16 saves for the win.
The game started out just as you would expect in a Nashville game; low scoring, not alot of chances. It wasn't until fourteen minutes into the second period that the game saw some action, when Mike Fisher s...
The Vancouver Canucks, missing key members of their hockey club, still eeked out a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings for their part, were missing many key players as well. Bertuzzi, Franzen and Datsyuk all had to miss the game with injuries, yet the game still lived up to it's billing; an entertaining, nail biter.
The Canucks pulled ten points ahead of Detroit for 1st place in the Western Conference and are still in first place overall. Here's how the game shook down:
In the first period. both teams started slowly, feeling each other out. Then, Detroit turned up the pressure. They were stymied each and every time, however, by Roberto Luongo who was absolutely sen...
It was sloppy, ugly, and not at all like a playoff matchup the Canucks will facing in a few short weeks. However, at the end of the day, the Canucks skated off with another win- their seventh in a row- and Northwest Division title with a 4-2 comeback win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Canucks clinched their third straight division title, also meaning they have locked up a playoff spot.
The game started horribly, with the Avalanche, a team that had just two wins in their last eighteen games coming in to the contest, struck first. Erik Johnson, the former St, Louis Blue, scored on the powerplay for his eigth of the year. Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider couldn't even see the puck due to ...
The Vancouver Canucks showed hard work, courage, and bouts of not being able to stay out of the penalty box, in a 4-2 win over the struggling Minnesota Wild Monday night.
It was a costly win, however, as Defenseman Sami Salo (who else?) took a puck off what looked to be the elbow in the second period and left the game. He did not return.
Salo's injury overshadowed what was a brilliant game from two canucks, Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo.
Luongo was amazing, making 32 saves, almost all of them in spectacular fashion.
Kesler had two goals, killed penalities like a champ, and had numerous scoring chances.
In the first period, Raffi Torres scored his fourteenth goal of the year ...