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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Some people keep waiting for the bottom to fall out on the Vancouver Canucks, and and it certainly hasn't been pretty every single night this season. However, Sunday night's full-value, 4-1 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks improved Vancouver's record to 14-6-1.
This was a team rival GMs pointed to most during my preseason conversations as a potential surprise. The new Trevor Linden-Jim Benning-Willie Desjardins regime has not disappointed, that is for sure. An important theme from the outset has been whether they could get enough secondary scoring to contend for a playoff spot.
Jannik Hanen's hat trick Sunday night was yet another example of that kind of secondary scoring the Canucks have got so far this season. If that continues, the Canucks should be playoff-bound.
read on for Burnside on Tikhonov for the HHOF, Custance on the Rangers and Strang on the Blues...
No update on the extent of the injury and it will be tough on the Canucks if Hamuis is lost for a lengthy period.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
At a similar point in last season's schedule, the Canucks were 10-5-2 and, if memory serves, John Tortorella was getting some early run for coach-of-the-year. You may also remember the way 2012-13 ended. Tires. Fire. Shame. Everyone getting fired.
Just putting it out there. It could happen again.
And with that out of the way, let's get to the fun part.
With their 4-3 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators, the Canucks own the best record in the Western Conference and are tied for first overall with Tampa Bay. The Canucks. In first place. Take a picture. Put it on your fridge. Remember this day.
After all, it's been a while.
"When you've got a lot of new guys and new coaches, it's important," Henrik Sedin said of the Canucks' start, shortly after he took out an easel and painted the game-winner with his brother Daniel. "A lot of doubt would have crept into this dressing room if you come out and you're below .500. I think the guys trust each other and we trust the coaches. We have something to build on."
from Dan Murphy of Sportsnet,
Sportsnet had a chance to sit down Ryan Kesler at the Ducks practice facility in Anaheim on Saturday morning to talk about the upcoming game against his former team. You can certainly tell Kesler is certainly happy in Orange County. Here are some excerpts from the interview
On why he thinks it was the right time to move on
Talking with my agent and Jim [Benning] and Trevor [Linden] I just came to the understanding that it was time to go. Other than that I think it’s a private conversation for details and stuff like that. I was stuck in a rut and 11 years in a city is a long time. If you asked me I thought I would retire as a Canuck and obviously that didn’t happen and a new chapter is starting and I’m excited for this opportunity.
On the move to Anaheim
It’s a new chapter. I’m extremely excited about it. But saying that you miss your teammates, your old teammates and friends. Kevin [Bieksa], Alex [Burrows], and the Sedins. You play with them for 11 years and you grow bonds with them and that’s probably the biggest thing I’m going to miss. This chapter I’m growing new bonds with my teammates and we’re a pretty good team so it’s pretty exciting to come to the rink everyday and succeed.
continued and note tthe video on the linked page is geo blocked, only Canadian IPs can see the video...
via the Canucks YouTube channel,
Go where the players go. In this episode of How The Rog Works, we take you on a tour of the Vancouver Canucks dressing room… MTV Cribs style.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
This off-season, rebuilding Edler’s fractured psyche became a priority for the new Canucks organization, and considering how far he fell under Tortorella, that was lot of rebuilding. The bulk of the counselling fell to Linden, the new president who was in his penultimate season with the Canucks when Edler joined the team in 2006-07.
Like most, Linden couldn’t make sense of Edler’s catastrophic campaign in 2013-14. He just knew rehabilitating the lost defenceman was critical to any hope of a team turnaround. The two met a couple of times and Linden said the subjects of their conversations weren’t particularly profound, but they impressed on Edler his importance to the Canucks.
Through 12 games this season, Edler now leads the team in ice time, he’s formed an effective partnership with Chris Tanev, he’s back on his familiar position with the first-unit power play and he’s a plus-player.
Clearly, whatever he wasn’t getting from Tortorella he is getting this year.
“Knowing Alex and knowing the kind of person he is, he needs to be supported,” Linden said. “I think he’s sensed that from the coaching staff.”
“It’s important to know people believe in you,” Edler said. “They made that clear in the summer, that they like me as a player and I’m an important part of the team. It’s good to hear.”
more and note there is an autoplay video on the page...
Head coach Willie Desjardins didn't reveal too much about the injuries after the game saying "Bieksa is going to get looked at" and Sestito "might be a couple of days." The Bieksa injury isn't believed to be serious, but Sestito was seen leaving the building on crutches.
Tom Sestito video below...
Patrick Burke with the explanation...
via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Replays from multiple angles showed the puck long gone from Emelin’s stick when Burrows, coming cross-ice, belted the Canadien who never appeared to see him coming. Emelin left the ice with assistance from head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend.
“Instead of having a five-minute power-play, the puck was in our net,” head coach Michel Therrien said.
There was no penalty called – linesman Darren Gibbs, working his 1,001st NHL game, was feet away – and incensed Therrien discussed the matter during a TV timeout with a referee. But Emelin returned to take a regular shift in the third period.
Therrien called it “a dirty hit to the head” but said that Emelin visited the dark room and passed all the tests, cleared by the doctor to return to action.
Watch the hit below...
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Hindsight being what it is, do you now know why you guys got away from your game last season?
"I think with a new coach coming in you want to buy into the system and all that. Torts never told us to change our game. I think a lot of people think he was the reason we got away from our game, but that wasn't the reason. That was all myself and Henrik. It was our mindset. That was the No. 1 thing. It was more our mindset. The only way for us to be successful is to play the way we always play. It might not always work out, but it's our only way of being successful."
four more questions for Daniel Sedin...
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