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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
“It’s something I will remember forever,” Henrik said, two hours after he slid a goal through Luongo’s five hole, igniting a crowd that rose to the occasion, and appropriately shook the city with a chilling ovation that was 16 years in the making.
“When I saw my teammates come onto the ice, I lost it a little bit. It was very special.
“If I retired today, I think it was the most memorable moment for me as a player.”
Two more video below regarding Henrik Sedin...
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
A lengthy review ensued despite such a play not being reviewable by NHL rules, making the situation even more peculiar. The explanation of the overturned call — or lack thereof — didn't set well with Predators coach Peter Laviolette.
“I don’t know understand myself,” Laviolette said. "I don’t understand any explanation I got tonight. None. It’s frustrating. We’re in a playoff battle, so we need every point. We’re walking away with none tonight.”
a bit more
It would have looked a lot better if the ref waved off the goal instead of pointing out the puck crossed the line since it was probably his intent to blow the play dead.
The game-winner by Calle Jarnkrok.
from Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin unwittingly took a scenic helicopter trip last week with a longtime gangster who has served time in the U.S. for drug smuggling.
Anti-gang police warned the Canucks about the history of Edward (Skeeter) Russell after Postmedia News obtained a photo of Russell and Sedin that the convicted smuggler posted on social media last week.
“What’s better than watching Daniel Sedin live on the ice?? Flying him and his wife to a remote snowball fight, that’s what LOL,” Russell captioned his photo.
Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said that for the player’s safety, it was important to notify the team about Russell’s history....
It wasn’t the first time Canucks players had been on a helicopter trip with Russell in attendance. On Boxing Day, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi flew with Russell’s friend, pilot Bradley Friesen, to skate on a mountain lake and Russell tagged along in another helicopter.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Turns out, goals win games, and goaltending too, not hitting and, for one game anyway, not shots on net. The Canucks had just 13 of those, a season low. The Flames had 46, a season high.
Managing 33 fewer shots is the most in Canucks’ history for a Vancouver win.
“We’ll take it,” Luca Sbisa said. “But it wasn’t pretty.”
Maybe not, but the goals did come easy. Loui Eriksson scored while attempting to pass. A Nikita Tryamkin shot toward the net somehow found Markus Granlund’s stick, and tipped in.
Ryan Miller was out of his mind good, and he had to be. The Flames continually crashed into the slot, whizzing more than 45 shots toward the Canucks veteran goalie, many from in tight.
Watch the highlights of Vancouver's 4-2 win below...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Well, what a difference five weeks make.
On Dec. 1, neither the Calgary Flames nor the Vancouver Canucks were giving anyone much to be positive about, ranked 10th and 12th respectively in the West and spinning their wheels. Today, as the two teams mark their season’s halfway point with a home-and-home Friday and Saturday, both are edging towards contention — especially Calgary.
Vancouver has won five in a row, and a sweep of Calgary will move them ahead of the Flames by a point. Calgary has won five of its past seven games — 11 of its last 15 — and since Dec. 2 they lead the NHL in powerplay (35.7%) and are fourth in penalty killing (89.1%). This from a team that was ranked dead last on the PP early in the season.
If the Flames sweep both games they would be, at worst, within a point of Edmonton, a team they’ve been chasing since Day 1 this season. Calgary gets Edmonton on Hockey Night in Canada the following two weekends, but it’s these two games against the Canucks that could really separate the Flames from the bottom half of the Pacific.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Some musings on the NHL’s hottest team not coached by John Tortorella.
• There may be prettier sights — the all-you-can-eat buffet line at The Hungry Heifer pops to mind — but in forging their five-game win streak the Canucks have succeeded in creating an identity that is churning out results and tedium in equal measure.
Loosely stated, that identity is built around their goaltending, which is giving them a chance to win every night and a defence that is starting to exert its influence on games. Upfront, they still struggle to produce goals, but given their defensive structure, they don’t need a lot of offence.
It was all on display during Wednesday’s eyesore of a game at The Rog, a 3-0 win for Vancouver. Through two periods, the Canucks amassed just 14 shots on Arizona goalie Mike Smith, but Sven Baertschi’s first-period goal held up until Brandon Sutter’s penalty-shot score in the third period.
True, it isn’t going to sell a lot of tickets. But given their current resources, it’s doubtful the Canucks can have success playing any other way.
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning announced today that defenceman, Erik Gudbranson will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist. A projected timeline on Gudbranson's full recovery will be provided after the surgery.
"Erik suffered ligament damage to his wrist this season that has affected his wrist function," said Benning. "Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition and Erik and our Canucks medical team believe that surgery offers the best long-term outcome and are confident in a full recovery. Erik's leadership qualities and strong physical presence will be missed but this is a decision that best supports a long, productive and healthy career."
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Watch as Travis Zajac can’t protect himself and crashes face first into boards after a push from Michael Chaput.
List of penalties below...
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