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Brad Luckowich of the Canucks on the Flames Rene Bourque.
from the CP at TSN,
Calgary coach Brent Sutter was crying foul at Canucks fans after the Flames beat Vancouver in a shootout Saturday night.
Sutter said someone in the sellout crowd of 18,810 at General Motors Place was directing a laser pointer at goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff throughout the game in an effort to distract him.
“It was going on all night,” said Sutter. “It was brought to the attention of the refs and security, and it’s hard to believe that can go on for 60 minutes in a hockey game and it’s not located and not found.”
If you can’t take the
(sight, duh) of blood, don’t watch.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Had Kevin Bieksa been wearing a protective Kevlar sock, the Vancouver Canucks defenceman may not have been sidelined three months after two tendons in his left ankle were severed Dec. 29 at Phoenix from a skate cut. Products are being marketed that feature a Kevlar lining knit inside a sports-mesh polyester outer shell to make socks cut-resistant, but something seems lost in translation as to how it can be adopted as regular equipment sooner rather than later.
Reebok is the official equipment supplier to the NHL and players must wear its items as part of the agreement. But what’s to stop a player from donning a Kevlar sock under mandated equipment — and not exposing a competing company’s logo — until the league and the Players’ Association make Kevlar socks mandatory?
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
For a franchise trying to convince its fan base that the answers are in the locker room and behind the bench, it was a performance as ill-timed as a pimple on the morning of prom.
The Blue Jackets were drilled by the Canucks, 7-3, last night in a game as unsightly as almost any this season. The Jackets built an unexpected 2-0 lead and caved at the first sign of adversity.
from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,
The Vancouver Canucks passed the halfway point of the schedule with Saturday’s 3-1 victory in Dallas. With 40 games to go, this week’s list features our keys to the rest of the regular season.
In October, Luongo’s save percentage was .902 and the Canucks went 7-7-0.
In December, Luongo’s save percentage was .932 and the Canucks went 10-4-1.
This is called a correlation.
Still, there remains a sense that Luongo hasn’t been the winning factor enough. Vancouver is just 12-13-1 in games decided by two goals or fewer and 13-3-0 in those decided by three or more. Naturally, goaltending comes under closer scrutiny in tight affairs.
The Vancouver Canucks received some awful news on the injury front Monday when they learned that they would be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa for up to three months with severed tendons in his left ankle.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Even just going where he is told, Mathieu Schneider is creating another problem for the Vancouver Canucks. He also stands to collect a $250,000 US bonus payment on Jan. 15.
The 40-year-old defenceman, who cleared waivers Wednesday after leaving the National Hockey League team, reported Sunday to the Canucks’ minor-league affiliate in Winnipeg. The re-assignment of Schneider, whom the Canucks were unable to trade or place with another organization, puts the Manitoba Moose one veteran over the American Hockey League limit of five and coach Scott Arniel will have to sit out a player to make room for the defenceman.
But by reporting, Schneider continues to collect his NHL base salary of $1.55 million, which includes a $1 million signing bonus divided over four payments.
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
Rick Rypien may have won the fight, but his team came out on the losing end of his scuffle with Blues Cam Janssen midway through the first period.
Rypien was given a five minute match penalty in addition to the coincidental fighting majors assessed to both players for the tape he had around his right wrist and thumb….
“We got put in a very tough position by that major penalty. In my opinion it was not the right call,” said Vigneault.
“The call clearly states that there has to be a cut. There was no cut. There’s a broken nose. The tape was on Ripper’s right hand, he threw punches with his left, got him good a couple of times, broke his nose, that’s not a cut. I thought the interpretation of that was wrong and it put us behind the eight-ball there.”
Rick Rypien and Cam Janssen battled tonight in the first period.
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