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Goaltending An Issue For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

It’s not forward Brock Boeser the Canucks need most, it’s goalie Roberto Luongo. A couple of defencemen like Mattias Ohlund and Ed Jovanovski wouldn’t hurt, either.

The Canucks’ 7-5 loss to the Canadiens actually represented a far better effort than Vancouver showed in 7-1 and 6-1 losses the last week against the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames, but their goaltending and defensive play aren’t giving them a hope of winning.

The Canucks have surrendered 36 goals in the seven games they’ve played since top centre Bo Horvat left the lineup with a broken foot on Dec. 5. No wonder the team is 1-6 since then and base jumping towards the bottom of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference standings.

Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson, who appears to be duelling with Jacob Markstrom to see who’s No. 2, was beaten six times on 31 shots by the Canadiens.

Yes, there were another pile of outnumbered rushes presented by the Canucks, but that kind of save rate (.806) doesn’t win anything. It doesn’t keep you in professional hockey if it persists for long.

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Video- Brock Boeser In A Walking Boot After Blocking A Shot

via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Doing what good players do, he took a Mark Giordano shot off the top of this left foot early in the second period and dropped like a rock.

The club’s leading scorer with 17 goals and 13 assists through 30 games was in excruciating pain and crawled toward the bench. He couldn’t put any weight on his left leg. He had to be helped to the bench and then hobbled to the locker-room.

The raucous atmosphere of a holiday hockey crowd suddenly became subdued. You could hear a pin drop....

The club didn’t announce the severity of the injury — it could take time for swelling to subside and take a proper image of the damage... If that wasn’t bad enough, Boeser was spotted post-game on crutches and in a walking boot.

 

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A Heavier Workload For Brock Boeser

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Just when you think Brock Boeser can’t score all the goals, he goes out and does something and you can’t help but wonder.

Maybe he can.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to overestimate what Boeser can do this season. He is still only months into his NHL career and right now he is the Canucks’ most important player.

He is not only their best goal scorer, he represents their best hope to survive a lengthy stretch of games in which the Canucks will be without Bo Horvat, and, it now seems, Sven Baertschi.

Horvat, as everyone knows, is lost for six weeks with a foot fracture. The news is less clear on Baertschi, but he left the team and returned to Vancouver after taking a puck to the face Saturday night in Calgary. That doesn’t suggest good things and leaves the Canucks without their No. 2 and No. 3 goal scorers.

But No. 1 is still here, and what a No. 1 he is.

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From A 10 Game Losing Streak To A 3 Game Winning Streak For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

General manager Ron Hextall seemed to be overdosing on hyperbole last week, saying he thought the Flyers were a playoff team even though they were in the midst of a 10-game losing streak.

But after they completed a three-game sweep on their Western Canada trip Thursday night with a 4-1 win in Vancouver, the losing skid seems like a distant memory.

Oh, and Hextall’s playoff talk may not be as far-fetched as many believed.

The Flyers left their losing ways at home.

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Bo Horvat Out With A Foot Fracture

Horvat has 10 goals and 20 points for the Canucks this season.

 

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Alex Burmistrov Not Happy With The IOC Decision On Russia

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Alex Burmistrov, when told Tuesday morning about the International Olympic Committee’s move to essentially ban Russia from the 2018 PyeongChang Games, minced no words.

“Bullshit,” he said.

“With everything Russia has done for sport — it doesn’t matter, I’m not just talking about hockey or something different — I think it’s bad.”

“It’s not just our country that did doping. Everybody got caught, every country.”

After the NHL said they wouldn’t go, Burmistrov said it was hard to take.

“We want to win the Olympics. It was hard for us.

“It’s even harder right now.”

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Video- 1000 Points For Daniel Sedin

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

“I said it before that it would be great to get it and for it to be a goal and in a huge win for us, and both happened today,” said Daniel, who got to 1,000 points by beating Preds goalie Pekka Rinne from the slot. “For me, it was top shelf, but it hit his stick and went five-hole.

“He’s a good goalie and it doesn’t matter where you aim it, it feels like he’s going to stop it. I’m just happy it’s over.”

Well, it’s not over. The Canucks will acknowledge the feat Saturday and everybody should be on their feet.

Said Boeser: “Being out there for Daniel’s goal was really cool. The smile on his face gives you goosebumps down your whole body and I had chills. It was a special moment.”

Added Travis Green: “Talking about Dorse this morning, this was a real nice response from our team tonight. This was a good test for us and I liked that we were playing Nashville. We needed a response and we got it. And to see Daniel get that milestone was special.”

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Derek Dorsett Will Not Return To The Active Roster Due To Health Concerns

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Jim Benning Deserves A Contract Extension

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

There were some encouraging signs before this season but there was also a belief this team was at least a year away from turning a corner.

That means they were staring down the barrel of another bottom-five finish. That would have meant more empty seats and further fan alienation.

It’s hard to see how Jim Benning would have survived another season like that.

But based on what we’ve seen so far, the rebuild appears to have been accelerated by a year. We’re not going through the whole organization but, based on what they have in Vancouver and what they have in the pipeline, there is ample reason to be optimistic about the future.

On that basis, Benning has earned a contract extension.

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The Vancouver Canucks ‘Silence’ The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Patric Hornqvist declined to talk. Said his number wasn’t on the board indicating who should be available to media – and he was right.

Phil Kessel’s number was on the board, but he grabbed his stuff and left anyway, telling those asking for his comments to “get someone else.”

Sidney Crosby, who talks after pretty much every loss but got a night off, remained silent as he shoved equipment into a bag, sporting a dejected look that told the story of the Penguins’ 5-2 loss to the Canucks at PPG Paints Arena.

On Nov. 4, the Penguins lost to Vancouver, and the common theme was that they were cool with it because the process was there. Same deal Wednesday, really. The Penguins (11-9-3) did a bunch of good things but left with a bad taste in their mouths.

“We just have to keep working at it,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We can’t get frustrated. We’ve just got to get more determined.”

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