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The Vancouver Canucks and their fans are riding high after an improbable win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. The win capped off their best road trip in franchise history and things seems to be coming together for John Tortorella and the Canucks. Will a visit from Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals derail the momentum? Read on to find out.
It was a miracle the Canucks even earned one point, let alone two Friday night in St. Louis. With a tired and battered squad, the Canucks were up against a well rested Blues squad that hadn’t played a game since October 18. Vancouver jumped out to a two goal lead thanks to a fluke shot by Chris Higgins and a vintage Ryan Kesler wrist shot from the slot, courtesy of Mike Santorelli. However, the refs were not to be denied and provided the Blues with a 5-3 man advantage on a couple of questionable calls that would eventually even things up early in the third period. The Canucks held on by any means necessary, such as Al...
BEST OF MAXIM
This not a bash Ovechkin blog. Understood? This is a question. Does AO's torrid start make him the most valuable player in the NHL? Ok...well right away the "What is MVP?" question has to be addressed. Just be silly we will define MVP as most valuable player. Not the best player in NHL...the most valuable player. There really is no question that Ovechkin is the...
Ten games into last season, Alex Ovechkin had two goals, three assists, 35 shots and was begging Adam Oates to move him back to left wing.
Ten games into this season, the Caps’ 28-year-old captain has a league-high 10 goals, five assists, a league-high 67 shots and is looking like he’s played right wing for his entire life.
OK, scratch that last one.
“There's still lots...
Something Mike Gillis has got with his new coach is bold moves.
Well, that and the most successful road trip in team history.
On it, John Tortorella allowed Kevin Bieksa to do just about anything his heart desired, scratched David Booth and lined Ryan Kesler with the Sedins.
All of it worked on a 5-1-1 milk run through the East. A record that near perfect is impressive regardless...
It was red-light night at the Saddledome.
For a change, Alex Ovechkin wasn’t turning them on.
For the first time in eight career meetings with the Russian superstar, the Calgary Flames managed to keep Ovechkin off the scoresheet, a key ingredient to their success in Saturday’s 5-2 home-ice win over the Washington Capitals.
“The plan was to not allow him to basically get...
After all we’d seen, heard and been conditioned to believe, John Tortorella has been such a disappointment with the Vancouver Canucks.
Thirteen games into the regular season, he hasn’t screamed at any reporters, referees or players on his bench. The only guy he has yelled at is Keith Acton, and the Edmonton Oilers’ assistant coach deserved it. A warning to reporters about...
NICE Win Boys!
Canucks finish off LONG road trip in style. Nice win over the Blues! Ryan Kesler scored his second goal of the game during a power play at 4:45 of overtime as Vancouver completed its seven-game road trip with a victory. Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist in the Blues’ loss.
NWSB Recap: http://nwsb.co/cr-o9
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday,...
Edmonton native Jason Chimera, who’s career started with his home town Oilers, celebrates a goal with his teammates in Thursday’s 4-1 victory at Rexall Place (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
We’ve all heard the old adage, but it’s never more appropriate than when talking about the game of hockey. I mean come on it’s played on ice...
Successful road trip for Canucks
Well, that’s over.
The Vancouver Canucks‘ longest road trip of the season is now in their rear-view mirror, and it can’t be considered anything but a success.
They fought injuries, a horrible schedule and some pretty good teams to walk away with a respectable 5-1-1 record, and really only had one bad effort in Columbus.
The Canucks beat the...
Photo Courtesy: The Province
After losing the Stanley Cup to the Bruins in 2011, questions immediately began to arise about the toughness and size of the Canucks. At some point, those same questions got to management, and the ‘stay the course’ attitude that had been preached, swiftly made way for a series of moves that has left the team grasping for an identity and on the outside...
If there is a hotter line playing right now in the NHL, we’d like to know who or where they are.
In a game where Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin looked like he might put his stamp on it early, the Canucks’ line of the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler simply had too much magic for the visitors in a 3-2 win.
Ovechkin – who’s right back to his Hart Trophy winning level...
The month was October. The year was 2011. The Rangers kicked off the season 3-6, and every day on this blog many begged for the return of Sean Avery and the firing of John Tortorella. Dave, Chris, and I turned the page on Avery and preached patience with Torts and his systems. The Rangers then went on a 12-2 surge and eventually the Eastern Conference finals, their...
The Vancouver Canucks limped here with a team held together by gum, duct tape and Darren Archibald.
They left with a win, their best road trip in history and a thriving Ryan Kesler.
Not bad at all.
With an injury list that included Alex Burrows, Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen and David Booth, and with Eddie Lack starting, the Canucks beat the Blues in 3-2 overtime when Kesler...
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel and Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 27.
FIRST STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Stamkos tied for the League lead with seven points (3-4—7) in helping the Lightning win a trio of games. He opened...
Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella was in a bartering mood Monday.
Here was his proposed deal: if reporters refrained from inquiring daily about injuries, he would provide a nice little list for us on what was happening in the team's infirmary.
So how could we resist? We couldn't.
The worst news was on centre Jordan Schroeder, who refractured his left ankle Oct...
The Vancouver Canucks entered a grueling road trip struggling with consistency. They're returning home with a vastly improved record.
Playing their first home game in more than two weeks, the Canucks seek a fourth straight victory Monday night against a Washington Capitals team they've regularly frustrated.
Vancouver (8-4-1) was 3-3-0 prior to a season-long seven-game trip...