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from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press, This was not the type of history the Vancouver Canucks had in mind when the playoffs started.
Down to their final life on Wednesday, the back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy winners are in danger of becoming the first NHL team in more than seven decades to get swept out of the first round after leading the regular season in points.
While the Canucks are no doubt unaware of the exploits of the 1937-38 Boston Bruins, the fact the two teams could even be linked is a testament to the shocking reality of Vancouver’s situation heading into Game 4 against Los Angeles at Staples Center.
No one could have forecasted the possibility of their once-promising season ending so quickly.
“These are real pressure moments,” coach Alain Vigneault said this week. “They’re against the elite teams of the league that have been able to fight their way into the playoffs. We’re one of those teams and we’re faced with a very tough task.”
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Vigneault enhances the Canucks’ future
No matter how this series turns out, and no matter what the coaching situation may end up becoming after the playoffs have evolved, you have to hand it to coach Alain Vigneault.
He has prepared for these playoffs as professionally as ever, paying little heed to all the speculation surrounding his future.
Adjustments aside, the play of Jonathan...
We may have seen the last of Roberto Luongo with the Vancouver Canucks. it wasn't long ago, Luongo was considered the cornerstone of the franchise with Canada's best chance of winning the Stanley Cup. it was Luongo who once donned team captaincy, and he still carries a contract with franchise player cash attached. However, Roberto Luongo posted his lowest games played mark...
Part 2: Somebody That I Used to Luuuu
I started the day by hashing out the pros and cons (You really need to read my first article. Go on! Do it now!) of starting either Vancouver Canucks goaltender in Game 4 tonight especially in light of the prevailing sentiment and some choice comments from Alain Vigneault that hinted whoever got the nod tonight might be getting the nod in future...
Did you see the great game last night? Canucks won 3-1 to beat the LA Kings and force a game 5 back in Vancouver. Henrik Sedin got some revenge on Dustin Brown for his "legal" hit in Game 4 on Henrik. A drive by Backhand Slap - Swedish style. Enjoy.
Can they still beat the LA Kings?
The numbers are daunting. Only three teams in history, out of 167 opportunities, have recovered from a three games to none deficit in the Stanley Cup finals. That is a pathetic winning comeback rate of just 1.8%.
So, then it must certainly be time to write the eulogy for this Vancouver Canucks team, should it not?
Not so fast.
Quite clearly the...
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, Because of his long tenure enjoyed as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, it might be a useful exercise to mount something of a defence for Alain Vigneault after another season whereby it looks all but certain his team is going to come to another crashing, miserable end in the NHL playoffs.
Those who worship the ground the man spits...
These are dark days. The Vancouver Canucks are on the brink of getting swept in the first round less than two weeks after winning the Presidents’ Trophy and they’re doing it under the spotlight of the nation.
As hinted by the ‘controversial’ tweet sent out after Game 1, there isn’t a lot of love for the Vancouver Canucks outside of British Columbia.
It exists because...
Be the Difference…
How does one sum up the keys to winning the first game of a potential four game comeback?
There truly is no set of special keys that unlock this magical door we hope the Vancouver Canucks can open. They simply must be the best in every way, shape and form.
Is it possible? Yes.
Is it probable? It’s always been.
Is it certain? Not by a longshot.
This is truly...
Cory Schneider gets the nod. What does that mean for Roberto's future?
Kevin Bieksa scored the game winner midway in the 2nd period and the Canucks would add an insurance goal to defeat the LA Kings 3-1.
Here is Bieksa’s goal.
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The Vancouver Canucks need a spark, and they may have just got the spark yesterday when Daniel Sedin appeared. Sedin has not played in about three weeks, and it is still up in the air whether he will play, but it may be now or never for the Swede.
Learned just a short time ago from the Canucks twitter account.
Daniel Sedin will join #Canucks for full team practice in LA on Tuesday. Coach Vigneault to comment shortly.
Head Coach Alain Vigneault addressed the media this afternoon in Los Angeles and advised that Daniel has been following protocol and has been cleared to resume practice...
Rejuvenated Ballard boosts blue line
One year ago in the playoffs Keith Ballard appeared to be Alain Vigneault’s favourite whipping boy, as he was frequently dropped from the post season lineup and fell victim to several less than flattering appraisals by his coach.
To his credit, the expensive free agent defenceman, acquired from the Florida Panthers (Vancouver’s favoured players...