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The Vancouver Canucks don’t exactly have an identity crisis but they have yet to really forge one under new coach John Tortorella.
You half expected Tortorella might have his players run those famous Rocky Steps here in the City of Brotherly Love following Monday’s noon-hour practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
After all Rocky Balboa was all about guts and determination a couple of traits Tortorella is trying to hammer into his hockey team.
The Canucks have run hot and cold during their first six regular-season games under Tortorella who figures to learn a lot about his players as they embark on a seven-games-in-11-nights odyssey that begins Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Tortorella and the players think the trip their longest of the season comes at a particularly good time.
“I think you find out about one another when you are with each other in these types of situations” Tortorella said after Monday’s practice. “You play a lot o...
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From the introduction of John Tortorella as the Vancouver Canucks head coach to their sixth game of the season on Saturday, shot blocking has been a hot topic of conversation for the media and fans alike.
Not to be forgotten, hordes of basement dwelling bloggers from all over the continent have even felt compelled to offer their two cents on the defensive...
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When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.
At first the well-conditioned forward shifted to play defence during the pre-season, then...
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
No sooner did Henrik Sedin line up at practice Wednesday with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins — the trio ignited the third-period comeback win in Philadelphia — then Tortorella stopped the media short of coming up with a nickname for the new line. Even though the Sedins have embraced the changes.
“I think they [Sedins] want it...
Kevin Bieksa knows how to pack for the road. Good suits smart shirts and one suitcase. Not a lot of baggage.
If only that was the case on the ice.
The Vancouver Canucks have often looked like a loose-fitting suit as they try to shape their new game with a new coach. Obviously easier said than done the optics have been as disturbing as a dress pants crease going the wrong way.
For all the fuss made about shot-blocking expectations surrounding John Tortorella’s new team the Vancouver Canucks and his former team the New York Rangers you’d think stepping in the way of pucks was a new phenomenon.
Skaters blocking shots isn’t new nor did Tortorella’s team invent the play.
But there is a twist when it comes to the art.
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The Canucks lost to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night due in large part to one of the luckiest/flukiest goals of all-time. That had me thinking, where exactly does this rank all-time in Canucks history?
A quick disclaimer: searching YouTube for goals prior to the 2000s/1990s becomes rather difficult. If you find a goal that belongs on this list that you think I may have missed...
Ryan Kesler scored the second of his two goals with 2:25 left in the third period to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Chris Higgins also scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo made the win stand with 20 saves.
Tye McGinn scored both goals for the Flyers, who dropped to 1-6. The Flyers haven't scored more than two goals...
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The Vancouver Canucks start their longest road trip of the season when hosted by the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday afternoon at 4pm PST. Canucks fans will be amped up to see the Canucks play a collection of Eastern teams that we do not often see. The Flyers, in particular, are always an interesting bunch both on and off the ice.
The Canucks lost 4...
In their 43-year history the Vancouver Canucks have had 13 road trips of seven or more games. They haven’t posted a winning record in any of them.
Maybe No. 14 is going to be the charm.
It’s early but the Canucks opened a seven-game sojourn Tuesday night with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Ryan Kesler scored the winner...
The Canucks continue their seven game trek across the east coast with a date in Buffalo against the Sabres. While normally a game against a bottom feeder wouldn’t mean much, this bottom-feeder happens to employ Cody Hodgson. You might not remember him, but we traded him for Zack Kassian…
The Canucks began their trip in Philadelphia against a Flyers team that has been...
The Flyers react after Ryan Kesler's goal with 2:25 to play in the third period. The Flyers lost for the third straight game and fell to 1-6-0, their worst start in franchise history.
When a team is desparate for any form of points, you can almost sense the clock moving slower. There was far too much time left on the clock when the Vancouver Canucks managed the tying goal at...
Flyers continued having scoring issues tonight, losing to Vancouver 3-2.
Goals like this one from Ryan Kesler must add to the frustration the Flyers are feeling right about now.
John Tortorella wouldn’t go there because it’s too early to blame the officials. Maybe a hint though.
While the Vancouver Canucks coach is being rightfully lauded for again splitting up Henrik and Daniel Sedin — leading to the tying and winning goals Tuesday in Philadelphia — his ability to improve a 27th-ranked power play that has scored just twice in 20 chances is more...