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Three Stars of the Week
1. Thomas Vanek (Buffalo Sabres)
Thomas Vanek has been a beast during the last seven days, to be put simply. Vanek has scored five goals in four games last week and has added four assists. With nine points in four games, he is averaging more than two a game over the past week. Also factor in Vanek’s +6 rating, and Vanek has been a superstar for the Sabers. He needs to keep this up if the Sabres plan to climb out of the basement of the Northeast Division.
2. Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks)
Photo Credit: JULIE JACOBSON/AP
There always seems to be drama surrounding the Canucks and their goaltending situation. This week it was Luongo snaring the pucks and, for good reason, the headlines. Luongo won all three of the games that he started and even added a shutout against the Colorado Avalanche. Luongo’s hot play gives the Canucks a hot commodity as trade bait, as Luongo has been on the trade block. Toronto and Washington have reportedly been interested in Luongo. If he keeps up his 0.95 GAA and .961 SV% from last week, plenty more teams will be calling.
3. Brian Campbell (Florida Panthers)
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Brian Campbell has an absolute cannon of a shot. The Panthers currently are converting on 22.5 percent of their power play chances, and Campbell is a huge reason why. In just three games this past week, Campbell had two power play goals to add to his total of four on the year. Campbell also had a game-winning goal. For Campbell to improve his play, he needs to improve his +/- rating, but his offensive numbers sure are impressive.
Eastern Conference Team of the Week
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are finally meeting the huge expectations that everyone had coming into this shortened season. After starting the season a mediocre 3-2-0 through their first five games, the Pens have gone on to win four of their last five bringing their record to an impressive 7-3-0. The Pens overtook last week’s team of the week — the Devils — in the Atlantic Division and also currently hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins saw Chris Kunitz score four goals in a game, and saw Sidney Crosby tally seven assists in the last seven days. The Penguins are a powerhouse right now.
Western Conference Team of the Week
Photo Credit: BEN NELMS/Reuters
The Vancouver Canucks are surging right now. After starting their season 2-2-2 through six games, the Canucks have roared back, winning all three of their games last week. Roberto Luongo has shown the league why he used to be considered one of the top goaltenders in the league once again (see above) and has left Corey Schneider wanting playing time. The Canucks defeated the impressive Blackhawks last week and the young Oilers too. With the goalie tandem that Vancouver now boasts, it will be tough to beat them on any given night.
Three Games to Watch this Week (Eastern Times)
New York Islanders @ New York Rangers – Thursday February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Boston Bruins – Saturday February 9, 1:00 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators – Sunday February 10, 8:00 p.m.
BEST OF MAXIM
If not for the NHL lockout, Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek would have missed an opportunity to return home to play in his native Austria.
The time off and brief but sweet homecoming last fall did wonders for Vanek in rekindling his passion for hockey and his scoring touch.
Vanek's newfound perspective has been on display through the first three weeks of the NHL season...
I have been picking the MVP of the season from as early a point as I reasonably can in the season. This is in part to try to determine at which point in the season the eventual MVP emerges. My first pick this season was Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres. Last week he was surpassed by Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks. I think Vanek has taken over the lead again.
Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying goal with 2 seconds left, and also came through in the shootout to rally the Buffalo Sabres past the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday night.
Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal's final opportunity.
We’re now into our third week of this abbreviated NHL season and the transformation of Roberto Luongo has been downright incredible. Remember how Luongo was viewed by many fans and media back in April? He was for sure the second best goalie in Vancouver, he had an ego, he was overrated, he crumbled under the pressure and on and on and on.
Fast forward to February 2013 and Luongo’s...
We know that Thomas Vanek leaves this weekend with an NHL leading 19 points, that news has been well covered. He has carried this team on his back, in a year where the rest of the team, sans Pominville, is struggling to find their offense. This isn’t unusual for Vanek. He is notoriously a fast starter. In fact, over his career, he has more than a point per game average...
The Buffalo Sabres picked up a much-needed two points their last time out thanks to another big game from Thomas Vanek.
The New York Islanders, meanwhile, are counting on a couple of fresh faces to help get them back on track.
The Sabres try to build on their latest result Saturday night when they visit the slumping Islanders, who hope both Lubomir Visnovsky and Josh Bailey can...
Roberto Luongo made his fourth consecutive start Monday night for the Vancouver Canucks. Any other year, that would be nothing of note. But given the offseason the Canucks went through, it's a bit head-scratching.
The Canucks seemed all but committed to Cory Schneider after giving the former backup a three-year contract extension worth $12 million. The secondary move, after...
Canucks save goal of the week for bitter rivals
The Vancouver Canucks split their four games this past week with wins over the Avalanche and Blackhawks, leaning on surprise starter Roberto Luongo to backstop the team to victory.
While Roberto Luongo was earning 3rd star of the week honours, Vancouver’s offensive game quietly got the job done this week against one of the league’s...
It looks like Luongo will get the starts in Vancouver
Now your probably reading this and saying why is this on a Bruins blog? The answer is because I, like most Bruins fans despise the Canucks and all their antics after that 7 game Stanley Cup finals, and
nothing makes me happier than seeing a team I hate so much having a bunch of problems.
At the start of the short season...
For the NHL Gamblers!
Headline: Surging Canucks head to Minnesota looking to extend streak.
The Vancouver Canucks conclude their mini-two game road trip with a date in Minnesota Thursday night having won three straight games and benefitting from some stellar goaltending from Roberto Luongo, although Cory Schneider is expected to start Thursday. The Canucks have won three straight...
My Kind Of Team
The Vancouver Canucks became the talk of the NHL last week thanks to a crowded crease featuring Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, but off the ice the organization was simultaneously demonstrating a wealth of excellence that earned less attention.
Far from distracted by a goaltending controversy, our beloved organization has been busy making the world a better...
Darren Dreger of TSN was on NHL Live today and the topics discussed were Michel Therrien in Montreal, Roberto Luongo, Calgary's goaltending situation and Getzlaf and Perry status in Anaheim.
A roster of Canadians but no Canucks
Lists are great. Nothing sparks more debate than someone publishing a list. But when you create of list of hockey talent, well that’s just an invite for the most heated argument on Canadian soil.
One year away from the 2014 Sochi Olympics and TSN pundit Ray Ferraro has unveiled his list, his dream team, of hopeful Canadians that should wear...