Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver Canucks’

Final Game Plan: Smash Henik Sedin #ABS

Posted 10 Apr 2010 — by admin
Category Northwest Division, Sedin Sisters, Vancouver Canucks

The Calgary Flames play their last game of the season tonight in Vancouver, and there’s really only one thing that matters now: keep Henrik Sedin off the scoresheet. The Canucks pretty boy is in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, trailing Alexander Ovechkin by one point. They both have one game left, so it’s now up to the Flames to keep little Sedin from getting any more points.

Normally I would be cheering against Ovechkin because – as much as he’s an amazing hockey player – I just don’t like him. But when it comes down to Ovechkin vs Sedin (and all those smug Canucks fans) I’ll take Ovechkin any day. I’ll be so happy if Ovechkin finishes ahead of Sedin so all those “Sedin should win the Hart Trophy” idiots can stuff it. The term “Anything But Sedin” has been floating around for a while now, and tonight it’ll be the only thing that matters for me.

At the end of the day, this final game of the regular season has little significance for either team. The Canucks will finish 3rd in the West while the Flames will miss the playoffs. But there is a little pride on the line tonight.  The Canucks would be more than happy to win the final meeting with Calgary to tie their best ever record with 49 wins. The Flames would be happy to take the season series 4-2 while sending the Canucks into the playoffs with some bruises to tend to, no hardware coming… and none expected.

So the game plan is simple. Skate hard, don’t allow any defensive breakdowns and hit anything that has a #33 on it. The rest of it will work itself out. 

Stephane Auger Will Referee Tonight’s Flames Game

Posted 13 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Burrows, Calgary Flames, Controversy, Vancouver Canucks
Stephane Auger

We’re 30 minutes to puck drop and the story all day today has been about the referee. After facing a controversy for “allegedly” telling Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows that he was going to get him during Vancouver’s game against Nashville on Monday, Stephane Auger is set to don the stripes and orange armband for tonight’s Flames vs Penguins game.

Auger has a long history of controversial calls (thanks to the super-biased jonno for sending me this link on Twitter last night) and has taken flack from many fans in the past. But that didn’t change the league’s perception of Monday’s accusation by Burrow. The NHL officially released this statement on the matter today:

“We have determined that Mr. Burrows’ account of referee Auger’s comments to him before the game and specifically Burrows’ suggestion that these comments indicated bias against the player of the Vancouver team, cannot be substantiated. While referee auger engaged the player in a brief conversation prior to the opening face-off, I firmly believe that nothing inappropriate was said and that referee Auger’s intentions were beyond reproach.” – Colin Campbell, Executive VP of Hockey Operations

I believe that Auger will be under the microscope tonight and will call a perfect game as a result. If you don’t agree (or even if you do) leave a comment and let me know why.

Flames win in Vancouver while overcoming a laser

Posted 10 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Bourque, Calgary Flames, Lundmark, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Win, shootout

Despite the fact that some idiot in Vancouver thought it would be a good idea to shine a laser in Miikka Kiprusoff’s eyes all night, the Flames won 3-2 in the shootout, regaining their lead atop the Northwest Division and proving that they are the tougher team, mentally and physically.
Flames Canucks Hockey
Anyone who watched tonight would agree that this was one of the best games so far this NHL season. The Flames and Canucks both came out hitting, and played a very physical game to decide who would end up in 1st place in the NW division. The Canucks ended up with the short straw, after their captain gave up 3 goals in the shootout following an exciting game at GM Place. This was the first time in a long time where the Flames scored on all of their shootout opportunities, and they needed all 3 goal to secure the win.

This is a rivalry that is slowly proceeding towards “primary rival status” for the Flames. Calgary is one of the few teams in the NHL that has 2 legitimate rivals, and since the Edmonton Oilers have tanked this season, the Canucks have emerged as the primary rival for the Flames. It is well known that the Flames and Oilers had a great rivalry throughout the 1980s and 1990s, but since then the Canucks have emerged as the stronger team, they seem to be making a case to earn the distinction as the Flames’ primary rival.

Each time that the Flames or Canucks have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals (or won the cup, in the Flames case), they have played each other in the playoffs. Whether they like it or not, the Canucks and the Flames seem to be linked somehow. Their link extends to the playoffs, but it also seems to be evident in the regular season.
Flames Canucks Hockey
Tonight, the Flames and Canucks engaged in an epic battle that included 2 fights between Brandon Prust and Rick Rypien. It was evident from the beginning that the better goaltender would win, and tonight that goaltender was Miikka Kiprusoff. Kipper stopped 19 of 21 shots in regulation and one shot in the shootout. Canucks Captain , Roberto Luongo allow 2 goals in the first 3 periods and let in all 3 shots in shootout. Jamie Lundmark scored the winner for the Flames in the shootout as well as his 2nd period goal that tied the game at 2-2.

Rene Bourque opened the scoring for the Flames 9:36 into the 1st period on a nice drive to the net. He shot the puck over Luongo’s glove hand to take the 1-0 Lead. The Canucks answered with goals from Mikael Samuelsson in the first, and Daniel Sedin in the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period.

The game went back and forth in the 3rd before Prust and Rypien’s second fight of the night. Seconds after the major penalties were assesed to the 2 fighters, Lundmark slipped a sneaky shot past Luongo to tie the game at 2-2.

Both teams pressed for the winning goal but Kipper and Luongo wouldn’t let anything into the net before the Shootout. Nigel Dawes and Kyle Wellwood both scored in the first round of the shootout. Olli Jokinen scored in the 2nd round before Ryan Kesler was stopped by Kiprusoff. Mayson Raymond scored in the 3nd round of the shootout but it was all for naught as Lundmark beat Luongo to win the game for the Flames.

Calgary has played 5 games in the past 7 days, winning 3 of those games. They continue at home next week against Colorado, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

Flames Beat Canucks. Again

Posted 16 Oct 2009 — by admin
Category McGrattan, Vancouver Canucks, Win, home

The headline should read: “McGrattan Leads Flames to Victory Against Canucks” but we all know that probably won’t happen in the mainstream media.

Sure we’ll hear about his Gordie Howe Hat Trick (even I’ve already tweeted that!), but McGrattan’s not the type of player that ‘leads’ teams to victory by most people’s standards. But I beg to differ.

After knocking Darcy Hordichuk to the ice with a solid punch in a first period fight, McGrattan and his linemates continued to dominate the physical game against the Canucks throughout the first two periods. Moments after declining a second fight with Hordichuck, McGrattan set up linemate Dustin Boyd for the Flames 4th goal. He then scored two minutes later to give the Flames a 5-0 lead.

In the new NHL, the salary cap means that guys like McGrattan, Boyd and Brandon Prust need to step up on a regular basis if a team wants to be successful. “Cheap players” needs to combine with other “cheap players” to contribute as much offense as expensive guys like Jarome Iginla. There is always 10x more defensive focus on the top players, and if the big guns aren’t scoring, someone else has to. Dion Phaneuf (and his $6.5M salary) scored one goal tonight. The other 4 Flames goal scorers combine for a total salary of only $3.247M. Seems like a good deal to me.

McGrattan, Boyd and Prust discussed scoring goals before the game and decided to make a difference for their team. Combining for 2 goals and 6 points did a lot to help the Flames team win the game. Vancouver’s top defenders were always on the ice against Jarome Iginla’s line and as a result they were kept off the scoresheet. Pretty play doesn’t win games in the Northwest Division; Gritty play does. The leader of the gritty play tonight was Brian McGrattan.

So why can’t we write him into the headlines for once?!

Flames-Canucks Post Game

Posted 02 Oct 2009 — by admin
Category Home Opener, Post Game, Vancouver Canucks, Win

The Calgary Flames exorcised some demons by winning their home opener 5-3 last night against the Vancouver Canucks. Not only was it the first time the Flames have played at home for their first game of the season, but it was also the first time they have won their first game in a looooong time. But don’t get too excited. There’s still lots of work to be done before the Flames can raise the Stanley Cup in 2010.

During the first period, it was evident that the Brent Sutter era of Calgary Flames hockey will be different. The Flames dominated the game in all aspects and scored on 2 of 3 powerplay opportunities. The Canucks were on their heels for the entire period and never seemed to be able to combat the onslaught coming from the retro-jersey-wearing Flames.

The Flames seemed to adopt a new strategy for moving the puck up the ice that involved (gasp!) carrying the puck instead of dumping it. By moving their feet instead of passing the puck into Canuck traps, the Flames were able to control the game and found the back of the net 3 times on 7 shots in the period. The packed Saddledome crowd thoroughly enjoyed Dion Phaneuf’s open ice hit on Daniel Sedin as the first period wound down.

However, things started to change for the Flames in the 2nd period. The penalty calls turned in favour of the Canucks, who capitalized on their first and third powerplays of the season while Mark Giordano and Robyn Regehr were in the penalty box.

The Flames started to relapse into their dump-and-chase habits as the game wore on, and they let the Canucks scramble their way back into the game. The Flames lead was cut to one goal (4-3) when Alex Burrows scored for the Canucks less than a minute into the 3rd period. The text messages from my friends in Vancouver came fast and furious at this point, but I guess it was futile in the end. The Canucks did what they could, but they couldn’t beat Miikka Kiprusoff to tie the game. Kipper finished the game with 39 saves and was named the game’s first star.

Dion Phaneuf topped off the Flames win by firing a slap shot from center ice into the empty net with a minute left in the game. Is it possible that fans from around the league see Dion Phaneuf as the next Chris Pronger?

As a fan, it was great to be in the Dome for this home opener. The Flames won the game, showed some serious potential on their first two powerplays, and there were a couple good hits – including one on my favourite little swede. But the Flames game is not where it needs to be yet. As Brent Sutter said in the post game interview, “We played a heck of a game for 38 minutes.” But we all know that it takes 60 consistent minutes of play to win games.

Game #2 is on the road in Edmonton on Saturday.

Thank You Lowly Colorado…

Posted 05 Apr 2009 — by admin
Category Northwest Division, Playoff Race, Vancouver Canucks

…For knocking off the Canucks 4-1 tonight.

I love how every sports broadcaster calls them “the lowly Colorado Avalanche” since they’re not making the playoffs. They do that to every team that is “mathematically out of the post season”. But lowly doesn’t mean they can’t stun the beloved hometown boys and *almost* shut them out… which the Avalanche almost did tonight.

Thanks to Colorado’s win tonight, Flames fans can breathe a little easier as we host Los Angeles tomorrow night. But remember that the Kings aren’t lowly. They are a dominating team (much like San Jose and Detroit) that the Flames must be ready to face. They will surely come out energized and ready to play.

After tonight’s action the Flames sit in 3rd in the West, tied for points with the Canucks, but with 1-game at hand, and a 2-win advantage over the Canucks. This should make for a good end to the season.

Flames vs. Canucks Highlights

Posted 30 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Highlights, Vancouver Canucks, Win, home

Flames vs. Canucks Highlights

Posted 28 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Highlights, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Win

Cammalleri Hat Trick Leads Flames to Win in Vancouver

Posted 28 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Cammalleri, Glencross, Hat Trick, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Win

Mike Cammalleri had his first career hat trick and Curtis Glencross added his 3rd goal in 3 games to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks.

Cammalleri’s first goal of the game, the 100th of his career, went in off Canucks Defenceman Sami Salo’s skate. His next two goals were much prettier as he nailed two one-timers off 2 perfect passes from linemate Jarome Iginla. His hat trick goal gave the Flames their first lead of the game.

“The best feeling about this is the win,” said Cammalleri. “Maybe we didn’t say it out loud, but we were all thinking we need to win these two games to get back to where we want to be and you can’t win them both if you don’t win the first one.”

Curtis Glencross continued his hot streak with the game winning goal. He stole the puck from Alex Edler and broke in on Canucks goalie Curtis Sanford. He whipped a back-hander over Sanford’s shoulder to seal the win for the Flames, who have moved within 3 points of NW Division-leading Vancouver.

Flames Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was also in top form, turning away 27 of 30 shots to claim his 13th win of the season. He stopped a great chance from Jannick Hansen, and helped the Flames kill off a 5-on-3 powerplay.

This was the first regulation-time loss for the Canucks while facing their Northwest Division opponents.

The two teams will now head to Calgary for another matchup on Saturday night.

Roberto Luongo, Captain Canuck

Posted 30 Sep 2008 — by admin
Category Goaltender, Northwest Division, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

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I’m sure you all remember the photo of the 2007 Vancouver Canucks playoff team that were passed around the internet shortly after they made an early exit in after the 2nd round. It featured a photoshopped Canucks team photo that left one player in the middle of the bench all by himself. The player was their best player in the Playoffs, and the main reason they made it to the 2nd round. The player was Roberto Luongo.

Well, now it’s official. The best player on the Vancouver Canucks has been named their Captain. Though he won’t be able to wear the ‘C’ on his jersey because of NHL rules, Luongo will be the Captain of the Vancouver Canuck. I guess it makes some kind of sense that he will be their new Captain after Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Trevor Linden all left (or retired) after last season. The ‘nucks don’t really have much leadership left on the ice or in the dressing room. Short of them going out and poaching Ryan Smyth from Colorado, they don’t really have much choice.

It will be interesting to watch how it all works itself out during the season, though. According to TSN.ca there have only been 6 other Captain/goalies in NHL history. A quick Wikipedia search shows that Luongo will be the 5th goalie to be awarded the ‘C’ (but not be permitted to wear it).

I’m sure Luongo feels proud to be the team captain. But he’s also got to be pretty pissed off about where the Canucks have gone since he came to them 2 years ago. They were a top contender in the NW division, and have now regressed further back than Luongo’s Florida Panthers ever were. If I was him, I’d be saying, “When is somone actually going to give me a team?”