Vancan Outta The Blue

Baby Canucks Open Tourney With Loss
September 12, 2011, 14:28
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By Josh Hall

You could hear the cheers in Edmonton all the way from Penticton. A 7-2 victory in the Oilers’ opening game of the NHL Young Stars Tournament over the Canucks no doubt induced a myriad of closet Oilers fans to dub this group a future dynasty like those of the 80’s.

Maybe I’m just defending my baby Canucks, but I digress. In their opening game of the tournament, the Canucks got slaughtered but it was more on some shaky goaltending from David Honzik. Hailing from Milevsko, Czech Republic, Honzik played just over 34 minutes and allowed 6 goals on 23 shots. Despite being porous for most of the time he played, he did rob 2011 1st Overall Pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins point blank in the 1st period. The Hoznikian one was drafted 71st overall this past June by the Canucks.

The 2nd period was really where it all fell apart. Headed to the 2nd tied at 1-1 on the power of a goal from RW Darren Archibald (1G, 1A), Vancouver looked to pull ahead in front of a solid Penticton crowd. That’s when Hoznik let in a few softies and the game got feisty. It was bound to happen, and the first of three fights got underway straight from the center ice faceoff. It was Cameron Abney against the Nucks Sawyer Hannay who started off slow but took it to Abney in the end. The fight lasted about 60 seconds. Sadly, that still didn’t swing any momentum the Canucks’ way.

The next prospect to step on the ice was backup Karel St. Laurent. A native of Ville Ste.-Catherine, Karel played with Surrey of the BCHL last season and was an attendee at Canucks summer development camp. He is unsigned by Vancouver but will showcase his skills to the other four teams in the tournament who may be interested in a goalie at the AHL level.

The 3rd period was not the scene of a comeback but it did give Canucks fans something to cheer about as Czech born D Adam Polasek got into a fight with Colton Teubert and promptly broke his nose with a puch to the face as clean as you will ever see. Polasek eventually left the penalty box limping, left the game and returned a little while later. Polasek was chosen 145th overall by the Canucks in 2010. You can watch Teubert get dropped by Polasek here!

The final score was 7-2 after Canucks 2010 1st round pick Jordan Schroederscored to cut the deficit to 5.

Newly crowned Chicago Wolves head coach Craig Mactavish said after the game, “It’s a good lesson for everybody. You have to play the game the right wayand I was happy with the way we corrected ourselves in the 3rd.” You can see his full post-game comments here!

Might I add that Mactavish looked fitting and yet very strange behind Canucks colours for the first time on the bench.

The NHL Young Stars tournament continues today when the Canucks, as mentioned, play the Flames at 4pm PST. This game will be live on Sportsnet and the rest of the games will be streamed live on and The tournament features squads from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and San Jose.

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These Playoffs Have Been One Big Joke

Pinch yourself Vancouver. Last night was not a figment of your imagination. Yes, the Vancouver Canucks are going to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 17 years and 3rd time in franchise history. Let me just be the first, but probably 1000th to say how proud I am of this team. It starts with the core who’s been around for so long but we can also include the players who have come in and played roles. They have progressively matured over seasons and months, and now find themselves 4 steps away from hoisting the holy grail of hockey.

But enough with the mushy stuff. Ya, I’m in love with this team and I cried a bit last night but there’s been a side to these Stanley Cup Playoffs that has been rather comical. If one random person were to come to Vancouver from a non-hockey country and study what has gone on in the Canucks Cup run so far, they would either conclude that the Canucks have battled tons of adversity and have come out on top like they should; or they would say “What’s with all the coverage of people on the exterior of these playoffs?

First there was Vince. Ya, he’s been a thorn in our side the last two seasons, and it was as big a deal to vanquish him as it was the rest of the Blackhawks. Seeing him point and laugh at Bobby Lu as he was pulled that fateful Game 4 night was disgusting and I think all Canucks fans started an un-official boycott of all his movies.

Then there was the emergence of the Green Men in the playoffs. This one is still going as they were in attendance last night but these guys (love em to bits) have received more air time than PJ Stock. There was the Healy fiasco where he called them ridiculous. They are in every damn Canucks montage, video, or tribute out there. Hell, Don Cherry talked about them ON COACH’S CORNER. He shared Healy’s sentiments. And perhaps the most redonculous thing with the Green Men, the NHL told them to stop touching the glass. Really?? Seriously, I love these guys, but you know you can say you’re successful at distracting when the NHL sends you a letter instead of suspending a player on the ice.

Oh and then the car dealership on Kingsway in Vancouver. They had GO CANUCKS GO with the stick in rink logo on their windows. The NHL actually sent them a letter asking them to take it all down due to copyright on the phrase ‘Go Canucks Go.’ So cheekily and awesomely, the dealership took down the C and A so it reads GO _ _NUCKS GO! Pure Gold!

Moving on to Nashville, where we met Mrs. Carrie Underwood. We all know she’s married to Mike Fisher and they showed her face every chance they did. But the best part about Underwood was when the Canucks finally eliminated the Preds and the camera panned to her, and she was BAWLING HER EYES OUT. Precious!

Finally, the twins! No, not Daniel and Henrik. The bazoons, the knockers, the ta-ta’s…ya! A girl actually flashed Ben Eager in Game 2 when he went to the penalty box. Frankly, it was a nice reprieve from the Green Mens’ junk. This girl even had her mug on the front cover of 24 the next day. I bet her parents were so proud. And of course, the obligatory feminists’ point of view came out when female bloggers took to criminalizing her for degrading women. I mean, I get it, but come on, she was having a fun night and you can’t tell me you prefer green packages.

What a ride it has been and what will we see against Boston (my choice) or Tampa Bay? Time will tell, but for now, I’m going to try and let this whole Stanley Cup Finals thing sink in. Maybe our own celebs can get together and do something crazy..Michael Buble, Cory Monteith, Kim Catrall, Steve Nash, Joey Fatone…the last one pains me a little.

It really is hard to believe and no it’s not a dream, it’s a dream come true. Go Canucks Go!

Canucks Crazy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is uncharted territory for not only the Canucks, but a generation of fans. I turned 5 years old during the 1994 Cup Run,  and I don’t remember a thing first hand. All I have learned about Greg Adams, Kirk McLean and Cliff Ronning has been from people who lived that run to the limit.

Well now, for the first time in 17 years, and the first time in my 22 year life I’ll be able to remember, the Canucks are headed to the Western Conference Final. Not since the West Coast Express Era of 2002-03 have I been more excited for this team. Sure that team didn’t get past the 2nd round, but they had talent and they invigorated the fan base like I hadn’t seen before. The team that has evolved from that into what we had two years ago, into what we have now is a glittering masterpiece. Depth, of course, the key to that. The team has talent, strength, speed and incredible goaltending and there’s certainly more than one reason why they have gotten to this point.

It is safe to say that the fans of this team, especially the hard-cores, are on pins and needles waiting for this 3rd round to start tomorrow night. I know I am, and when the puck is finally dropped, the wave of synergy that wipes over this city for the following week or two will be panic inducing. It will cause fans to go crazy and do crazy things to show their love for this team. Guess what? There’s nothing wrong with that. Why? Because Vancouver Canucks fans don’t get to experience this every year. We haven’t had opportunities to say that we are one of the top four teams in the NHL at the end of the year. Of course top four is not and never will be good enough, but that’s just it. Our team has a legitimate chance to be the Number One team, the head honchos of the NHL. Why shouldn’t we go nuts?

You tell me!

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