Written by Dani Toth | 22 May 2011


Tonight Today is a huge game. Things will either go one of two ways, 1. The Canucks will give themselves that 3-1 edge in the series giving them a chance to win it at home on Tuesday or 2. The Sharks do what the Lightning did last night and tie it up making for an exciting but nervous series.

Before we jump into the game itself, let's all acknowledge that we hate the noon start time. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word, because I really don't mind eating my brunch this Sunday, while it rains outside, watching the hockey game. Obviously having this at night would be better, because then I could actually do something with my day, but really it's not that big of an inconvenience. But thinking for the players being creatures of habit, no fan loves this. We want optimal scenarios for the team to perform their best. My recollection of previous day games says that the Canucks do not perform well, in fact they injure themselves (think: Pens game where Luongo injured himself). But whatever, NBC is airing the game and like yesterday, they wanted this to be a day game so no amount of complaining will change the start time. Just think, the start times will get even uglier in the SCF.

Lots of stuff went wrong on Friday night, some were in our control, some not. Things not in our control: injuries. The Canucks will be without Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome today due to injury. But that's the reason we carry like 40 defencemen right? So, next up on our depth defencemen has Andrew Alberts and Keith Ballard making up the 3rd pairing.

This article by Tony Gallagher talks about how Ballard is hard on himself for a lacklustre season and the end, Ballard goes on to say that he still has his 'confidence'. The article makes it seem like its just a line he's telling himself and the media, but I hope through all of these games he's had to play with AV that he really hasn't lost his confidence. Christ Tanev joined the team just before practice yesterday in a just in case scenario, but is not expected to jump the depth chart and play.

As for the stuff that went wrong on Friday that was within our control, well that was obviously the penalties that the Canucks took. After praising Bieksa for his play in Game 2, Bieksa just went ahead and took three penalties. He's not the only one either since the team itself took 10 penalties and one game misconduct. And the reason that was a problem was because the Canucks PK couldn't kill any of them off. The Sharks were like 5/5 on penalties bringing me back the PK horrors of the LA series last year. The Canucks finally killed some PK's off, and hopefully this means an end to the Sharks' PP goals.

I expect that all of the Canucks fans that travelled down to San Jose to watch Game 3 will also be at Game 4. Even with the reduced numbers of Sharks fans there on Friday night, when the Sharks scored, the tank was LOUD. Like crazy loud. I'm quite impressed with them. The KB has some really great videos on the number of Canucks fans that were there in San Josesome video of Sharks fans and they also give some props to the Sharks fans as well.

So Game 4 Canucks, let's DO IT no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 19 May 2011

Today more than one guy asked me what I thought of the flasher girl from Game 2, everyone from my co-workers to the Fedex guy at my office. When I came home today, my roommate asked if knew if she had been kicked out after the incident (I have no idea) and some of my blogger friends joked and asked if that was me (it was not). This really has gotten a bit overblown.

I have no idea why she did it. Really, I don't. I have no idea if she was kicked out, but she probably should have been.

My thoughts on what happened:

It was low classy. I don't really know why she decided to flash Ben Eager while he was in the penalty box, but she had to have some idea that she was going to get on camera for it. So maybe she was doing it for show, or maybe she was really drunk. Whatever the reason, it was uncalled for. Why? Because hockey games have kids that attend them. This is not some bar where everyone is an adult, no, this is a hockey game that had kids at it and kids watching it at home.

Now, Puck Daddy was able to track her down through facebook today (complete with a photo of what she looks like) and requested her to do an interview with them. She declined and requested that they blur out her face on the photo that they posted on their website. She has since deleted her facebook account according to PD.


After exposing yourself during a hockey game in a place in the arena that you know will be picked up by camera's you want a website to blur out your face? A photo that Getty images is distributing? It ain't gonna happen so just want to deal with the consequences. Seriously, if you were going to flash someone while at an NHL game and know that there was going to be a good chance you'd end up on camera or someone you would take a photo of you, learn to deal with it.

But I think there is a certain level of appropriateness of what you do at a hockey game and this was not appropriate. Flashing Ben Eager made you an embarrassment.

I only feel sorry for the people that care about this girl who had to watch their daughter's topless photo spread like wildfire over twitter last night and end up on the sports blogs this morning. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 18 May 2011


When Aaron Rome scores one of the seven goals scored by Vancouver...you know it's going well. According to Kevin Bieksa, that was a set play*.

The Canucks have gone up 2-0 in the series that heads back to San Jose on Friday. Game 2 had everything going well for the Canucks. The Sedins scored, the 3rd line scored, Mason Raymond scored, Bieksa scored on a breakaway, I could go on...and again, Aaron Rome scored.

Outside of their PK ability, this game had lots of positives for the Canucks. One of the biggest things I saw was how the team was able to keep their composure throughout the game. Even though Bieksa did fight Marleau, the Canucks stayed focused during the whole 60 minute effort.

Even for a player that I thought could be a liability in the playoffs because of his past, Lapierre has blown me away. He's worked so well on the third line and has been such a key player in the faceoff circle for the team. And this is all without his previous antics from years past that had him taking penalties. Lapierre did make some funny faces at Ryan Clowe tonight, but that's where it ended.


On the Sharks front, Ben Eager may have lost the game for the Sharks single-handedly. Or at least it seems like he did as he is deflecting enough attention from the players from the Sharks who didn't show up in Game 2.

If I were a Sharks fan, I wouldn't be as worried about Eager's antics as I am at the lack of scoring by players not named Couture and Thornton. If it was just Eager, McCellan could just scratch him in Game 3, but this loss it not rightfully all due to his credit. Whatever Eager did tonight, will just deflect attention from the Sharks being outworked in two games straight. They've been pinned in their zone, have made some really sloppy turnovers in the neutral zone and can't seem to get a hold on the Canucks break-out pass. It is possible that this is the fatigue that comes from having played 7 games against the Wings in Round 2, but whatever it is, it's allowing the Canucks to take advantage of the situation.

The real test for the Canucks is the two games coming up in San Jose. Now we head to their rink and see if the Canucks can put themselves up 3-0 on Friday which I imagine will require every bit of effort it took to dominate Games 1 and 2.

*Bieksa just keeps getting better every interview these playoffs
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Written by Dani Toth | 09 May 2011



For the third time in Canucks history, we're going to the Western Conference Finals! YESSSSS!!!!

The Canucks won 2-1 off of another game that had Kesler dragging his team over the finish line for, even while skating without a contact in. Jesus. What a player. What a six games he has played.

If it had not been for Kesler, we would not be moving on to the WCF. We came into this series pointing fingers at him as one of the players who had yet to score in the playoffs. Then, boom, Kesler is scoring. Kesler is winning faceoffs. Kesler is scoring more, splitting the Nashville D and taking pucks to the face.

The Canucks won this series because they had more tools in their toolbox than Nashville had. Although Nashville had great goaltending and a solid defence, they just didn't have the talent up front that could put the pucks in the net.

In tonight's game, the Canucks took too many careless penalties, especially to start the game, but were able to kill all five off. After killing off a couple of penalties, Mason Raymond opened up the scoring in the 1st period off of a centering pass from Ryan Kesler. Then Jordin Tootoo takes an unsportsmanlike penalty for diving off of a cross-check from Edler that Daniel capitalizes on while on the PP. 2-0 Canucks.

In the second period, Legwand scores early on with a puck that manages to slide under Luongo over the goal line. Luongo tries to hide it, and they review the play, but no dice, score now 2-1. Then the Canucks reverted back to trying to just protect their 2-1 lead and only managed to get two shots on goal. Not good enough. Vomit city in the 2nd period there.

Scariest moment of the game comes up with Martin Erat on a breakaway only to have Jeff Tambellini streak down the ice and move Erat off the puck.

Samuelsson wouldn't not have been able to catch up to Erat. Just saying.

Whatever was said in the dressing room at the intermission changed the mentality and the Canucks came back in the third period to outshoot the Preds 10-6. Lots of chances to get the empty netter, but it didn't happen. I don't know what Kostitsyn was doing behind the net there either. Luongo makes a big save at the end on some Predator.

Canucks win 2-1 and we don't have to watch Nashville hockey until next season.

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Written by Dani Toth | 07 May 2011

Heartbreak city

When the Canucks needed to come out with a strong effort to eliminate the Preds, they didn't.

They had a good first period, a terrible second and an also terrible third. There are exceptions to what I'm saying of course. Ryan Kesler tried to again single-handedly win the game by himself, and Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre played a hard working game. And that's it.

Every other Canuck did not out work the other team, and even worse, made some really terrible decisions. The first goal by the Predators was scored shorthandedbecause Samuelsson coughed up the puck. Then there is the play of Edler on Legwand's second goal. And Bieksa didn't clear the puck out of the zone and the Predators capitalized on that as well.

And then there was the play of the Sedins. They were a combined -7 tonight. Although they looked better tonight, looking like they had better chances, they didn't convert and were held pointless. As fans, we're frustrated at watching them. Frustrated when they get put to take the offensive zone faceoff when maybe AV should be palying the guys who have been scoring. But it shouldn't be this way. Because if the Sedins were scoring, we wouldn't be in this situation, thinking it would be better that they aren't on the ice.

Samuelsson won't travel with the team to Nashville, and maybe right now with his lack of production, that's a good thing for the team.

Game 6 is Monday in Nashville at 5pm. Let's finish it off then boys.
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Written by Dani Toth | 07 May 2011

Besides his defensive skills or his hip check on Douglas Murray, another reason why we Hamhuis:

After the afternoon practice between Game 3 and 4 in Nashville, Hamhuis spent the afternoon hanging out with Clay Butler, his best buddy with Down Syndrome, eating pizza and shooting some hoops at the YMCA. Great story over at Canucks.com

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Written by Dani Toth | 05 May 2011


The Canucks came out tonight, like they did in Games 1 and 3, and were the better team on the ice. They worked harder, they shot more and Ryan Kesler was again a beast.

It was only a few games ago that we were asking: where are the goals? This 41 goal scorer didn't have any goals in the post season but clearly, you could see he was working hard. So we said the goals would come.

Kesler now has 3 goals in two games and came up with this beauty of a powerplay goal:

But that was the goal that gave the Canucks the one goal lead in the third. The first 47:28 before it seemed to follow the same script that we've been watching for the previous three games before: Canucks get one goal lead, Predators tie, Canucks get another goal, Predators tie sometime in the 3rd period....then OT

But tonight, the Kesler goal on the PP changed that and the Canucks fought hard to win in regulation tonight.

Henrik potted the empty netter, which doesn't pass for an actual goal there Henrik, but it did give the Canucks a 4-2 win.

But this game seemed like it was reflective of when the Predators stopped working as hard as their opposition.

During the 5-3 powerplay, with Lapierre and Rome in the box, the Predators were only able to get 1 shot on net. 1 shot. Now I know the Canucks don't have a great record for 5-3's either, but in Game 4 of the playoffs, just 1 shot? And where were the scary-ass shots from Weber? The Canucks did a good job and limiting his ability to shoot the puck, which had him switching positions like he was on a pendulum, but I wouldn't be pleased if I was a Preds fan. And if his slapshot takes too long to set up, why not settle for wristing it in and hope that with traffic in front, it might bounce in?

And since I'm picking apart Nashville here, we all see that the Sedins haven't been producing, it may have been better if he started to shift the coverage of Weber/Suter from the Sedins/Burrows to Kesler/Higgins/Raymond. Just a thought.

But in the end, maybe it's just that Weber and Suter are tired and the Preds just don't have the offensive players that score enough goals to get past the 2nd round. Weber and Suter looked like they just didn't want it as bad tonight. Not to say that they didn't play well, because they give a beating to the Sedins and Burrows every shift. And they have both logged a lot of minutes and at times stay on for some very, very long shifts.

It's not over yet, but since it has looked like the Canucks have been the better team throughout the series, it seems tough to think the Preds can come back from being down 3-1.
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