Fatal Error

There are 11 games left in the season. The Flames are playing one of the four opponents that they definitely should beat. Miikka Kiprusoff is the Flames MVP and starting goalie. Vesa Toskala, the Flames back-up, starts in between the pipes. Can someone please explain this to me? I don’t care about Brent Sutter’s hunches that Miikka can’t play the Wild and that Toskala played well against them last week. Why would you even want to ‘rest’ Kipper during the stretch run if there isn’t anything to ‘stretch’ for? Did Sutter over think the decision on his starting netminder? Yes. Did he make a horrible gaffe and possibly, finally, cement the Flames in the 9th pos...
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Six For Kes

Ryan Kesler will be a member of the Vancouver Canucks for the next while as he has signed a six-year deal with the club that drafted him in the first round back in 2003. The deal is worth $30million and will equate to a $5million cap hit per season. Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that forward Ryan Kesler has agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension through the 2015-2016 season. “Today is an exciting day for the Canucks organization,” said Mike Gillis. “Ryan Kesler has excelled as a two-way player and in his role as an alternate captain. Ryan has showcased his ability to perform under extreme pressure and w...

Looking In The Face Of Adversity

The passing of time can often be a cruel occurrence, on March 15th Canucks.com proudly reported that Mikael Samuelsson had been named the NHL’s first star of the week, for the week of 8-14 March. During that time Samuelsson accrued some impressive stats, ten points six goals and four assists in four games. Then on 17th March the site reports that Samuelsson will miss at least two – three weeks with an upper body injury. In seventy games the Canucks RW has a total of thirty goals placing him second in that category for team stats, he also has fifty-three points. With just twelve games left on the regular season schedule this could cause a rather problematic situation for Vancouver, or c...

Same Same, But Different

The score in tonight’s Avs-Flames game was 3-2 for 5th time this season. It’s as if no other outcome is possible. However, this time, the Calgary Flames finally beat the Colorado Avalanche on the back of a stand out performance by Miikka...err Vesa Toskala? Is Calgary the place to go when you are Finnish, a goalie, and not performing how you should? Is Darryl Sutter the goalie whisperer? In two starts since coming over from the Anaheim Ducks, Vesa Toskala is 2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .937 SP%. He has been, in word, great. Something Flames fans are not used to seeing from back-up goaltenders. And something Leafs fans never had the pleasure of viewing. There is no goalie...

A Turning Point

One play can often be the turning point in a game, but rarely do you see one play possibly be the turning point in a season. That might have been the case this evening. Tonight, in front of a sold out crowd at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Curtis Glencross was awarded a penalty shot with 1:30 remaining in the 2nd period. He skated back towards Kiprusoff who was smiling and spouting advice on what Glencross should do. Known for a laser snap shot in the top right corner, the speedy left winger blazed up the ice picking up the puck at the centre dot. He came in with great pace and let go a snap shot as expected, but instead tried to pick the left corner of the net. Unfortunately, Red Wings ...

What Road Trip Hangover?

Everyone says that the first game back from a long road trip is usually a let down. Just don't tell that to the Vancouver Canucks. After finishing their 14-game odyssey, where the Canucks went 8-5-1, with a shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes the Canucks returned home on Saturday night prepared for a weekend back to back set with the Ottawa Senators and divisional rival, Calgary Flames. Vancouver's return to General Motors Place was a raucous one considering the last hockey game before that had a bit of significance to Canadian hockey fans across the nation. The Canucks came out blazing, riding high from their road trip, and scoring a rare ice breaker goal. In the second period they esse...

Flames Ride #34 to 4th Straight Win

The Calgary Flames won their 4th game in a row tonight for the first time since early January when they strung together 5 straight victories. Mikka Kiprusoff blanked the Ottawa Senators 2-0, for his 4th shutout of the season and his first since November 30th; when he shutout the Nashville Predators 5-0. Kiprusoff was sharp all night long as he blocked all 33 shots the Sens through at him. Not to mention the 5 different power-plays that Kipper helped shoo away. It was vintage Kipper, and in a way, vintage (vintage being 2004) Flames hockey. The Flames were on the board early with Jamal Mayers’ first career goal as a Flame; a nice short-side-cheese snipe show. Due in part to a s...

The Longest Trip In History

On January 30th the Vancouver Canucks started what was to be the longest road trip in NHL history. During this time they traveled a total of 20,737 kilometers. The first game of the colossal fourteen game expedition began with a win against the Leafs, it ended on March 10th with an overtime loss to Phoenix. In a span of fourteen games the team finished with a respectable 8-5-1 record, the final outcome of this journey could have ended much worse, especially when you consider that Vancouver have been playing without two of it’s best defensemen. Like most huge excursions there were many highs and lows. During the Olympics, Luongo was able to feel perhaps the ultimate high, when he helped...

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

It has been over a month since the Vancouver Canucks have played in the comfort of their home at General Motors Place, 42 days to be exact. The Canucks have just one more game remaining on their NHL record 14-game road trip that has seen them travel all across North America. With Vancouver hosting the Olympic Games, this road trip was well expected before the schedule even came out. The trip consisted of two sections, 8 games prior to the Olympics and 6 games after the Olympics. Experts, media, players and fans all marked their calendars as this stretch would be the true test and hurdle for the Canucks who, at the time, were coming off their second Northwest division title in three years....
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