The Canucks’ moms are with the team on their two-game road trip (compare the happy picture above with this one of the Leafs’ dads), and everyone was having a good time in Vancouver’s 3-1 win at Colorado. No one more so than Beth Bartkowski, who saw her son score his first goal in more than three months.
Vancouver ended Florida’s 12-game winning streak with an OT goal by Daniel Sedin (off a feed from his twin brother Henrik), but the real action came after the final horn. It also featured, from Panthers TV guy Denis Potvin, one of the most inexplicable insults I’ve ever heard.
Early in last night’s 3-2 Coyotes win, Canucks forward Daniel Sedin took a batted puck directly to the mouth. Watch the replay at the 22-second mark (or don’t!); you can see a tooth make a leap for freedom.
Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis probably wasn’t feeling too good after giving the puck away right next to his own net. He was probably feeling a lot worse when he caught a slapshot to the face immediately afterward.
Boston Magazine published a lengthy story today on Alex Guerrero, who is Tom Brady’s personal body coach, TB12 business partner, counselor, and—according to court records—a modern snake-oil salesman. The FTC investigated products promoted by Guerrero twice, the magazine reports, and in both cases the FTC found that…
In an attempt at Canadian camaraderie, the Vancouver Canucks tweeted well wishes to the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs. They also pissed off a bunch of their fans.
Canucks winger Alex Burrows was taken out of Calgary’s Saddledome in an ambulance today. Burrows left the ice—reportedly holding his wrist—and had to be carried out of the locker room on a stretcher.
John Tortorella lasted just one season in Vancouver—a disastrous tailspin of a season so increasingly toxic, there's now not a single person on earth willing to deny that he had to go. Torts has rejoined society, sounding refreshed and sanguine in a Tampa Bay radio appearance earlier today, and he's realistic about…
Today in "headlines I never thought I'd write."
Flames goalie Jonas Hiller left the net after Calgary had a delayed penalty, but sloppy possession in the offensive zone led to a very long own goal. Yannick Weber was credited with his second goal of the season. Anything is possible!
Canucks forward Radim Vrbata waited, and waited, and waited. Then, he completely fooled Senators goalie Craig Anderson for his 12th goal of the season. Be sure to watch the replay at the end. So pretty.
Hockey lifer Pat Quinn passed away on Sunday. Last night, the Canucks—for whom Quinn served as executive and coach for 10 years, including for the 1994 Cup Finals run—honored Quinn with a moment of silence and a rendition of "Danny Boy."
Here's Canucks D prospect Jordan Subban putting a beaut past his brother Malcolm, a goalie in the Bruins system, at a shootout competition at a weeklong private camp in Toronto. Seems P.K.'s not the only Subban who thinks style points should count.
At today's Canucks post-mortem press conference, TSN's Farhan Lalji got things started off on the right foot by calling coach John Tortorella "Mike." Torts then bestowed Lalji with his own pet name.
A meaningless season finale between Calgary and Vancouver became ugly tonight as a hit from Paul Byron left Daniel Sedin on a stretcher and headed to the hospital.
The thing about the germinating disaster in Vancouver is that it shouldn't even be a big deal. The Canucks will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and that's OK—it's the natural cycle of hockey that a team can't be good forever. The Canucks still have talent, they have money to spend, and if things will…
In time, any serious hockey market will destroy its $64 million goaltender.
I know it's hard to conceive of, but there will come a point when you actually feel sorry for Canucks fans. Yesterday's debacle, losing 7-4 to the Islanders after conceding seven goals in the third period, just hours after GM Mike Gillis wrote a letter to season-ticket holders stating the organization's commitment to…