One of the loveliest moments of the Canucks’ performance Sunday night versus the Flames was Ryan Kesler’s thundering open-ice hit on Blake Comeau. Midway through the first period, with the Canucks on a powerplay, the puck came to Comeau at the side boards, and he attempted to clear the zone. Unfortunately, only a split second after the puck arrived, Ryan Kesler did as well. He absolutely flattened Comeau.
Now Before you say “Not sure what Comeau’s so upset about”, keep in mind that, clean as this hit was, Comeau probably still didn’t enjoy it all that much. Canuck fans likely did, however, especially since, with Raffi Torres now in Phoenix, these hits are a little less frequent than they were last year. But don’t be misled: this wasn’t the only one. Hit of the year though it might have been, there are indeed other candidates. Here are five.Continue Reading —›
Safe to say Sunday night’s 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames was a coming-out party for the line of Chris Higgins, David Booth, and Ryan Kesler. The trio combined for 8 points in the win — 1 goal and 2 assists for both Higgins and Booth, and 2 assists for Kesler — and each was named one of the game’s three stars.
An explosive and productive game of this sort was only inevitable. The line has been noticeable since Alain Vigneault put them back together five games ago versus the Phoenix Coyotes: Booth has five points in that span (3 G, 2 A), Kesler has 7 (2 G, 5 A), and Higgins has six (1 G, 5 A) and is riding a four-game point streak.Continue Reading —›
I was listening to a sports radio station in Toronto the other day and the question put forth by the host was simple—if you ran the Vancouver Canucks what would you do with Roberto Luongo? I thought he was asking a rhetorical question but no he actually wanted to know. I thought it was rather [...]Continue Reading —›
Mason Raymond finally played his first game since having his back broken in last season’s Stanley Cup Final. He returned one-game later than intended after a paperwork error kept him out of Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators and unwittingly unleashed the dreaded thirteenth forward curse on Aaron Volpatti.
In response to his return, the Flames panicked and started their backup, Henrik Karlsson, in place of Miikka Kiprusoff, who was the goaltender of record for both of Raymond’s two career hat tricks. Clearly, Kiprusoff is scared of Raymond. I’m sure that this game being the second of a back-to-back and the third game in four nights for the Flames had nothing to do with it. I watched this game.Continue Reading —›