Stick in Link: Flukiest goals in Canucks history, return of Jordan Schroeder, and things to be thankful for

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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So is Dan Hamhuis just terrible now or what?

Vancouver fans aren’t really used to noticing Dan Hamhuis. The blueliner is hardly a flashy guy — when he’s at his best, which he usually is, he doesn’t stand out.

But he’s been impossible to miss this October. Far from his steady self, Hamhuis has been as error-prone as we’ve ever seen him. Turnovers. Penalties. Missed checks and assignments. And, on Saturday night versus Montreal, an own-goal — a moment one can only hope was the Community Man’s rock bottom.

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Breakdowning Lars Eller’s incredible shorthanded goal against the Canucks

The turning point of the 2010-11 season for the Canucks was their lowest moment, an embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 20th after the Blackhawks had knocked them out of the playoffs two seasons in a row. The Canucks responded with a closed-door players’ meeting and, after losing a close one to the Phoenix Coyotes the next game, went on to win 18 of their next 22 games, including a statement 3-0 victory over the Blackhawks.

After that loss to the Blackhawks, the Canucks only lost 13 of their remaining 63 games, cruising to the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history, finishing ahead of the Washington Capitals by a whopping 10 points.

This season, the Canucks decided to get their low point out of the way early on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens. In front of a national Hockey Night in Canada audience, they scored one of the most bizarre and embarrassing own goals in NHL history. Now it’s time to break it down.

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