Well, it's not every day that the Canucks shoot a blank on the "Jump to Conclusions" mat. It's also not often that the Sedins have a game that is flat out bad, but both those things occurred last night. Thankfully, the team gets a chance to "Jump Again" tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Notes from last night's game, the Marchand decision, and a real live NHL Tebow after the jump!
Vancouver Canucks news & notes:
- The Rock reviews last night's game against the Panthers. [Legion of Blog]
- What a great quote from Dale Weise last night on recent call-up Mike Duco: "I'm happy for other guys to get opportunities and I know what it's like to be a call-up and I look to make him feel welcome. We don't look at it as competition, anyone who plays for our team is part of the family and we want everyone to be successful." [The Province]
- Duco's stat line in his first game with the Canucks: 3 hits (conservative, thought I saw more), +1 and 1 shot in 7:26 TOI. He delivered a nice check that led to the team's only goal.
- It took nearly all day, but Shanahan finally had his say: 5 games for Brad Marchand. Here's the column from The Province, and here's the official Shanaban:
- I'd rather today's post NOT be all about the Canucks and Bruins again, but I have to post this: Brad Marchand wrote in his LiveJournal about the game Saturday. My favourite part is when he insinuates that Brenden Shanahan, Senior Vice President of Player Safety, doesn't know the rules of hockey. Oh, and this: "I thank everyone for the suggestions for a name for my line, but I wanted to throw this out there and get everyone's reaction: Bru-Tang Clan. It's almost like a copy of the Wu-Tang Clan. It's just Bru because we're like brothers. So what do you think?" It's a winner, Brad! [ESPN Boston]
- Now, The Stanchion tells us what Marchand REALLY wanted to say. [Legion of Blog]
- OK, on to other things. Like that awesome Corey Perry rumour. Ha! [Pass it to Bulis]
- Because the Canucks lost to the Panthers last night, Todd McLellan gets to coach in the All-Star Game. The selection is based on points percentage; the Canucks have 5 points on the Sharks, but SJ also has 5 games in hand. [NHL.com]
- Musing: will Ryan Kesler ever score 40 goals again? Last year he surprised everyone with the accuracy of his shot, and he scored a ton of goals by simply walking in and sniping a corner. This year, it seems opposing teams have figured him out. It's fairly easy for teams to take away your shot if that's your biggest weapon, just look at Alex Ovechkin's decline since his 65-goal season. Fortunately for the Canucks, there's a lot more to Kesler's game than just his shot.
Today in Canucks history: [Jan 10, 1998, a day I'm sure we all remember fondly] Mark Messier reaches the 1,000 assist plateau on an Alexander Mogilny goal vs. Florida, becoming only the sixth player in NHL history to reach the milestone. Messier joined the list with Gretzky, Coffey, Howe, Dionne and Bourque.
NHL news & notes:
- Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts column is up. Interesting stuff on realignment. The biggest concern from the players was the unbalanced conferences, which gave certain teams an easier road to the post-season. Don't think anyone can blame the players for not being on board with that. [CBC]
- It finally happened: an NHL player Tebow'd after scoring in a game. Tip of the cap to you, Jack Johnson. [Puck Daddy]
- Speaking of the Kings, Cam Charron believes they're due for an offensive explosion. Last night's 5-2 win over Washington is a good start. [Backhand Shelf]
- The Chicago Blackhawks have lost 4 in a row and now will be without Patrick Sharp for 3 – 4 weeks. In the short-term they'll be looking to replace Sharp from within, but they also may be looking to make a deal in the near future. [The Hockey Writers]
- So Dustin Penner threw out his back eating pancakes. The guy obviously is oblivious as to how the internet works. He should know that if you're a player who's been chastised for your weight and you admit to injuring yourself whilst eating, the blogs are going to have a field day. [Puck Daddy]
- Jack Jablonski, a young hockey player for Benilde-St. Margaret School in Minnesota, was paralyzed after being checked from behind into the boards. He'll never walk again. The story has spread throughout the hockey world, and yesterday not only did members of the Minnesota Wild visit Jack in the hospital and give him an autographed jersey, but he received an encouraging phone call from the Great One. [KAALtv]
- JF Jacques of the Ducks has been suspended 3 games:
Today in NHL history: [Jan 10, 1980] Jim Stewart, Bruin's rookie goalie allows 3 goals in his 1st four mins, and a total of 5 in the 1st period; he never again plays in the NHL.