"Remember when Alex Edler scored that end-to-end goal against Columbus?"
Count on hearing that from Canucks fans for seasons to come, as Edler split the entire Columbus penalty kill as swiftly as a Hattori Hanzo sword through one of the Crazy 88.
It was great to see the Canucks finally pick up a win over the weekend, albeit in not as convincing a fashion as we'd like to see when playing a team like the Blue Jackets. Baby steps, guys. It's not like they didn't dominate puck possession or generate quality scoring chances. The priority will be sorting out the defensive pairings prior to the playoffs.
Here are your links, images, bad Photoshops, out-of-context quotes and wild generalities for Monday, March 19, 2012.
Vancouver Canucks News & Notes
The team hits the road for four, starting tonight in Minnesota. [Canucks]
Thomas Drance offers a full breakdown of advanced stat terminology and how they relate to the Canucks. Bookmark this now! [PITB]
Cam Charron's recap of the Columbus game supports my fondness for the Rome-Tanev pairing. I think they make for an excellent bottom tandem. [CanucksArmy]
The Stanchion and j.Bowman's piece that appeared in Sunday's edition of The Province: new Canuck traditions for the playoffs this year. [LoB]
Jory treats us to some awesome aerial photos from Air Canucks. [Fort Nucks]
Today in Canucks History: March 19, 1971
Rosaire Paiement scores his 30th goal of the season, becoming first Canuck ever to reach that mark. Vancouver defeats Pittsburgh 6-4.
NHL News & Notes
Some vintage Ovechkin from yesterday, in which he turns Duncan Keith inside out:
On top of pretty goals, there were also some crushing hits doled out yesterday. [CBC]
Don Cherry before he was a loudmouth, all the way back in 1982. [LoB]
Speaking of Grapes, with the CBC renegotiating their contract with the NHL, could his role on Hockey Night start to diminish? [Backhand Shelf]
The playoff races continue: the Flames lose a crucial point in the shootout to Columbus, Phoenix keeps pace by winning their skills competition, the Jets drop a heartbreaker to the Canes, but luck out with Chicago taking care of Washington.
Today in NHL History: March 19, 2002
March 19 was the trade deadline in the 2001-02 season, and some big deals went down, including Pavel Bure to the Rangers, Adam Oates to Philadelphia, and Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner to the Devils.