After a couple weeks of mediocrity, the Canucks really brought their 'A' game 5-on-5 against the Sharks on Saturday, didn't they? With the forwards healthy, hopefully this marks the start of them getting into a comfortable groove. I'm still attributing the special teams struggles to the natural ebb and flow of a long season, so I'm not losing sleep over it. To me, it's the way the team controls the puck and manages the game at even strength that sets them apart.
Videos, links, photos, and a new generation of Kesler-bombing all after the jump!
Vancouver Canucks news & notes
The Canucks held their annual SuperSkills event yesterday, here are the highlights:
The next generation of Kesler bombing has already begun. This is from the Canucks SuperSkills yesterday, and made me LOL hard. Already has the trollface perfected.
Roberto Luongo became the all-time franchise leader in wins with his 212th in a Canucks uniform, passing Kirk McLean's old record. Congrats Bobby Lou! You have to think that if Luongo does end up playing out his entire 12-year contract in Vancouver, his wins record will be pretty much unattainable. [The Hockey Writers]
Zandberg gave Luongo some much-deserved love in his post yesterday.
Cody Hodgson is the toast of the town after Saturday's big win, and Gord McIntyre sat down for a little Q&A with the Godson a few days ago. [The Province]
Is Hodgson working his way into the discussion for the Calder Trophy? [Vancouver Sun]
Cam Charron has the advanced stats from Saturday's win over the Sharks. Unsurprisingly, they're almost all positive. [Canucks Army]
The Game According to Twitter: Canucks vs. Sharks. [CHB]
The Rock reviews the Sharks at Canucks. [Legion of Blog]
Kevin Bieksa blows. No, really. [PITB]
From Jeff Angus, Alex Edler is on pace for 12 goals, 58 points, only 28 PIM, and 222 shots on goal this season.
Sami Salo continues to fight his way back from his concussion. [Vancouver Sun]
This is a good read by Botch on what Dan Cloutier is up to these days. If not for some horrible mismanagement by the Kings organization, he could still be playing. They signed him to a 2-year extension before he even played a game for them, and then expected him to play through a hip injury which eventually forced him to retire. [The Province]
NHL news & notes
Andrew Ference has been suspended 3 games for his hit from behind on Ryan McDonagh.
Alex Ovechkin could be next on Shanahan's hit list, as he left his feet to deliver what looked like a hit to the head on Michalek yesterday. [Puck Daddy]
Michalek himself also had a questionable hit in the game. He'll have a hearing with Shanahan today. [Sportsnet]
Henrik Zetterberg took the first major penalty of his career on Saturday. According to Darren Dreger, though, he won't be receiving a call from the Shanahan office. [Kukla's Korner]
John Tavares scored the OT winner for the Isles over the Canes on Saturday, batting his own rebound out of mid-air past Cam Ward. He's done this before, remember?
Taylor Hall has had a rough week, and it didn't get any better on Saturday. The Flames blew out the Oilers, and Hall was visibly angry about Tom Renney's decision to pull the goalie when they were already down 3 goals. [Backhand Shelf]
Ryan Lambert with "What We Learned" over the past week. [Puck Daddy]
Ollie Jokinen has had a mini-resurgence the past couple of seasons, and he credits giving up the sauce as the major reason. It doesn't sound like he would just have the occasional beer, either, it sounds like he used to get "plastered up pretty good". [ProHockeyTalk]
Kevin Klein scored on a flip-in from centre ice against Corey Crawford.
It was a home game for Nashville, but there was a large Chicago contingent in attendance. Barry Trotz celebrated his club's big win by rubbing it in their faces a little bit. Always love seeing the Hawks get chirped. [The Examiner]
Today in NHL History
The Detroit Red Wings really like Jan 23. In 1943 they scored a record 8 goals in 1 period, and in 1944 they beat the Rangers 15-0, which set the record for most consecutive goals and most lopsided win.
Also on this day in 1981, Mike Bossy became the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games.