The Canucks played one really long hockey game over the weekend and came out the other side with an 11-4 win. The Sedins combined for 12 points. Alex Edler logged 45:29 TOI. It was Ludacris! Which reminds me...
Vancouver Canucks News & Notes
The Canucks are 7-1-1 in their last 9 road games and lead in the NHL in road victories. [The Province]
Not bad for an overrated bunch of under-achievers. [Vancouver Sun]
@SocialAssasin2 tweeted a nifty stat last night: Vancouver now leads the league in goals scored.
Dale Weise replaced Byron Bitz in the lineup and had a very strong game, with 1 assist on the Bieksa goal and 1 assist taken away on the Malhotra no-goal. According to Murph, Bitz has a sore hip flexor.
With the vandalism that occurred on Friday to Milan Lucic's family church and with the Maple Leafs media circus rolling into town, it was a good time for Mike Gillis to say something, and that he did. [Canucks Army]
When the Canucks play the Leafs, fans from both sides love to flap their gums. Here's what transpired on Twitter Saturday night. [CHB]
The Province's two new bloggers don't always agree, but at least they can compromise. [Legion of Blog]
Stanchion and j.Bowman also connect to bring us the Top 11 players to watch on deadline day. [Legion of Blog]
Thomas Drance takes a look at the recent struggles on the PowerPlay. I thought the PP looked quite dangerous against both the Leafs and Oilers, but they are the Leafs and Oilers after all, not exactly tight-checking teams. Nashville and Detroit could be a different story. [PITB]
Lately we've been seeing a 2nd unit of Raymond - Kesler - Booth and a 3rd featuring Higgins - Hodgson - Hansen. Here's what makes Raymond a good option on Kesler and Booth's wing. [PITB]
The Red Wings won their 23rd straight at home yesterday, beating the Sharks. Their next home game isn't until Thursday, when our Canucks swing into town. I'd love to see the boys put an end to this madness.
Something I learned last night: Canucks prospect Eddie Lack loves Swedish chocolate, and has plaid pajamas.
NHL News & Notes
Check out Tyler Ennis' slick backhand goal from last night, in which he flips it to himself with two guys on him in the slot:
Another nice goal from the weekend, Jonathan Toews embarrasses Jeff Carter:
Kris Versteeg has been fined $2,500 for a cross-check. Meanwhile, Warren Peters is suspended one game for a more vicious one:
Heavyweights Krys Barch and George Parros squared off in a long, dizzying tilt last night. [PHT]
That game featured another buzzer-beater controversy for Columbus, and there was also one in the Nashville game. [Puck Daddy]
James Neal just got PAID, and it's well deserved. 6 years, $30M total. He's just a perfect fit in Pittsburgh. [NHL]
Steven Stamkos scored his 40th goal of the season Saturday, and it was a beauty. What a burst of speed up the middle. Probably safe to say he's hitting 50 again this year. [Backhand Shelf]
Hey look, another meaningless player poll! The Canucks, Leafs and Alex Ovechkin don't fair too well in this one. Keep in mind we don't know which players are being polled in these things, and the average hockey player is about as bright as a bag of hammers. [Puck Daddy]
Today in NHL History
[Feb 20, 1971] Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season, on his birthday no less!