Scott Rintoul

End of the road

Canucks 5 - Blackhawks 7The Skinny: Patrick Kane notched his first career hat trick as the Blackhawks erased three different Canucks leads en route to the victory. Vancouver led 5-4 with less than eight minutes to play only to see Chicago score three times in just over three minutes. Jonathan Toews...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 8:17 AM

Canucks on the ropes

For the first time in their second-round series with the Blackhawks, the Canucks find themselves in trouble. Sure, some people were sounding the alarm bells after a 6-3 loss in Game 2; others voiced their concern after Chicago’s come-from-behind overtime win in Game 4. The significant difference...

Monday, May 11, 2009, 7:55 AM

Chicago evens series

Canucks 1 Blackhawks 2 (OT) The Skinny: Maple Ridge’s Andrew Ladd tipped David Bolland’s shot past Roberto Luongo at 2:52 of overtime to give the Blackhawks a comeback win over the Canucks. The Canucks were less than three minutes away from taking a 3-1 series lead, but Martin Havlat’s fourth goal...

Friday, May 8, 2009, 9:44 AM

Canucks take lead in series

Canucks 3 - Blackhawks 1 The Skinny: The Canucks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Mason Raymond, Steve Bernier and Henrik Sedin, but for the first time in this series, did not relinquish the early advantage. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for his sixth victory of the playoffs, as Brian Campbell’s...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 8:44 AM

Canucks escape with win

Blackhawks 3 - Canucks 5 The Skinny: Sami Salo scored his second game-winner of the playoffs by potting a rebound on a 4-on-1 rush with just over a minute to play. Vancouver raced out to a 3-0 lead through two periods on goals by Pavol Demitra, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler, only to see the young...

Friday, May 1, 2009, 9:08 AM

Canucks in six

The Blackhawks head into Vancouver fresh off a 4-2 series victory over the Flames on Monday, while the Canucks have been idle since sweeping the Blues nine days ago. The teams split the season series with two wins apiece with Vancouver outscoring Chicago 14-10.Goaltending: Nicolai Khabibulin has...

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 10:39 AM

Burrows gives heart and soul to Canucks

If you didn’t think the Alex Burrows story could get any better, Tuesday night was the most recent chapter in what is truly a captivating emergence. Burrows’ overtime winner was the latest big goal in what has been a season of them, but the tally itself is just the icing on the cake. The real hook...

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 11:06 AM

Canucks win in OT for sweep

Canucks 3 - Blues 2 (OT)The Skinny: Alex Burrows played playoff hero when he scored his second goal of the game at 19:41 of the first overtime as the Canucks swept the Blues in four straight games. Roberto Luongo made 47 saves in the victory, including 28 saves in the third period and overtime to...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 9:25 AM

Penalty kill has been impressive

Roberto Luongo has been the biggest story of the playoffs for Vancouver, but the Canucks’ penalty kill is a close second. The Blues entered the post-season with the eighth-best power play in the league, but are a paltry 1-for-17 with the man advantage in this series. Even more impressive is the...

Monday, April 20, 2009, 11:18 AM

Canucks have Blues on ropes

Canucks 3 - Blues 2The Skinny: The Canucks scored three power play goals and killed off six penalties in taking a stranglehold on this first round series. Mattias Ohlund, Daniel Sedin and Steve Bernier tickled the twine with the man advantage while Roberto Luongo made 24 saves in the victory.The...

Monday, April 20, 2009, 8:21 AM

Refs need to shape up

It’s a Canadian birthright to complain about officiating in hockey, but what transpired in Game 1 between the Blues and Canucks cannot be allowed to continue. Teams fight too hard for too long to have the results potentially tainted by unsatisfactory refereeing. That’s not to say that Dan O’...

Friday, April 17, 2009, 11:23 AM

Here we go ... head to head

Vancouver has won both previous playoff meetings with St. Louis, winning each series in seven games. The most recent victory came in the spring of 2003 when the Canucks rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to upend a flu-ridden Blues club.Between the PipesThough Chris Mason posted a stellar record of...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 11:22 AM

Canucks set high bar for themselves

In previous seasons, Tuesday’s win over the Flames would have been hailed as a monumental accomplishment in Vancouver. This year, however, the expected enthusiasm was tempered by a group that has much loftier expectations. Ryan Kesler said it “wasn’t a very good effort” and warned that a quick exit...

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 11:29 AM

Canucks beaten by Avs

The Skinny: T.J. Galiardi scored a pair of goals as the worst team in the Western Conference beat the Canucks in their own barn. Milan Hedjuk had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win.The Replacements: This wasn’t the powerhouse Avalanche...

Monday, April 6, 2009, 10:26 AM

Home-ice advantage clearly a top priority

Teams without it argue “it’s no big deal,” while those who possess it speak about its importance. If last night is any indication, home-ice advantage is very significant to the Canucks as Alain Vigneault elected to start Roberto Luongo despite the fact his captain had played Saturday night in...

Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:25 AM

Canucks lose in shootout

Ducks 6 - Canucks 5 (SO) The Skinny: Corey Perry scored the shootout winner and Jonas Hiller stopped all three Vancouver shooters as the Ducks won for the ninth time in 11 games. Five different Canucks tallied in regulation after a wild affair that saw ten goals scored in the first 37 minutes. The...

Friday, April 3, 2009, 8:28 AM

Staying healthy key for Canucks

With games against motivated clubs from Anaheim, Edmonton and Calgary on the horizon, there will be plenty of talk about what Vancouver can hope to gain from these contests. Some will speak of momentum, others will point to the “playoff-like intensity,” and most will reference a Northwest Division...

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 8:42 AM

Fixing fighting a tricky business

Politics, religion and fighting in hockey; three things you don’t mention at a dinner party in Canada. The latter has been kicked around at length this week as the NHL searches for a way to refine the manner in which on-ice pugilism occurs.The two issues up for debate right now are the reduction of...

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 10:37 AM

Bouwmeester’s trade price too high: Gillis

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis decided that no move was the best move for his team at the deadline. “Coming into today, if we did nothing, we were going to be perfectly content,” Gillis said following a day of inactivity on the trade front. Given the team’s record of late (11 wins in 13 games),...

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 10:33 AM

Briere fallout creates trade options

If the Canucks are able to pull the trigger on a trade before Wednesday’s deadline, Vancouver loyalists will have Paul Holmgren to thank.The Flyers GM has handed out some big-dollar deals over the past two years, beginning with a monstrous eight-year contract for Daniel Briere in the summer of 2007...

Monday, March 2, 2009, 10:59 AM