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Canucks vs Red Wings Game Preview – October 30, 2013

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Courtesy: redwings.com

The Vancouver Canucks are on a roll and looking to push their win streak up to 5 straight with a 7:30 pm Wednesday night game vs the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena. The Canucks sport a sweet 9-4-1 record and are looking to cap off an extremely successful October with one more win.

Last Game

The Canucks busted the dreaded “first game back from a long road trip let down” and beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Monday night. The score flattered the Capitals, who received stellar goaltending from Michal Neuvirth. The Canucks outshot the Capitals 41-19 and supposed superstar Alexander Ovechkin was literally invisible after the first 2 minutes of the game. Ovechkin was awarded a penalty shot 79 seconds into the game, but was unable to beat Roberto Luongo and then spent the rest of the game relatively uninvolved in the play.  The game also featured a classic Sedin line shift in which the Sedins and Kesler controlled the puck on a string for over a minute before Daniel Sedin sniped the game winner on a wicked slapshot from the slot.

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Top 10 Pavel Bure Moments: #5 Bure Dangles the Devils

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Number five on our top ten list is pretty simple really. It’s a brilliant individual effort from January 29, 1994 by Pavel Bure. He turns a nothing play  into a mini breakaway and scores the nicest regular season goal as a Canuck.

Bure is on a 2-on-4, does a tight turn and shakes loose future hall-of-famer Scott Niedermayer, turns Scott Stevens (another future hall-of-famer) inside out, and then dekes to the forehand past Chris Terreri. He turned something out of nothing with speed and finesse.

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Top 10 Pavel Bure Moments: #6 Switching From 10 to 96

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Did you know that when Pavel Bure joined the Canucks in 1991 he actually wanted to wear #96, not #10, in honour of his arrival to North America (9/6/1991)? It’s true! Pat Quinn denied him the number at the time, saying that it was a “showboat” number. He was given #10 and things worked out pretty good anyway.

I guess Pat Quinn wasn’t very fashion forward, because choosing high numbers became all the rage in the 90s. Gretzky (#99) and Lemieux (#66) popularized it, and many notable players chose “showboat” numbers: Gilmour (#93), Fedorov (#91), Jagr (#68) and Mogilny (#89). Perhaps it was the the acquisition of that showboating #89 Alex Mogilny in 1995 or the fact that the team was moving to a new home (General Motors Place) that allowed Pat Quinn to change his mind and allow Pavel Bure to choose his own number.

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Canucks vs Capitals Game Preview – October 28, 2013

Capitals-vs.-Canucks-Recap-630x415 The Vancouver Canucks and their fans are riding high after an improbable win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. The win capped off their best road trip in franchise history and things seems to be coming together for John Tortorella and the Canucks. Will a visit from Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals derail the momentum? Read on to find out.

Last Game:

It was a miracle the Canucks even earned one point, let alone two Friday night in St. Louis. With a tired and battered squad, the Canucks were up against a well rested Blues squad that hadn’t played a game since October 18. Vancouver jumped out to a two goal lead thanks to a fluke shot by Chris Higgins and a vintage Ryan Kesler wrist shot from the slot, courtesy of Mike Santorelli. However, the refs were not to be denied and provided the Blues with a 5-3 man advantage on a couple of questionable calls that would eventually even things up early in the third period. The Canucks held on by any means necessary, such as Alex Edler sitting on the puck, to get the game to overtime. With 30 seconds left in the extra frame, the referees gave Vancouver another token power play to end the game after Blues forward Patrik Berglund hauled down Daniel Sedin while cutting through the slot. This time however, the Canucks we able to finish off the Blues when Kesler batted in his second goal of the night, igniting a shit storm of childish behaviour led by Blues captain David Backes and verteran Barret Jackman. Honestly, I’ve seen more mature behaviour from a three year old having a tantrum at Superstore. Despite Backes trying to gaud enforcer Daniel Sedin into a fight (providing solid leadership as usual), the Canucks weren’t having any of it and left St.Louis with their heads (and arms) held high.

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No Canucks No! – Revisiting the worst chant in professional sports history

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The Vancouver Canucks as a professional sports team have a long and storied history which spans 43 years of legends, heroes, and traditions. The Pacific Coliseum was birthplace of towel power (now copied by every team in the league), and Rogers Arena the green men, throwing bras at Jeff Cowan, and most recently that “wooo!” sound played after the announcement of every Canucks goal.

The Canucks organization and the Canucks Nation at large has shown a strong measure of creativity and originality in showing support for their beloved over the years, but there is one thing about being a member of this nation that has always bothered me, one gaping chasm of inadequacy which robs our home stadium of atmosphere and consistently leaves me feeling bereft and embarrassed: our chant fucking sucks.

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Top 10 Pavel Bure Moments: #7 Bure’s 5 Goal Game at the Olympics

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Pavel Bure may have put together the finest Olympic performance of all-time as a member of the Vancouver Canucks in 1998. I’m not talking about him scoring 51 goals that season, although that was impressive. I am talking about Pavel Bure’s performance for Team Russia at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.

Pavel Bure didn’t have many chances to play for Russia in best-on-best tournaments during his career. He was too young to play in the 1991 Canada Cup and injured for the 1996 World Cup. He was able to play in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, but that happened late in his career. It was in 1998 that Bure got his chance to play in his prime for his country at the highest level.

The 1998 Olympics were the first Olympics in which the NHL stopped its season to allow its players to participate. Pavel Bure was named captain of Team Russia and his team was one of the favourites to win gold. After finishing in first place during the round robin, they beat Belarus easily in the quarterfinals to set-up a semifinal matchup against Finland for the right to play in the gold medal game.

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Make or break season for Gillis hinges on Tortorella’s team identity

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Photo Courtesy: The Province

After losing the Stanley Cup to the Bruins in 2011, questions immediately began to arise about the toughness and size of the Canucks. At some point, those same questions got to management, and the ‘stay the course’ attitude that had been preached, swiftly made way for a series of moves that has left the team grasping for an identity and on the outside of a window for success that is quickly slamming shut.

A recent history of bad moves

Over the past two years, the Canucks have made a number of reactionary moves in an attempt to get bigger, tougher, and better equipped to play ‘playoff hockey’.

Christian Ehrhoff was allowed to leave via free-agency; budding scorer Cody Hodgson was hurriedly traded for big, bruising Zack Kassian; and the overall direction of the third line has been changed numerous times. As the one responsible for the personnel, GM Mike Gillis has to shoulder much of the blame for the recent failings of the team.

One of Gillis’ major missteps has been his inability to provide working linemates for Ryan Kesler, who has been flanked by a revolving door of players that either do not belong as full time second liners (Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen immediately spring to mind), or players that simply do not compliment his game – most notably, David Booth.

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Canucks Prospect Round-up: Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk and the 2013 draft class

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Welcome to my first piece that isn’t talking about a player being scratched! My name is Ryan Biech, I have been a Canucks fan my entire life, but I am also a fan of film/TV, podcasts, and craft beer.

Thank you to Rob for giving me a place to put my words about the Canucks. With that being said, I will mostly be covering the prospects of the Canucks, as well as breaking news throughout the week. So without further ado…

Welcome to the first edition of RobTheHockeyGuys’ prospect roundup (well… the first in a long time anyway). In this first edition, we will look specifically at the Canucks 2013 draft class.

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Top 10 Pavel Bure Moments: #8 Bure Scores 60 Goals for the First Time

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We are one week away from Pavel Bure becoming just the fourth Canucks player to have his jersey raised to the rafters and we are sitting at #8 in the VanCity Buzz countdown of Pavel’s greatest moments. The first two installments looked at moments from his incredible rookie season: his first game and Pavelmania.  Today we are going to stroll down memory lane again, looking at Pavel’s second season, the year he scored 60 goals in a season for the first time.

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Top 10 Pavel Bure Moments: #9 Pavelmania

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This is the second edition of Rob The Hockey Guy‘s Top 10 Pavel Bure moments on VanCity Buzz. Today, we look back at Pavelmania.

Pavel Bure was sensational right from the beginning. He thrilled fans in his first game, despite not registering a point. He put up 60 points in 65 games in his rookie season and won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie (impressive considering he missed 15 games and Tony Amonte put up 69 points as a rookie with the New York Rangers).

The Canucks had a winning record for the first time in 16 years during Bure’s rookie season. For the first time in team history, the Canucks were a very good team in 1991-92 and for the first time in team history, they had a superstar in their lineup. No player was more popular in Vancouver than the team’s young Russian star. He was the most exciting player in the league and Canucks fans got to see him up close and personal.

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