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Vancouver Canucks defeat the Edmonton Oilers. 4-1

Sedins patc. Up 2 points each. Both,an assist and goal.

That marks the ending of the 8 game homestand due to the Olympics.
 

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first win in 36 years for Vancouver Canucks at home on Boxing Day! WOW!
Well,it's not like the Canucks had a game on each boxing day in those 36 years. Possible 12/36 at the very most?

CALGARY - For the fourth time this season, the Vancouver Canucks have strung together three straight wins. Tonight in Phoenix, they will try to earn their first four-game winning streak.

On the three previous occasions they had won three in a row, the Canucks lost the next game -- all of them by one goal. They hope tonight, against a surprising Phoenix team that has won nine straight at home, will be different.

"If you want to be a top team in this league you have to be able to put together six, seven, eight wins in a row and that's what we are looking for here," centre Henrik Sedin said yesterday before the Canucks boarded a bus headed for the Calgary airport and their early-afternoon flight to the Valley of the Sun.

The Canucks look poised to continue what has been an impressive run of late. They've won their last three games, including Sunday night's 5-1 drubbing of the Calgary Flames, by a combined score of 13-3 and have now won seven of their last nine.

Sedin, who headed into last night's action second in NHL scoring with 50 points, thinks the team is finally starting to play with the focus that too often has been lacking this season.

"I don't know if desperate is the right word, but we have been more focused, I think, going into games and throughout the games," Sedin said. "We haven't taken a lot of shifts off and that's a big difference from the first 20 games.

"We had letdowns that cost us goals, guys were pinching when they shouldn't be pinching, guys were taking penalties when they shouldn't take penalties. You could say it's small things, but in this game, in this league, it's going to cost you goals and if you give away easy goals like that you are not going to win games. That's the biggest difference, I think."

As a reward for their effort on Sunday night, coach Alain Vigneault cancelled a scheduled late-morning practice in Calgary.

Vigneault cited improved penalty killing, timely power-play goals and clutch goaltending by Roberto Luongo as reasons for his team's recent success.

Over the last nine games, the Canucks have successfully killed 30 of 33 opposition power plays. A penalty kill that not so long ago was one of the worst in the league has moved into semi-respectable territory -- 15th in the NHL heading into last night's games.

"Our penalty killing lately as been better and our power play has found a way to score goals at a clutch time, at pressure moments, and that is what we need to keep going," Vigneault said.

"Obviously, a huge part of us getting on a roll is Roberto playing the way he is. When he plays the way he can and he covers up some of our flaws and mistakes, then the rest of the group is so much more confident and I think that's what we are seeing right now."

Luongo's play earned him the NHL's third star of the week honours yesterday. In Vancouver's last three wins, Luongo has posted a 1.00 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage.

The Canucks are also continuing to score lots of goals, averaging 3.10 goals a game, good enough for fourth in the league. Among Western Conference teams, only the San Jose Sharks are scoring more goals. Last season, the Canucks finished 11th in goals per game, averaging 2.96 a game.

"Any time you can be around three goals a game in this league, you are doing a pretty good job and that's what we are doing right now," Vigneault said.

The Canucks are doing a better job at the other end of the ice as well. They are tied for sixth in the NHL in goals against, yielding just 2.46 a night. Not surprisingly, the players are a confident bunch.

"The homestand, I think, was huge for us," defenceman Shane O'Brien said of Vancouver's recently completed 6-2 run at GM Place.

"Obviously, the way we came off the road last time we were very disappointed and I think it woke us up a little bit and we had a pretty good homestand."
Source:http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=2387004
 

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are you sure about that? you don,t want me to make a liar out of you do you?
What my statement or the story on Canucks? If it's the statement you are reffering to I said "possibly 12/36". I didn't watch the Canucks 36 years ago. But if you can,can you tell me how many times did they actually play on boxing day for 36 years? Thanks in advance.
 

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are you sure about that? you don,t want me to make a liar out of you do you?
What my statement or the story on Canucks? If it's the statement you are reffering to I said "possibly 12/36". I didn't watch the Canucks 36 years ago. But if you can,can you tell me how many times did they actually play on boxing day for 36 years? Thanks in advance.
 

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* TIME: 07:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Scottrade Center
The Vancouver Canucks quickly ushered the St. Louis Blues out of the 2009 playoffs, but they can't seem to figure out how to beat them this season.

The Blues, meanwhile, are having trouble finding a way to win at home.

St. Louis will try to turn around a season full of struggles at the Scottrade Center in its New Year's Eve matchup against surging Vancouver, which will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss to the Blues.

Vancouver allowed five goals during its opening-round sweep of St. Louis in April, but the Canucks (23-16-1) have been outscored 9-2 in two meetings this season.

"There's obviously a little vendetta," said Blues right wing David Backes after scoring two goals in a 3-1 win at Vancouver on Dec. 20. "Maybe we should pretend every team kicked our dog before the game. I'm an animal advocate by the way, but it seems like when teams show us up we come back the next time and play a good hard game and get the best of them."

The Blues (17-17-5) certainly haven't been bringing that sort of effort for every game, especially at home. They're 6-13-2 in St. Louis, by far the NHL's worst record at home.

The high point of their home season was probably a 6-1 win over the Canucks on Nov. 10 in which David Perron notched a hat trick. The Blues fell to 1-6-1 in their last eight home games with their third straight loss Tuesday night, 4-3 to Nashville.

"I don't have answers," goalie Chris Mason said. "We just have to be so much better at home. I guess it starts with hard work and using our brains and our hearts."

Although their three-game winning streak was snapped in a 3-2 shootout loss at Phoenix on Tuesday, the Canucks have been much happier with their recent play. They are 7-2-1 in their last 10 to surge back into playoff position in the Western Conference.

Workhorse goalie Roberto Luongo has started each game during that stretch, stopping 93.2 percent of shots (259 of 278) for a 1.90 goals-against average. Since joining Vancouver in 2006, Luongo is 12-4-0 with a 2.15 GAA against the Blues, including playoffs.

Tuesday's loss made the Canucks the final NHL team to pick up a defeat in overtime or a shootout, but coach Alain Vigneault doesn't appear to think highly of the result.

"We got one of those loser points so everybody can get off our case because we didn't have one," Vigneault said. "But I would rather have won and still have people on our case for not having one of those loser points."

The Canucks are 7-10-1 on the road, but they've shown some positive signs lately with a 4-2-1 mark in their last seven. They opened this four-game trip with a 5-1 win over Calgary on Sunday.

Henrik Sedin had an assist Tuesday to give him at least one point in 13 of his last 14 games. He has an NHL-best 23 points in December.

His twin brother Daniel is not far behind with 20 points this month. The duo combined for three goals and six assists in the sweep of the Blues last postseason.

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Vancouver Canucks starting goalie Roberto Luongo (1) is replaced in the net by teammate Andrew Raycroft (30) after Luongo gives up a goal to Minnesota Wild's Antti Miettinen during the third period of their NHL hockey game in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jan. 13. Minnesota won 5-2.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- They can't blame this one on the referees.

The Vancouver Canucks were at times their own worst enemies in Wednesday night's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Roberto Luongo was beat on the first two shots he faced in the first period and was yanked after allowing three goals on the first three shots he saw in the third as the Canucks dropped their third straight game.

Vancouver had entered the third period with momentum on its side, having clawed back from two goals down to tie the game 2-2. But the roof caved in big time in the third when Antti Miettinen scored twice and Owen Nolan added another for the Wild, who won their fourth straight game and beat the Canucks for the first time in four tries this season.

The loss dropped Vancouver's record to 27-18-2, while the Wild moved to 24-20-3 and are now just five points back of the Canucks.

The Canucks started the game like they were still thinking about the Referee-gate controversy that has dogged them since Monday night. The Canucks were down 2-0 almost as fast as you could say Stephane Auger.

The Wild scored on their first two shots of the game. Kyle Brodziak beat Canuck defenceman Shane O'Brien to a goal-mouth pass from Guillaume Latendresse and had the puck go in off his left skate at the 1:58 mark of the first.

Mikko Koivu made it 2-0 at 3:32 when he beat Luongo from the left circle on a two-on-one break with Andrew Brunette. Canuck defenceman Willie Mitchell got caught up ice when Miettinen chipped the puck past him at the Wild blue line to create the two-on-one.

The Canucks came on in the latter stages of the period and cut the margin to 2-1 on a power play. Ryan Kesler dug the puck out of the pads of Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and flipped the puck past him at the 18:12 mark for his 12th of the season.

The Canucks dominated the second period, outshooting the Wild 14-4, and tied the game at 15:43 when Alex Burrows tipped a Sami Salo shot past Backstrom. The goal, Burrows' 20th of the season, came with the teams playing four-on-four.

Burrows almost gave the Canucks the lead with a minute left. Henrik Sedin found him with a nice backdoor pass, but Burrows lost control of the puck as he was attempting to go to his backhand.

Minnesota's best chance came seven minutes into the second when Martin Havlat hit the cross bar from the deep slot.

The Canucks had a scare at the 14:50 mark of the second when Henrik Sedin took a Christian Ehrhoff shot to his right side. He fell to the ice and laid there briefly before making it to the bench. He didn't miss a shift.

Miettinen's first of the night came on a four-on-three power play at 1:08 of the third when he took a pass from Koivu and beat Luongo stick side. Nolan's goal, at 7:50, was the real killer. He floated a shot at Luongo from the right circle. Luongo attempted to glove the puck but had it trickle through his pads. Miettinen's second goal came at 9:32 when he again beat Luongo stick side from well out. That was the end of the night for Luongo, who replaced by Andrew Raycroft.

There were a couple of scraps late in the third period and the Canucks did not fare well in those either. Alex Bolduc took more than a dozen hard punches from John Scott before the officials took mercy.

ICE CHIPS: Winger Steve Bernier missed his second straight game with a groin injury. . .Next up for the Canucks are Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who visit General Motors Place on Saturday night. . .Backstrom set a franchise record with his 114th win.


Source:Vancouver sun.
 

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Coming off a solid win against the Sharks give them a chance at a higher position on the standings since they VS the Sharks two more times this season. A win today against the red wings could get the Canucks within 3 of the Sharks since the Sharks lost to the Flames yesterday. And 4 points for the two remaining games with the Sharks along with steady wins,Canucks might be able to overtake San Jose at the last few games. That's my hope.

Let's see tonights action against the Red Wings who lost to Edmonton yesterday in a shootout.
 

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You can't be kidding me. Canucks were happily leading the Detroit through 1 whole peroid and half of the 2nd until Detroit scores. Then Datysuk wins a lost faceoff and pulls a shot away tipped of Sami Salo scoring 5 seconds after the other one. Tied at 2. Unfortunately for the Canucks.

EDIT- 3-2 for Detroit who has just scored a short handed goal,3 goals in less then 5 minutes. As the commentator has stated : "what a change of events".
 

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Wow,a nice tie-ing goal. But what a goal from Zetterberg,0.2 seconds left,almost like the goal in Edmonton to tie it. Detroit has that skill to pressure the team to breakdown in the last few seconds. Nice try by Canucks. Good thing is that they get a loser point out of this game.
 

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79.1 Hand Pass - A player shall be permitted to stop or “bat” a puck in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the Referee, he has directed the puck to a teammate.
A player shall be permitted to catch the puck out of the air but must immediately place it or knock it down to the ice. If he catches it and skates with it, either to avoid a check or to gain a territorial advantage over his opponent, a minor penalty shall be assessed for “closing his hand on the puck” under Rule 67 – Handling Puck.
To clarify: Daniel Sedin did immediately place it thus the goal was allowed.

PS: to the posters that may be wondering why I posted this at two different places,it's because I intended to originally clarify doubt which was arising in a Detroit Red wings thread and since this thread is about the Canucks it also seems like a place to clarify.
 
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