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The 2011 - 2012 Stanley Cup Dream Fades

This Is What We Live For: Vancouver Canucks 2012 Playoffs Preview

 

Canucks unveil 2012 celebrate responsibly campaign 'This is our Home'

Wednesday, 28.03.2012 / 10:00 AM /
 
Vancouver, B.C. – Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced today the launch of their 2012 Celebrate Responsibly campaign ‘This is Our Home’ with public service ads designed for a comprehensive television, radio and poster campaign. ‘This is Our Home’ shares a message of unity, respect and civic pride using the collective voice of Canucks fans, players and alumni.

Filmed in over 20 locations throughout Greater Vancouver ‘This is Our Home’ features Vancouver Canucks captain, Henrik Sedin, alternate captains Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler, Manny Malhotra and Daniel Sedin along with Canucks Alumni Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl and a contingent of passionate fans. Showcasing the natural beauty of the region, ‘This is Our Home’ promotes a simple message of the inclusive and positive nature of sports and community. It shares the values of the season-long ‘Heart of a Canuck’ tradition celebrating courage, honor, humility, integrity and passion.

As an organization, Canucks Sports & Entertainment is dedicated to building awareness for the importance of respecting your fellow fan and insisting others do the same to ensure responsible and passionate fan behavior. The ‘This is Our Home’ campaign, which Canucks Sports & Entertainment has consulted on with the City of Vancouver, encourages all fans to celebrate responsibly and to respect one another at all times.

‘This is Our Home’ is an extension of the organization’s season long efforts to strengthen that message, which has included in-arena videos and recognizing “local heroes,” to further raise the expectations that Canucks fans enjoy the hockey experience while conducting themselves in a respectful way.

‘This is our Home’ campaign components include three video PSA's (15, 30 and 60 second versions), a 30 second radio PSA and four different posters featuring fans, players and alumni. All components of the campaign are accessible by visiting Canucks.com/thisisourhome. ‘This is Our Home’ was filmed and produced by Twin Engine Productions.

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Round 1 Canucks versus Kings

April 2012
Date   VisitorHome Results
Wed, 11 Apr 2012    Kings Canucks
 Canuck Loss
Fri, 13 Apr 2012    Kings Canucks
  Canuck Loss
Sun, 15 Apr 2012    Canucks Kings
  Canuck Loss
Wed, 18 Apr 2012    Canucks Kings
  Canuck Win   
Sun, 22 Apr 2012    Kings Canucks
    Canuck Loss 
Tue, 24 Apr 2012    Canucks Kings
   TBD  
Thu, 26 Apr 2012    Kings Canucks
   TBD  

Canucks vs Kings Game 5 - Canuck Loss

The Goods: Kings oust Canucks

Sunday, 22.04.2012 / 11:55 PM /
By Derek Jory

All the Vancouver Canucks needed last post-season was one more win.

All they got this playoffs was a single victory.

The Los Angeles Kings took Game 5 in overtime 2-1 to knock the Canucks aside, winning the Western Conference Quarter-Final 4-1.

Entering the Canucks dressing room post-game was similar to the end of last year, except the beards were shorter.

No one envisioned Vancouver’s second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy winning season coming to such a screeching halt, so naturally players were shocked, stunned, surprised and saddened and didn’t have much to say.

The Canucks fell behind the 8-ball losing the first two games of the series and in Game 3, when they needed a
bounce the most, they didn’t get it. In Game 4, Vancouver finally strutted its stuff and that carried over into the opening 20 minutes on this night.

Henrik Sedin put the Canucks up 1-0 and that’s how the contest remained until the Kings tied it 3:21 into the third period.

Los Angeles was dominant over the final 40 minutes and while Vancouver had scoring chances, I dare say plenty, the bounce needed wasn’t there.

In overtime the bounce was there for Jarret Stoll, who received a gift of a turnover in the Canucks zone after Dan Hamhuis was tripped up and he made no mistake wiring it past Cory Schneider to empty both benches, one quicker than the other.

As the Kings piled on one another in celebration, the Canucks began to hang their heads in disappointment and that carried over into the locker room where many, including
Ryan Kesler, sat in their stalls, lifeless, wondering how they got in this mess.

As the clock slowly ticked seconds away on the wall, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo and Cory Schneider stood tall and faced the media; other Canucks spoke before and after, but not for as long or with as much emotion.

If you think you’re angry, the players are on a whole new level and they’re experiencing something new as for the first time since 2003-04, the Canucks are eliminated in the first round.

The regular season was again spectacular for the Canucks, with a second finish atop the NHL standings proof of that, but the Presidents’ Trophy hat in the stall behind
Schneider means little now.

There are no answers, only questions, which the Canucks will be bombarded with until puck drop next year, whenever that is.

No finish to this playoffs would have been acceptable unless the Canucks were hoisting you-know-what, and that will have to wait.

When their time comes, remember how you feel right now. It’ll make the light at the end of the tunnel so much brighter.

You can find the original article here 

Canucks vs Kings Game 4 - Canuck Win

What a difference a Daniel makes.

The Vancouver Canucks doubled their Sedins in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final Wednesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and they had the Kings seeing double in a 3-1 Canucks win.

Daniel Sedin returned to the line-up and picked up right where he left off as he and Henrik Sedin terrorized the Kings throughout the second and third periods in a must-win game for the visitors.

The Sedins combined for a goal and an assist in the win, Vancouver’s first of the series, which moves the battle back to British Columbia for Game 5 Sunday night.

Daniel Sedin was quick to point out that it’s only one win, the Kings still lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, but the Canucks were finally back to playing Canucks hockey and it sure felt good.

They sure didn’t look good to open the game, however.

Since Game 3 coach Alain Vigneault preached a narrow one-period-at-a-time approach for the Canucks and in Game 4 the opening 20 minutes was horrendous at best. Vancouver was outshot 13-7 and trailed 1-0 as Los Angeles looked to put the game away.

There was no epic Any Given Sunday speech from Vigneault, he stuck to the fundamentals and essentially told the Canucks to keep calm and carry on.

You can find the original article here

 

 My name is Johnny Canuck

 

Canucks vs Kings Game 3 - Canuck Loss

Vancouver’s uphill battle now a mountainous fight.

Monday, 16.04.2012 / 3:00 AM /
By Derek Jory

The Canucks dropped Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final 1-0 to the Los Angeles Kings Sunday night at the Staples Center, and in the process fell behind 3-0 in the series.

This game was up for grabs for the Canucks, who dominated the Kings at 5-on-5, were spectacular on the penalty kill, and although the power play again failed to produce, they had the home team against the ropes throughout the night.

It came down to a bounce and the Kings got it.

With 13:30 remaining in the third period, Justin Williams had his shot stopped by Cory Schneider before the rebound went to Dustin Brown, alone at the side of the net, for an easy goal, the eventual game-winner.

This was a game the Canucks had to win, this was a game the Canucks deserved to win, but that’s hockey.

The players, although admittedly frustrated, were not hanging their heads post-game. They stepped up their game to a new level and despite another wicked outcome, they remain confident this series will turn in their favour.

“That’s the playoffs,” said Henrik Sedin. “We’ve got to keep doing the same things and we’re going to get bounces. We showed tonight what kind of team we have and if we can come back on Wednesday we’re going to steal a game and bring it back to Vancouver.”

Part of the reason the Canucks are feeling good while staring at a 3-0 series deficit is the offence they’ve generated; another 41 shots were tossed Jonathan Quick’s way Sunday, two nights after he stopped 46 of 48.

When you’re hot, you’re hot, and Quick has been next to unbeatable of late, even with the Canucks trying to make his life miserable.

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Canucks vs Kings Game 2 - Canuck Loss

 

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have lacked for many things over their history, but rarely in the last 20 years have they been without hope.

They looked fairly close to it Friday night after Game 2 of their first-round National Hockey League playoff series, down 0-2 to the Los Angeles Kings, who are far better than people reckoned when the visitors were being picked to lose to the Canucks in five games — six, max.

In 17 previous series that started with two games in Vancouver, the Canucks had never lost both games. They've never won a series after losing the first two games. They hadn't lost the first two — home or away — since 2001, when they were swept by Colorado as the Avalanche was on its way to the Stanley Cup.

There are lots of ways for the Canucks to rationalize the deficit.

Vancouver just needs Daniel Sedin back from his concussion. If only the power play would wake up. All the Canucks need is a bounce. Even playing poorly, they've been close in the third period of both games.

But for 120 minutes, the Kings have been stronger on the puck and won more of the battles for it. They've looked quicker and better organized. And as good as Roberto Luongo has played, the Kings' Jonathan Quick has been the stronger goalie.

The Canucks played better in Game 2 than they did in the opener and still lost 4-2 — the same score as Game 1. They had 48 shots on goal Friday and still lost. There isn't too much to feel good about, and the Canucks haven't a road map to get back in the series because most of the players have never been in this position.

“I think the big thing is to not panic,” veteran Sammy Pahlsson said. “Everyone wants to win so badly, and now that we've lost two it's easy to panic and just try to do it yourself. That's not how you win games. You have to do it as a team. We have to try to play our game, and not try something else because it's not working.

“We knew they were a good team. We knew they had a good defence and a good goaltender. But we're making mistakes and that won them the game today.”

The Kings scored twice short-handed and once on the power play. And their other goal was from power-play pressure.

Los Angeles is 3-for-12 in the series with the man-advantage. Vancouver is 0-for-10, minus the killer short-handed goals it surrendered Friday.

Of course, Sedin, the concussed winger who led the NHL in scoring last season, is brutally missed on the power play. But four goals in two playoff games, though meagre, is not an offensive crisis by post-season standards. It's the eight goals against that is more of a concern.

L.A. was 29th in scoring this season. Vancouver was fourth in goals-against. Nobody expected the problems to be in the Canucks' zone.

The fact that the Kings' franchise lost the only series it ever led 2-0 is inconsequential because it occurred in 1968 and we're pretty sure there was still a “rover” in the lineup back then.

It may be more pertinent that the Boston Bruins trailed the Canucks 0-2 in the final last June before winning the Stanley Cup, although that oddly isn't a comforting thought in Vancouver, which has lost six of its last seven playoff games.

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Canucks vs Kings Game 1 - Canuck Loss

Stay out the box, stay in the series.

Maybe that should have been the official hashtag of the opening round of the Western Conference Quarter-Final as the Vancouver Canucks played a man down for 12:36 Wednesday night and the Los Angeles Kings took advantage capturing Game 1 by a 4-2 final.

The Kings also captured home ice advantage with Game 2 set for Friday night in Vancouver.

The Canucks didn’t hang their heads following their first opening game loss of round one in six tries, but they know they have to be worlds better and worlds more disciplined.

Vancouver’s march to the penalty box had the Canucks take four first period minors, two of which led to lengthy 5-on-3 power plays for the Kings, and two minors and a five-minute boarding major in the second frame.

Although Los Angeles finished 1-for-6 on the man advantage, all that time killing penalties caught up with Vancouver on this night.

“Spending so much time in the box you waste a lot of energy defensively and the other team gains momentum out of it and feel good about feeling the puck and things like that,” said Alex Burrows, who opened the scoring.

“We spent a lot of energy killing penalties, so it’s tough to get momentum like that,” added Roberto Luongo. “That being said, we knew it was going to be a long series so we’ve just got to re-group here and come back next game.”

Luongo was the only reason this game wasn’t a blowout for the Kings by the third period as he finished with 35 saves, including 27 in the first 40 minutes. He did all he could and the Canucks made a game of this for as long as they could before poor execution finally caught up with them.

The playoffs are nothing without adversity and now that the back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy winners are down a game to the Kings, there’s plenty to go around.

The Canucks aren’t buying into it, despite being in unfamiliar territory. Vancouver held a 1-0 series lead in all four rounds during the 2011 NHL Playoffs.

“It’s fine,” said Luongo. “You face different scenarios every time and you’ve got to be able to handle all types of scenarios and I think we have the mental toughness in this locker room to regroup and come back next game.”

You can find the original article here

 

 

 The Heartbreak of Johnny Canuck

... Redemption

This is the injury list from last years playoffs ... absolutely no repeats boys ... we need you all healthy so you can enjoy the Stanley Cup win after-party.

 This is the new seasons injury tally so far, heading into this seasons playoff games:

 
  • Apr 3, 2012: Zack Kassian - Upper-body injury (day-to-day)

  • Mar 25, 2012: Aaron Rome - Knee (day-to-day)

  • Mar 21, 2012: Daniel Sedin - Concussion (day-to-day)

  • Mar 13, 2012: Manny Malhotra - Undisclosed reason (day-to-day)

  • Feb 18, 2012: Byron Bitz - Hip (day-to-day)

  • Feb 14, 2012: Keith Ballard - Neck (day-to-day)

  • Feb 8, 2012: Dale Weise - Foot (day-to-day)

  • Feb 8, 2012: Keith Ballard - Neck (IR)

  • Feb 1, 2012: Chris Higgins - Illness (IR)

  • Jan 7, 2012: Andrew Ebbett - Broken collarbone (IR)

  • Jan 7, 2012: Sami Salo - Concussion (day-to-day)

  • Jan 6, 2012: Andrew Ebbett - Left game - broken collarbone (day-to-day)

  • Jan 6, 2012: Sami Salo - Left game - upper-body injury (day-to-day)

  • Dec 26, 2011: Chris Higgins - Hand (day-to-day)

  • Dec 18, 2011: Aaron Rome - Broken thumb (IR)

  • Dec 18, 2011: Keith Ballard - Back spasms (day-to-day)

  • Dec 10, 2011: Cody Hodgson - Head (day-to-day)

  • Dec 9, 2011: Cody Hodgson - Left game - Head (day-to-day)

  • Dec 6, 2011: David Booth - Right MCL (IR)

  • Dec 6, 2011: Roberto Luongo - Upper-body injury (day-to-day)

  • Dec 5, 2011: David Booth - Left game - right leg injury (day-to-day)

  • Dec 4, 2011: Chris Higgins - Staph infection (day-to-day)

  • Dec 2, 2011: Aaron Volpatti - Torn labrum (IR)

  • Nov 30, 2011: Sami Salo - Groin (day-to-day)

  • Nov 26, 2011: Alexander Edler - Undisclosed injury (day-to-day)

  • Nov 16, 2011: Keith Ballard - Back (day-to-day)

  • Nov 14, 2011: Roberto Luongo - Upper-body injury (day-to-day)

  • Nov 10, 2011: Andrew Ebbett - Foot (IR)

  • Nov 5, 2011: Alexandre Burrows - Back spasms (day-to-day)

  • Nov 2, 2011: Sami Salo - Groin (day-to-day)

  • Oct 19, 2011: Mikael Samuelsson - Lower-body injury (IR)

  • Oct 4, 2011: Stefan Schneider - Undisclosed injury (IR)

  • Sep 27, 2011: Steve Pinizzotto - Dislocated shoulder, surgery (IR)

  • Sep 25, 2011: Aaron Rome - Broken hand (IR)

  • Sep 25, 2011: Nolan Baumgartner - Broken foot (IR)

  • Sep 23, 2011: Byron Bitz - Groin (IR)

  • Sep 18, 2011: Mason Raymond - Back (IR)

  • Sep 18, 2011: Ryan Kesler - Left hip surgery (IR)

  • Sep 18, 2011: Manny Malhotra - Left eye surgery (day-to-day

We Worked Hard For This ...

 

Great video put together by Steve Porter ... Thanks Steve!!!!!