Video credit: @GregBalloch
- Twins do fly-bys past the Panthers bench. Singling out the unnamed player (assuming it was Thornton)
- Daniel gets squirted with a water bottle and Dorsett take exception and chirps the bench
- Montoya takes a swing at Dorsett and then Dorsett retaliates
- Canucks come in from centre ice to intervene
- Luongo still in full gear shoved his stick in Dorsett’s face and then later leaves the bench to stand next to Markstrom
- Prust caught at the Panther bench with no backup, until Hockey Wives co-star, Ryan Miller separates some Panthers away from Prust
- This went on for a good few minutes after the game ended
- Commentary from both broadcast crews had something to say, especially Florida’s Denis Potvin about the twins and mainly Daniel Sedin ( I will address this later on)
It’s the return of the Lack! Eddie’s back in town for the first time after his trade to Carolina back in August. Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for the Hurricanes tonight at Rogers Arena. Facing his old team for the first time this season, Lack is looking forward to the game and opportunity to play in familiar settings.
As Vancouver’s backup goaltender, Lack became some sort of an icon in these parts. His twitter posts, his great smile and his love for tacos have made Eddie Vancouver’s favourite goalie backup of all time and social media rock star.
Eddie Lack is a fantastic person. You see it with the way he interacts with everyone he comes into contact with, but the whole media/social media love affair with Eddie Lack didn’t get me enough to think he was good enough to steal the starting job from a proven NHL veteran goaltender in Ryan Miller last season, and from future HOF’er Roberto Luongo the season previous. Sorry, I don’t believe the hype.
Eddie had a good run, he is a fine tender, and one Melanson loved to have play the type game typical of a Rolly goalie, but I will take Jacob Markstrom and Ryan Miller over Eddie Lack any day. It’s not just because I am a Canucks fan first, but in my opinion, Markstrom has more potential to be a starter in the NHL eventually,and Miller has played better than his record indicates (defensive play is another story and another blog).
I like Eddlie Lack, he played well enough here that I didn’t want him out of here like I wanted other players in the past gone. I wish him a good career in the NHL, but now that he is no longer a Canuck, I won’t be going out and buying an Eddie Lack Hurricanes jersey any time soon. Tonight, I for one, hope the Vancouver Canucks pepper him with shots and pot a few pucks past Lack for a victory.
The evolution of Jannik Hansen has been a wonderful and steady progression. Picked in the 9th round of the 2004 NHL entry draft, many did not see a real future for Vancouver Canucks right winger. Early in his career, Hansen spent much time going back and forth between the Canucks then farm team, The Manitoba Moose. It wasn’t until the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run back in 2010/2011 did Hansen become a regular for the team, playing a 3rd or 4th line role with limited minutes.
Since then, Hansen has become the best utility guy for the Canucks playing anywhere he could contribute. He is on the penalty kill, he is sometimes on the power-play and he can float between a scoring line role to a shutdown line when needed. These days, that’s on the first line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. This move has regulated Alex Burrows to the 3rd line, where Hansen used to be. Hansen been a great shot of Adrenalin for the twins who seem to having a renaissance year at 35 years of age. Hansen’s speed and crash and bang style of play has opened up the Sedins game and has his linemates in the top 15 in scoring in the NHL. Here is exactly what Hansen has been so good at this season…
How high is Jannik Hansen’s ceiling? Who knows, but it’s been great to see it unfold this season. I’m sure Hansen is feeling pretty good about his game as well. Hansen is a hard worker and has proved he belongs on the line with the Sedins. He’s won that Fred J. Hume Award twice as the Vancouver Canucks “Unsung Hero” in 2011 and 2013. But it’s getting more and more obvious as this season progresses, you can drop the “unsung” part. Hansen has stepped up as one of the leaders on this team but scoring goals and helping the Sedins score them too.
It sure beats Torts chastising him on the bench like this…
Or former teammate, Cory Schneider doing impersonations of his voice…
Hansen has embraced his new role this season as a 1st line RW. He’s learned to just play his game with the Sedins. In the past, Hansen would try to play too much of a finesse game when he was put on the 1st line and looked out of place doing so. These days, Hansen keeps his game simple and it has worked. Hansen has hit a career high of 16 goals twice in his NHL career. This year at the 37 game mark, the feisty right-winger has recorded 12 tallies. Barring injury and his trigger stick going cold for extended periods of time, Hansen is on pace for a career year. From the 9th round to the top line, it’s been quite the evolution of Jannik Hansen. I don’t know anyone, with the exception of my friend, @RichardLoat, who thought Hansen was going to stay in the NHL years after his Canucks debut.
Not a feature was playing, no video montage.
Now hit away! Shoot away! Score away all!”
Bone crunching sounds along with the stretch of the gristle.
I’ll see you on Robson with foamy-head pucks!