December 2007 - Vancouver Canucks Wiretap
Ohlund, Kesler Could Miss Game Against Calgary
Another day, another potential injury dilemma for the Vancouver Canucks. As the Canucks took the ice on Wednesday following their two-day Christmas break, three regulars were missing besides longer-term casualties Kevin Bieksa (lacerated calf), Brendan Morrison (wrist surgery) and Jeff Cowan (shoulder separation). Franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo wasn't present, nor were defenceman Mattias Ohlund and centre Ryan Kesler.
Luongo Selected 'Goalie Of The Year' By Goalies' World Magazine
Roberto Luongo rarely has a bad game, and his consistently high level of play has earned him the title of 2007 Goalie of the Year from Goalies' World magazine. The Canucks' star edged Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers. The two other finalists were Sean-Sebastien Giguere of the Ducks and Martin Brodeur of the Devils. Performances from Jan. 1 through Dec. 3 were weighed by the magazine's staff. "Roberto Luongo has been the most consistent goalie throughout the calendar year," states the magazine.
Canucks Send MacIntyre To AHL Manitoba
The Canucks on Monday assigned goaltender Drew MacIntyre to Manitoba of the AHL. MacIntyre, 24, appeared in one game for the Canucks, recording nine saves in 27 minutes against the San Jose Sharks on December 13.
Canucks' Morrison Could Miss 12-Weeks After Wrist Sugery
Canucks' center Brendan Morrison could be out up to 12 weeks after surgery on his right wrist Monday. He showed up at B.C. Place on Monday in a cast that ran from his right finger, past his elbow to his upper arm. He's expected to remain in a cast at least six weeks.
Sharks Top Canucks, Move Into 2nd Place
If anybody still doubts the San Jose Sharks after their painfully slow start at home, Coach Ron Wilson wishes to refer them to the standings. "We're second in the Western Conference, and that's all that really matters," Wilson said Thursday night. "We are where we are where we are. We keep playing like this going forward, and we don't have to worry about what our record was at home in the first two months of the regular season." Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Nabokov made 15 saves, and the Sharks beat Vancouver 5-2 for their sixth victory in seven games, using their speed on two early goals and capitalizing on the Canucks' mistakes for the final two tallies. Milan Michalek, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who won consecutive home games for just the second time all season to stay in a first-place tie with Dallas in the Pacific Division, passing Vancouver for second place in the conference standings.
Brendan Morrison's 542-Game Streak Ends
The two fresh faces in the Canucks' dressing room were easy to spot. Lockers displaying pucks with a piece of tape that said: "1st NHL goal" gave Mason Raymond and Jason Jaffray away. The pair of injury fill-ins assisted on each other's goals, and the Canucks -- without forward Brendan Morrison -- beat the Ducks 3-2 on Wednesday night. Morrison's 542-game playing streak, the longest current run in the NHL, ended when the 32-year-old center was forced out of the lineup by a wrist injury that will require surgery. The streak that began on Feb. 27, 2000, is the 11th-longest in league history. Calgary defenseman Cory Sarich now has the longest current consecutive-game streak at 419.
Canucks G Luongo Day-To-Day
The Vancouver Canucks recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre from Manitoba in the AHL on Tuesday to replace injured Roberto Luongo. A rib injury prevented Luongo from playing Monday night in Los Angeles. Luongo, runner-up for the Hart and Vezina Trophies last season, suffered the rib injury after a hard shot found a gap in his equipment Dec. 2 against Minnesota. The 24-year-old MacIntyre has not played in the NHL. He is 11-4-1 with one shutout, a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in the AHL. Backup goalie Curtis Sanford, who had his first loss in four starts Monday, is expected to carry the load in Luongo's absence. Vancouver plays in Anaheim on Wednesday and in San Jose on Thursday.
Canucks Recall MacIntyre To Replace Injured Luongo
The Canucks recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre from Manitoba in the AHL on Tuesday to replace injured Roberto Luongo. A rib injury prevented Luongo from playing Monday night in Los Angeles. Luongo, runner-up for the Hart and Vezina Trophies last season, suffered the rib injury after a hard shot found a gap in his equipment Dec. 2 against Minnesota.
Canucks Deny Allegations That Crawford Ordered Hit
The Vancouver Canucks have denied that former Coach Marc Crawford called for retaliation against Steve Moore during a 2004 game against the Colorado Avalanche. The team released a statement Friday refuting claims in court documents in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit Moore filed against former Canucks' forward Todd Bertuzzi, the Canucks and their parent company Orca Bay Hockey, in February 2006. "At no time did the Vancouver Canucks' organization or any of its management and employees, including former Coach Mr. Crawford, encourage or promote the incident that occurred between Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore on March 8, 2004," the Canucks' statement said. A statement of claim filed in court by Moore's lawyer and obtained by the CBC alleges that Crawford pointed to Moore's name and number on a board in the Canucks' locker room during the second intermission of that game and said "... [Moore] must pay the price."
Did Crawford Order Bertuzzi's On-Ice Attack On Moore?
Todd Bertuzzi's on-ice attack on Steve Moore might have been ordered by former Canucks' Coach Marc Crawford, according to a report aired on CBC's "The National" Wednesday night. Bertuzzi grabbed Moore from behind during a 2004 game, punched him on the side of his head and then landed on top of Moore, driving his head into the ice. The bloodied Colorado player was removed on a stretcher. Moore sustained a broken neck and a concussion. He filed a lawsuit against Bertuzzi, the Canucks and their parent company in Ontario in February.
Canucks' Luongo Named NHL's "First Star Of The Week"
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo extended his franchise record shutout streak to more that 210 minutes last week.