by Ken Campbell - June 13, 2011 2:36 PM EDT
Having the Stanley Cup in the building doesn't provide players with any more drive. Just playing for the Cup can be the height of a career.
BOSTON - This year’s Stanley Cup final has been hugely entertaining, chock full of wild momentum swings, jaw-dropping hits and a frenetic pace.
by Ken Campbell - June 12, 2011 4:25 PM EDT
Win or lose, the Canucks will wave goodbye to many in the off-season...Kesler's day off...Thomas bites back...and why 'H' equals 'W.'
BOSTON – Sunday musings going into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final: WIN NOW (MAYBE), PAY LATER If the Vancouver Canucks manage to turn the tide of this series by winning the Stanley Cup on the road Monday night, they’ll be able to savor their victory before undoubtedly bidding farewell to some of the players who helped them win it.
by Ken Campbell - June 11, 2011 6:07 PM EDT
Both clubs are yapping through the media, but the real concerns should be if the Bruins can continue the trend of home wins in the final and force a Game 7.
BOSTON – One of the worst things about having two days between games in the Stanley Cup final is that it creates a vacuum that needs to be filled.
by Ken Campbell - June 11, 2011 12:40 AM EDT
They've been outplayed and outscored in the series, but a phenomenal bounce-back performance from Roberto Luongo has the Canucks one win from the Stanley Cup.
VANCOUVER – During the 1988 U.S. presidential campaign, Saturday Night Live did a hilarious spoof on a debate between candidates George H.
by Ken Campbell - June 10, 2011 3:44 PM EDT
Where has the NHL's best regular season power play gone? If the Bruins keep taking penalties, the Canucks better start taking advantage.
VANCOUVER – The revolving door of defensemen surrounding Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks will likely continue in Game 5, but the more immediate concern for the Canucks is their inability to stop that revolving door from leaving them in a state of dizziness.
by Ken Campbell - June 9, 2011 10:30 PM EDT
Any debate over who is going to start Game 5 was squashed quickly Thursday as the Canucks coach came to the defense of his goalie and the rest of his team.
VANCOUVER – To his credit, Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault came to the defense of his embattled goaltender and players and expressed total confidence they will be able to bounce back from two terrible outings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Friday night.
by Ken Campbell - June 9, 2011 9:31 PM EDT
Tim Thomas and the Bruins have all the momentum after a pair of one-sided wins, but will losing last change stop the 'B' train?
VANCOUVER – When asked about their two-game meltdown in the Stanley Cup final, the Vancouver Canucks, almost to a man, said their troubles would end if they could somehow find a way to solve Tim Thomas’s mastery over them.
by Ken Campbell - June 9, 2011 1:48 AM EDT
The Bruins are outworking the Canucks so far this series, but Tim Thomas isn't making it easy for the Canucks to get going.
BOSTON – Let the record show that the Stanley Cup final is now down to a best-of-three series with the Vancouver Canucks owning two of those games on their home ice.
by Ken Campbell - June 8, 2011 7:40 PM EDT
After the GMs meetings in Boston, it's expected Rule 48 will be tweaked, but not enough is being done and there's no end in sight.
BOSTON – Nobody is really sure exactly what the GMs spent five hours discussing Wednesday afternoon when it comes to head shots, largely because they were being deliberately vague, but we know two things emerged from their meeting.
by Ken Campbell - June 8, 2011 3:46 PM EDT
The Canucks lost their way in Game 3, so when the road crowd gets loud again and the Bruins get physical, Vancouver has to remember what got them here.
BOSTON – The Vancouver Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy and made it to the Stanley Cup final largely because their best players grasped the concept of discipline and “playing between the whistles.
by Ken Campbell - June 7, 2011 4:29 PM EDT
The NHL deserves kudos for this suspension, but will it serve as a benchmark?; Brian Burke not involved; and more.
BOSTON – From this corner, it’s impossible to argue about the length of the suspension handed down to Aaron Rome of the Vancouver Canucks.
by Ken Campbell - June 7, 2011 12:59 AM EDT
Aaron Rome's ugly hit on Nathan Horton was bad enough, but after Vancouver fell behind, they just gave up.
BOSTON – The Boston Bruins had more players from north of the 49th by a 14-10 margin in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, but it was the Vancouver Canucks who emerged with the Ugly Canadian tag they seem to wear so well.
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