Kings Burn Canucks’ Special Teams To Take 2-0 Series Lead

first_img Vancouver needs to stick to their game.  While their compete level wasn’t perfect at all times tonight, the Canucks have been the better team at even strength in this series.  If they can clean up the special teams, score occasionally on the power play, and not give up copious amounts of shorthanded goals, they will be successful. The Canucks put a much better effort on the ice tonight, but special teams were their Achilles heel, to the point that I think it’s more appropriate to refer to them as “Special Needs Teams”.  The power play, struggling as far back as mid-December, was again 0 for 5.  While the power play generated 10 shots on net, at times it was ridiculously poor. The Canucks had trouble gaining the Kings’ zone on multiple occasions, and continually made bad passes and other mistakes which prevented them from generating a lot of scoring chances.Not only did the power play fail to generate offense, it allowed the two shorthanded goals.  Alex Edler, who is playing his worst hockey of the season at exactly the wrong time, gave the puck to Anze Kopitar in the defensive zone, a gaffe that led to the Kings’ first goal. Dan Hamhuis, one of the Canucks’ steadiest defensemen, stumbled at the point which allowed Brown to speed past him, and score on a breakaway to put the Kings in front for good early in the second period.  Truly, it’s at the point that the Canucks should not ice their fifth skater, it’s better if they play even-up if the other team takes a penalty.The Kings’ power play added a goal of its own midway through the third period, which effectively iced the game.So far in this series, the Kings have scored seven non-empty net goals.  Of those, they have scored three on the power play in 12 opportunities, and have two shorthanded goals in 10 Canuck power plays.  On the flip side, the Canucks are 0 for 10 on the power play. At even strength, the Canucks have badly outshot L.A., and have actually outscored them 4-2. GAME OBSERVATIONS After watching tonight’s game, one really wonders what is going on with this team.  What happened to the team that we iced last season in the playoffs?  These guys just appear disinterested and for the second night in a row, the Canucks were outworked too often, losing puck battles, and generally not moving their legs and losing races to the puck.  In the playoffs, desire is what is required, as a team’s will is more important than its skill.  The Kings have appeared the hungrier team thus far in the series and that is why they are ahead 2-0.  Their forecheck has been right on top of our D-men and they’ve been turning the puck over.  It’s ugly to watch, and the Canucks need to work harder and think more quickly. Alex Edler.  In my mind, coach Alain Vigneault needs to seriously consider making him a healthy scratch and having him watch from the press box.  Saying that is something, Edler was an all-star this year and had a great first half.  His play in the second half has been just this side of horrible and tonight, it was even worse.  Brutal giveaway on the first goal, and another on the third goal when he was unable to clear the puck.  He just doesn’t look right. Roberto Luongo was good in net for the Canucks tonight.  That said, his numbers in the first two games are now as follows: GAA – 3.62, SV% – .891.  Those numbers are not good enough to win.  I’m certainly NOT “blaming” Luongo, his performance tonight was not like we have seen in his meltdowns – this is NOT his fault.  However, the goals tonight were all stoppable, if he were able to come up with a big save.  He wasn’t his best tonight.  Two games is a small sample size, and I get that, but at some point the numbers don’t lie.  We saw a classic “Luongo on his belly” on the Brown breakaway, and a bad “leak through” goal in the third. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s ( west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks entered game 2 against the L.A. Kings knowing that another effort like they had in game one wouldn’t be good enough.  On Friday night at Rogers Arena, the Canucks played better, but special teams absolutely killed them as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the L.A. Kings, as they went down 2-0 in the series.  The Canucks are now facing a monumental uphill battle, as they will have to win four games out of the next five with three of those coming on the road.Dustin Brown led the Kings offensively and was a deserving recipient of the game’s first star, as he scored twice shorthanded and added another assist.  No other Kings tallied more than one point. Generally, the Kopitar-Brown-Williams line has been a beast in the first two games.  The Richards-Carter-King line, dominant in game one, pretty much disappeared tonight, finishing minus-6 while recording no points.Overall, the Canucks were pretty dominant 5 on 5 against the Kings.  The Canucks ended up outshooting L.A. 48-26 in the game, and 38-26 in the second and third periods.  While everyone is ruing the Canucks’ inability to score, the team built itself to win tight, low scoring games and started playing a more conservative style coming down the stretch.  Similar to last year’s finals, I’m not pinning these losses on an inability to score – rather, the Canucks are not keeping the puck out of the net.  The team needs to score more, for sure – but as they were built and the style they have been playing, four goals against is too many if they want to win. I lambasted Ryan Kesler in this space after game 1 – and tonight, he was way better.  He was the Canucks’ best player, worked hard all night, and was the only forward who consistently made things happen in the Kings’ zone.  Also, he didn’t dive, chirp the referees, or the other team.  It was an infinitely better performance from him and tonight he gave the team what it needed.  More games like this, and the puck will start going in for him and his linemates.center_img What is happening to the Canucks is not reflecting well on the coaching staff.  If the Canucks lose this series, there are a lot of questions that will be asked about Vigneault and his ability to motivate this group of players.  In my opinion, only a Stanley Cup win should save his job; but more realistically, if the Canucks lose in the first round, I think it’s virtually assured that he’ll be heading up the Montreal Canadiens next year. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  Bruce Boudreau has been a nice addition to the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.  He obviously knows the game, and even though he’s employed in the league, he’s not afraid to speak his mind and tell it like he is.  He’s a very affable sort of guy and I think he’s great, his analysis is sound, and the fact he’s a current NHL coach lends him an aura of respectability.  He’s a great addition to their coverage. Two things on the power play:  1)  The neutral-zone drop pass – this hasn’t worked well for MONTHS.  It worked well early in the season, but around Christmas (when the power play went into the tank), teams were figuring it out and giving the Canucks fits in the neutral zone.  They need to just get rid of it – it led directly to the Kings first goal.  2)  One thing I’ve noticed is that the teams having success killing our penalties are being extremely aggressive on the puck while they’re killing the penalty, and our guys just aren’t moving the puck fast enough.  I’m not a coach in the NHL, and it’s obvious to me – I don’t understand why it’s not obvious to the team’s coaching staff.  Every team is doing the same thing, and it’s working.  Newell Brown – crunch time – you need to earn your paycheque.  Make some adjustments and get it working. TAKING STOCK OF WHERE WE’RE AT It’s too early to write the Canucks off.  Just last year, the Boston Bruins lost the first two games of the playoffs at home, and we all know how that turned out for them.  In addition, Cam Charron at Canucks Army noted that back in 2001, the upstart Canucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Presidents’ Trophy winning Detroit Red Wings, before Detroit found their game and steamrolled the Canucks in the next four games straight.  Statistics show that a team going down 2-0 still has an approximate 25% chance of winning, so this series is far from over.  In recent years, we’ve seen numerous series look over but then the momentum changes and the team that’s down comes back – consider the Blackhawks against the Canucks last year in the first round.  Perhaps freshest in their minds will be the Stanley Cup Final – the Canucks won the first two games and Boston came back to win.  It’s very easy to get discouraged after losing a couple games like this, but this mountain in front of the Canucks right now is not too big to climb. I predicted a seven game series here and I still think the Canucks are going to play better on the road and hopefully climb back into the series.  At this point, they need to take things “one game at a time” – it’s the only way to go forward. Lots of chatter after the game tonight about who should start in net in game 3.  Last year, in the first round after two consecutive losses, Vigneault started Schneider to mix things up.  I am very confident that Schneider will be the starter for game 3.  As noted, Luongo wasn’t bad tonight – but he wasn’t that great either.  The team does seem to play better and tighter defensively in front of Schneider, and at this point, a change is needed. There were many warning signs of this type of performance as the team came down the stretch.  However, at all times I had faith that the team, having learned lessons in playoff years past, knew what it would take to get the job done.  At this point, I have to seriously question whether I was right.  So far, it appears I wasn’t.last_img read more

Nelson Selects U15 Girls Claim U16 Gold

first_img“They gave the Columbia Valley defence all they could handle throughout the entire game.”The third game featured the younger U16 Columbia Valley team, but Nelson stayed with their same attacking style and crisp passing to once again come out the stronger side.Seven minutes into the game, Julia Burkart delivered a perfect pass to team captain Sofia Arcuri in the middle who launched a 25 yard shot that sailed over the Columbia Valley keeper.At the 20 minute mark striker Abby Beauchamp put away a rebound to make the game 2-0 and the U15s held onto the lead for the rest of the game.Needing a win to secure top spot, Sunday morning at 7 a.m. the U15s faced their toughest challenge of the tournament, the Nelson Selects U16 Girls.With both teams playing a similar style of possession soccer taught by the Nelson Whitecaps Program, the game was a treat for soccer purists.Two minutes into the game, the younger Nelson side shocked the U16s when Beauchamp juked the older defender and struck a perfect shot on goal from just outside the 18-yard box that sailed in under the crossbar.The U16s then went onto to gain the edge in play for the remainder of the first half but could not penetrate the strong U15 defence.The second half featured great play by both teams with an even half. With time running out, U16 forward Laurel Halleran had the best opportunity of the half when she fired a beautiful shot on net that tested U15 keeper Hanna Quinn who preserved the shutout and her perfect weekend.“That final game was a great effort by both teams,” said Burkart.“Coach Pete Quinn and I were very proud of the way all of our girls played in a game against excellent competition.”Burkart added that the key to their success was team defence, which was anchored by the back line of Allison Bendis, Ruby Seright, Bella Guderyan, Ashley Hall and Julia Burkart who were absolutely rock solid, frustrating the opponents with their play.“We accomplished our goal of creating a lot of offence and as a result scored some very nice goals.” said Burkart.“But the defensive play of our whole team and especially that of our back line was what really set us up for the success we had.” Playing against older and bigger competition, the Nelson Selects U15 Girls used speed, determination and stingy defense to fuel them to the U16 Division gold medal in the annual Terry Walgren Memorial Tournament in Nelson past weekend.The U15s came into the tournament hungry for their first wins of the season and didn’t disappoint amassing a perfect 4-0 record and not allowing a single goal against.“Our first tournament of the season was against some really tough older American teams earlier this month at the Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d’Alene and though we played well, we simply did not get the offense we were hoping for,” said U15 coach Paul Burkart.“The goal this weekend was continue to play a defensive game but also create more scoring chances – and that is exactly what the girls did.”The tournament started with a Friday night contest against the Kootenay South U16 squad. Nelson dominated play from the opening whistle and 20 minutes into the opening half Shianne Michalchuk finished a nice play that included great passing between forwards Grace Dehnel, Jodi Surina and Mattea Lorenzo.The Nelson side continued to control play, getting numerous great scoring chances. Sixteen minutes into the second half, determined work by Dehnel led to a turnover and a nice passing play between Michalchuk and Shane Panko Dool who scored from 10 yards out. The game ended with a 2-0 victory for Nelson.Late Saturday morning, the Nelson U15s took on Columbia Valley U16-17s in a game that again saw the home side dominate play. Michalchuk scored 11 minutes into the game when she launched a bullet from just outside the 18-yard box to set the tone for a stellar game for the speedy Nelson striker.Two minutes later, Nelson forward Ruby Creighton landed a shot on net that was saved by the Columbia Valley keeper, but Michalchuk pounced on the rebound to make the score 2-0.Eight minutes into the second half, Michalchuk created a turnover deep in the  Columbia Valley zone and roofed a shot for her hat trick goal that ensured her team the 3-0 victory.“It was a real gritty strong performance by Shianne and all of our forwards,” said Burkart.last_img read more


first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $59,291 INTO FRIDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $250,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2016)–Idle since late November in New York, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss’s homebred Keri Belle held off the late charge of Stormy Lucy to win Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes by a nose under Alex Solis. Trained by John Shirreffs, the 6-year-old mare by Empire Maker wheeled five-wide at the top of the stretch and got one mile on turf in 1:36.30.“Coming out of the gate, I took hold,” said Solis, who was aboard Keri Belle for the first time today. “They went so fast so it pushed her back even more, but it worked out good because she was relaxed.”In a scene steeped in déjà vu, Solis, who won nine stakes at Santa Anita with the race’s namesake, was greeted in the Winner’s Circle by Michael Bello, who owned the magnificent mare and presented today’s trophy.“We have a lot of great memories of Megahertz,” said Solis. “Last night, I was talking to the Daily Racing Form, they had a video of all of her races. It was so special to ride a filly like her and so special watching all of her races.”Off at 12-1 in a field of 12 older fillies and mares, Keri Belle, who picked up her first-ever stakes win, paid $27.80, 12.40 and $8.40. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $229,030. Her overall mark now stands at 12-4-2-1.“If you watch her races, she’s got a beautiful way of going,” said Shirreffs. “She’s got a big stride and she carries herself well. Turf racing, you’ve got to be a little bit lucky and today was her day.”Jerry Moss, who posed for 19 come-from-behind photos with the immortal Zenyatta, was understandably elated following the Megahertz.“She’s a lovely horse, she’s really something, very pretty,” Moss said. “We brought her back from New York and it’s so great to be back in California. We’ll stay here.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormy Lucy, who was a close second in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 27, was next to last after the first half mile and unleashed a furious rally through the lane to just miss.“I had no intention of being as far back as I was,” said Desormeaux. “She got shuffled back and kind of stuck her feet in the ground. I wanted to be mid-pack. She ran great again, she really did.”The second choice at 3-1, Stormy Lucy paid $3.80 and $3.20.Glenn Hill Farms’ Theatre Star, who was 10th after the first half mile, went head and head with Stormy Lucy the final three sixteenths and finished third, a neck behind her. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Theatre Star paid $5.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.79, 46.71, 1:11.62 and 1:24.08.There is a carryover into Friday’s Pick Six of $59,291, and it’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $250,000.First post time on Friday for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgInspector HarrisonTHE HEAD of the Garda Traffic Corps in County Donegal says he is ‘happier’ with safer driving on our roads, but warned: “Our operations are continuing.”Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking as he revealed that all 368 people breath-tested at mandatory checkpoints in Donegal over the weekend passed the tests.However four other motorists were separately caught drinking and driving by other Gardaí on patrol in the county. The number of people caught drinking and driving in the three months until the end of March in Donegal was up 6.4% on the same three months of 2013.Inspector Harrison said he was ‘happier’ with the safer driving over the Easter weekend with no fatal or serious injury road collisions.Gardaí attended the scene of just three traffic accidents. No-one was seriously hurt in any of them.A number of people were caught driving whilst using mobile phones. “We didn’t have any loss of life or serious injury over the bank holiday weekend and I am always happy when this is the case, especially with the good weather and the increased traffic volumes,” Insp Harrison said today.“We are hoping that the message on drinking and driving is getting through, with everyone stopped during the special operation in Donegal Town giving clear results from breath tests.“I am mindful that the number of people detected drinking and driving is up on last year and four motorists were arrested since last Friday for suspected drink-driving.“Our operations involving both traffic corps gardaí and regular gardaí are continuing across Donegal this week.“I want to thank all those who have been driving safely and urge them to continue to do so during the rest of Easter and on into the future. I’m happier with what we have seen this weekend but we will continue our work to make Donegal’s roads safer for everyone who uses them.” DONEGAL GARDA TRAFFIC BOSS ‘HAPPIER’ AFTER EASTER CRACK DOWN ON DRINK DRIVERS was last modified: April 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Traffic Corpsdrink driversGardaInspector Michael Harrisonroad trafficlast_img read more

Podcast: The Current State of Sales – Episode #117

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:46 — 9.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSMy observations of the current landscape in sales as it exists right now, and it isn’t pretty. Selling is difficult-and growing more so over time. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

a month agoLampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valencia

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valenciaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has no qualms about playing his Chelsea youngsters for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia.Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all started and scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves.And Lampard says he won’t change his selections for the club’s first Champions League clash of the season.”I won’t consider age,” Lampard said. “I don’t consider it because they’ve shown confidence, personality in the group. That’s easy. I just pick them on merit.”Confidence and momentum is great. It’s not quite momentum yet but it is a good feeling to see the team play how they did. We need more clean sheets and we continually need to work on that.”The Champions League is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason, Tammy, Tomori are all excited for it. All the players should be. I’m looking forward to it, my debut as a manager.” last_img read more

Fly to NYC to Hang Backstage with Nas and hip-hop legend, Nas have come together to offer one lucky winner, and a guest, VIP passes to the Governors Ball Music Festival.Until May 31st, anyone can enter to win a chance to be flown to NYC and hang with Nas backstage, then galavant around summer’s hottest music festival with VIP artist passes – so after you wake up from your dream experience with Nas, you can also check out Kanye, Kings Of Leon, and the rest of the all-star line-up.The best part? Its all for an amazing cause: UNICEF’s efforts to save and improve children’s lives world wide. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting and making a $10 donation to UINCEF.Hang with Nas in New York CityOmaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.last_img read more

Husky Energy gets help from Q2 tax relief but profit down from

first_imgCALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says its second-quarter financial results were dragged by a heavy maintenance schedule, non-routine write offs and expenses, but those negatives were partly offset by a one-time tax benefit.The integrated oil and gas company had $370 million of net earnings in the quarter, including a negative impact from $77 million in after-tax adjustments that were offset by a $233 million benefit from Alberta corporate tax reductions.The profit amounted to 36 cents per share, down from 44 cents per share, or $448 million overall, in last year’s second quarter. However, net income was above the consensus estimate of 32 cents per share from financial markets data firm Refinitiv. It didn’t provide a revenue estimate for Husky’s second quarter.Husky says its revenue net of royalties was $5.30 billion, down from $5.88 billion in last year’s second quarter. Funds from operations dropped to $802 million or 80 cents per share from $1.21 billion or $1.20 per share.The Calgary-based company says it’s on track with a plan outlined at its recent investor day.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Joel Edgerton joins Barry Jenkins series

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Joel Edgerton has signed on for a role in the Barry Jenkins series “The Underground Railroad”. Edgerton will play the part of Ridgeway, a slave catcher. He joins previously announced cast members Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre, reports The role will mark Edgerton’s first regular TV role in some time. He previously starred in the series “The Secret Life of Us”, in his native Australia early in his career in addition to a handful of other TV roles. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Nowadays, Edgerton is known for his film work. He most recently starred in, wrote, and directed the film “Boy Erased”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. He made his feature directorial debut in 2015 with the thriller “The Gift”, in which he also starred and wrote. His other film roles include “Loving”, “Red Sparrow”, “Bright”, “Jane Got a Gun” and “Midnight Special”. Based on Colson Whitehead’s book of the same name, “The Underground Railroad” chronicles young Cora’s (Mbedu) journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumoured Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Jenkins will direct all 11 episodes of the one-hour series in what will be his first attempt at directing a TV series in its entirety.last_img read more

Soon rain respite for South Bengal

first_imgKolkata: There seems to be some respite in sight for South Bengal that may get the much-awaited relief from the scorching summer heat early next week as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted thundershowers for a couple of days from Tuesday onwards.The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday bringing moderate rainfall accompanied with gusty winds. The entire South Bengal has been under intense heat spell for the past few days with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. The poll-bound districts where elections will be held in as many as eight constituencies on Sunday may continue to burn on poll day, the MeT office warned. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Rain and thundershowers are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts including Kolkata during the afternoon hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week,” a senior official of the Alipore MeT office said. The districts including West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia were among the others to have registered highest temperature on Saturday with mercury hovering over 40-43 degree Celsius. In case of other South Bengal districts, the mercury remained between 35-37 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, two poll personnel including a presiding officer fell ill in Bankura and East Midnapore respectively on Saturday. A polling person who went to the distribution centre at Bankura Christian College to collect the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) fell ill. He was admitted to Bankura Sammilani Hospital. On the other hand, another presiding officer also complained of heat-related discomfort at the distribution centre in East Midnapore’s Tamluk. He was taken to the Tamluk district hospital for treatment.last_img read more