Latest 2008–09 Vancouver Canucks season Stories

2009-05-15 14:17:07

The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Steve Bernier to an undisclosed contract extension. This season, his first with the NHL franchise, Bernier amassed 32 points (15 goals and 17 assists) in 81 games and was set to become a free agent. He added four points (two goals and two assists) in 10 playoff games. He was acquired from Buffalo last summer for a third-round draft pick this year and a second-round pick in 2010. Steve Bernier had a career year with Vancouver and we look forward to him...

2009-05-07 23:05:37

Andrew Ladd tipped a shot past Roberto Luongo 2:52 into overtime Thursday, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a series-tying 2-1 victory over Vancouver. The Canucks appeared ready to take a two-game lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals, having ridden a shutout effort by Luongo deep into the third period. Chicago tied the game, however, on Martin Havlat's goal with 2:44 to play in regulation and Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin kept his team alive with a series of...

2009-04-30 23:10:28

Sami Salo scored on a rebound with 1:13 left in the third period Thursday, offsetting a Chicago rally and giving Vancouver a 5-3 win over the Blackhawks. Vancouver survived a third-period meltdown to win the opening game of the second-round playoff series -- the first to get under way around the NHL. Roberto Luongo took a shutout into the final period, but the Blackhawks scored three times to tie it and create a chance for what would have been a stunning victory. Salo, however, gathered up...

2009-04-29 20:49:10

The second round of the NHL playoffs opens Thursday with the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. Vancouver has not played since April 21 when the Canucks finished a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues. Chicago, meanwhile, completed a six-game victory over Calgary Monday. The Canucks rode the hot goaltending of Roberto Luongo to their first-round triumph. Luongo stopped 126-of-131 shots in the series and finished with a 1.16 goals-against average. Luongo has bounced back from...

2009-04-22 00:16:29

The Vancouver Canucks advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in the closing seconds of overtime. Alex Burrows fired a wrist shot from the right circle past Chris Mason with 19 seconds to play in the extra period to complete the sweep of the Blues. Burrows also had a goal in regulation as did Kyle Wellwood. Roberto Luongo turned in 47 saves, including 18 in the overtime period. Mason stopped 33 shots for the Blues, who had goals from...

2009-04-19 21:26:00

Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund and Steve Bernier scored Sunday for Vancouver, which took a three-game lead over St. Louis in the playoffs, edging the Blues 3-2. The Canucks will try to sweep the best-of-seven series and move on to the Western Conference semifinals in Game 4 Tuesday in St. Louis. Roberto Luongo blocked 24 shots for Vancouver. David Backes and Andy McDonald each had a goal and assist for St. Louis. Blues goaltender Chris Mason recorded 23 saves.

2009-04-17 23:50:14

Roberto Luongo recorded his first NHL career playoff shutout Friday, carrying the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 victory over St. Louis. The Canucks took a 2-0 lead in the opening-round series, which resumes Sunday in St. Louis. Luongo has 47 regular-season shutouts in 544 games over a nine-year career, but this was only his 14th playoff contest. He made 30 saves to even his playoff record at 7-7. St. Louis trailed by just one goal before Alexandre Burrows tipped in a shot midway through the...

2009-04-15 23:53:01

Roberto Luongo won a goaltending duel with Chris Mason Wednesday and carried Vancouver to a 2-1 win over St. Louis to open their playoff series. Vancouver has suffered just one home loss in regulation since Jan. 30 and stayed hot thanks to 23 saves from Luongo, who missed 24 games early in the season due to a groin injury. Sami Salo's power-play goal 5:11 into the second period gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead and the Canucks went into a defensive posture the rest of the way. Brad Boyes brought the...

2009-04-10 00:32:43

Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots and set a franchise record for shutouts in a season Thursday when the Vancouver Canucks beat Los Angeles 1-0. Luongo's eighth shutout of the season -- the 46th of his NHL career -- along with Ryan Kesler's second-period goal (power play), gave the Canucks first place in the Northwest Division. Vancouver has 98 points and one regular-season game remaining, coming Saturday at Colorado. Calgary has 96 points and two games left on the schedule -- a home-and-home...

2009-04-06 00:28:33

T.J. Galiardi had two goals and Peter Budaj stopped 20 shots Sunday to lead the Colorado Avalanche past Vancouver 4-1. Ben Guite and Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado, which came into the game with an eight-game losing streak and has the worst record in the Western Conference. Pavol Demitra scored and Robert Luongo posted 22 saves for Vancouver, which has lost three straight to lose ground in its struggle with Calgary for the Northwest Division title. The Canucks have 94 points and have...

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