While the Vancouver Canucks may not have spent too much time on the ice in the past few days, this week was anything but uneventful.
On October 17th, the Canucks faced off against the Edmonton Oilers. While the Oilers put up a valiant effort, they couldn’t get past the unstoppable Ryan Miller. The Oilers attempted to win the game through a calm composure, but this composure was met with intense resistance from the Canucks. The Canucks eventually claimed a 2-0 victory, with goals being attributed to wingers Radim Vrbata and Daniel Sedin.
On Saturday October 18th, the Canucks welcomed the Tampa Bay Lightning, and experienced their first loss of the season. Vancouver’s fate was sealed from the start, as the skillful Lightning team captain Steven Stamkos claimed a goal at just 53 seconds into game. Stamkos would score another goal by the end of the first period, and helped ensure Tampa Bay’s 4-2 victory over the Canucks. Notably, this game marked the debut of Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack.
In other news, Vancouver’s winning streak was not the only streak to end during the team’s game against Tampa Bay. Last Saturday’s game also marked the end of Vancouver’s sellout streak, which began on November 14, 2002. In an email addressed to season ticket holders, Chief Operating Officer Victori de Bonis explained that the team’s sellout streak had ended after 11 seasons. The Canucks’ sellout streak endured for 474 games, making it the longest active streak in the history of the NHL. Finally, it is also worth mentioning that the Canucks have assigned centre Bo Horvat to the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment. Horvat was assigned to Vancouver’s Utica Comets.
The Canucks have a big week ahead of them. On Sunday, the team will welcome the Washington Capitals for what will surely be a terrific game at Rogers Arena and on Thursday Montreal Canadiens head over to Vancouver to face off with the Canucks.