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Postby Harold » Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:53 pm

Last year the Canucks had 3 wins, 22 losses and 1 OT loss when trailing after 2 periods.
This year, they are at 3 wins, 2 losses and 0 OT losses when trailing after 2 periods.
So that means that after only 9 games into the 06/07 season, they have equaled the amount of wins when trailing after 2 periods from last year.

This team works harder and doesn't give up. Anyone else notice quite the difference between the two teams?
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Postby DavidPratt_ » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:27 pm

Yes I have. A different team, a different locker room. Funny how when a sulking, brooding guy leaves the team's chemistry changes.

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Postby kingofrockstars » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:30 pm

This is great to watch.
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Postby sk8er » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:54 pm

this is by far the biggest change of all from one year ago. This is also the very best change from last year. Last year i wanted to put my foot through the TV so damn many times when I would see players floating around out there, led by Bert. I loved him on our team but i am so glad he is gone. The change in the team is fabulous. I love watching them.
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Postby gobi » Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:47 pm

I agree with the new team attitude and I think several factors contributed to it. First was getting rid of Bert. I didn't realize how much of an influence he was until he spoke out after the trade. Second, DN wasn't afraid to make changes. The players didn't think DN had the guts to make all those changes. Third, getting AV who instilled a defensive system based on hard work (ie. backchecking, something I hardly saw last season).

All in all, it's fun watching them. If only the Canucks have more secondary scoring, this can be a really dangerous team.
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Postby randymeeks » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:13 am

this is by far the biggest change of all from one year ago. This is also the very best change from last year. Last year i wanted to put my foot through the TV so damn many times when I would see players floating around out there, led by Bert.


Couldn't have said it better myself. Last season was horrible to watch.
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Postby Madcombinepilot » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:59 am

Funny how when a sulking, brooding guy leaves the team's chemistry changes.


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Postby Rising Sun Canuck » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:10 am

I'm glad we are getting back to the Canucks teams of the early 2000, when we knew we weren't skilled enough and we just fought hard and willed many wins. I'll never forget that amazing strech where we dominated the 2nd half of the season.

The Nuck teams then were fast and very blue collar, but for some reason the team just got ahead of themselves, believing the hype that they were cup contenders but not willing to work for that satus.

Now with a fresh coach and new faces, I really like that effort. I don't think we're there yet, but if I few guys step up..ie. Pyatt, Kesler and Bullis with Cooke and Morrison allevating there game, I can see us watching hockey this spring.
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Postby clearwatercanuck » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:40 am

Canucks have come back a lot this year, and have been close in most of their games. However, it's not the greatest idea to always be coming from behind. Although it sure is exciting.
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Postby nuxfanindallas » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:40 am

I agree with all of the above....Vigneault and his staff deserve a bunch of credit.....

Now we need to see if they can keep it up....so far so good.....
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Postby Sid Dithers » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:50 pm

The Canucks have shown more heart and effort than talent so far. And that's good. But having to play in close games 82 nights a year with a roster that has several noticeable holes in it is a tough way to make a living.
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Postby Grizzly » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:56 pm

Funny how when a sulking, brooding guy leaves the team's chemistry changes.


Becoming a popular quote Pratt !!! But apparently very true ....

... the Canucks look much more inspired this year than I have seen in a few years. Lets hope they keep this "team" concept together and not let any winning or star status get to anyones head.

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Postby DavidPratt_ » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:26 pm

Sid Dithers wrote:The Canucks have shown more heart and effort than talent so far. And that's good. But having to play in close games 82 nights a year with a roster that has several noticeable holes in it is a tough way to make a living.


I will stick to my original theory at the start of this season:

1. The Canucks have holes on their team. One bad injury (particularly to Luongo) and it could be over.
2. The Canucks are not going to dominate in the Western Conference this year.
3. If the Canucks make the playoffs (it won't be easy) and Luongo and the team is healthy, they could make it to the Stanley Cup finals. That's why Vancouver picked up Luongo. Better to have a slightly above-average team with spectacular goaltending than a firewagon team with 'stars' and mediocre to lousy goaltending.

Time will tell.

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Postby DavidPratt_ » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:27 pm

Grizzly wrote:
Funny how when a sulking, brooding guy leaves the team's chemistry changes.


Becoming a popular quote Pratt !!! But apparently very true ....

... the Canucks look much more inspired this year than I have seen in a few years. Lets hope they keep this "team" concept together and not let any winning or star status get to anyones head.

Grizz


This tends to happen when a self-centered, selfish guy who refuses to understand the concept of 'team' leaves. And no, I'm not talking about Nolan Baumgartner!

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Postby MarkMM » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:41 pm

DavidPratt_ wrote:
Sid Dithers wrote:The Canucks have shown more heart and effort than talent so far. And that's good. But having to play in close games 82 nights a year with a roster that has several noticeable holes in it is a tough way to make a living.


I will stick to my original theory at the start of this season:

1. The Canucks have holes on their team. One bad injury (particularly to Luongo) and it could be over.
2. The Canucks are not going to dominate in the Western Conference this year.
3. If the Canucks make the playoffs (it won't be easy) and Luongo and the team is healthy, they could make it to the Stanley Cup finals. That's why Vancouver picked up Luongo. Better to have a slightly above-average team with spectacular goaltending than a firewagon team with 'stars' and mediocre to lousy goaltending.

Time will tell.

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Can't disagree, an optimistic point, #1 & 3 are true of most teams.
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