May 10, 2013 |
GALAXY AT VANCOUVER When: 4 p.m. Where: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 1150, 1220. Records: Galaxy 4-2-2, Whitecaps 2-4-3. Record vs. Whitecaps (2012): 2-0-1. Update: This is the first game of a three-game trip for the Galaxy as the club tries to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Houston. But it's unclear whether the Galaxy's full roster will be available. Forward Robbie Keane (left ankle injury)
May 1, 2013 |
Hollywood North is going south. That's the fear among many in the once-booming production community in Vancouver, Canada. Although Vancouver still attracts high-profile movies and television shows, including A&E's recently launched "Bates Motel," the city is rapidly losing its perch as one of the industry's busiest production hubs as it faces rising competition from cities in eastern Canada and south of the border. The city that pioneered the use of film incentives now finds itself struggling to compete with emerging rivals offering stronger tax credits and rebates.
April 29, 2013 |
Pluses Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, who will be 38 in June, became the oldest player to win the NHL scoring title. He took over the lead Wednesday from Sidney Crosby, who had held it since suffering a broken jaw on March 30. St. Louis finished with 17 goals and 60 points in 48 games, three points ahead of teammate Steven Stamkos (29 goals, 57 points). St. Louis previously won the scoring title in 2003-04. Undrafted, cut by two NHL teams, written off as too small, he's a great lesson in perseverance.
April 24, 2013 |
DUCKS AT VANCOUVER When: 7 PDT. Where: Rogers Center. On the air: TV: KDOC; Radio: 830. Record vs. Canucks: 1-1. Update: The Ducks, with the No. 2 Western Conference seed clinched, play their final regular-season road game where their season began. Vancouver, with the No. 3 seed clinched, will not have starting goaltender Cory Schneider because of an unspecified injury. Schneider is 17-9-4. With rest due to key players before the playoffs, the Ducks summoned right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, goaltender Frederik Andersen and left wing Patrick Maroon from minor league Norfolk.
April 23, 2013 |
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith apparently didn't like the line of questioning by a female reporter after a 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Monday, responding with comments that some are now describing as sexist. When Karen Thomson of Team 1040 radio in Vancouver asked about the Canucks' third goal of the game, during which it appeared Keith might have gone unpenalized for a slash, the player acted like he didn't know what she was talking about twice. He finally asked her, "What did you see?"
March 31, 2013
Pluses There might be playoff games in The Center of the Hockey Universe for the first time since 2004, with the Toronto Maple Leafs having won three straight games and earned points in eight straight. Nazem Kadri and linemate Joffrey Lupul have played big roles, with Lupul collecting five goals and nine points in his last four games and Kadri scoring six goals and 14 points in his last eight. For that, Kadri was rewarded - or should that be punished? - by a kiss on the cheek from Don Cherry on Saturday.
March 23, 2013 |
The Kings shouldn't write off their 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday as the consequence of facing a sharp goaltender for the second straight game. Cory Schneider gave a fine performance in earning a 20-save shutout in front of a restless crowd at Staples Center. He was agile and patient on the rare opportunities he needed to be, though he wasn't as spectacular as Dallas' Kari Lehtonen was on Thursday in a 40-save masterpiece that was behind the Stars' 2-0 victory over the Kings.
March 4, 2013 |
The Kings' morning skate on Monday was optional, and many players took the option to work out off the ice instead of on it. But two lineup changes were apparent for Monday night's game at Staples Center against the Nashville Predators: Jonathan Bernier will start in goal in place of Jonathan Quick, and defenseman Alec Martinez will return to the lineup after missing eight games. Bernier owns the Predators and has faced them seven times, more than he has faced any other NHL opponent.