Press Round-Up - DEC.07.07

Friday, 07.12.2007 / 1:19 PM / News
Vancouver Canucks
THE PROVINCE
3-0-0 Sweet Music for Sanford
As far as records go, the Canucks continue to break them and Curtis Sanford is still a zero - but that's a good thing.

With three wins in as many starts, Sanford continues to give strong performances with little playing time.

Last year Dany Sabourin didn't record his first win until his fourth start of the year in February. After a rocky start in Nashville Thursday night, Sanford shook it off to battle back with 26 saves and two points for the Canucks.

"Before Sanford ran his record to 3-0-0, the Predators tried to run him and the Canucks out of town," said Province columnist, Ben Kuzma. "Nashville fired the game's first eight shots and held and 11-1 advantage before the Canucks found their legs and the resolve to take away those wide open spaces in the slot."

Playing as Luongo's backup can be tough but there are definitely perks to the job as well.

"Watching Luongo work his craft hasn't hurt Sanford, either.

'There's never an off day with Roberto," Sanford said. 'He enjoys it and is one of the most focused individuals I've ever met. He leads by example.'

Sanford likely won't have to wait three weeks for his next start."
THE VANCOUVER SUN
Sanford's Sun Rises
Brad Ziemer gives praises to Canucks backup Curtis Sanford on a 26 save effort on the way to a 5-2 win over the Predators Thursday night after surrendering a weak first period goal just after the three minute mark.

"Sanford got angry and then he got even. The Canuck backup made several brilliant saves on point-blank shots as the Nashville Predators blitzed him with 16 first-period shots."

Playing back up to Roberto Luongo means not getting many starts but in just three games, Sanford has been perfect.

"Sanford has given the Canucks exactly what they want from their backup," says Ziemer. "He hasn't complained a bit about the long stretches he sits and waits to play behind Roberto Luongo and when he is thrown in, Sanford has responded wonderfully."

While last year's backup saw one start a month, this time around, Sanford could be getting more ice time sooner than later.

"Thursday night's start was Sanford's first since Nov. 21 in Minnesota. He likely won't have to wait so long until he plays again. The Canucks hit the road for three games in California next week and Sanford figures to start one of those."
SUN MEDIA
Moose TV show will give fans the inside story
Adam Wazny reports exciting news for Manitoba hockey fans with a brand new way to get their dose of Moose hockey.

"The Moose officially announced the opening date for their new television show, Moose Rinkside. Starting at 5 o'clock, the 30-minute show premieres Jan. 5 and will be broadcast on CITY-TV for 18 episodes or the balance of the season."

"The show is also scheduled to have interviews with Moose coaches, on-ice drills, and a media forum discussing everything hockey."
SUN MEDIA
Injuries are keeping Rypien out of the NHL
Rick Rypien returned to Manitoba Tuesday after plying seven games with the Canucks.

Maybe it's just a bit of bad luck says Sun reporter, Adam Wazny.

"Bad luck is one thing, but what the 23-year-old has gone through the past two full hockey campaigns and this current one could be classified as unfair. We always hear about the Hockey Gods, these mythical figures and how they smile upon certain players."

Rypien scored a goal and earned an assist in his first game with the Canucks this year after recovering from an injury earlier this season before being sidelined after seven games.

"Over the last three seasons, the scrappy centreman has played in just 78 professional games, and just 14 of those have come under the bright lights of the NHL as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. That's a shocking number when you consider 240 regular season games are played in that same stretch."

"Rypien is back in Winnipeg these days, once again a member of the Manitoba Moose as he attempts to shake off the rust in hopes of making a prompt return to the parent club. He hasn't played since an Oct. 24 tilt against the Detroit Red Wings, when he broke a finger blocking a shot."