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Willes' Musings: To be the man, Canucks have to beat the man
Ed Willes: Tanev takes turn playing hero, albeit teammates say he's always super
Canucks 5, Wild 4 (OT): Tanev scores seconds into overtime to oust Minnesota
‘Family, friends’ got Newton though 95 days of unemployment
Ed Willes: This series will be remembered for reasons other than playing in August
Ed Willes: Reunion of prolific pair gives Canucks a forceful boost
EDMONTON — Tyler Toffoli, by any measure, is a good NHL player who brings a predictable level of production, and that must provide comfort to a head coach. He’s consistent. He’s durable. Wind him up and he’ll get you 20 goals. True, he caught a ...
NFL players caught not social-distancing face stiff fines
Any NFL player who does not plan to spend the next half-year or so in strict social isolation ought to disable the selfie function on his smartphone right away. And never pose for a photo in private, let alone in public. That’s because one of ...
Canucks 4, Wild 3: Redemption time as Canucks even series
EDMONTON — They changed the lineup, their start and the game plan. More important, they changed the result. Here’s what we learned from the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, which evened their best-of-five ...
Ed Willes: The players are fresh. The games are fast. The battles are ferocious
EDMONTON — It was unclear where this was all headed when the NHL first embarked on its zany adventure four days ago. Yes, head office could be comforted by one thought: It couldn’t possibly be as bad as baseball. But the potential for disaster ...
Lions say QB Stafford had a false-positive COVID-19 test
Matthew Stafford is back with his Detroit Lions teammates and coaches. Turns out, he never had COVID-19, according to the Lions. The veteran quarterback registered a false-positive test late last week, and was placed on the Lions’ ...
COVID-19 continues to rattle NFL cages
The coronavirus hits just keep on comin’ to the NFL. On Monday alone, one NFL head coach contracted it, another impact performer opted out of playing in 2020 because of it, and the first superstar player publicly said the coming season ...
Ed Willes: Short series against Wild calls for some urgency from Canucks
EDMONTON — In the aftermath of the Canucks’ Game 1 loss to the Minnesota Wild, Bo Horvat’s post-game message was simple. “Not to worry,” he said. “This is a long series.” And just in case you missed his point, he repeated it. “It’s a ...
Wild 3, Canucks 0: Battle-tested Wild shut out playoff neophytes
EDMONTON — After five long, tortured years, the Vancouver Canucks finally played a game in the post-season on Sunday night. Now if they could just win one. Here’s what we learned from the Minnesota Wild’s 3-0 win in the opening game of the ...
Willes' Musings: Rust makes for some exciting hockey inside the Edmonton bubble
In honour of playoff hockey in August, we offer the following bubblicious musings and mediations on the world of sports: Tkachuk’s intent remains unclear Paul Maurice, who’s experienced some memorable wins in his six years as head ...
Ed Willes: No buzz outside bubble, no crowds in it, but players embrace all the weirdness
EDMONTON — It’s an hour before puck drop here and, under different circumstances, the area around Rogers Place would be crackling with the intense energy created by the NHL playoffs. Fans would be spilling into the streets. The bars and ...