NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Saturday nights match up with the Colorado Rapids. Finally we are winners again in MLS Play! The return of Steve Zakuani against Brian Mullan has finally happened, and Alvaro Fernandez scored his first goal of the year. Sigi Schmid has to be happy with this result. Maybe the new lineup sans Fredy Montero is a sign of things to come.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Wednesday nights match up with Real Salt Lake. Not a win, but we did earn a point in the 0-0 draw. This game got chippy early, and stayed that way for the entire match. A total of five yellow cards were handed out. Not a whole lot of great scoring chances, but Cordell Cato and Zach Scott both had excellent chances. The defense, led by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado kept the Sounders in this game and forced the draw.
Looking for Northwest MLS soccer news? Matt Martz, our man with his pulse on the Oregon sports beat is back with another edition of the Portland Timbers Notebook. The June 1st, 2012 edition…The good news is that the Timbers next game is over two weeks away which means that the team will get plenty of rest. Kris Boyd needs it I think.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 8 matchup between the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks. A 3-2 Vancouver win in Overtime. The Canucks continue to thrive on the speed and skill of the Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler and an active blue line that has propelled the power play and the team to success this season with Keith Ballard, Dan Hamhuis, and Alex Edler.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 7 matchup between the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks jumped all over the Preds with four first period goals on the way to a convincing 5-1 victory. Ryan Kesler fired his first of the year. Sami Salo and Alex Edler both tallied power play points and Marco Sturm looked active in the offensive zone for a change.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 6 matchup between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. Despite the return of Ryan Kesler to the Canucks’ lineup the home team was unable to manage the puck behind Henrik Lundqvist who pitched an impressive 40-save shutout from the Rangers’ crease. Hightlight on Rick Rypien night was Kevin Bieksa fighting Brandon Dubinsky.
Our man on the Seattle Sounders beat Jason Green breaks down the Seattle Sounders win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. Kasey Keller was the man of the match. The Seattle win means they wrapped up 2nd place in the Western Conference and will host a 2nd-leg of a semifinal playoff series, against either Real Salt Lake or FC Dallas.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 5 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers’ young guns gave the Vancouver Canucks all they could handle, but in the end Sami Salo, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin made the difference. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who had a hat trick, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Magnus Paajarvi couldn’t keep up.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 4 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings. Cory Schneider turned aside 35 shots, but it wasn’t enough as a pair of second period goals sank the Canucks. Justin Abdelkader and Valtteri Filppula each recorded their first goals and Jimmy Howard notched his first shutout for Detroit in a 2-0 win.