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Canucks Feeling Pressure, Predators Having Fun

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It may well be expectations are weighing down the Canucks. The President’s Trophy winners are tantalizingly close to their first trip to the Western Conference final in 17 years, but maddeningly unable to strike a death blow when they have their opponents on the ropes.

The Predators, meanwhile, have a devil-may-care approach. They find themselves in the second round for the first time and don’t really seem bothered by pressure. Nobody but themselves expects them to win.

“It’s just fun to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” said Weber. “You don’t know how many chances you’re going to get at the big mug here. We had to win a hockey game, we had no choice. We didn’t play very well on home ice. They came in and took two from us. We came up here and we played pretty good in this building for whatever reason.

“We’re going back to our fans and Game 6 is going to be even harder. But we’re excited we’re still playing hockey.”

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Morning Line

If they find a way to stop Kesler, the Canucks are in deep trouble in this series. And unless there is a huge upgrade in the performances of many of the Vancouver players, winning a Cup is pure fantasy.

-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the series.

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All About Joel Ward

From Ian Walker at the Vancouver Sun:

There’s no shortage of storylines to run with when it comes to Joel Ward.

The Nashville Predators right-winger was barely 14 when his dad suffered a stroke while watching his son’s minor league hockey game from the stands in downtown Toronto. The Barbados-born auto mechanic died from complications a few days later.

Then there’s the times Ward slept on empty gurneys in the hospital where his mom worked the night shift as a nurse, just so he wouldn’t miss practice the next morning.

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Video- Soon Hockey Camera Guy Will Be Wearing Equipment

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Should Players Be Fined for Criticizing Officials?

James Mirtle asks the question in his Globe & Mail blog post today, citing these remarks by David Legwand after the Vancouver-Nashville matchup last night:

“I think it’s a horrible call,” Legwand told Yahoo! Sports, among others. “Obviously they’re going to think it’s a good call, but Kesler’s obviously holding his stick. I don’t know if Timmy Peel had a date or something, but he wanted to get out of here pretty quick, it looked like. It’s a tough way to lose a game.”

He repeated his message more than once, according to the Vancouver Sun.

“That ticky-tack in overtime is kind of tough,” Legwand added. “I don’t know if the ref had to be somewhere tonight. It was a tough call to take; obviously Kesler is holding on to his stick. Webby’s stick shouldn’t be in there in the first place, but Kesler’s holding on his stick and that’s a pretty touchy call for overtime.

“Someone’s got to be held accountable for it. That’s a bad hockey call. In the end, they get the goal and capitalize. Timmy Peel calls that and it’s a bad call. Do something about it. It’s kind of tough to point on one person, but that’s a bad hockey call.”

Video of the call in question:

 

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Would You Make This Call In Overtime?

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

“I had one hand on my stick and he grabs my stick, and I got a penalty. So, I don’t know. It’s his call,” Weber said. “The rest of the game was great. I thought they reffed the game the same way for both teams. When it comes down to something like that, it’s unfortunate.”

The normally soft-spoken David Legwand sounded frustrated.

“It’s tough. Obviously that ticky-tac in overtime is kind of tough,” Legwand said. “I don’t know if the ref had to be somewhere tonight, but we had nowhere to go tonight, so it’s a tough call to take.

“Obviously Kesler is holding onto his stick and doing those types of things. Webby’s stick obviously shouldn’t be there in there in the first place, but Kesler is holding onto his stick. That’s a pretty touchy call for overtime I think.”

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Canucks Get Their Dirty Goal

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

One is nursing an abdominal injury that occasionally gets reported as the flu, and the other has been labouring since the playoffs started and finally showed where it hurt Tuesday night.

Mikael Samuelsson, demoted to the fourth line, and Henrik Sedin, immovable from the first, hobbled out onto the power play in overtime — Samuelsson on the point, Henrik on the half wall despite injuring what looked to be a hip or groin or thigh muscle late in the third period.

And forgot all about their problems, and helped make a goal.

A pretty important goal, you might say.

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Predators Now A Contender

from Joe Biddle of The Tennessean,

The Predators are no longer a playoff punching bag.

Now they are punching back. Ask Anaheim.

After splitting the first two games in Vancouver, the Nashville Predators are proving they are no pushovers.

When did the light go on? When, and how, did they become contenders instead of pretenders?

It depends on whom you ask. Some point to it starting last season when they arguably gave Chicago its toughest series with the Blackhawks eventually winning the Stanley Cup.

Defenseman Shea Weber admits the Chicago series stuck in his craw.

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Video- Talking About Those Nashville Fans

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Vancouver Could Use Some Offense From Daniel & Henrik

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

They were irrelevant in Vancouver’s 1-0 series-opening win against the Nashville Predators. And in Saturday night’s 2-1 overtime loss, the back-to-back winners of the Art Ross trophy only seemed to be noticeable after regulation.

But neither Daniel nor Henrik, who has yet to score in these playoffs, could beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. The Sedins have three points between them in the last six games. Even more uncharacteristically, collectively they are minus 13.

“We’ve been through this a lot and we know we have to score more,” Daniel told reporters following the OT loss Saturday night. “We need to get more shots and grind it out. This is the way they [Nashville] play.”

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