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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Blueshirts are talented and resolute enough to win regularly when they get the goaltending they expect from Henrik Lundqvist. There is no doubt about it. This is a nice team.
But nice hockey gets you only so far in the playoffs, and so does tic-tac-toe hockey that is dependent on time and space. If Gorton is going to rent a top-six, better the GM find an abrasive personality than a pure-skill winger.
Which brings us to the semi-notorious Alexandre Burrows, the soon-to-be 35-year-old who spent much of his career in Vancouver playing with and riding shotgun for the Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) while Vigneault was behind the bench. This season, he most often has played with talented young studs Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Of his altercation with Lehner, which occurred after the goalie hooked Burrows, who responded with a shove, the veteran Canuck said: “I didn’t think it was that much. I know there’s an unwritten rule that you don’t fight a goalie. I was kind of backing up in a defensive position, asking what he was doing. He looked pretty angry; he’s a big man. Then he gave me a good shot, and then I saw a six-foot-five defenceman charging at me, not looking too happy.”
more on Vanvouver's 4-2 win over Buffalo...
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
We understand this isn’t easy. We understand these players mean a great deal to the franchise and this city. We also understand the players in question — Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Ryan Miller, Hansen; sorry, the Sedins are in a different category — have no-trade clauses and both Benning and Linden have said they won’t approach players about waiving their no-trades.
But they did with Jason Garrison and Kevin Bieksa in past years. They also went down this road with Dan Hamhuis last season who agreed to waive his no-trade late in the game. In the end, Benning couldn’t make a deal, Hamhuis went to free agency and the Canucks got nothing for their player.
The organization can’t afford to stand pat again at this deadline. This is a team that’s staring down the barrel of back-to-back 28th-place finishes. They can’t sell another season with this same group. They have to be in the business of the future.
In a 3-2 loss to the Canucks. The videos tell the story...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
“It’s something I will remember forever,” Henrik said, two hours after he slid a goal through Luongo’s five hole, igniting a crowd that rose to the occasion, and appropriately shook the city with a chilling ovation that was 16 years in the making.
“When I saw my teammates come onto the ice, I lost it a little bit. It was very special.
“If I retired today, I think it was the most memorable moment for me as a player.”
Two more video below regarding Henrik Sedin...
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
A lengthy review ensued despite such a play not being reviewable by NHL rules, making the situation even more peculiar. The explanation of the overturned call — or lack thereof — didn't set well with Predators coach Peter Laviolette.
“I don’t know understand myself,” Laviolette said. "I don’t understand any explanation I got tonight. None. It’s frustrating. We’re in a playoff battle, so we need every point. We’re walking away with none tonight.”
a bit more
It would have looked a lot better if the ref waved off the goal instead of pointing out the puck crossed the line since it was probably his intent to blow the play dead.
The game-winner by Calle Jarnkrok.
from Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin unwittingly took a scenic helicopter trip last week with a longtime gangster who has served time in the U.S. for drug smuggling.
Anti-gang police warned the Canucks about the history of Edward (Skeeter) Russell after Postmedia News obtained a photo of Russell and Sedin that the convicted smuggler posted on social media last week.
“What’s better than watching Daniel Sedin live on the ice?? Flying him and his wife to a remote snowball fight, that’s what LOL,” Russell captioned his photo.
Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said that for the player’s safety, it was important to notify the team about Russell’s history....
It wasn’t the first time Canucks players had been on a helicopter trip with Russell in attendance. On Boxing Day, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi flew with Russell’s friend, pilot Bradley Friesen, to skate on a mountain lake and Russell tagged along in another helicopter.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Turns out, goals win games, and goaltending too, not hitting and, for one game anyway, not shots on net. The Canucks had just 13 of those, a season low. The Flames had 46, a season high.
Managing 33 fewer shots is the most in Canucks’ history for a Vancouver win.
“We’ll take it,” Luca Sbisa said. “But it wasn’t pretty.”
Maybe not, but the goals did come easy. Loui Eriksson scored while attempting to pass. A Nikita Tryamkin shot toward the net somehow found Markus Granlund’s stick, and tipped in.
Ryan Miller was out of his mind good, and he had to be. The Flames continually crashed into the slot, whizzing more than 45 shots toward the Canucks veteran goalie, many from in tight.
Watch the highlights of Vancouver's 4-2 win below...
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