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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
First reports from the medical room indicated Burrows was hit in the trachea area. There was no need for him to be taken immediately to hospital. Not long after the shot, he was upright and breathing fine. The concern was with the swelling. In 2007, when Roberto Luongo was hit in the throat in Montreal, the swelling forced him to spend a night in hospital.
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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Pavol Demitra skated on his own Wednesday morning, but it was tough to find his stride with heavy legs and a heavy heart.
A day after test results revealed that his wife, Maria, is on the road to recovery after another medical scare, the exhausted Vancouver Canucks winger revealed what it was like to deal with that uncertainty while missing sleep and the last four NHL games.
“We had 911 on the speed dial and she was in the hospital a couple of times,” said Demitra. “Obviously when you have to call 911, you’re very scared.”
While Demitra wouldn’t provide ailment details, his wife was also hospitalized in early February with a reaction to a prescription that initially looked like she may have a heart problem.
from Ian McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
Roberto Luongo haters, you’d rather have Ilya Bryzgalov in goal heading into the playoffs?
No one’s been better since the Olympics than Bryzgalov, but the Russian backup at the 2010 Games was beat by Alex Burrows from a bad angle at the top of the circle on the game’s first shot, then by Mason Raymond on a no-look whip-around along the ice on the game’s second shot Tuesday night.
And, just when his team had gotten back into the game with a power-play goal, Bryzgalov handed the puck to Henrik Sedin behind the Coyotes net and Sedin tucked it in short-handed to make it a two-goal Canucks’ lead again heading into the second period.
“My goalie was better than their goalie,” Alain Vigneault stated simply.
Kesler received 5 for boarding, a 10 and game misconduct.
Kevin Bieksa and Morris received 2 for roughing.
from Team !040 Radio,
Shane O’Brien is in the bad books at GM Place, as the bruising blueliner will not go on the Canucks’ upcoming trip to Southern California and will have to wait until Sunday to find out what his future is with the Canucks.
Alain Vigneault wouldn’t give any further details on why the Canucks felt they needed to take the firm line with O’Brien, but didn’t sound impressed after Tuesday’s pre-game skate.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Things sometimes look worse than they are because the urgency to win simply isn’t there. It’s human nature. Of course, if you’re Chicago, and you’re talking goaltending, well, that’s a problem that isn’t necessarily overstated regardless of how meaningless the games are at this stage of the season.
Which brings us to Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, who took a rare home game off this week after looking shaky in a loss to Edmonton and talked to reporters about how he needs to be more consistent and how mentally and physically draining the past few months have been. Fair enough.
But these past few days have to make Vancouver fans more than a little nervous. Even though Luongo did manage to come on and help lead Canada to an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver last month, there remains a niggling doubt about the mental toughness of the Canucks’ franchise netminder.
The Canucks are as good a team as there is in the Western Conference when Luongo is on. Would it surprise anyone if they marched to a conference final or beyond? No. But as good as the Canucks might be, unless Luongo’s head is in the right space, they aren’t good enough to beat a team like Detroit or Nashville, one of whom they’ll likely draw in the first round, or frankly anyone else.
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Thornton did not return and nothing yet on the injury.
“I’m just in the spotlight every day so you notice it more. But, really, I am just frustrated with myself, because I want to be at the top of my game.”
-Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. More from Luongo by Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.
from Cassie Campbell of CBC,
Will Daniel and Henrik Sedin ever receive the respect they deserve? They have been called the Sedin sisters on occasion and I’m sure a few other ‘nicknames’ too, but let’s face it, they are both true superstars in the NHL.
Like Steve Yzerman, who was so often criticized as a player and leader until he won the Stanley Cup, the Sedin twins will probably feel the same wrath until they and their Vancouver Canucks bring home Lord Stanley.
At 29, they are still in their prime and based on their statistics this year, even though both players have played a shortened season due to injury, they have to be put into that elite category of players in the league.
Daniel Sedin with a lob shot.
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