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from Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,
While discussing the superb play of Mikael Samuelsson on TSN’s hockey panel this morning, Darren Pang made a qualifying remark along the lines of, sure, Samuelsson benefits from “playing with the Twinkies.”
There are a lot of urban-slang definitions of Twinky, none redeeming.
The real deal, as such, is the small sponge cake with the fake cream filling.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin spongy? Soft on the inside? Fake?...
What’s sad is you might expect a talking head from the East to still call the Sedins sissy names, but Pang has broadcast experience with the Coyotes and Blues, and must have seen the physical pounding the Sedins regularly take without batting an eye, let alone missing any games.
added 4:31pm, via a Darren Pang tweet,
Hey Vancouver fans, meant nothing by the “Twinkies” comment on the Sedins. No one has more respect than I do. It is term used for Twins.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
O’Brien raised his index finger and gestured to the crowd, palms up, as if to request more applause for his pugilistic feats. Kings Coach Terry Murray criticized him and called him a clown. O’Brien’s employers reportedly didn’t like it much, either, and called him in for a chat before he spoke to the media in Vancouver on Saturday.
“I wasn’t trying to show anybody up or anything like people keeping saying and talking about,” he told reporters in Vancouver before the Canucks flew to Los Angeles. “It was a big game, there was some emotion, the crowd was standing and next thing I know I was raising my hands in the air.
“It was probably a little immature and uncalled for, but at the same time, I don’t know, for those of you out there who have been in a fight sometimes you don’t think before you act—I’m pretty good at that. I’ve got to start thinking before I do stuff. I’ve done a lot worse in my life.”
He also complimented the Kings’ coach.
via Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Terry Murray didn’t mind the Rick Rypien/Rich Clune fight, won hands-down by Rypien.
But he called Shane O’Brien a “clown” for the way he celebrated a narrow decision over Wayne Simmonds seven seconds earlier.
After Simmonds and O’Brien went to the ice with O’Brien on top, the Canucks defenceman got up like he was Tie Domi after thumping Bob Probert, first raising his index finger in the air like he’s No. 1, then waving his hands at the crowd with his palm uplifted.
“You don’t need to rub it in at the end of a fight, skating around with your hands in the air acting like the clown that he is,” Murray said.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“You’ve got to put this behind you and we have to get back to our game, our basics that made us successful throughout these 90 games that we’ve played so far,” Kopitar said. “We want to get back to that and get ready for Game 6.”
If it’s their last game, another clunker like their performance on Friday would be the memory they carry into the summer, not the many areas in which they progressed this season.
“Everyone knows that the effort has to be put in, in this situation. We’re going to face elimination,” Kopitar said. “Even from game one right to the last whistle here I thought everybody wanted to battle. Tonight was one of those games where pretty much everything goes wrong. We weren’t sharp. But we have to put it behind us and get ready.”
from The Hockey News,
Ten reasons why the NHL should form a conspiracy against Vancouver, if it hasn’t already:
10. Punishment for buggering up the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony – and making Wayne Gretzky look bad in the process.
9. Their fans are still Todd Bertuzzi apologists.
8. Wipe that “oooh, we’ve got mountains, we’ve got an ocean, we’ve got fresh air” smugness off their faces.
via Jason Botchford of The White Towel,
Shane O’Brien has been fined $2,500 for flipping a puck at Jeff Halpern before Game 3. He said it was friendly fire. Halpern had tossed a puck his way before Game 1 during the warmup.
The pair were teammates in Tampa Bay and O’Brien swears they were just joking around. League disciplinarian Colin Campbell didn’t find it fun or funny. He also fined head coach Alain Vigneault $1,000.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Tuesday was a bleak, grey, drizzly day in suburban El Segundo, where near the practice rink lies a gorgeous stretch of Southern California beach juxtaposed by a gigantic sewage treatment plant across the street. Depending on perspective, the place is either beautiful or grotesque.
The Canucks are the same way, but the beautiful part has been hard to see the last few days even for the most fervent romantics. The ugliness is impossible to miss.
Goalie Roberto Luongo is being referred to here as Bobby Lose. Against the Los Angeles Kings, the Canucks can’t kill penalties, have no answer to a 20-year-old defenceman dude and aren’t getting an inspired performance from anyone but Mikael Samuelsson.
Don Cherry says Roberto Luongo should give up the captaincy of the Vancouver Canucks.
“Next year he should ask not to be the captain,” the Hockey Night in Canada commentator said in his Tuesday night edition of Coach’s Corner on CBC-TV.
Cherry did not blame the Canucks’ goalie for the team’s 5-3 loss Monday night in Los Angeles, which put his team at a 2-1 disadvantage with the Kings in the best-of-seven round in the NHL playoffs.
“I’m not saying that’s [his] fault,” said Cherry.
But he said it could have had a demoralizing effect on the team to see Luongo taken out of the game after letting in four goals.
continued and a link to watch Coach’s Corner is available there too….
added 9:10am on 4/21/10, You can now watch the video below…
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Canucks were deserving losers. Period, full stop.
But the reason why conspiracy theories—i.e. the league wants the Kings to win—are floating around B.C. is because, by action if not words, the NHL commissioner has made it clear that U.S. Sunbelt markets are more important than markets in Canada.
That may be untrue and unfair, but rightfully or wrongfully, that is the impression Gary Bettman has cast in his nearly two decades as commissioner. The genie isn’t going back in the bottle at this late stage.
Canadians, and most certainly Canucks fans, who have sold out GM Place for 300-plus consecutive dates, have an insatiable appetite for hockey and aren’t going anywhere.
American fans, particularly those in big, southern cities where the game has little history and where there are plenty of other entertainment options, have shown that they can live fine and well without pucks. Look no further than the lockout.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
To be fair, Luongo hasn’t been uniformly horrendous in this series. And the team in front of him hasn’t helped him atone for his mistakes the way the Canadian Olympic team did at the 2010 Winter Games.
But let’s face reality for a second: Luongo is arguably the biggest reason the Canucks’ penalty killing has been so abysmal – 41.7 percent efficiency, by far the worst of any current playoff team – against the Kings.
Moreover, the 31-year-old has been thoroughly outplayed by 24-year-old Kings goalie (and playoff rookie) Jonathan Quick in the series and richly deserved to get pulled by Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after surrendering the fourth goal to L.A. on Monday (on just 16 shots against him).
It doesn’t matter what your excuse is – when you’re promoted as ‘The Guy’ and compensated accordingly, you shouldn’t be easily forgiven or excused for having the third-worst save percentage (.880, ahead of only Jose Theodore and Brian Elliott) of all goalies who’ve played in this post-season.
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