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Luongo Has To Be Better

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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Get Rid Of The Kicked-In Rule

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

To be honest, I would like to “propel” the NHL’s rule for disallowing kicked-in goals into outer space, never to be seen again.

But unlike a lot of Vancouver Canucks fans, I don’t believe anyone is out to get them. The Canucks are not a victim of a grand conspiracy so much as a proclivity to take too many penalties at a time when their penalty killing, and perhaps their goaltending, isn’t where it needs to be. And besides, the series, at 2-1 for Los Angeles, is far from over.

The fact that the man who made the no-goal decision last night on Daniel Sedin in Los Angeles is Mike Murphy, the NHL’s director of hockey operations who once played and coached in Los Angeles, has no bearing on anything unless you happen to wear a tin-foil hat.

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added 11:36am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

There is only one move for the NHL to make, one move that will end any controversy about SkateGate from last night. The hockey operations department should publicly release the DVD sent out to teams two months ago. Mike Murphy told Ron MacLean, Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey that the video contained “an addendum” to rules governing kicking the puck into the net.

more plus 30 hockey points…

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The Vancouver No-Goal Controversy

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

Henrik Sedin called it one of the worst calls he’s ever seen, and when a Sedin feels the need to speak out, you tend to listen.  “It was a very, extremely bad call,” he added.

To make it, National Hockey League vice-president Mike Murphy seemed to alter the rulebook and when that happens you can’t help but take notice.

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HNIC had Mike Murphy on after the game to discuss the no-goal call.

Watch below…

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Don’t Teams Ever Just Lose Anymore?

from Tony Gallagther of the Vancouver Province,

We all are learning to love conspiracy theories here in Vancouver with respect to hockey, so much so that we could be made honorary Americans who seem to celebrate the genre like nobody else.

So here goes, although sadly many Vancouver fans have suspected this one before.

Did you notice when the Montreal Canadiens were up big in their game against the Washington Capitals and were threatening to take a 2-0 series lead against the league’s most promoted team and most promoted player in Alex Ovechkin, they suddenly ran into a series of highly questionable penalties.

Odd how that happens, sort of reminds you of how a team threatening to take a big lead in nationally televised NBA game suddenly runs into weird offensive fouls and travelling violations while the trailing team seems to be able to pull a gun and not get a foul.

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Once Again, Last Game Of The Night Goes To OT

This time,  the LA Kings come out with the victory, thanks to a Kopitar powerplay goal.

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Sammy Gets It

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

But where exactly does “it” come from? What, precisely, is “it?”

“It is calmness,” said Samuelsson, who is uncomfortable with the topic, because it makes him sound like some kind of playoff guru. “Once in a while … (you should say) it’s only a game. Even if it’s more. It’s huge, obviously, but … what’s the worst case scenario? You lose. So what, once in a while. Don’t get me wrong—I want to win. But you have to have that mindset.”

Who taught him the most during his four seasons in Detroit?

“(Kris) Draper is right up there. Lidstrom too. All those guys,” he said. “Draper, he (creates) a good atmosphere in the room to have. So positive. That’s how you’ve got to stay.”

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Luongo Still Trying To Find His Game

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

Against L.A.Luongo failed to control rebounds that once upon a time he easily corralled. The Kings’ second goal, by Fredrik Modin, is one he should have had. But the strangest moment of the evening occurred when Anze Kopitar broke in on Luongo with Canucks defenceman Alex Edler hot on his tail. Kopitar tried several times to get a shot away but was thwarted by the trailing defenceman. At the end of the play, Luongo was 18 feet out of his net, on his knees, completely vulnerable….

I realize it may seem harsh to be dissecting Luongo’s game given that the Canucks won and that he played a pivotal, if split-second, role in allowing that to happen. But Luongo isn’t just any player on the ice. He is supposed to be a franchise player, the player who will need to be stellar if there is any hope of the Canucks going far in these playoffs. But he hasn’t been that for a while now and he certainly wasn’t that in the opener and, well, I guess we’ll see what happens from here on in.

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Alberts Hit On Richardson Last Night

Andrew Alberts hit on Brad Richardson last night.  Alberts received five for boarding and a game.

Will the NHL take further action?

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Save Of The Night

via Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

“After I made the first save on Smitty, the puck jumped up and hit their guy in the leg, and as it was coming back on goal, I knew I got a piece of it,” said Luongo, who made 25 saves. “But I felt I didn’t get the whole thing. So as I looked back, it was coming right on the line there, so I was able to react and swipe it out of there.

“It’s just a reaction. You’re so focused on the game that it just comes natural to react that way and not to panic.”

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In Case You Missed The OT Winner In The Canucks/Kings Game

Mikael Samuelsson, his second of the game, with the game winner.

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