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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
Little wonder that a gleeful Raycroft took a mini-lap of the ice at the final buzzer, pumping his fist, or perhaps waving at the crowd – the same folks who jeered him so lustily in blue-and-white. He did the same when he replaced Luongo to start the second.
“I heard way more boos than that when I was here,’’ he deadpanned afterward in the triumphant dressing room. “That was nothing.’‘
As reporters crowded around his locker, a teammate told Raycroft: “Shove it up their ass, Razor.’‘
Figuratively, he’d done that already.
“I would have went all the way around if I could,’’ Raycroft said of his little victory jaunt. “I was excited. I didn’t really think about what I was doing. I couldn’t keep still.’‘
more and watch Raycroft enjoy the moment below…
via Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues were victimized last night. A 2-2 game, midway through the third period at Vancouver. Paul Kariya was sent off for two minutes for “slashing” Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin. There were only two problems with the call: (A) in an attempt to con the officials with an acting job, Sedin dramatically shook his left hand. Except that Kariya had actually “slashed” Sedin’s right hand. Still, it was very impressive the way Sedin thrashed that left hand around. He was in so much pain that he skated away from the puck — just abandoned the thing — during live action. Sedin was so good in conveying his near-death experience.
I wonder if the ref will have a pre-game chat with Henrik when the meet up again? On the other hand, I doubt it…
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The next 20,743 kilometres (12,899 miles) will make or break the season in Vancouver.
Toronto. Montreal. Ottawa. Boston …
You never know what the turning point is until your season is over. Then, only when you look back, can you identify it as something that took the team north or south. Once hindsight kicks in.
But as the Vancouver Canucks step out for what is, technically, the longest road trip in National Hockey League history, it couldn’t possibly be in a better position to turn this Olympian road trip into a positive. With six straight wins the Canucks aren’t just leaving Vancouver today for Toronto on charter aircraft. It’s like they are being shot out of a cannon.
Tampa Bay. Florida. Columbus. Minnesota…
The only scary thing for Canucks fans however, is this:
Can it get any better for a team that has gone 17-4-2 since Dec. 10?
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
What started as a debate about Vancouver’s Alex Burrows’ integrity has now become a question of how to protect the integrity of broadcaster Ron MacLean, the CBC bingo caller who launched a one-sided takeout of the Canucks forward on the January 16 version of Hockey Night In Canada . Sources tell Usual Suspects that parties at both the Canucks and CBC now privately concede that MacLean was over the journalistic line for not allowing Burrows to defend himself on charges of diving and lying on his filibuster.
The question now is how does CBC placate the Canucks without publicly reprimanding its veteran host (something they are not offering to do at this moment)? Can it offer other concessions to satisfy the outrage in Vancouver?
I’d like to read your opinion on this topic. I would be a little biased if I commented on this, since I’ve let it be known by questioning if Burrows would have gone public if the Canucks would have won the game that seems so long ago…
I also have met Ron on a few occasions and think he is the best in the business.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The morning after Alex Burrows’ famous rant, a Globe colleague posed some constructive questions.
Is Burrows a brilliant reverse psychologist? And would his tirade against NHL referee Stephane Auger buy the Canucks the benefit of future whistles?
The latest returns: yes and yes.
Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff was in a huff Monday, after an indigestible defeat to the Canucks at GM Place. The Sabres looked to have tied the score 2-2 late in the second period, but referee Kerry Fraser made an early, decisive call to disallow a bang-bang goal.
At full speed, the goal looked fishy. Upon review, it looked legit.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Both Lindy Ruff and Paul Gaustad said a controversial call by referee Kerry Fraser did not cost the Buffalo Sabres a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
But the Sabres head coach and centremen were nevertheless appalled by a disallowed goal late in the second period, a key play in a 3-2 Canucks victory.
“I understand it, but I don’t like it,” said Ruff, who went crazy on the bench, yelling and gesticulating at Fraser and co-referee Mike Leggo.
What was the official call?
“That Gaustad had cross-checked their player,” Ruff said. “I just felt it was more incidental contact. If you’re going to call that, you better call about 75 cross-checks in the game around the front of the net.”
continued and watch the play in question below…
from Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,
The Vancouver Canucks hoped for the best but confirmed the worst Monday.
Willie Mitchell isn’t expected to join his teammates when the Vancouver Canucks open an eight-game road trip on Saturday in Toronto because the blueliner is suffering from post-concussion syndrome.
“I think we can safely say that Willie has a concussion,” said coach Alain Vigneault. “Right now, he’s close to symptom free and he’s day-to-day.”
continue for more on the Canucks…
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
The Vancouver Canucks’ feud with the CBC and Hockey Night In Canada host Ron MacLean apparently won’t die of nautural causes.
On Saturday, the Canucks turned down all interview requests on their nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks. No Canuck player appeared pre-game, between periods or post-game despite the fact Vancouver handily beat the Blackhawks 5-1.
The three stars, as chosen by HNIC, were Canucks Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler. It is customary for at least one of the three stars to do a post-game ‘hit’ with host Scott Oake.
The boycott came from the top of the Canuck organization and was in direct retaliaton for MacLean’s one-sided piece a week earlier on the Alex Burrows-Stephane Auger ‘referee-gate’ incident.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
There are so many of the Vancouver Canucks for Blackhawks fans to dislike - Willie Mitchell, Kevin Bieksa, Rick Rypien, the hair pulling Alex Burrows, even goalie Roberto Luongo.
But Ryan Kesler might now be at the top of their list.
Kesler called out Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd after Saturday’s 5-1 win by the Canucks at GM Place during which Ladd got the best of Kesler in a first period fight.
Kesler was looking for revenge for what he said was a hit from behind from Ladd in last spring’s playoffs and wound up taking a punch to the face that opened a cut under his eye. Instead of trading punches with Ladd, Kesler’s only response was to wrestle Ladd to the ice.
“He’s a coward, he’ll always be a coward,” Kesler told reporters after the game. “At least he was man enough to hit me when I was looking this time.”
continue for a look at last night’s game and watch the quick fight below…
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