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How Are You Celebrating Canucks Day?

from VancouverCanucks.com,

City Hall is showing its support for the Vancouver Canucks hockey team as they enter the second round of the NHL playoffs by declaring tomorrow Canucks Day. The media is invited to join Mayor Robertson and Council, Canucks Sports & Entertainment owner Francesco Aquilini, President and General Manager Mike Gillis and Chief Operating Officer Victor de Bonis:

The Mayor will read a proclamation for Canucks Day, and the Canucks flag will be raised for the day at City Hall. The Canucks mascot, Fin, will hand out white towels to help the public cheer on the city’s home team.

a bit more

via Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,

The NHL informed the Canucks today that regardless of whether it’s in Chicago or at GM Place, Game 1 of the second round will go on Friday evening, Alain Vigneault said.

If the Blackhawks win tonight at Nashville or back in Chicago on Wednesday, they’ll be the Canucks’ next opponent. If Nasvhille rebounds to win the series, the Predators will face San Jose and the Canucks will meet the winner of the Detroit/Phoenix series.

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Luongo Could Be The Playoff Story

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Last week, I worried that there might be no Canadian teams left in the playoffs by the middle of this week (hyper-sensitive Canucks fans, of course, took that as a prediction they would lose even though I picked their team to win the series before it began. Sigh.). Well, the Canucks are certainly more than alive, and probably will be the favourite in the new round regardless of their opponent, and the Montreal Canadiens still have a shot, while down 3-2, against the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals.

They were that impressive in the final two games against the Kings, one a romp, one a tight contest in which they had to fight from behind and win by scoring late.

For a few years, the Luongo worship in Vancouver as been a bit silly, really, given his lack of production when it mattered. GM Mike Gillis’ decision to make him captain just added to the cult of personality.

But with all that behind him, and without having a particularly good season, wouldn’t it be a compelling story if this became the spring in which Luongo finally delivered on all that promise in the NHL post-season.

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Vancouver Thinking Chicago

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

And so it looks as though the Vancouver Canucks will be granted what they so wished for at the outset of training camp.

Another shot at the Chicago Blackhawks, the team they felt never should have eliminated them from Cup contention, could be very much in their future which is fine with everyone in the Vancouver room.

Because they remain a dark shadow in their recent past. Obviously nothing is set in stone with the Hawks still having to finish off the Nashville Predators, but that’s the way it’s looking and it’s not lost on any of the Vancouver players who went through last year’s anguish, a series they felt was within their grasp only to slip away after so many opportunities to close it out.

“I guess it’s looking like we might both get another shot at each other although that series isn’t over yet,” said Ryan Kesler, who likely still remembers Andrew Ladd’s wicked hit that went uncalled in that series. And it would be pretty astonishing if Rick Rypien has forgotten Ben Eager’s also totally ignored by the league and totally unsolicited shot that coldcocked him.

And who could ever forget Adam Burish’s diving exploits, the 10-metre board all prepared for his performances.

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Save Of The Night

Roberto Luongo robs Ryan Smyth.

Watch a different angle below…

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The Top Players In Vancouver Have Appeared

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Less than a week ago, favored Vancouver was down 2-1 in its first-round series with Los Angeles and Canucks fans jammed radio phone lines and Internet message boards with calamitous rants.

In the middle of the near hysteria and panic from a city that has had its heart broken too many times by this hockey team over four decades, there stood Alain Vigneault. Like a man yawning in the middle of a tornado, the Canucks coach calmly and confidently predicted his key players would raise their games and the Canucks would be fine.

And, of course, that’s exactly what happened. Now, Vancouver is hoping to wrap up its first-round series tonight with a road win over Los Angeles. The Canucks lead the series 3-2.

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Not Liking The Reference

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.

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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.

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Shane O’Brien Discusses His ‘Clown’ Fight

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.

read on and watch the video of the fight if you missed it earlier…

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Cue The Circus Music

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.

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  Tags: shane+o'brien, wayne+simmonds

Canucks Throw Kings Off Their Game

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.”

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Vancouver Conspiracy Points

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.

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