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It’s Good To Be A Canadian

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If you’re a Canadian and love the sport of hockey, you’ve got to be feeling spoiled these days.

Or this year.

The calendar began with a special world junior championship tournament in frigid Saskatoon — Canada lost to the United States in a terrific gold medal final — and continued with the Canadian double hockey gold in balmy Vancouver at the spectacular Winter Olympics….

The Canadiens, back from the dead after falling behind 3-1 to Washington, are home and alive in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and springtime hockey in Montreal is something special. Always been that way, and while the Bell Centre crowd has developed the unfortunate habit of ridiculously screaming for penalties constantly, it will be deafening Tuesday night.

Olympic golden goal scorer Sidney Crosby will be in town with the defending champion Penguins and the series tied 1-1. Every time it seems like the Habs are on the ropes, they bounce back into the fray.

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Trying To Screen Luongo

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Byfuglien and the Blackhawks acknowledge that they need to disrupt an on-his-game Luongo more in Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-final on Monday, but the way that NHL officials are calling goaltender interference in the playoffs makes that more difficult.

“I think it’s a little stupid that they’re calling it so strict now that it’s playoffs,” Byfuglien said. “Even in other series, I know they’ve called a few guys for just standing there.”

Byfuglien, who weighs nearly 250 lbs., said he has been called for interference because he is simply a big body, but added that, in totality, the officials have been fair with him. But whether the Blackhawks power forward, who might move to defence, has occasion to pitch a tent in Luongo’s crease is a matter of some doubt heading into Game 2.

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Two Canadian Teams Left - Who Are You Rooting For?

from Mark Kelley at CBC,

It’s Canada vs. Canada. As two Canadian teams advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs, who should the country be cheering for? The Vancouver Canucks or the Montreal Canadiens?

We’re asking hockey fans to record a video, explaining which team deserves Canada’s support. West Coast or East Coast? Blue and green or blue and red? The team with zero Stanley Cups or the team with 24?

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Canucks Win, Fan Punches Security Guard In The Mouth

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

A hockey fan from Vancouver is facing more than five minutes for fighting.

Grant Rowe, 27, of West Haro Street in Vancouver, was arrested after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night after allegedly punching a United Center security guard in the mouth on the Near West Side, police said.

Rowe was charged with misdemeanor battery after being arrested at 10:05 p.m. Saturday at 1901 W. Madison St., according to police.

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Chicago Understands What They Need To Do

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),

To the surprise of no one, members of the Chicago Blackhawks awoke yesterday morning to find there was still life on earth. And because there was they were forced to drive to the rink and watch lowlights from their 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1.

We won’t know until after Game 2 tonight what kind of students the Chicago players make. But certainly those Hawks marched in front of the media here yesterday were making the right sounds, which included admitting that perhaps they hadn’t shown their Round 1 opponents the deference they deserved.

“Maybe there was a little bit of disrespect [for Vancouver] going into the series,” coach Joel Quennville conceded.

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Shocked In Chicago

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Hold the coronation.

The Chicago Blackhawks may have as good a chance as anyone to be the next great young team in the National Hockey League, but then, that’s what they said about the Washington Capitals. And the Los Angeles Kings.

As those noted hockey analysts, the Gershwins, would say: it ain’t necessarily so.

After several days of absorbing the local love for disposing of a pack of pesky hounds from Nashville, the Blackhawks ran into quite a different herd Saturday night at the United Center. Not that they didn’t know in advance that the Vancouver Canucks could light it up offensively if you let them — they just didn’t expect to be 40 minutes into their Western semifinal series and already down 5-0 with 22,184 fans sitting in stunned silence, and starting goalie Antti Niemi on the bench licking his wounds.

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Bad Blackhawks

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

All we heard about leading up to Game 1 of the Blackhawks’ second-round playoff series against Vancouver was about bad blood, but all we got from the Hawks was bad hockey.

Disastrous hockey.

This had to be their worst game of the season. Their dumbest, too. And weakest. They got outskated, outhustled, outfought—out-everythinged.

Every Canucks line was better than every Hawks line. Heck, every Canucks line scored.

The Canucks came into this year’s series intent on attacking the Hawks. They did exactly that. They took the Hawks’ puck-possession game and killed them with it. Faster and better. Smarter and tougher. If there’s any other way to indict the Hawks, they’re guilty of that, too.

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How To Beat Antti Niemi

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks feel they have got some good preparation for Chicago goalie Antti Niemi in the first round of the playoffs.

That would be playing against the L.A. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who’s about the same size, gets low to take away the bottom part of the net and in is in his first NHL playoffs.

The Canucks are also hoping to see the same proclivity for giving up juicy rebounds that Quick exhibited, some of which allowed Vancouver to light up the Kings goalie for 21 goals in the six-game series.

“We’ve talked about him having a lot of the same tendencies as Quick,” said Canucks defenceman Shane O’Brien.

“That should help us going in here, but he’s had a great season and obviously won the first round. We’re going to have to make life miserable for him. We’re going to get as much traffic as possible in front of him and get pucks to the net and challenge him. We’ll see how he deals with it.”

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Attack Plan

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

One of the things the Canucks regret from last year’s second-round bouncing by the Blackhawks—besides losing, obviously—is having the style of game dictated to them, not by them.

Vancouver players recalled trying several different approaches, especially in the last two games at the United Center, but the truth is, the Canucks had one approach: running around their own zone screaming for mommy to make it stop.

The Hawks owned the puck, the Canucks’ blue line and the Vancouver zone. Hat trick. Which, coincidentally, is how Patrick Kane ended the series and thus began Vancouver’s year of unrequited grudge that gets taken to the alley this weekend.

And while the Canucks harbor old, ill feelings, they are vowing a new approach: attack, attack, and when in doubt, attack.

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Breaking Down Chicago/Vancouver Series

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One year later, the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks meet again in the second round. Vancouver’s 2009 playoffs came to a crushing end in Game 6 at the United Center when Chicago exploded for seven goals on Roberto Luongo in a night few in the Canucks organization will ever forget.

This postseason, Chicago and Vancouver return to the second round with one thing in common: Both believe they’re one step closer to challenging for the ultimate prize this time.

The Blackhawks and Canucks were both picked by many to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals, both clubs winning their respective divisions. Because of those high expectations, one team will be thoroughly disappointed with a second-round exit. It’s Stanley Cup or bust.

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