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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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Puck To You

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.

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Grey Areas In Vancouver’s Game

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.

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Additional Pressure On Captain Luongo

from CBC,

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…

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Go Kings Go

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.

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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.

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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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