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Battle For Playoff Position

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Right about the middle of next month, the Blackhawks are sure to make their first postseason appearance since 2002.

With the season dwindling to its final games, they’re already getting a taste of what that experience will be like. That learning process should continue when the Hawks play their biggest game of the season when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night at the United Center.

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Vancouver GM Says Canucks Looking Forward, Media Looking At The Past

Canucks GM Mike Gillis was on Team 1040 in Vancouver yesterday and discussed the media in Vancouver.

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A Typical Travel Day

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver is the fifth stop for Hordichuk in an eight-year NHL career and before signing with the Canucks last summer, he had heard all the horror stories about how tough the travel is out on the West Coast.

So far, the most difficult thing has been deciding which of the three entrees to order on the team’s charter airplane, a custom-fitted Air Canada jet that is the Canucks’ home away from home.

A typical travel day goes something like this, once the players and coaches board the 60-seat aircraft, where all the seats are first-class and legroom is most definitely not an issue.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Hordichuk says. “We get on board and they have some appetizers, some fruit and maybe some salads and vegetables and whatever kind of snacks you want. Then you have your main entree, which is usually a choice of three different meals.

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Afternoon Line

“I think first and foremost, I want to win the Cup and whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with,.  I love Vancouver, it’s a great city with great fans. So far, I’ve really enjoyed my time there. Obviously, this year and next year are going to be a key role in my decision.”

-Roberto Luongo on ‘After Hours’ on HNIC last night.  More from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province.

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Just When The Canucks Were Starting To Roll

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

These are the ones that get you in the end, the outcomes that keep you up at night and keep you from climbing the conference ladder.

On a night when you expected the Vancouver Canucks to grab the toothless Phoenix Coyotes by the neck, toss them to the ice and stomp the also-rans into submission, they come up with a clunker against the playoff pretenders, who had won just one of their last seven games.

A 5-1 loss on Saturday to end a four-game win streak isn’t the end of the world, but it’s a concerning look into the Canucks’ window of opportunity missed.

“I’m really disappointed,” said Canucks winger Alex Burrows, who foiled Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout bid by banging home a rebound with 1:45 remaining. “Too many penalties and we couldn’t get any momentum going. We say all the right things before the game, but we can’t sit back and see what’s going to happen.”

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You Know You’re Having A Bad Night…

...when this happens.  Vancouver has the puck while a delayed penalty has been called against Phoenix…

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Could The Sedins End Up In Toronto?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As for the Sedins, there are differing opinions as to the degree to which they are bound to the Canucks.

Some say they love Vancouver and are determined to sign there. Some say the Aquilini family, which owns the team, despises Burke so much for his involvement in past lawsuits that they will want to be rid of any evidence that he once ran the franchise.

It’s suggested the Sedins are liked by the Vancouver hockey public, but not loved. A weak playoff performance this spring would open the door for their exit.

The likeliest scenario, it would seem, is that the twins only become available to the Leafs if the Canucks wave goodbye first.

Even then it might not happen. The Leafs, you see, are as wary as any team about taking on contractual commitments beyond next season that will put them in a bind if the cap falls.

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Media Reports Motivate Luongo

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Luongo stopped 30 shots for his sixth shutout of the season and first since early November and Burrows snapped a scoreless tie late in the second as the Canucks won for the 11th straight time on home ice with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Canuck coach Alain Vigneault credited the media for the win.

“In my mind I think you guys should be first star,” Vigneault joked after the game. “You pissed him (Luongo) off and look how well he played.”

Luongo was not happy about stories earlier in the week that focused on recent soft goals he had surrendered and his shaky play with the puck outside his crease.

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Will Kesler Take A Home-Team Discount?

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks can start talking contract extension July 1, and it would be in their best interests to start kicking those tires now and then lock up the restricted free agent long-term. Allowing Kesler to build on this career season when the final year of his deal plays out in 2009-10 would only up the ante because he will also have arbitration rights.

If Kesler is willing to agree to a sensible salary—he’s earning a paltry $1.75 million annually—coupled with long-term security, it will be music to the ears of Canucks GM Mike Gillis. Maybe not so much for Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.

“It’s important that I don’t talk contracts and important that I fly under the radar,” Overhardt said Wednesday. “Ryan has always had the skill and fortitude. It’s about opportunity and maturing.”

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Officials Keep Avs In The Game Against Canucks

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

After a team gets up two or three goals in this league, there is always a parade to the penalty box on marginal calls in favour of the trailing team. In this case, it was the Colorado Avalanche who were the benefactors.

As soon as the second period began, suddenly the Canucks, who didn’t need to take any penalties, found themselves down and then down two men and the Avalanche were back in the game on a power-play goal.

The Avs were the same struggling team a step behind the play as they were in the first period, but the officiating kept the game close until Vancouver had to play so much defence and worry so much about taking a penalty that they got tentative and Colorado got their legs.

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