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Evening Line

“I don’t think I have issues.  I’m a single guy and I like to go out and have a good time every now and then. Do I need to pick my spots better? Maybe. This time of year definitely. When you go through something like that, you look at yourself in the mirror.

“I need to realize how lucky I am to be in the NHL and the privilege it is and you’ve got to be ready to go every night. Some days, I take that for granted and maybe enjoy myself too much. That’s just me, I guess.”

-Shane O’Brien of the Vancouver Canucks.  More from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel a the Vancouver Province.

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Afternoon Line

Vancouver may not need Luongo to be amazing in the postseason, but they need him to be good. Heck, at this point they will take average if it lasts a month.

—Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on Luongo.

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Tanner Glass Hit on Jeff Halpern Last Night

via Pierre LeBrun tweet today,

Glass hit on Halpern last night in LA definitely blindside shot to the head IMO

Do you agree?

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Burrows Take A Shot To The Throat

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

First reports from the medical room indicated Burrows was hit in the trachea area. There was no need for him to be taken immediately to hospital. Not long after the shot, he was upright and breathing fine. The concern was with the swelling. In 2007, when Roberto Luongo was hit in the throat in Montreal, the swelling forced him to spend a night in hospital.

more on Vancouver injuries…

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Demitra Back On The Ice

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Pavol Demitra skated on his own Wednesday morning, but it was tough to find his stride with heavy legs and a heavy heart.

A day after test results revealed that his wife, Maria, is on the road to recovery after another medical scare, the exhausted Vancouver Canucks winger revealed what it was like to deal with that uncertainty while missing sleep and the last four NHL games.

“We had 911 on the speed dial and she was in the hospital a couple of times,” said Demitra. “Obviously when you have to call 911, you’re very scared.”

While Demitra wouldn’t provide ailment details, his wife was also hospitalized in early February with a reaction to a prescription that initially looked like she may have a heart problem.

continued

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Vancouver’s Goalie Was Better

from Ian McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Roberto Luongo haters, you’d rather have Ilya Bryzgalov in goal heading into the playoffs?

No one’s been better since the Olympics than Bryzgalov, but the Russian backup at the 2010 Games was beat by Alex Burrows from a bad angle at the top of the circle on the game’s first shot, then by Mason Raymond on a no-look whip-around along the ice on the game’s second shot Tuesday night.

And, just when his team had gotten back into the game with a power-play goal, Bryzgalov handed the puck to Henrik Sedin behind the Coyotes net and Sedin tucked it in short-handed to make it a two-goal Canucks’ lead again heading into the second period.

“My goalie was better than their goalie,” Alain Vigneault stated simply.

continued

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Ryan Kesler Hit On Derek Morris Tonight

Kesler received 5 for boarding, a 10 and game misconduct.

Kevin Bieksa and Morris received 2 for roughing.

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Shane O’Brien Grounded

from Team !040 Radio,

Shane O’Brien is in the bad books at GM Place, as the bruising blueliner will not go on the Canucks’ upcoming trip to Southern California and will have to wait until Sunday to find out what his future is with the Canucks.

Alain Vigneault wouldn’t give any further details on why the Canucks felt they needed to take the firm line with O’Brien, but didn’t sound impressed after Tuesday’s pre-game skate.

continued

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Luongo Needs To Be On His Game

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Things sometimes look worse than they are because the urgency to win simply isn’t there. It’s human nature. Of course, if you’re Chicago, and you’re talking goaltending, well, that’s a problem that isn’t necessarily overstated regardless of how meaningless the games are at this stage of the season.

Which brings us to Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, who took a rare home game off this week after looking shaky in a loss to Edmonton and talked to reporters about how he needs to be more consistent and how mentally and physically draining the past few months have been. Fair enough.

But these past few days have to make Vancouver fans more than a little nervous. Even though Luongo did manage to come on and help lead Canada to an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver last month, there remains a niggling doubt about the mental toughness of the Canucks’ franchise netminder.

The Canucks are as good a team as there is in the Western Conference when Luongo is on. Would it surprise anyone if they marched to a conference final or beyond? No. But as good as the Canucks might be, unless Luongo’s head is in the right space, they aren’t good enough to beat a team like Detroit or Nashville, one of whom they’ll likely draw in the first round, or frankly anyone else.

more plus other NHL topics…

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Joe Thornton Hurt In Game Tonight

Thornton did not return and nothing yet on the injury.

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