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Byfuglien Celebration

First off, I am old-school and thought Dustin Byfuglien went a little too far with his goal celebration (2nd of the night) tonight. (let the video run to the end)

But what I think doesn’t matter, so what do you think?

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Complaining Canucks

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Is there another team in the NHL that complains as much as the Canucks?

The newspapers here on Wednesday were filled with stories of the Canucks getting all worked up about how Blackhawks forwards such as Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Adam Burish and Ben Eager treated goalie Roberto Luongo in Game 2.

Ladd elbowed Luongo, Byfuglien bumped him, Eager and Burish gave him a snow shower.

“O’Brien disgusted by Hawks’ crashers,” read a headline in the Vancouver Province.

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Dealing With The Ups & Downs

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Never mind that everyone who had an opinion about this series believed it would be a long, drawn-out affair. It just seems there’s a little too much history involved with the Blackhawks and, in the larger sense, the last 40 years with the Canucks, for the faithful to feel entirely comfortable with Game 2’s change in direction.

“They upped the ante,” was Shane O’Brien’s terse and not inaccurate assessment of the loss.

Back to you, Henrik.

“I think it’s a totally different feeling in the dressing room and on the bench,” said the NHL’s leading scorer in the regular season. “Last year, we got rattled at everything: referees, opponents, everyone.

“This year we stick to our game plan and even though we weren’t successful in the last game, there were a lot of games in the L.A. series where we stuck with it and came out on the winning side.”

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The Last Time Detroit Was Down 0-2 In A Series…

2002 against Vancouver.  Then this happened…

added 12:27pm, As a KK member pointed out, the Ducks swept the Wings in 2003.  So I could say the last time Detroit was down 0-2 and won a series…

 

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Chicago Wins, But It Is All About Luongo

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The Hawks did find out what happens when Luongo gets knocked down.

He gets up. And then he makes saves.

He did it so often and so consistently in Monday’s second period, it was like he was a machine, one that couldn’t be broken or discouraged.

The Hawks air bombed his crease with slashes, elbows, and pucks. They ran him. They bumped him. They landed on him. They pelted him. Ben Eager and Adam Burish made good on a pre-game gave promise a give him an ice shower. Through it all, Luongo was unflappable, and unbreakable, looking nothing like the fragile goalie who struggled his way through the final two months of the regular season.

Luongo never lost his composure or his focus until the very end. He made glorious saves.

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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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