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That’ll Teach You HNIC

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks’ feud with the CBC and Hockey Night In Canada host Ron MacLean apparently won’t die of nautural causes.

On Saturday, the Canucks turned down all interview requests on their nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks. No Canuck player appeared pre-game, between periods or post-game despite the fact Vancouver handily beat the Blackhawks 5-1.

The three stars, as chosen by HNIC, were Canucks Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler. It is customary for at least one of the three stars to do a post-game ‘hit’ with host Scott Oake.

The boycott came from the top of the Canuck organization and was in direct retaliaton for MacLean’s one-sided piece a week earlier on the Alex Burrows-Stephane Auger ‘referee-gate’ incident.

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Bad Blood Between Ladd & Kesler

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

There are so many of the Vancouver Canucks for Blackhawks fans to dislike - Willie Mitchell, Kevin Bieksa, Rick Rypien, the hair pulling Alex Burrows, even goalie Roberto Luongo.

But Ryan Kesler might now be at the top of their list.

Kesler called out Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd after Saturday’s 5-1 win by the Canucks at GM Place during which Ladd got the best of Kesler in a first period fight.

Kesler was looking for revenge for what he said was a hit from behind from Ladd in last spring’s playoffs and wound up taking a punch to the face that opened a cut under his eye. Instead of trading punches with Ladd, Kesler’s only response was to wrestle Ladd to the ice.

“He’s a coward, he’ll always be a coward,” Kesler told reporters after the game. “At least he was man enough to hit me when I was looking this time.”

continue for a look at last night’s game and watch the quick fight below…

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  Tags: andrew+ladd, ryan+kesler

Vancouver Wants To Deliver A Message To Chicago

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It’s obvious the Canucks still remember what happened in the playoffs last spring when the Blackhawks knocked them out of the second round of the playoffs in six games.

Either that or they’re sick and tired of hearing everyone in the hockey world praise the Hawks up and down as one of the best teams in the NHL along with San Jose.

“I feel we’re up there with these teams,” Canucks center Ryan Kesler said. “Chicago is obviously a good hockey club, but we’re a good hockey club, too. I don’t think we get enough respect around the league. So this is going to be a good statement game for us.”

Added Canucks tough guy Darcy Hordichuk: “We want to send a message to them that we’re a different team this year.”

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Alex Auld With A Bad Marty Turco Impression

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Canucks Go Shopping?

from Matt Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Something lured Vancouver’s brass to Montreal to see a game between two teams below the playoff line. Some theories…

- In July 2008, one of Gillis’ first acts as Canucks GM was to sign St. Louis centre David Backes to a three-year, $7.5-million (all currencies U.S.) offer sheet. The Blues, grudgingly, matched.

Backes, 25, earns $2.5-million next season before becoming a free agent. He scored 31 goals a season ago, but has just 10 this year.

The Blues are six points out of a playoff spot, and have 16 games remaining before the Olympic break.

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Time To Focus On Henrik Sedin

from Craig Simpson of CBC,

For years now, Henrik and twin brother Daniel have been very good players and by far the most productive Canucks, but until this season, they have yet to be recognized as superstar players league-wide. This season however, there is no disputing the fact that the Sedins are all that and more, and Henrik in particular, is well on his way to having a Hart Trophy worthy season.

It’s not unusual for much of the media attention to focus on the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Crosby (both are worthy recipients). Henrik Sedin, in this his ninth NHL season often flies under the radar. Maybe it’s the fact that he plays on the West Coast, or maybe it’s his quiet demeanour, but rarely does he get the respect that his play on the ice deserves.

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Vigneault Not Happy With HNIC

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

“I think it’s really quite unfair from your boy Ron MacLean to go after Alex the way he did tonight, and take the footage that he did tonight,” he said on the CBC’s After Hours program. “Ron MacLean should have had the footage of Auger and Burrows skating 31 seconds together prior to the game. That footage has never come out.

“You only see Auger and Burr talking to one another for about four seconds, but they did two full loops together and Stephane Auger and Alex Burrows agreed on everything that was said except for one thing.”

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Ron MacLean/Colin Campbell Talk Burrows/Auger

This is a two part video, the 2nd part can be watched below.  The 2nd part also includes a conversation with Mike Murphy regarding the FSN Pittsburgh video issue.

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Demitra Turns To A Physiotherapist For Relief

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

It’s been a long road to recovery for Demitra, who had one shoulder surgery in May to repair his rotator cuff. Then, another surgery in the fall because things weren’t healing. That was followed by an infection. It all left him questioning his career, and seriously considering the option to shut it down for the year.

“If you asked me 30 days ago, and I was honest with myself, I would have told you I was done, done for the year, at least,” Demitra said. “That’s where things were going….

The question isn’t what saved him, it’s who. Officially, Pavel Purdek is listed as a physiotherapist who works closely with the Slovak national soccer team. In Demitra’s book, he’s a Magic Man.

“He’s unbelievable. I don’t know, but it seems like he has magic in his hands,” Demitra said. “He’s amazing. Every time he sticks a needle in my shoulder I feel relief. It just feels good.”

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