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Luongo Still Trying To Find His Game

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

Against L.A.Luongo failed to control rebounds that once upon a time he easily corralled. The Kings’ second goal, by Fredrik Modin, is one he should have had. But the strangest moment of the evening occurred when Anze Kopitar broke in on Luongo with Canucks defenceman Alex Edler hot on his tail. Kopitar tried several times to get a shot away but was thwarted by the trailing defenceman. At the end of the play, Luongo was 18 feet out of his net, on his knees, completely vulnerable….

I realize it may seem harsh to be dissecting Luongo’s game given that the Canucks won and that he played a pivotal, if split-second, role in allowing that to happen. But Luongo isn’t just any player on the ice. He is supposed to be a franchise player, the player who will need to be stellar if there is any hope of the Canucks going far in these playoffs. But he hasn’t been that for a while now and he certainly wasn’t that in the opener and, well, I guess we’ll see what happens from here on in.

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Alberts Hit On Richardson Last Night

Andrew Alberts hit on Brad Richardson last night.  Alberts received five for boarding and a game.

Will the NHL take further action?

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Save Of The Night

via Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

“After I made the first save on Smitty, the puck jumped up and hit their guy in the leg, and as it was coming back on goal, I knew I got a piece of it,” said Luongo, who made 25 saves. “But I felt I didn’t get the whole thing. So as I looked back, it was coming right on the line there, so I was able to react and swipe it out of there.

“It’s just a reaction. You’re so focused on the game that it just comes natural to react that way and not to panic.”

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In Case You Missed The OT Winner In The Canucks/Kings Game

Mikael Samuelsson, his second of the game, with the game winner.

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Will Vancouver Bring The Cup Back To Canada?

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

We are a hockey nation. Except in June.

Makes you wonder if Ron Wilson, then coaching the San Jose Sharks, was on to something a few years back when he argued Canadian teams can’t win the Stanley Cup because the pressure, scrutiny and expectations they face at home — not just at the rink, but the grocery store and everywhere else — is lethal.

The Canucks must contend with more than the Kings.

“I can’t wait to see the towels going and the excitement in the building and the buzz in the city,” defenceman Shane O’Brien said. “The first time, it can play into your nerves a little bit.

“I got asked today about my first playoff game. It was my rookie year with Tampa [in 2007]. But I was way more nervous for Game 1 last year against St. Louis because you could feel the electricity, feel the excitement. I think it can affect you.”

But Canuck coach Alain Vigneault believes the idea that it’s harder for Canadian teams to win is nonsense.

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Canucks With The Cup

from Kevin Dupont at NBC Sports,

Before the 2009-’10 NHL season began I picked the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. Well, I’m not turning back now. ‘Nucks all the way, baby.

I see it clearly: first Cup in the franchise’s history. Old Canuckleheads Harold Snepsts and Tiger Williams tag team Roberto Luongo amid the wild on-ice celebration at GM place, wrest the Cup away from the stunned team captain and disappear with it into Gastown before Henrik Sedin gets a chance to hoist it above his head….

Let’s look at some of the other top Cup contenders and why they won’t measure up to the distant sons of King Richard Brodeur:

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Your Art Ross Trophy Winner

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin will become the first Canuck to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season scoring champion.

Sedin’s four-point effort on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames, followed by Alexander Ovehckin’s goose egg this morning in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss against Boston, gave the Canuck a 112-109 advantage as the regular season came to an end.

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Playoffs Will Answer Vancouver Questions

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

With perhaps the best team they have ever had entering the NHL playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks completed their season Saturday awaiting an opponent, three teams still very much in the running to face Vancouver.

But the club is always fond of saying they are concerned about their own play and the process by which it is evolving, changing and hopefully improving. It’s that process which you certainly came away from the easy win over Calgary wondering about after great fun was had by all, particularly the Sedin twins.

First and foremost you have to start in goal to examine this team, where Roberto Luongo would appear to be one of the big keys to how far they will be able to travel in the postseason.

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Goal Of The Night

Daniel Sedin between the legs.

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Afternoon Line

“We don’t mind facing anyone, but as far as Detroit, the only thing I dislike is having to fly there and having to stay there, to have to spend a couple of days in that city.”

“Hockey-wise, they’re a good team, but they’re very beatable. The last time we were at their building, we won 6-3.

“All the teams in the West are good, and any team you play is a tough challenge. No one is a walk in the park.”

-Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks when asked about playing the Red Wings in the playoffs.  More on playing the Wings from Tom Mantzouranis of NHL Fanhouse.

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