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Vancouver Hurting On Defense

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Nearly three months after the hit, Willie Mitchell still has a headache. Now, the Vancouver Canucks have one, too.

Christian Ehrhoff’s sprained knee is a potentially critical blow to the Canucks, who were able to survive the severe concussion suffered by Mitchell on Jan. 16 but are ill-equipped to handle another major injury on their defence. Not with the National Hockey League playoffs starting next Wednesday.

The good news is Ehrhoff did not appear to be limping Monday as he left General Motors Place for further, off-site medical tests, and the initial indications are the knee damage he sustained Sunday night during a puck battle with Colorado’s Andrew Brunette is minor enough for the Canucks’ top blue-liner to be ready for the Stanley Cup tournament.

The bad news is Mitchell, who made one of his periodic check-ins at GM Place later Monday, is nowhere near playing. Mitchell declined to speak on the record about his condition, but is still bothered by headaches and unable to undergo any rigorous exercise.

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Did Burrows Do It Again?

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

It’s hard to say the Wild got the shaft after referees Dennis LaRue and Brad Meier awarded them eight power plays, of which the Wild only scored on the final one, BUT, the Wild got the shaft.

After the Wild shockingly forced overtime on goals by Cody Almond and Antti Miettinen 23 seconds apart in the final 42 seconds of the third period, Alex Burrows, the king embellisher in the NHL, drew a bogus penalty in overtime when he lifted Greg Zanon’s stick into his own face and then shot his head back like he was nailed by a Matt Cooke elbow.

Zanon was called for high-sticking even though Burrows essentially high-sticked himself. It’s clear as day on video.

The refs bit, the Canucks got a 4-on-3 power play and the Canucks won it on Sami Salo’s blast through traffic. So, basically, Burrows—as is his reputation—once again made a pair of refs look bad.

Now, this was not an easy call. In real time, the refs see Zanon’s stick in Burrows’ face, so it’s hard to blame LaRue and Meier. So here’s the solution: Burrows is a known diver, an embellisher and really I’m amazed refs ever give him the benefit of the doubt.

continued and I looked for a video of the play but no luck.  Did anyone see it and if so, do you agree with Russo?

added 8:38am, You can watch the game recap at TSN which shows the penalty, although brief.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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