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No Complaining In Vancouver Today

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The morning after Alex Burrows’ famous rant, a Globe colleague posed some constructive questions.

Is Burrows a brilliant reverse psychologist? And would his tirade against NHL referee Stephane Auger buy the Canucks the benefit of future whistles?

The latest returns: yes and yes.

Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff was in a huff Monday, after an indigestible defeat to the Canucks at GM Place. The Sabres looked to have tied the score 2-2 late in the second period, but referee Kerry Fraser made an early, decisive call to disallow a bang-bang goal.

At full speed, the goal looked fishy. Upon review, it looked legit.

continued and if you missed the call in question, watch it here...

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Canucks Get A Break

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Both Lindy Ruff and Paul Gaustad said a controversial call by referee Kerry Fraser did not cost the Buffalo Sabres a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

But the Sabres head coach and centremen were nevertheless appalled by a disallowed goal late in the second period, a key play in a 3-2 Canucks victory.

“I understand it, but I don’t like it,” said Ruff, who went crazy on the bench, yelling and gesticulating at Fraser and co-referee Mike Leggo.

What was the official call?

“That Gaustad had cross-checked their player,” Ruff said. “I just felt it was more incidental contact. If you’re going to call that, you better call about 75 cross-checks in the game around the front of the net.”

continued and watch the play in question below…

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Willie Mitchell Out With A Concussion

from Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

The Vancouver Canucks hoped for the best but confirmed the worst Monday.

Willie Mitchell isn’t expected to join his teammates when the Vancouver Canucks open an eight-game road trip on Saturday in Toronto because the blueliner is suffering from post-concussion syndrome.

“I think we can safely say that Willie has a concussion,” said coach Alain Vigneault. “Right now, he’s close to symptom free and he’s day-to-day.”

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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.”

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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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