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from the CP,
Vancouver holds a slim one-point lead over the Nashville Predators in the race for the final playoff spot in the NHL’s tight Western Conference. Both teams enter the final week of the regular season with three games remaining.
The Canucks can assure themselves a spot in the playoffs by winning their final games, all of which will be played at GM Place.
“We have to be confident,” said forward Daniel Sedin, one of a handful of Canucks who practised Monday. “We have to look forward to the last three games, play them like playoff games. If we do that we’ll be fine.”
But instead of focusing on who is chasing them, the Canucks still have visions of overtaking the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche, teams that are ahead of them in the standings.
“It’s funny how one point makes a difference,” said forward Ryan Shannon. “We’re in the playoffs right now.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Management’s job is to find players with the skill to shoot the puck into the net, and the coach’s job is to meld the people he’s given into a functioning team. It’s nice if the goal scorers happen to rush around, crunch people and fight as well—so much the better.
Everyone is after players who can do all these things. But players who don’t do all these things still often have value whether they fit a certain coach’s ideal mould or not, and they need to be treated with just as much respect as the guy who’s running around doing his thing.
KK member PuckHound 61 in the KK Forum gives us a Luongo update,
Gabriella, 7 pounds 6 ounces according to TEAM 1040 in Vancouver.
And Luongo is in Minneapolis for tonights game and will start for the Canucks.
Todd Bertuzzi has filed a lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford, alleging his negligence contributed to Bertuzzi’s infamous sucker punch on ex-Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore in March 2004, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.
thanks to the numerous folks for the pointer…
from the Vancouver Province,
It’s hard to imagine that after 513 franchise games, the last image of Morrison as a Canuck could be him hobbling off the ice instead of lifting his team to victory.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Morrison said Thursday. “If it does happen to be this way, it won’t be a very fun way to go out. Does it enter your mind? Sure it does. Hypothetically, it sucks.
“But again, I don’t have any intentions of leaving. I don’t know how it’s going to play out here, but we’ll address it at the end of the year and see what the team wants to do.”
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
“Would you miss a playoff game to be there for the baby’s birth?
Luongo laughed and said the plan had already been made to induce before the playoffs. Team player, that Gina Luongo.
“But what if you missed a key game and didn’t make the playoffs?”
He laughed again. Harder. Missing the playoffs wasn’t even a possibility in Luongo’s mind.
Oops. Is now.
via the Vancover Sun,
“I wish I had the answer for you, but I don’t,” Luongo said when asked to explain the Canucks’ disappearing act after the first period. “I just try to do my job out there and make saves. Obviously, I needed to make one extra save tonight to give our team a point.”
The Flames won it when they scored two power-play goals—one of them a 5-on-3—41 seconds apart midway through the third.
“We took three straight penalties and they scored,” he said. “Not much you can do about it. For me, I have to put it behind me and get ready for tomorrow night. It’s obviously a big game for us.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Sedins are identical twins: two bodies, seemingly one brain. Henrik has played 556 games, Daniel 552, almost always on the same unit.
This isn’t like playing captain Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison on different lines as Vigneault has done in the past. This is a much different thought process, hard on the eyes.
“I don’t know which one I’m breaking up, they both look alike,” joked Vigneault.
“As a coach you move people constantly, but what makes it a little different with the twins is this: when one is off (his game), they’re both off, for whatever reason.”
from the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canucks haven’t clinched a playoff spot yet and this could look pretty silly if they were to somehow meltdown and miss them, but it’s time to look at what the best possible matchups for this team might be in the postseason.
If they can’t win their division and finish third overall, then clearly getting to sixth would have to be a priority because they would then matchup with another Northwest team. You only need to look at the standings to know that these teams are absurdly close.
from the Edmonton Sun,
If the Oilers win, they’re three points back of Vancouver for eighth spot, with another head to head game remaining. Lose and the Canucks are likely out of reach for good, and Edmonton will have to set its sights on the loser of tonight’s Colorado-Calgary game.
“I’m just really excited about the opportunity that the team’s created for itself,” said head coach Craig MacTavish.
“That’s all we can ask for, to play well enough to give ourselves continuing opportunity. And this really reeks and smacks of that opportunity. We feel like we’re in a pretty good state right now to handle it.”
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