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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.”
From Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star,
The National Hockey League says it has no concerns that team broadcasters might be hiding incriminating video evidence. But Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, says the NHL is looking at ways of ensuring such a thing doesn’t happen.
The issue of accountability was raised following a game in Anaheim last Wednesday that saw Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger stomp on Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler’s leg. The original game broadcasts from Vancouver and Anaheim, watched in the NHL’s Toronto war room, failed to produce proof of the attack.
But Vancouver broadcasters discovered video proof the next day on a tape machine in the production unit used by Anaheim television.
from the Vancouver Province,
The Sedins, Markus Naslund and Taylor Pyatt have now gone 11 games without a goal. But it is the Sedins’ production that will be the focus in the days to come. The twins are arguably the most important players on the Canucks. Vancouver is now 2-13-5 when they are held scoreless. Though they haven’t scored, they have played many strong games in the past few weeks. Thursday was was not one of them.
more on the Canucks…
CKNW in Vancouver reports that Mattias Ohlund did not accompany the team on its trip to Phoenix and has flown back home where the club is expected to announce that he will have surgery to remove bone chips in his knee.
The bone chips caused swelling and Ohlund was playing through it and was treating it with anti-inflammatory drugs.
from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
While Morrison hopes to play during a four-game road trip this week, he couldn’t commit to whether that would occur Monday in Los Angeles, Wednesday in Anaheim, Thursday in Phoenix or Saturday in Dallas.
It’s not that Morrison can’t manage pain. He struggled through a hip-flexor injury before needing off-season surgery in 2006 and needed an operation to cure a sports hernia last summer.
Morrison doesn’t want to just play, he wants to make a difference.
“Pain to me is not the issue - I can deal with pain,” he added. “I’m not going to feel 100 per cent and I understand that and the team understands that.
from the CP via Yahoo,
Aaron Miller missed practice to go to the hospital for shoulder X-rays after taking a hit along the boards from Jordin Tootoo late in Vancouver’s 6-2 victory over Nashville on Thursday.
Mattias Ohlund rode the bike a bit but he’s got bone chips in his left knee and is out indefinitely. The Canucks hope the swelling goes down in a few days, otherwise it could be season-ending surgery.
Kevin Bieksa, seven games back from a four-month, 46-game layoff to recover from a severely lacerated calf muscle, was also getting X-rayed. He hurt his wrist Thursday trading punches with Nashville’s Greg de Vries.
Then there’s Sami Salo. He was excused from Friday’s practice because of the flu.
Oh, and defensive forward Ryan Kesler was also being X-rayed Friday after blocking a shot Thursday night with his foot.
For those of you scoring at home, Salo is expected to play Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Kesler and Bieksa will be game-day decisions. Ohlund and Miller are out.
more on the Canucks…
Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.
“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.
“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”
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