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from the CP via Yahoo,
The Vancouver Canucks are frustrated with the way the Anaheim Ducks have been crashing into goaltender
Roberto Luongo in the first two games of their NHL Western Conference semifinal series.
Canuck general manager Dave Nonis is taking up the issue with the NHL prior to Sunday night’s Game 3 (8 p.m. ET). The best of seven series is tied 1-1.
“We’ve got some issues with the officiating that I’m not sharing with you,” Canuck coach Alain Vigneault said after practice Saturday. “The professional thing is to deal directly with the NHL.
“Obviously we had some issues with last night’s game. Dave is bringing it up with them.”
from the Hockey News,
Seconds after the Sabres secured a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 Friday, Ruff blew a gasket as he flew off the Sabres bench to complain to game officials about a blown offside call in the final six seconds—which led to a Rangers desperation shot on goal—and about a Rangers too-many-men-on-the-ice infraction that was botched by the referees in the dying minutes.
Ruff was waving his arms and screaming at anything dressed in black and white stripes….
God bless you for scoring, Jeff Cowan. And god bless you, too, J-S Giguere, for allowing a goal at such a strange angle.
From Josh Peter at Yahoo! Sports,
This just in: Roberto Luongo is mortal.
Casual fans might be asking, “Roberto who?” But the puckheads among us must be asking, “Roberto Luongo is mortal? You can’t be serious, can you?”
We’re serious. Very serious.
The Anaheim Ducks did more than beat the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In a 5-1 victory, they dispelled the myth that Luongo, Vancouver’s splendid goaltender, can single-handedly carry the Canucks into the Western Conference finals. The Ducks did this in astonishing fashion, too.
Note: No disrespect to the Ducks—their goals were well-earned, and Luongo has struggled against them all season—but Mr. Peter’s entire article seems to be prefaced on the idea of The End of Luongo. Well, Luongo got scored on 4 times in regulation in the first game of the Dallas series as well. Just because he didn’t dominate in Game #1 of the 2nd round, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of this series. (Just thought I’d point that out. Hmph.)
from Scott Morrison at the CBC,
So, forget the opener and the key then becomes Game Two. Win it and the Canucks have a chance going home. Lose it and it becomes a matter of time before the end arrives, essentially of whether Roberto Luongo can steal a game or two to preserve hope. Remember, though, Anaheim is the only Western Conference team he did not and still has not beaten this season, though Game 1 remained close longer than it should have because of him.
From the OC Register,
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan have a made a friendly wager regarding the NHL Western Conference semifinals pitting the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
The Ducks won the best-of-seven series opener, 5-1, Wednesday night in Honda Center.
If Anaheim wins the semifinals, Mayor Sullivan has agreed to wear an Anaheim Ducks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of the Vancouver City Council, and to fly the Ducks team flag at Vancouver City Hall.
In the event that Vancouver wins, Mayor Pringle will do the same with the Canucks jersey and flag.
*At least I’m not the only Canucks fan that makes stupid bets. I’ll be appearing in a Wings’ jersey on Abel to Yzerman in a few days to prove what losing a hockey bet looks like. Sigh.
From Tony Gallagher at The Province,
Unless the league permits them to set leg hold traps, the Canucks have a significant problem and whether the potential return of any of the injured players would actually make a difference is open to question. Vancouver also had a bushel of chances and the temptation is to say “what if Taylor Pyatt had scored early in the second, or early in the third on his chances?” And while that’s intriguing, the corresponding question is what if the Ducks had scored on their good chances?
If there is one job the forwards must do better it’s slowing these guys down before they get to the defence, which suddenly looks ridiculously vulnerable with Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa watching from the press box.
from the Vancouver Province,
“I think we have an advantage in goaltending,” Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. “I don’t think anyone can beat Luongo as far as goaltending matchups go.”
But games against Anaheim this season haven’t worked out well for Luongo. In the only game that the Canucks beat the Ducks, backup Dany Sabourin was the starter.
In his three games against Anaheim, Luongo was pulled in one. Overall, he finished with an 0-3 record with a 3.83 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Unlike their first-round playoff series, the Vancouver Canucks won’t be viewing a mirror image of themselves when they step on the ice tonight in Anaheim for round two.
The Ducks are nothing like the vanquished Dallas Stars.
They have a roster laden with North American players, they score more, fight more, have more size and a better power play.
Almost no one is picking the Canucks to advance past Anaheim, unless you count TSN’s Maggie the Monkey, who merely spins her wheel rather than delving into any thoughtful analysis.
from the Province,
The victory exorcised the ghosts of playoffs past — Game 7 home-ice losses to Calgary in 2004 and Minnesota in 2003 — and placed Linden on an even higher pedestal in Canuck folklore. He now has 10 points in nine career Game 7 appearances and his six goals are the most of any active player.
And at age 37, the Medicine Hat native was thankful to get a one-year contract extension from management that reshaped the franchise.
“I know how hard they worked putting this team together and I know how much this city wanted this,” added Linden, who had four shots in Game 7. “And we wanted it just as bad. We’ve had our heart breaks in Game 7, too. For me it was such a grind all day.
“It’s just a relief for me now.”
fromm the National Post via Canada.com,
Ordinarily, you wouldn’t wear a Vancouver hockey sweater into enemy territory. At Ciociaro Sports Bar and Grill, however, normally hard-wired Canadiens fans are clearly distinguishable from the rest of Montreal.
Hearts are tainted Cerulean blue—the jersey colour of Italy’s national soccer team—and Orca Bay navy, in deference to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
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