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Luongo & His Coach

from the Vancouver Province,

One is the detail-obsessed teacher oozing information, complete with endless binders, charts, graphs and diagrams.
The other is the star pupil with a voracious appetite to learn and an uncanny ability to process knowledge rapidly, taking it from the classroom to the crease to the game.
Together, goalie Roberto Luongo and his goalie coach Ian Clark have spent untold hours this season exchanging ideas, compromising and bonding, combining to help Luongo significantly adjust his game.

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What’s Next For Canucks

from the Vancouver Sun,

By going 15-2-2 the last six weeks and winning these recent games so impressively, dispatching Stanley Cup contenders as if they were pocket lint and treating them the way the Conservatives treat British Columbia—that annoying, foreign hinterland land west of Canada’s Rocky Mountain border—the Canucks can’t possibly be underrated by anyone any longer.
In other words, they’re doomed. What will fuel them now that they have earned everyone’s respect? They have un-dissed themselves. What now for motivation?
Well, there is that Presidents’ Trophy thingy.
Partly because the Red Wings and Predators went pointless in Vancouver, the Buffalo Sabres top the NHL standings with 101 points. The Canucks are only five behind and closing faster than Britney Spears’ career.
Vancouver Canucks. Presidents’ Trophy winners?

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Road Trip Diary

Over at Canucks and Beyond, Alanah asked a Canucks fan to write a piece on her recent visit to the Shark Tank…

It took 17 hours straight by car but me and my hockey buddy made it just in time to watch the Canucks kick Shark butt on Friday March 9. Why a road trip? Why not! Visiting the enemy is always a fun experience.

continue reading at C&B…

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Vancouver Could Be The Surpise Of The Playoffs

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Canucks look like they will be a force in the playoffs. I have a suspicion they might be the Oilers of 2006 or the Flames of 2004.
The Canucks have an all-world goalie in Roberto Luongo. (Now, really, did anyone think the Wings were going to rally from that 3-1 deficit after two periods Saturday?) It’s similar to what the Wings enjoy when Dominik Hasek is on his game.
It makes all the difference in the world when you have the confidence of knowing that your goalie will not surrender a lead in the third period.

a little more on the Nucks plus a little Wings talk…

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Bra Tossing

I think Alanah of Canucks & Beyond may have hurried off to the bar after her live blogging of the Wings?Canucks game last night.
Watch closely!

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Note To Canucks Fans

We know tossing a bra onto the ice has become the “in” thing to do after Jeff Cowan scores a goal, but I must ask- Why are men tossing bras onto the ice?  I just don’t get it.
And make sure not to toss the bra onto the ice unless your team is winning- Don’t be like the Nashvill fans who toss catfish onto the ice when they are down 3-1.

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Northwest Divison Notes

From Roger Phillips at NHL.com,

Three days before Christmas, the Vancouver Canucks were stumbling along, mired in a three-game losing streak, unable to score many goals, one game below .500, and seemingly going nowhere.
Three months later, however, the Canucks look like they really might be going places—like deep into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, maybe to the Final, and possibly all the way to their first championship. There would be a certain symmetry to it, too, if the Canucks reach the Final. That would mean each of the Western Canadian teams would have represented the Western Conference in the last three championship series.

Continued… including a look at other goings-on in the Western Conference

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Podcasting it, Kukla Style

Just wanted to let Kukla’s Korner readers know that I roped Paul Kukla into appearing as a special guest on The Crazy Canucks podcast this week.  Paul shares his thoughts on the Canucks, the Wings, the upcoming playoffs, Vancouver bra-throwing and various other important matters.

Check it out. It’s not every day I get to put my boss on the hot seat and ask him the really tough questions. Important things like, “If you could have any NHL hockey player do your grocery shopping for you, which player would it be?”  (Yeah, I really did ask him that.  And admit it—you NEED to know the answer!)

You can listen online at the website, or download.

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Fighting Was His Ticket To The NHL

from Ed Willis of the Vancouver Province,

Unlike others who pursued his line of work, Craig Coxe was never resentful or, for that matter, conflicted about what was expected of him.
Fighting gave him a chance to play in the NHL. It earned him the respect of his peers. It afforded him a certain notoriety.
Was there a downside? Well, Coxe says his one fear was being embarrassed in front of 15,000 people. But he’ll also tell you he volunteered for the gig, he wasn’t conscripted, and his only regret is that his ride didn’t last long enough.

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Also from the Vancouver Province,

Our panelists agree, with one dissenter, that Bob Probert is the meanest, toughest, best fighter of all time in the NHL. And if he’s tougher than Dave Brown, that’s saying something.

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Showing Support

from the Vancouver Province,

After a leopard-skin brassiere was tossed onto the ice Tuesday night in Cowan’s honour, the wags came out in full force with new, colourful monikers for Cowan, whose five goals in three games has turned him into a folk hero.
Hooter Shooter and Cowan the Brabarian are the best two. Cash Cow is pretty good. J.C. Superstar doesn’t quite have the zing.
Heavy Eric even has a song out already, Cowan Days (to Purple Haze—“Excuse me while I hit this guy”).
The centre of all this attention doesn’t seem to quite know what to make of the hip-hip-her-bra.

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