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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Saturday night, the Canucks dropped a 4-1 decision to the Calgary Flames, their fourth straight loss and third on home ice — which is alarming enough.
But it's only part of the story.
The Canucks might be five points back of third place in the Pacific Division, but they're also five points ahead of a group of teams which occupy the NHL cellar.
Here's something else to consider. After Saturday night's loss, there's exactly one NHL team with fewer wins than Willie Desjardins' team. The Toronto Maple Leafs have 19 wins on the season. The Canucks have 20.
It's about time they give up on the fantasy that this is a playoff team and start thinking about the deadline.
Watch the game highlights below...
via Ben Kuzma tweets,
Dan Hamhuis on his injury/surgery: "You could count 15 to 20 breaks through the face and up into the cheek. There was a lot going on there."
More Hamhuis on injury/surgery: "I have a couple of plates in my cheeks permanently and numb spots in my mouth, nose and gums."
Hamhuis tells Kuzma he plans to be back sometime after the ASG break.
You can watch the night Hamhuis was injured below...
Five for boarding and a game misconduct.
Sedin did not return to the ice for the 2nd period.
We want that emotion; we want some of that savagery that makes pro hockey pro hockey — don't you kids try this at home — but when it crosses a line, as it occasionally does when the engines get revving really high, we fall all over ourselves tut-tutting the behaviour of this guy or that guy or debating the law of the jungle.
It was the same thing with the end of the Florida-Vancouver game and the Thornton-Sedin stuff. On one hand, we want there to be some limits on player decorum, what they can or can't say to each other while trash talking, but the pure entertainment value of the end of that game — Daniel's goal, his fly by, the wild melee, Potvin's comments and the Sedin's post-game remarks — all made for a game that was talked about far and wide that night and the next day, too.
Those two games were a welcome departure from so many of the technically excellent games I've seen this season. Many of us who feel that way can't wait for the next time those teams play each other again, which tells you something right there.
-Bob McKenzie of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Let’s play pretend for a minute. Let’s say, Jonathan Toews or Steven Stamkos or Sidney Crosby were disparaged by an opponent as a game was going into overtime.
Now let’s say Toews or Stamkos or Crosby snapped the game-winner under the crossbar, then skated over to the dimwit who called them out before OT and said, essentially, ‘How do you like me now?’
Can you imagine the reaction? The Royal Canadian Mint would issue a special coin commemorating the event. The Tragically Hip would write a song about it. Don Cherry would weep openly on Coach’s Corner.
But Daniel Sedin does it and he’s a “low life.”
OK, that was the take from the Florida Panthers’ broadcast crew after Monday night’s hey-rube and they weren’t speaking for the entire hockey world. But enough of that attitude still exists among a collection of morons that it merits a response.
If you missed the action on Monday night, watch below, both broadcasts are included....
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning confirmed today that the club is exploring trade options for forward Chris Higgins.
“As part of our transition to a younger team, I can confirm we’re exploring trade options for Chris Higgins so we can create more roster space for our younger players to develop. Chris is a quality person who has been an important member of our team for nearly five seasons. Our focus has been on finding a positive new situation for him and we will continue to do so.”
Higgins has played in 27 games this year, 1g, 2a and -12.
from Thomas Drance of Sportsnet,
It was the first time that Hamhuis had addressed the media since being struck by Boyle’s errant slap shot and the veteran Vancouver Canucks blue-liner was forthright about the gruesome ordeal.
He spoke about how he knew he was really in trouble when he began to trace the roof of his mouth with his tongue, and instead of finding a loose tooth or two, found mush. That’s when he got a bit woozy.
“It’s an unfortunate part of the game,” Hamhuis said of the incident, “but those types of injuries happen. I was real fortunate to have the medical staff that we do on the ice, as I went into the dressing room and right through to the hospital. I couldn’t have asked for better care.”
Hamhuis was rushed to hospital following the incident and he underwent a significant surgical procedure the next day. There’s more work to be done in a couple weeks, after the brace is removed.
“We haven’t really seen what’s going on underneath the bracing,” Hamhuis told reporters. “(There’s) a lot of fractures a lot of breaks in there.
“The doctors were able to put it together quite nicely in the surgery, and then I went through a period where the jaw was wired for a little which made it difficult to eat, which certainly had its challenges especially through Christmas.”
If you need a refresher on the injury, watch below...
added 5:00pm ET, Rangers release is below...
via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Daniel lost teeth in the first period when Stone tried to clear the puck out of his zone by swatting it. It caught the Canucks winger in the face and he left to get stitched up and carry on. Henrik wasn’t surprised he returned.
“I think he lost three or four teeth but it’s an accident that happens,” said the Canucks captain. “Losing a few teeth is not a big deal — that shouldn’t stop you from playing but he played well...
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