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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
At the end of a bitter bad-blood battle, the Kings would claim a 1-0 victory, but this wasn’t about the points or the fact the Kings have four regular-season wins over the Canucks for the first time in 23 years. It was about making a point and maintaining a resilient collective mindset that Tortorella has been drilling into his troops.
“I thought we did a real good job as far as deciding that’s our ice also,” said Tortorella. “It’s been a minus in our game. We got squat for points but we crossed a couple of bridges in what needs to be done.”
... How Sestito wound up with two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting, 10 minutes for instigating and a game misconduct had the Canucks scratching their heads.
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Half way in the 3rd period, Dale Weise with a tex- book slew-foot on Drew Doughty which was missed by the refs...
Watch it below....
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
There is this nagging feeling when you watch the Vancouver Canucks that they are fading like the sun in Sweden in mid-December, and there’s very little they can do about it this season.
Sure, it was nice to beat one of the better teams in the league Friday night, but they caught the Blues on the second night of a back-to-back, and the way they were dominated in the first period they could easily have come away down two or three goals had they been less fortunate.
The days of this team being able to compete with the best are almost certainly slipping away, and there could be further proof Monday night if they are cuffed around the way they were the last time they went into Staples Arena to play the Kings.
Of course, the players don’t want to accept this. They think that once everyone is back and they correct their ‘mindset’ when playing these teams, that they are just as good and have a chance to compete when the playoffs come around — although Kevin Bieksa insists they’re “not thinking about that now” and “nobody wins the Stanley Cup in January.”
43-year-old Rob Laurie was signed to a PTO contract after it was determined Roberto Luongo would not dress for the Vancouver/Anaheim game.
He was very close to entering the game...
via Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
The Vancouver Canucks signed Rob Laurie to a professional tryout contract to serve as backup goalie Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks after Roberto Luongo was reportedly injured in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Luongo's status was not immediately known. He was struck high by the leg of Kings captain Dustin Brown in the third period Saturday when Brown crashed the net to score. Luongo stayed down for several moments after the hit.
"My foot got caught under me as he was accidentally running me over," Luongo told reporters after the game. "Luckily this time, the pain went away. It was a tough call. Hockey is a fast game and that's what we want to do to the opposing goalie too – crash the net and create havoc."
Watch how the injury occured below...
No update on Andrew Alberts who has not returned to the game.
John Tortorella announced earlier today defenseman Ryan Stanton is out for weeks due to this play a few days ago (watch it here).
Now via Matthew Sekeres tweets,
Mike Gillis says he has a problem with the play Tuesday in Minnesota where Ryan Stanton injures ankle going into end boards.
Says the NHL went to hybrid icing to avoid such injuries to defencemen.
More GIllis: "cross-checking becoming a very dangerous play," says it's the new "containment" method in the NHL
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
John Tortorella didn’t want to talk much about the injury to rookie defenceman Ryan Stanton, but he had something to say about the call made on the play.
Wild heavyweight Zenon Konopka received a two-minute tripping minor after he shoved Stanton from behind and into the end boards early in the second period. Stanton fell awkwardly to the ice and appeared to turn his left ankle.
Tortorella had a heated conversation with referee Tim Peel about the call.
“It shouldn’t have been a minor,” Tortorella said. “That’s what I thought. We are trying to get that play out of the game and look at the person who is doing it. I just thought it should have been more than a minor.”
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Scroll to the :35 second mark in the video below to see the play...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
There is no question that Reilly Smith was guilty of charging when he crashed into Roberto Luongo after the puck entered the net. The goal would stand since the puck crossed the line prior to the infraction but a minor penalty should have been assessed to Smith.
Let me attempt to explain why the referee might not have reacted to the contact on Luongo and therefore did not call a penalty. From the ref's position (behind the goal line, on the same side of the net that Smith approached 'Lou') the referee was focused on multiple elements of this bang-bang play.
First, there was potential for a penalty shot to be called if a foul from behind had resulted once Christopher Tanev gave chase from his opposite-side defensive position. Tanev attacked from a back-side angle and made stick-to-stick contact with Smith just as the shot was being taken from outside the goal crease. Tanev then slid behind Smith making very light physical contact with the back of the Bruin player.
continued and watch the goal below...
To answer my own question, I think it was a good no-call.
from the CP at TSN,
Bruins pest Brad Marchand drew the ire of the Canucks when he mocked the Canucks' bench by pretending to kiss a ring on his finger and lifting an imaginary Stanley Cup in the third period.
"It shows what kind of guy he is," said Henrik Sedin. "He is a great player, it's too bad he is acting like he does but that is the way it is."
Julien said he didn't see the exchange, but added that the team expects better of Marchand.
"Sometimes his emotions get the better of him," said Julien. "We work with him and we are going to continue to work with him."
more on the game...
Watch the video below which includes a face-wash of Marchand by Kesler, and the cup raising...
"You learn as you grow up, as you go through things, and you learn more from the bad experiences than the good ones. Obviously I went through a lot during that Stanley Cup final with things that happened on the ice and mostly things that happened off the ice. That, plus my situation the last two years when I lost the net ... (humor) helps you cope with things, it helps you get past certain things. At the end of the day, we're playing hockey, we're playing a sport that we love, we're very privileged. When things get tough, you always want to put things into perspective."
-Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Much more on Luongo from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
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