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NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Henrik Sedin is dealing with enough — take your pick of a hip-flexor ailment or a back injury — and playing through pain is one thing. Being drilled early into the sideboards by Brayden McNabb on a hit that clearly targeted the captain’s head is something else. McNabb got a roughing minor and Alex Biega a double minor for roughing in challenging the Kings’ defenceman.
“I thought it was a flying elbow to the head,” said Sedin. “The ref said it was a clean hit and I haven’t seen it yet but you’ve got to trust they’re making the right call and if they’re not, the league has to look at it. For me, the only point of contact on me was my face.
“I was surprised nothing worse happened. The only mistake I made was not staying down longer (after being hit) but that’s on me.”
Said Biega: “I thought it was a high hit and it’s your best player and you never want to see those things. I don’t think it’s acceptable in this league. I’m not sure why it was only two minutes.”
Added Willie Desjardins: “I thought it was a tough hit and got him up high.”
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Oh the on-ice microphone picks up everything.
from Frank Servalli of TSN,
Vancouver Canucks pest Alexandre Burrows apologized Thursday to former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan for stepping over the line with an offensive on-ice comment from some “eight or 10 years ago.”
The incident came to light after O’Sullivan alleged on Twitter that Burrows was the only opponent to taunt him for the well-documented physical and emotional abuse O’Sullivan was subjected to as a child from his father.
“Burrows (was the) only guy who said he wanted to hurt me like my father did,” O’Sullivan tweeted on Thursday. “(That’s) why I can’t stand him.”...
Burrows owned up to the remarks after the Canucks’ loss to the Flyers.
“I apologize if I offended him back then. I did say some stuff that may now, looking back ... I could see how it would’ve offended him, like a lot of things I said back in the day,” Burrows said. “I read his story on The Player’s Tribune. It’s tough to see.”
Former National Hockey League forward Patrick O'Sullivan tweeted on Thursday that Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows mocked O'Sullivan's abusive relationship with his father during on-ice altercations.
O'Sullivan, 30, detailed his years of physical and emotional abuse under his father - a former minor-league hockey player himself - in Breaking Away, his memoir released in October, and again this month in an essay on The Players' Tribune.
In a discussion with his followers on Thursday morning about the place of fighting in hockey, O'Sullivan revealed his his interactions with Burrows.
I would like to hear from Burrows on this topic before passing judgment, but it sure does not sound good.
from Frank Servalli of TSN,
Here are five minutes with Prust on the Canucks’ struggles, how to right the ship, and his fight card this season:
TSN: How do you self-diagnose what’s been happening with the Canucks of late?
Prust: “It hasn’t been that easy to pinpoint. It’s kind of been a bunch of things. We’ve had some ups and downs. We’ve had some times we’ve looked great, where I think we look like a Stanley Cup contender. Then we’ve had slumps where we feel like a bottom-feeder. You know, we’re in one right now. It’s about getting out of slumps as fast as you can. We’re struggling to put the puck in the net. There’s a lot of games that we’ve been in. There’s been a lot of games we feel like we deserved to win, but we haven’t scored on our opportunities. (Tuesday night) that wasn’t the case at all. It was pretty lopsided. We have to rectify and realize what we’re doing wrong, getting our compete and battle level up.”
TSN: You’ve had a few games during this run where your team was almost never in it from the start of games. Can you put your finger on why? Is it a preparation issue?
Prust: “I think we’re well prepared. We’ve talked about getting off to a good start, something that every team focuses on, setting the tone. We just haven’t done that.”
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
This may be the end of civilization as we know it for the Vancouver Canucks. The National Hockey League team appears headed toward another stone age.
Goodbye smartphones and Starbucks, hello cave drawings and fire. Goodbye Range Rover, hello roving the range hunting and gathering. Goodbye playoffs, hello draft lotteries.
It’s not just that Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild was appallingly, humiliatingly, dishearteningly bad, it’s that we’ve seen glimpses of it several times already this season. And given that so many Canuck players seem too old or too young and this team’s long-delayed rebuild will not be quick, it is likely there will be more nights this season like this one.
After existing for most of the last 15 years among the NHL’s wealthy, successful first class, the Canucks are spiralling towards the franchise’s first dark era since the late 1990s.
via Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Canuck defenceman Dan Hamhuis was taken to hospital after taking a Dan Boyle slapshot in the face late in the game. Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said Hamhuis probably suffered a broken jaw, which would keep him from playing for weeks.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
It’s not surprising that Brendan Morrison remembered where he was when the Pitt Meadows native won the hockey lottery.
“I remember the game clearly, the first time I played with these guys — it was in Detroit — and I was put into a phenomenal situation,” he said Monday of being aligned with Canucks teammates Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi on Jan. 9, 2002.
“We clicked, and we kind of rolled from there. It was kind of a dream scenario. At that time, I don’t know if there were two better players in their positions.”
The line would score twice in the first period and combine for six points in an overtime loss to the Red Wings on that fateful night.
It was only a tease of what would become the following season for the famed West Coast Express.
They all hit career highs as rivals hit the panic button trying to contain Naslund’s quick and accurate wrist shot, Morrison’s playmaking and Bertuzzi’s intimidating presence as the game’s premiere power forward.
Below, watch some highlights from the "West Coast Express"...
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