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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.
from Bruce McCurdy of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
The Canucks outclassed the Oilers in every aspect of the game, before “class” itself fell victim to a disgraceful display of poor sportsmanship by the Vancouverites. That came from Zach Kassian, who put yet another black eye on himself, his team, and his sport with some utterly bush-league taunting of Sam Gagner, the man whose face Kassian caved in with an “accidental” clubbing in a pre-season game. Turns out Zach the Hack is pretty proud of his handiwork.
more and watch the incident below...
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Booth’s commitment to regain his powerful stride and balance after knee, ankle and groin injuries the last two years wasn’t just talk.
Before the Canucks departed on their last road trip on what was a travel day, Booth and Aidelbaum had a 7 a.m. skating session at Rogers Arena. During the four-game trip, teacher and pupil exchanged technical analysis, and when the club returned Wednesday, Booth and Aidelbaum had another session.
The results have been quick and quite remarkable.
Booth scored in successive games on the trip, but his bold move out of the corner and powerful cut to the net to bury a backhander on Nov. 30 at Madison Square Garden was an eye-opener. He looked more like that 30-goal scorer with the Florida Panthers in 2008-09 than someone who has struggled to score three times in 18 games this season and has been in the Tortorella doghouse.
That goal against the New York Rangers was beyond encouraging. It was an epiphany.
“That was technical,” Aidelbaum said Wednesday. “With the skills comes comfort, and with comfort comes confidence, and it works directly in that order. If the skating is sharp, the mind is sharp and they feel they can conquer the world.
During the recent Rangers/Canucks game, both Tortorella and Vigneault were mic'd up.
Boy, when AV gets loud, his voice gets higher...
via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The ideal Christmas gift for the Vancouver Canucks will be a healthy Alex Burrows.
The under-producing forward’s season took a turn for the worse Sunday, when teammate Chris Tanev hit Burrows in the face on a clearing attempt and broke his jaw during the second period of the Canucks’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. (Watch the injury at the 1:40 mark of the video above.)
Burrows’ agent, Paul Corbiel, confirmed to Vancouver radio station News 1130 that his client underwent successful jaw surgery Monday night in Dallas.
Watch the incident below...
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
If anyone is emotionally and contextually ready to write some hurtin’ lyrics for country music, it’s Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows. Alas, neither of his official languages has twang.
The 32-year-old from Quebec, where there are many cows but few cowboys, is hobbling under a 22-game goal-less slump that has gotten silly.
Burrows has no goals in 17 games this season, but at least has one save after guiding the puck off the Canucks’ goal-line to preserve Vancouver’s 3-2 win Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes. His regular-season scoring famine extends to the final five games of last season.
In these 22 games, when Burrows has averaged 18 minutes a night and played largely on the first line beside former National Hockey League scoring champions Henrik and Daniel Sedin, the winger has fired 61 shots on target without scoring.
On the losing end of a 5-2 score to the New York Rangers, Bieksa fought Brian Boyle and Boyle's helmet too.
Both received 5 for fighting at the 20 minute mark of the 3rd period.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
As long as John Tortorella coaches the Vancouver Canucks and Alain Vigneault coaches the Rangers, the comparisons will be inevitable.
The Rangers under the calm, cool Vigneault are loose and enjoying themselves. Last week on a swing through the South, the Rangers celebrated victories in Dallas and Nashville; Vigneault joked about his Johnny Cash man-in-black suit; and the players’ fathers were along for part of the trip. In Vancouver under Tortorella, it was all business, serious business. He defiantly explained why he said his team “sucked” after a loss; had a closed-door meeting after a win with David Booth, a player in his doghouse; and talked about the young forward Zack Kassian’s deficiencies after benching him in another loss. In the Canucks’ dressing room, Kassian looked scared.
“They’re both very good, but just different styles of coaches,” said Mike Gillis, the Canucks’ general manager, who arranged what amounted to a Vigneault-for-Tortorella swap last spring with Glen Sather, the Rangers’ general manager. “Alain’s style is what works for him, and it worked for us. John’s style is just different. Technically they’re both extremely sound. They just give direction differently, I guess.”
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