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Canucks, Penguins matchup features Hart Trophy candidates

From CBC’s Jim Hughson:

The script:

If the NHL realized what a big event it is when the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Vancouver, maybe they’d have them pass by more often than Halley’s comet.  Then again, if the league is trying promote the event by creating a scarcity, they’ve done a brilliant job.

Since he was drafted in 2005, this is just the second time Sidney Crosby has toured western Canada and it’s the Penguins’ first visit as Stanley Cup champions.  So Crosby will be the marquee player, but few are talking about the fact there are two Hart and Art Ross candidates in the game. Three if you include defending scoring champ, Evgeni Malkin.  Henrik Sedin is leading the scoring race, having a much better season than Malkin, and is every bit as valuable to the Canucks as Sid is to the Penguins.

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Luongo injures groin, Canucks down Penguins anyway, 3-1

Turns out that a potentially serious groin injury to Roberto Luongo didn’t make much difference to the Canucks.

Turns out that playing their third game in about seventy-two hours didn’t make much difference to the Canucks.

Helped out by a pretty putrid effort by the Penguins for the majority of the game, the Canucks got a couple of scrappy goals and some good relief goaltending by Curtis Sanford to hang on and defeat the Penguins at the Igloo, 3-1.

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Canucks at Penguins preview - 11/22;  2PM start !!

Canucks at Penguins, 2PM ET, Mellon Arena

Season records: 

Canucks, 12-6-2, 26 pts, 3rd in Western Conference
Penguins, 12-4-3, 27 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference

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