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No More “Life Lines” for Vancouver

UPDATE: Mike Gillis video statement below.

From Tim Sassone’s Twitter:

Confirming XM Radio Home Ice report that Bryan Bickell had wrist surgery today to repair 2 tendons - out three weeks.

Gee, sorry for the guy. Wonder if he did it while trying to crunch Kevin Bieksa’s head?  [video]

Okay, maybe not. But there’s no whining from Bieksa, at least. 


“Sometimes it takes all of your lifelines to win a million dollars. So that’s where we are at right now,” said Bieksa. “We’ve used our three lifelines. It’s do-or-die right now.”

Regarding the hard hit from Bickell that did not draw a penalty, Bieksa replied:

“It’s whatever ... playoff hockey. There’s a lot of stuff going on right now. Referees, I’m sure, are trying to figure out how they are going to call it. It’s playoff hockey, it’s inconsistent and that’s what you expect.”

Good boy, Bieksa. You do a girl proud.

Now, if you don’t mind… could you please WIN THE NEXT #$&# GAME?!


P.S. I can’t be reasonable and calm ALL the time, for godsakes. I’m under stress! wink

Update 3:48pm PT: Mike Gillis statement and Q & A—

Update 5:06pm PT:: Apparently Bickell’s injury is more serious than they thought… or at least, the recovery time is. From Mark Spector

Hawks confirm Bickell’s tendon injury in Game 2. He’s out 6-8 weeks. Don’t laugh - he has two more goals in this series than Ryan Kesler.

Laugh? Who’s laughing? And speaking of Kesler… again, who’s laughing?? Bah.

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For a “factual guy”, Gillis sure as heck doesn’t get his facts in line. “100% more power plays (as if that means ANYTHING… it’s like saying I have 100% more skin than you) when the game is tight…. I’m not sure how we’re supposed to win if the other team is getting 75% more power plays….”

Hey, Gillis, your prized horse failed you. Period.

Posted by Andrew Stevens from Ottawa on 04/25/11 at 09:19 PM ET


You’re not hinting you are glad a guy got injured badly enough to require surgery, right?

Posted by yayamo on 04/25/11 at 09:43 PM ET

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Yayamo - Good grief, of course not.  Injuries are the worst in the playoffs, and I wouldn’t wish them on anyone.  Fortunately it sounds like he’ll have a quick recovery.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 04/25/11 at 09:47 PM ET


to clarify things, Bickell’s wrist was cut by a skate in game 2, so much so that his tendons were damaged. He did not play in game 3, but came back for games 4-6. They knew he needed surgery, but being playoff hockey, no one came out and said it. He wanted to keep playing until the surgery was “necessary” cause he knew he would have to miss the rest of the playoffs. So basically he played until they thought permanent damage could be done.

also, with Bieska quoting “who wants to be a millionaire” the league might make him sit out with a concussion, cause Bickell may have knocked him back to 1999. But Torres’s hit was still OK, right?

Posted by pstumba on 04/26/11 at 01:27 AM ET

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Wow. I’m speechless. The fish rots from the head.

Posted by eternal_fields on 04/26/11 at 02:53 AM ET


The game with the biggest discrepancy in powerplays was game 3, which the Canucks *WON* by the way. Throwing that game out, all of Gillis’ percentages (which are wrong to begin with, maybe he needs a fifth grader on his staff) are even more of a joke. When the score differs by two goals or less the last three games, Chicago has 8 PP to Vancouver’s 6. Wow, call 60 Minutes.

Does Mike know that his team was shorthanded more often than it was on the powerplay this past season? Or that the reverse is true of the Hawks?

Posted by shep on 04/26/11 at 08:50 PM ET

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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