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Canucks/Sharks Game Day Updates

05/18/2011 at 4:28pm EDT

This post will be updated with stray news all day.

Update: Dan Rosen at NHL.com asks what they feel are the key questions facing the Canucks/Sharks leading to game 2. Also, more from Kesler on why the time wasn’t right to drop the gloves in game 1.

Update: Trash talk continues. More from Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.

—We’ve got the transcripts up for today’s pregame chats with coaches Alain Vigneault and Todd McLellan (*

player transcripts will be up in a while

; apparently I lied. No more transcripts for the day. Sigh).

—Ben Kuzma notes that Mikael Samuelsson is probably out of the playoffs:

Canucks winger Samuelsson (leg) will not travel to San Jose for Games 3 and 4 and is expected to have season-ending surgery.

—The Sporting News (via the Vancouver Sun) has named Daniel Sedin “Player of the Year.” More at the Sporting News site, but mute your speakers as they have an auto-play video there.

—At the Globe & Mail, Matthew Sekeres points out the Canucks strategy is clearer than ever: beat ‘em with speed.

Vancouver is going to replace winger Tanner Glass with Jeff Tambellini on the fourth line, with big and quick Victor Oreskovich on the opposite flank. Glass has been an every-game regular for the Canucks, with a few exceptions, but the Game 2 lineup might include the eight fastest wingers available to head coach Alain Vigneault.

“I like to bring as much of that element as I can,” Tambellini said. “Our goal as a fourth line is to hem them in [the defensive zone] as much as we can…and put the puck in sport where we can use [speed].

“Guys have played a lot,” added Tambellini, who is playing in just his second postseason contest, “hopefully we can put a little wear-and-tear on them.”

—Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun posts this photo from the Canucks optional today, noting players were lining up trying to take credit for smashing the glass.

Ballard “I did it.” Bolduc “It was me.”

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