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MSM links for April 2, 2009

MSM links for April 2, 2009

Canucks, Flames going in opposite directions (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks in first? No foolin’ (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Do the math: Canucks need one more win to officially clinch playoff spot (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Give Vigneault due credit for Canucks roll (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) It’s truly Wild when Hank scores (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Ducks elite D-man eyes 2010 (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Hindsight beats heck out of flights of foresight (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Rypien makes surprise return (Greg Harder, Regina Leader-Post) Staying healthy key for Canucks (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Canucks in good...

From the hunter to the hunted

From the hunter to the hunted

Whether or not they hang on to home ice advantage in the playoffs or win the Northwest Division championship, the Canucks can no longer be considered underdogs. What they’ve accomplished – turning around a record losing streak into a 20-5-1 record in the last 2 months and passing the Calgary Flames in the standings is nothing short of incredible. It’s really quite impressive how they’ve accomplished this. Last night, they played patient hockey and beat the trapping Minnesota Wild in overtime. In the last week, they played smart and tough hockey against the frustrated Chicago Blackhawks and slumping Dallas Stars....

MSM links for April 1, 2009

MSM links for April 1, 2009

Luongo tames Wild in overtime (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks like the view from the top after defeating Wild (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Burrows a big-time bargain for Canucks (Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal) Canucks find NW passage (Ian Busby, Calgary Sun) Wild’s playoff chances running out (Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Young guns could become Moose mainstays (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Moose stopper Schneider doesn’t want to stop now (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Plenty of time for Schneider to pad his stats (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)

MSM links for March 31, 2009

MSM links for March 31, 2009

Canucks tickets still hot despite downturn (Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun) Bloody brawl leads to bonding (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Special place for Mitchell (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Rugged Rypien ready to go? (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Was White right? (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo surprise candidate (Jason Botchford via Regina Leader Post) Hawks vow not to forget about Canucks’ hair-pulling ways (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald) Burns, Bouchard out for Tuesday (Brian Stensaas, Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Minnesota Wild deal with aches and pains down the stretch (Bruce Brothers, Pioneer Press)

MSM links for March 30, 2009

MSM links for March 30, 2009

Canucks blank the Blackhawks in Chicago (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Sedin twins a tower of strength in clutch (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo notches seventh shutout of the season (AP via Globe and Mail) Hawks offer good match for first round (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Blackhawks should be wary of Canucks (Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune) Vancouver now tied with Hawks for 4th in West (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily Herald) An empty netter (Len Ziehm, Chicago Sun-Times) Former Moose fighting through slump (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)

Canucks/Blackhawks brouhaha

Canucks/Blackhawks brouhaha

Photo credit: canucks.com Shortly after the Canucks scored and made it 3-0 in the 3rd period against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, the Blackhawks decided to show how tough and resilient they are. First, Dustin Byfuglien punched Roberto Luongo in the face. A few seconds later, Dave Bolland punched Daniel Sedin while the puck was a good 30 feet away from him. Yeah, real tough. Alain Vigneault was pissed off at Chicago coach Joel Queneville and rightfully so. Sending their tough guys going after the Canucks’ best players was a chicken shit move and it’s the kind of “fighting” the league...

MSM links for March 27, 2009

MSM links for March 27, 2009

Playoff-hungry Blues down Canucks, 4-2 (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Blues get to Canucks in 4-2 loss (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Kesler good, Burrows better, Henrik best (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Canuck is back, but won’t let it ‘Ryp’ yet (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Blues continue playoff push with win over Canucks (Norm Sanders, Belleville News-Democrat) Blues rev up, stay in chase (Jeremy Rutherford, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) This is what you’ve been waiting for (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver) Lessons pile up for Moose college recruit (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Pleasant surprise (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)

MSM links for March 26, 2009

MSM links for March 26, 2009

Head shot keeps ‘lucky’ Kesler off the ice at practice (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Mum’s the word on contract opinions (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Something to feel good about (Ed Willes, National Post) Flames can hear Vancouver’s footsteps (Vicki Hall, Calgary Herald) Twins seem poised to make some noise (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) St. Louis Blues are buying into belief system (stltoday.com)

10: The magic number

10: The magic number

Believe it or not, I hate doing the magic number post. That said, I do it every year because I’m a numbers guy and I like seeing the magic numbers with each team shrink with each Canucks win or with the other teams’ losses. After last night’s win against the Dallas Stars, the Canucks’ magic number is down to 10. That means any combination of 10 points gained by the Canucks or not gained by Anaheim and Nashville clinches them a playoff spot. The magic number is 9 against St. Louis, 8 against Minnesota and 6 against Dallas. Something else...

MSM links for March 25, 2009

MSM links for March 25, 2009

Blood donation gets Canucks win (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks rebound to beat Stars 5-2 (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) NHLPA not pleased with Kesler’s pay-cut talk (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Even NHLPA corners Kesler on pay-cut contract comments (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks hot on Flames heels (AP via Globe and Mail) Dallas Stars continue slide with 5-2 loss (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News)

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