Canucks news comes fast and furious, and sometimes we find ourselves playing catchup. Thankfully, the Dreaded Two Goal Lead–often called “the worst lead in hockey”–is super easy to come back from. Everybody knows it’s a guaranteed death sentence for those that hold it. Well, much like an ice hockey team coming from two goals down, PITB will now effortlessly catch up.

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In a game whose result was predictable as it was entertaining, we found the post game comments of Don Cherry to be the high point of the proceedings.

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In yesterday’s IWTG, we wrote the following: “Pekka Rinne was some kind of wonderful, and he kept his team in this one. He made 29 saves, most of them with a catching mitt that seemed capable of swallowing all that was and is and is to come. It quickly became apparent that Pekka Rinne’s glove was where scoring chances went to die, and people began to speculate about what other wonders might be things in Rinne’s glove.”

And speculate we did. The #ThingsinRinnesGlove hashtag, generated by @canucksean21 (after we completely missed the opportunity on our own joke), picked up some serious steam by the end of the first period, and by this morning, it was a solid source of funnies. But, if you don’t have time to click and read through all of them, we at PITB have compiled our favourite 25 things found in the glove of Pekka Rinne.

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Which three MLS games should you be following this weekend? Try the Columbus Crew vs Vancouver Whitecaps- The Caps have yet to earn a point on their travels (although they did win in Montreal in midweek) and will be looking to break their duck against a Columbus side that has yet to lose at home, or even concede a goal.

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Coming into tonight’s game, much of the setup focused on the potential for an emotional letdown for the Canucks, following the emotional high of Tuesday night’s Game 7 thriller. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Instead, we got an old-fashioned regular letdown; this game was flat-out boring. That said, maybe it’s what we needed. Could we have handled another crazy game? I’ve been drinking Gatordade since Tuesday just to get my electrolytes back up. Thanks to Nashville for giving my heart the night off. If the last playoff contest had make-you-sick-to-your-stomach intensity, this game was the Pepto-Bismol of hockey games. I watched this game.

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It’s that time of year again when everyone wonders if we’ll see another Triple Crown winner.  Every year’s Derby field has its share of pretenders, contenders, and live longshots.  In 2011, we don’t have any clear favourite.  Up until the running of the Wood Memorial, it was assumed that Uncle Mo would take the bulk [...]

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Round about the time the Canucks were up 3-0 in their series against the Blackhawks, fans got a bit cocky and started pondering who the Canucks would face in the second round. It was a little bit premature. But, sure enough, the Canucks eked out the victory and will take on the Nashville Predators. There are a plethora of stories here: two Vezina candidates will face each other for a goalie duel (sadly without pistols or sabres). A favorite for the Hart trophy (Daniel Sedin) will face a favorite for the Norris (Shea Weber). The favorite for the Selke (Kesler) will face…Mike Fisher, I guess? Meanwhile, former Canuck Shane O’Brien and former Predator Dan Hamhuis will enrage their former fanbases by being better than they remembered.

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This photo kind of reminds me of that classic final scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, where Abernathy, Kim, and Lee take turns punching and kicking Stuntman Mike to death. Part of me wonders if, say, we’d get this exact same photo if Luongo had let Patrick Sharp score on the powerplay.

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It’s worth a watch, if for nothing else, than his response to Mike Wilbon, who ripped the team the day before: “Two words. Starts with an S and ends with an -it.” Mind you, that’s only one word. My guess is that this word is preceded by the word “Eat.”

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We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of the 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks. We will be cremating the team, then sprinkling the ashes around the NHL, just like Stan Bowman did after they won the Stanley Cup nine months ago.

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After their seemingly miraculous Tuesday night victory, the lads face-off tonight against Nashville Predators (note the early start time of 6 pm).

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It’s impossible to gauge the lasting impact of Alex Burrows’s overtime marker right now, especially since the Canucks will kick off a second round series with the Nashville Predators less than 48 hours afterwards. There’s really no time for dwelling on the past, even the ridiculously recent past, when the present holds so much portent. That said, the NHL’s latest in the excellent History Will Be Made series seems like a good time to just take a moment.

Is this the biggest goal in Vancouver Canucks history?

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Poor Keith Ballard. Mike Gillis made a big splash in acquiring Ballard at the NHL Entry Draft last summer, paying the steep price of a first round draft pick, Calder candidate Michael Grabner, and Steve Bernier. He and Dan Hamhuis were meant to shore up the defense and allow for the trade of the ill-favored Kevin Bieksa. Ballard was meant to play a big role in the revamped top-four. Instead, Salo got injured, Bieksa stuck around, and Ballard found himself on the third-pairing averaging 16 minutes per game.

Poor Keith Ballard. His first chance to play in the NHL Playoffs and his skates barely touch the ice, averaging 12-and-a-half minutes per game and finding himself in the pressbox for games 5 and 6 in favor of journeymen Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts. It seemed that the only reason he found himself back on the ice for game 7 was yet another mysterious Sami Salo injury.

Poor Keith Ballard. The Canucks’ playoff record this season with Keith Ballard in the lineup is 4-1. Without Ballard in the lineup: 0-2. And yet, he can’t seem to find his way into Alain Vigneault’s good books.

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A quick word to all the True Fans who came out to last night’s game: THANK YOU!!! Being at game 7 last night I can only say that so much as possible, the Canucks first goal was scored by the fans and they assisted on the OT winner as well.

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For eighty-seven minutes the Real Madrid versus Barcelona Champions League semi-final was ill tempered, ugly, and a testament to everything that can go wrong in a game of soccer when so much is on the line. Then Lionel Messi changed everything.

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I’m a firm believer – pun fully intended – that bitter rivalries are what make the world’s game so darn beautiful. As a kid I grew up in a household heavily influenced by Scottish culture and football. Both my mom and grandfather came to Canada from Glasgow, and I learned from a very young age [...]

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Though perhaps the headline ought to read “Canucks Refuse Afraid to Lose”, this incarnation of the Canucks can finally proclaim to be battle tested.

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The similarities between this game and last February’s Olympic gold medal game are uncanny. The remarkable performances by Ryan Kesler and Jonathan Toews; a star-making showing from the losing goaltender; Roberto Luongo losing the shutout on a goalmouth scramble in the final minutes; an overtime goal coming out of the corner less than ten minutes into the extra frame; the fact that it happened in the same freaking building; the fact that it will go down as of the finest games in the history of Vancouver hockey. This game had everything: it was intense, emotional, terrifying, heart-attack inducing, and then, in the end, immensely satisfying. And I watched this game:

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So maybe you’re afraid to leave the house. It happens, don’t beat yourself up about it. Some pretty accomplished people are agoraphobes, such as Kim Basinger, Woody Allen, and Paula Deen. Paula Deen!

Anyway. If, for whatever reason you’re at home for game 7 tonight, craving the social interaction you also fear, get into the Vancouver Sun liveblog, featuring Sun sports editor Scott Brown, those of us who write for Pass it to Bulis, and perhaps others. We’re all agoraphobes too! (Just kidding, only you are. We’re all sitting in a room together, drinking sparkling wine.)

We’ll talk Canucks. We’ll riff. We’ll go way off topic. We’ll forget there’s a game on and start making art from punctuation marks. It’s gonna be sweet.

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Before we head off to Game 7 and the biggest drama ever, we’ll leave you, dear reader, with a little tidbit that should boost your spirits. We recently finished reading a book entitled “Scorecasting”, a fascinating read that uncovers the hidden influences in sport. A good portion of the book was spent analyzing home field [...]

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Well fight fans, UFC 129 is almost upon us, and never has there been a stronger indication of MMA’s status in Canada. Not only will the Rogers Arena stage the biggest gate in MMA history, two Canadians are competing for world titles, with a further five fighting on the main card.

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Game 7 of the exceedingly stressful Canucks-Blackhawks series goes tonight. With that in mind, PITB looks at seven keys to the Canucks winning this game:

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Mike Gillis looked calm, cool, and collected while he spoke to the media yesterday, but his words belied his Freeze-ian exterior. Like Howard Beale, Gillis is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. This is, of course, the Mike Gillis version of “mad as hell” that takes the form of a list of statistics rather than an impassioned diatribe. Clearly, Gillis could use a speech writer and some acting lessons (perhaps from Scott Rintoul).

Gillis, in his patented monotone, harangued the reffing in the series, pointing out the discrepancy between the penalty calls for and against the Canucks, particularly in the last four games. He even highlighted some particularly egregious missed calls and lambasted the officials for their inconsistency. Is he right? Does it matter?

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Yesterday, a hot and bothered Canuck General Manager Mike Gillis appeared before the media to make public his disgust for the officiating in this series. In a move eerily reminiscent of a 2002 scripted Brian Burke performance, the usually cool and confident Gillis appeared anything but, attempting to draw attention to what some are calling an anti-Canuck conspiracy. More [...]

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