After two consecutive years of being “outcoached” by Joel Quenneville, Alain Vigneault is winning this series with shrewd icetime management. Three days ago, he announced that he planned to limit the Sedins’ shifts to between 30 and 35 seconds, and he caught flack for it (Tony Gallagher said there had never been a dumber idea). Despite criticism, however, he’s followed through since. For the second game in a row, Daniel and Henrik averaged 35-second shifts. In a series where the Blackhawks’ stars are being played to exhaustion, the twins have been able to hop over the boards fresher than the prince of Bel-Air and score timely goals against exhausted opposition. It made the difference two nights ago, and it made the difference again tonight. I watched this game.

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Here’s the NHL’s latest ad in the “History Will Be Made” series, starring stickhandling wizard Daniel Sedin, and if last Friday’s game-winner didn’t give you the warm fuzzies in real time, it definitely does when slowed down. Mind you, almost anything is inspirational if you slow it down and set it to piano noodling, but it helps when your source material is this beautiful.

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There were three big matches across Europe this weekend, and the most hyped was probably the least gripping. It’s true that Real Madrid v Barcelona featured a sending off, two penalties, and a goal apiece for Messi and Ronaldo but it still felt very much like a rehearsal for the main events to come. Madrid coach Jose [...]

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This will be a regular column for racing picks.  I’ll try to post in the morning of the race.  We’ll stick to win, place, and show wagers for now.  It’ll be mostly picks for Hastings Racecourse, but also for big races like the Kentucky Derby (only 3 weeks away).  Here’s our Sunday play for Hastings: [...]

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If you didn’t already know that this photo is from the dying seconds of Friday’s game with the Chicago Blackhawks, you’d be left intrigued by what, exactly, is up there. In fact, I look forward to two or three years down the road when someone comes across this image in a Google Images search and wonders if maybe something with wings had somehow gotten into the building and was doing barrel rolls in the rafters. A bat? A robin? Batman and Robin? Really, the possibilities are endless if you don’t already know that it’s just the boring old puck.

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There was an impressive turnout (pre-Whitecaps crowd?) on a cool Vancouver spring day for opening day at Hastings. It felt like the first day of school and it was nice to see all the familiar faces (even though I know only a handful by name): horsemen, graybeard punters, and hipsters in modish hats. The free [...]

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There’s been a lot of talk, recently, about history. A lot of hay was made about how the Canucks had never won Game 2 against the Blackhawks. The question came up a lot in interviews with players. They didn’t seem too interested in the question. Neither did Vigneault, who didn’t say much when asked about Game 2: “If you learn from the past, the past won’t necessarily dictate the future. We’ve learned from our past experiences.”

In other words, past is past. Vigneault’s attitude seemed along the lines of, “Why are you wasting my time with this question?”

Ironically, Scott Oake read this quote at the beginning of Game 2, as if it were something profound. Some folks just can’t seem to help themselves. There’s a problem, though. In the NHL playoffs, history is irrelevant when it comes to predicting the future.

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