Here’s the field for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby.  The post time will be around 3:24 PM (PST). # Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer 1 Archarcharch (KY) 10/1 Jon Kenton Court 126 3 C L William H. Fires 2 Brilliant Speed (FL) 30/1 Joel Rosario 126 3 C LA Thomas Albertrani [...]

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I don’t know why teams think they can get away with sacrificing goaltending.  It started in 2004 after Tampa Bay won the Cup and subsequently dealt Khabibulin, only to plummet to the bottom of the standings.

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This photo was taken after Ryan Suter’s game-tying goal in game two. At first glance, it’s fairly innocuous — just two guys, celebrating a goal, no big deal, right? Wrong. THERE IS A SEVERED GHOST ARM IN THIS PHOTO.

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You’ll hear a lot about Ryan Kesler today, namely because he may have played his finest game as a Canuck last night in Nashville. He was remarkable, scoring twice and setting up another by shoveling a puck to Chris Higgins after kickpunching Pekka Rinne out of the net. He deserves praise. But, if you’re in a praising mood, make sure to set some aside for Maxim Lapierre, who gave Kesler and the Canucks something they haven’t had since Manny Malhotra’s March 16 eye injury: an enabler.

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Entering last night’s pivotal game 3 match-up with the Predators, the Canucks had a grand total of zero goals from their top two centres in a combined 18 playoff games.  And despite this, the Canucks found themselves in decent enough shape.

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I have a very simple request of the Canucks, for the sake of my health and the health of all Canucks fans: no more one-goal games. I don’t think my heart can take it any more. The stress of knowing that one bad bounce can tie the game and send it to overtime causes severe heart palpitations. While I have heard many people claim that the two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey, I prefer it to the one-goal lead. If the Canucks give up another tying goal in the back half of the third period I am afraid my heart might blow up and kill this man. Do you want my death to be on your hands, Canucks? Do you?

That said, I much prefer one-goal games that the Canucks win. While a broken heart is not as immediately life-threatening as a stress-induced heart attack, the long-term effects can be devastating on their own. Thankfully, the Canucks avoided the heartbreak of two straight overtime losses. Despite my doctor’s advice, I watched this game.

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