Every now and then we at PITB like to take a step back and just post some statistics. This is one of those times. Read them quickly before they’re outdated.

* Maxim Lapierre is the current playoff leader in hits with a Wellwood-approved and Adams-certified 42. His closest competitor who is actually still competing in the playoffs is Shane O’Brien with 38, but immediately behind him are Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, and Ryan Kesler with 37, 36, and 35 hits respectively. That means 4 of the top 6 hitters this postseason are Canucks. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Canucks are leading the playoffs in total hits with a whopping 385 hits in 11 games. That’s 95 more than the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are second in that statistic. They have more hits than Martin Q. Blank. They have so many hits they’re thinking of buying The Hit Factory and re-opening it. For a month after playing the Canucks, their opponent’s favorite song is “It’s a Hit” by We Are Scientists. It’s especially impressive because the Canucks were 20th in the league in hits during the regular season. They have stepped it up in a big way for the playoffs.

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We’re just a few weeks away from our annual road trip to Victoria for the SALISH SEA DERBY!  On Saturday May 21, the Victoria Highlanders host the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (this is our U-21 squad which plays in the USL Professional Development League). It’s a great opportunity for Vancouver supporters to get a taste of [...]

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Here’s a rundown of the contenders, with picks at the bottom.  Good luck to all! Archarcharch:  This winner of the Arkansas Derby is a decent horse, but wondering if the extra distance could be an issue here.  He just held off a fast closing Nehro.  Nice to see Jon Court get a Derby mount finally. [...]

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No fight fan could have asked for a better start to 2011 than UFC 125. For those whose memory of the festive season is a little hazy this two-disc set is the perfect way to re-live one of the best title bouts in history.

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You see, sometimes when you take a quote out of context it has a different meaning than originally intended. It’s funny. It’s frequently juvenile. Just go with it.

In this edition, Barry Trotz gets personal.

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Now that we are at the business end of the Premier League season some games hang heavy with a sense of pointlessness and some are infused with so much importance that they can define a teams season in ninety minutes.

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Going into the third period of last night’s contest, I began to wonder if these two teams were stuck in some sort of Groundhog Day (or classic X-Files episode “Monday”)-style time loop, fated to repeat game one over and over again, until they got it right. Everything was just a little too familiar: Vancouver’s inability to put distance between themselves and Nashville, Ryan Kesler’s dominance, the one-goal lead heading into the third period. I soon suspected that Barry Trotz’s trap wasn’t a neutral zone trap at all, but rather, a time trap, where time just reset itself after undesirable outcomes. It was terrifying to consider the possibilities of a coach that could manipulate time, but it might explain why Trotz had retained his NHL coaching job for an absurd 11 years– David Poile still thinks this is Nashville’s debut season. Thankfully, however, Ryan “Timecop” Kesler broke through the time trap with a Van Dammean solo dash, preserving both the win and the natural progression of time. Yeah, I watched that movie. I also watched this game.

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At the outset of this series, we warned that it would be like watching the 2007 seven game paint drying championship versus the Dallas Stars.  And while this series might be marginally more entertaining, on paper, it is shaping up in almost identical fashion. After four games in that snoozefest, the Canucks also led three [...]

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