On a night where Ben Eager ran around trying to settle scores, the Canucks again showed that, for now, they are the more determined team. Clearly, Eager hasn’t been paying attention to how the Canucks operate this season.  If you take liberties and wind up in the box, they will make you pay.  Again.  And [...]

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On a night where Ben Eager ran around trying to settle scores, the Canucks again showed that, for now, they are the more determined team.  Clearly, Eager hasn’t been paying attention to how the Canucks operate this season.  If you take liberties and wind up in the box, they will make you pay.  Again.  And [...]

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Poor Roberto Luongo, the guy can’t catch a break.  One day after winning his first ever Conference Final game, he was the front page sports story in the Vancouver Province under the headline “Winner Takes Fall”.  As we all know, the Vancouver media and fan base are a manic lot.  And Luongo, as the highest paid player [...]

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In these playoffs, the San Jose Sharks have been outscored 15 to 11 in the third period and have made a habit of giving up third period leads, the most recent being game 1 against the Vancouver Canucks. This tendency became an issue in the second round as they nearly gave up a 3-0 series lead to the Detroit Red Wings. Two of Detroit’s three victories saw the Wings overcome a third period deficit to win the game. There was an additional scare in game 7, as the Sharks almost let a two-goal third period lead slip away.

Now, after the Canucks scored two goals in the third period of game 1, there is a serious concern that the Sharks may not have the conditioning necessary to succeed in the playoffs. The reason given by some for the Sharks inability to close out games is that the Sharks simply get too tired and worn out and have nothing left for the third period.

It’s hogwash.

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Poor Roberto Luongo, the guy can’t catch a break. One day after winning his first ever Conference Final game, he was the front page sports story in the Vancouver Province under the headline “Winner Takes Fall”. As we all know, the Vancouver media and fan base are a manic lot. And Luongo, as the highest [...]

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By now, you’ve likely heard tale of the greatest fight that never happened, when Ryan Kesler refused Joe Thornton’s challenge to drop the gloves just prior to puck drop in Sunday’s Western Conference Final opener. It’s quite the story, especially since it’s somewhat unbelievable: Kesler’s never been known to back down from a fight, and Thornton’s never been that eager to get into one. The roles Thornton and Kesler claim to have played in this exchange seem relatively out of character for both.

But “Out of character” is the central phrase here. Both guys have worked tirelessly to remodel reputations as players who disappear in the playoffs, seemingly due to wholly opposite character flaws. Thornton, famously focused but dispassionate, has been hard at work to turn up the emotion in this postseason. Kesler, famously passionate but unfocused, is committed to a newfound composure. Now, one of them is on his way to his first ever Stanley Cup Final, and the victor will be the one that stays true to his new self.

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By now, you’ve probably heard of Twitter Needs Juice, PITB’s campaign to get Kevin Bieksa on Twitter. Kevin Bieksa certainly has. On Tuesday afternoon, he took the time to comment on it. Twitter may need Juice, but it would appear that Juice does not need Twitter.

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