Following a tough loss to the Sharks on Friday, the Canucks played this game like they had a lot to prove. After giving up 5 goals on their first five penalty kills in the series, they made sure to take five straight penalties just to prove that they could kill them. Having struggled on 5-on-3 powerplays all season and failing to score on two on Friday, they slyly goaded the Sharks into three such situations just to prove that they could take advantage of them. And finally, to avoid any accusations that they were only winning because the Sharks were choking in the third period, they wanted to prove that they could win a game despite being outscored in the final frame. I, too, had something to prove: could I watch this game? Yes. Yes, I could. It wasn’t that difficult. I’m not even sure why I questioned myself. I watched this game.

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It seems simple enough—a struggling professional franchise, having exhausted all options in its present location, preparing to move to another city.  It is not an unusual circumstance—there have been a number of organizations that have moved in the past.  But if it is as simple as Atlanta picking up and moving to Winnipeg why was [...]

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Preakness 136 is in the books, and it was a good one. Shackleford wires the field at odds of 12-1, with Animal Kingdom second, and Astrology third.  The pace was faster for about 3/4 of the race, but slowed down as runners approached the stretch run.  There will be no Triple Crown this year, folks. [...]

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