Make no mistake: the Presidents’ Trophy is a pretty huge deal. Ignore anyone who dismisses it. It matters. Canucks fans have conditioned themselves to say it doesn’t–that only playoff success matters–but, if we’re being honest with ourselves, that’s only because we’ve never even been close to this accomplishment. We’ve steeled ourselves against the Presidents’ Trophy and, heck, the value of regular season dominance, too, because it’s never been within our purview. Now that it is? It feels pretty good. It feels momentous. Is it momentous? I’d say it’s momentous. In last night’s game, the Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy. I watched this [momentous] game:

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Canucks 3 – 1 Predators The two of us have differing views on goaltender’s duels. Keep in mind: Harrison enjoys basketball; Skeeter enjoys soccer. Our opinions regarding tight-checking, low-scoring affairs echo these tastes. This is also why, during games, Skeeter often screams more slide tackles! and Harrison often screams more black people! But we digress. [...]

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“I’m going to crush you.” “Not if I crush you first.” As if it wasn’t already perfectly clear that Daniel Sedin is using rage and envy over Henrik’s career year last season to propel himself to an Art Ross and Hart trophy this season, we got further proof, Tuesday, when Daniel’s wife gave birth to [...]

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Canucks 5 – 2 Stars I ask you: what is the difference between Skeeter and the Dallas Stars? Well, Skeeter was at tonight’s game. It’s a good thing the tickets were a gift, because otherwise he’d be demanding a refund on the grounds that he paid to watch two teams play hockey and only one [...]

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Canucks 2 – 3 Blues There are many possible explanations for the wave of mutilation that has befallen our defense corps, and they all involve the unspeakable. This ain’t no worldly happening, y’all. This is a straight up X-file. Here are some theories: Sami Salo’s lifelong injury demon is the most powerful Hellspawn since Dakota [...]

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Manny Malhotra is an Enabler

It wasn’t that long ago that Manny Malhotra was receiving premature buzz for the Selke Award. Now, mired in a 16-game pointless drought, questions are being raised about his role as the third-line center, with some suggesting that Hodgson might supplant him before the season is done. I heard from some quarters that Hodgson’s line [...]

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Canucks 6 – 0 Coyotes As a Canucks fan, it is thoroughly disorienting to cheer for the best team in the league. Cheering for the Canucks and cheering for the #1 team in the NHL is like serving both God and Mammon. It creates a kind of cognitive dissonance. Take tonight for example: the Western [...]

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Courtesy of the invaluable and highly beloved CanucksHD, the dedicated Youtuber who is to blogging what the flux capacitor is to time travel, here are the Canucks-related highlights from the NHL Skills Competition. They reinforce three things we might have already known: Ryan Kesler’s pretty fast. But you already knew that. He can make five [...]

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Do you remember this goal? Have you seen it before? It’s amazing. Textbook Wizardous Sedinerie. It might be the best goal of this NHL season, it happened only one week ago, and yet nobody’s talking about it. Let me take you through what you’re seeing: That’s Henrik Sedin there, outskating two Shark players to turn [...]

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Canucks 7 – 1 Stars Friends, Romans, countrymen, I ask you, humbly, what is the cure for an offensive slump? Don’t answer; this is a rhetorical question. The solution, as everybody knows, is an opponent with porous goaltending and crap defense. It’s a fairly simple remedy, but the real trick is finding a major league [...]

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Ryan Kesler has been named an alternate captain for the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina, as have Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kesler and Green will join Team Staal, with Kane and St. Louis joining Team Lidstrom. [...]

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Canucks 0 – 4 Wild Every so often, good hockey teams comes down with a case of bogusness. Suddenly, they flub passes, fan on shots, miss defensive coverages, and skate around like the walking dead, more suited to converging on the Monroeville Mall than the Xcel Energy Center. It can be terribly difficult to watch [...]

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Canucks 4 – 2 Capitals Just like their previous two games against the Rangers and Islanders, the Canucks outshot their opponents in the first period. Unlike the last two games, the Canucks continued the trend in the second, and it made all the difference. They came out of the first two periods with a two-goal [...]

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Quick Hits (From Behind) is an irregular feature on Pass it To Bulis, wherein two hockey fans chip in their thoughts on current hockey news and get assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Perhaps you’ve noticed the influx of Canucks-related stories on NHL.com. It’d be hard not to, especially since the team has [...]

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This man cries tears of rage. Regular Bulies know my feelings regarding the constantly put-under Daniel Sedin, the perennial also-ran among people who look exactly like him. Daniel has always been the second to receive Sedin-based praise, and there’s no doubt in my mind it kills him every time. Henrik won the Art Ross. Henrik [...]

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Canucks 4 – 3 Islanders (Shootout) The Canucks had a season-high 51 shots tonight, the Islanders had 41; that’s 92 shots total. How odd, then, that I found this game, with its scoring chances hither and thither, exceedingly dull. Heck, the shootout nearly matched the entire game for entertainment value. Why so mundane? I suspect [...]

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The NHL has released the complete All-Star roster for the 2011 All-Star Game and, in a move that I’m sure is shocking to everyone, they picked the right players from the Vancouver Canucks. Both of the Sedins will play, after just Henrik was picked back in 2008. Joining Daniel and Henrik will be Ryan Kesler, [...]

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Two of these guys are in line for some sweet trophy action. Having reached the halfway point of the season, now seems a good time to reflect on its first half, and to forecast who might be in line for a year-end trophy. In this post, PITB takes a look at the four major awards, [...]

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Canucks 1 – 2 Red Wings (Shootout) You hate to see a game like this go to a shootout. I did. After 60 minutes of the top two teams in the NHL strutting their excellent puck movement, remarkable defense, and fabulous systems play, suddenly everything that made the game so stellar is taken away and [...]

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Ask it to Bulis is a regular feature wherein casual readers and hardcore Bulies alike can put their questions to two guys no more qualified to answer than they are. Harrison and Daniel preside: Greatest Canucks’ mustache: Babych or Snepsts? – @staticotakuH: Tough first question. I’m gonna go with Snepsts, and for totally subjective reasons. [...]

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Canucks 4 – 5 Lightning (OT)   So I don’t think the Tampa Bay Lightning realize they were supposed to treat this game like a ceremonial faceoff: show up, smile for a photo, then stand back while Henrik Sedin picks up the puck and hands it to the Queen. It should have been fairly simple. [...]

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In case you were sleeping, or, say, at a very long church service, maybe you missed Sunday’s big news: Henrik Sedin, with 112 points, is your Art Ross trophy winner. Yup. Finishing in a tie for the first loser are Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, both of whom could only manage a paltry 109 points. [...]

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