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Has the sky ever fallen this quickly on a team with a 3-0 series lead? And while it’s easy to say all the Canucks have to do is win one of the next two games, at this point scoring again would seem a monumental task. Even getting through the first shift without a diaper change would be cause for celebration.

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If you thought the Green Men – the pair of ne’er do wells that frequent Canucks games and mock enemy penalty victims from their front row seats – worked alone, you’d be wrong. In fact, there’s a quiet revolution afoot where costumed avengers across North America are popping up at sporting events, hoisting a beer [...]

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Through the Canucks’ mostly mediocre 40 years, there has been no shortage of lamentable traits. Certainly, the inability to finish off teams on the rare occasions they’ve had them on the mat has been in great supply (the “we choked” stretch drive of 2002, the 3-1 blown series lead to Minnesota in 2003 and the game 2 letdowns in consecutive series losses to the Black Hawks).

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Many have pointed to last year’s historic comeback by the Philadelphia Flyers (who clawed their way back from 3-0 down versus the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals), as evidence that the Blackhawks could still win this series, that a comeback could still happen.

History aside, if history’s any indication, it’s not very likely.

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The trouble with winning a Cup early in a team’s evolution is the assumption that things should always go your way.  This sense of entitlement seems to be running rampant in the Windy City these days. For Jonathan Toews, the young and celebrated leader of the Hawks, all this losing to the Canucks is clearly [...]

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The Canucks dispensed with the defending Cup champs in somewhat predictable fashion last night.  Much has been made of the differences between the two teams from one season ago; game one was certainly testament to that. Led, again, by the calm and composed Roberto Luongo (who was struggling to find his game one year ago at [...]

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Sitting here on the eve of Game 1, Round 1 of the Canucks vs Blackhawks third series in three years, I wanted to point out some of the things we’ve seen in the last two seasons which are indicators that the Canucks are going to lose this series.  These shouldn’t happen; the Canucks should win [...]

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For those wanting to see an early test of the Canucks’ presumed new playoff mettle, you have been granted your wish.  As the prize for being the conference’s first seed, they get to face the defending Stanley Cup champs and their nemesis, the hated Hawks. And while we’d love to see the Canucks put the [...]

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On Friday, October 8th, 2010, the day before the puck dropped to begin the Canucks’ regular season, we at PITB made some bold predictions about the headlines this season of hockey might generate. With the regular season set to expire after tonight’s HNIC tilt with the Calgary Flames, we thought it might be a good idea to go back and see how many if these predictions turned out to be stone-cold prophecies.

As it turns out, the answer is one. Exactly six months ago yesterday, I predicted that Raffi Torres would be suspended four games for a headshot. No lie, I sailed right into the mystic on that one. You’ll forgive me if I quit my job, invest in small tent, some hanging beads and a dry ice machine, and begin plying my trade as a carnival seer. Looks like I’ve got the psychic goods.

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Given the options open Saturday afternoon the Canucks MUST wait until at least Sunday’s game between CHI and DET to see who they play. It may very well in fact come down to the Sunday evening’s game between Dallas and Minnesota. One knows this: Granted LA and Anaheim play one another in their final game [...]

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At the beginning of the season, Jeff Tambellini looked like a young hotshot poised for a breakout season. After struggling to work his way into the lineup, Tambellini found chemistry on the second line with Kesler and Raymond, forming a speedster trio that wreaked havoc on opposition defenses.

With 15 points (9 G, 6A) in his first 21 games with the Canucks, it looked like Gillis had found a cheap replacement for the departed Michael Grabner. Their similar attributes – speed and an accurate wristshot – made the two players seem eminently comparable: last season, Grabner had 11 points in 20 games with the big club, so it seemed, at the time, that Tambellini was even better, especially when Grabner was waived by the Florida Panthers out of training camp.

Tambellini capped off his first 21 games with a 6-game point-scoring streak in December, culminating in a contest on December 28th against the Philadelphia Flyers in which he took a game-high 9 shots, finished +2, and even won a faceoff for good measure. He managed all of this in just 13:18 of ice time.

Since that date, he has a grand total of 2 points in his last 40 games, both assists. He hasn’t registered a point since February 2nd against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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You’ve got to hand it to the NHL.  In a league that has typically based it’s discipline policy on precedent, it seems that in the wake of a never ending run of head injuries, they’ve decided to throw history away and break new ground. And until some more systemic changes are implemented from the big leagues [...]

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With the Canucks having clinched the Western Conference title (!) ridiculously early this season and being on the verge of our first President’s Trophy, talk naturally turns to playoff opponents.  And, thanks to our last two unceremonious exists from the post-season, talk of playoff opponents seems to always veer, unprovoked, to the Chicago Blackhawks. I [...]

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In a season of unprecedented achievements, the Canucks added a couple more notches to their collective bedpost tonight.  With their franchise record 9th consecutive road victory, they also clinched their first ever Western Conference regular season championship. So with five games remaining in the season, we are left to contemplate just who the Canucks might [...]

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Here at CC, we have been lamenting the lack of NHL ice time handed to prospect numero uno Cody Hodsgon this season despite ample opportunity.  And with the eye injury suffered by third line centre Manny Malhotra last week (now revealed to be season ending), you would think that the door of opportunity should have [...]

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Fan Attic blogger Cdano writes: Anybody who watches hockey understands that while it has always been a game of speed, skill and teamwork, it has always also been a game of controlled violence. Right now it looks like the violence is getting out of control and the evidence is found in the epidemic of head [...]

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Hooligan – a bully; a cruel and brutal fellow; a tough and aggressive or violent youth Hockey – a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try knock a flat round puck in the opponents’ goal with curved sticks; a fast paced physical sport It seems that [...]

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Fan Attic blogger Cdano writes: What is all this stuff about intent? Nobody even tries to use intent as an excuse when a high stick penalty is called. Everybody knows that the player is responsible for his stick no matter what his intent is during an incident. Apart from God, nobody outside of Ron Mclean, [...]

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In the mind of ex-Canuck Kyle Wellwood, his former teammates still have some hurdles to overcome before ascending to a championship calibre level.  In a revealing column in today’s Globe and Mail, Matt Sekeres provided a peek into the mind of the spurned Wellwood and his take on the playoff fate of the NHL’s top [...]

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So with the trading deadline come and gone, the Canucks can now proceed with the rest of their record breaking season, a campaign that has them on pace for unprecedented regular season success. There is the opportunity to guarantee home ice advantage for not just the first round, but quite plausibly the entire playoffs. Some [...]

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So much for Marty Reasoner, Maxim Lapierre does just fine, thank you very much. Am I with everyone else in thinking these are great moves for the Canucks? Here’s the way I see it:   Maxim Lapierre  -59 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 PTS, -13, 72 PIM -Turns 26 years-old March 29. -Is an [...]

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In last minute trading deadline deals, the Canucks added two experienced forwards that will add depth to their forward ranks. Chris Higgins, who has bounced around the league the last few seasons (including getting bounced by Canucks D-man Keith Ballard in the accompanying photo), has scored 20 goals or more three times – no small feat.  And [...]

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Well, of course, anything is possible.  And with the Bruins’ recent forays into the trading market, they have certainly elevated their status to front of the class in the Eastern Conference in the minds of many.  And the Canucks, who are standing pat for the moment at least, still hold onto the top seed in [...]

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Does Joe Nieuwendyk not play NHL11?  

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After a demotion to the farm team to play six games in nine days, prospect number one Cody Hodgson returned to the big club in time for the last game (a tough home ice loss to the fabled and desperate Montreal Canadiens).  And at the end of it all, he had under five minutes of [...]

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