Found May 06, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
This series hasn’t been going too well for the Canucks. They’re down 3-0 in the series and could see their season end Tuesday night. They have had mostly unrealiable goaltending. And it’s all coming at the hands to the Sharks, their mortal enemies. So, needless to say, defenseman Kevin Bieksa is no doubt frustrated. That frustration boiled over on Monday after practice when he publicly questioned the integrity and, by extension, patriotism of two of the Sharks’ best players—Joe Thornton and Logan Couture. Patriotism? Wha’? Yes, for reals. Per BANG: “Those are two Canadian guys who are supposed to be playing the game with integrity,” Bieksa said after the Canucks practiced at HP Pavilion. “Maybe our team has to do more of that.” And then: “Couture has been snapping his head back. This isn’t my opinion. The evidence is in the video,” Bieksa told reporters. “Thornton, another so-called Canadian … He gets slashed, takes his glove off, shakes his hand.” Couture channeled Weekend U

Henrik Sedin Butt-Ends Logan Couture After Faceoff in Sharks’ Game 3 Win (Animation)

The Vancouver Canucks are one game from being eliminated in the first round for the second consecutive year. Apparently, frustration is starting to set in. Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin, who has a reputation of being a squeaky-clean player, may have crossed a line in Game 3 on Sunday night against San Jose. The Canucks forward appeared to catch Sharks forward Logan Couture with...

Sharks Respond to Kevin Bieksa’s Diving Allegations, Wonder If They’ll Be Accused of Biting Next

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and his team have a chance to sweep the Vancouver Canucks out of the playoffs Tuesday night in Game 4 of their first-round series. But before the Sharks dispatch the Canucks, McLellan is making sure he can fire some return shots in a developing war of words. The first shot was lobbed Monday afternoon when Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa...

Bieksa accuses Sharks of embellishment

"Whether you think we’re embellishers or not doesn’t take away the fact those 2 guys are doing it as well. Forget about the past." - Bieksa — Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) May 6, 2013 This is funny stuff, apparently, Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Kevin Bieksa is accusing the San Jose Sharks of embellishing and head snapping. You can't make this stuff up...

Sharks manhandle Schneider, Canucks

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the nets for Vancouver and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night. Pavelski scored the first two goals and Couture and Patrick Marleau added scores 9 seconds apart to break the game open early in the third period and give...

Preparing The Canucks For The Future

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, When next season begins, the Vancouver Canucks will once again be a strong contender to make the playoffs — and if things go well, perhaps even challenge for the lead at times in their newly realigned environment. They’ll still have outstanding goaltending, and a decent back end, and general manager Mike Gillis will have...

You have to love Adam Burish’s candor

This was golden, I know this is a day old but It’s worth the read if you haven’t seen it yet. Former Badger forward and current San Jose Shark Adam Burish responded to Vancouver Canucks defenseman Bieska’s charges that the Sharks were embellishing during their series against the Canucks. On its face, this charge is hilarious, if not preposterous, because the Canucks are known...

Did Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick call out Sidney Crosby for taking a dive?

I might have to admit, that I agree with Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick on this one here. I thought it was a bad call. I also thought that Sidney Crosby went down really easy. The word embellishment was on the tip of my tongue as well, after I saw the play live. If I am not mistaken, they're kind of accusing Sidney Crosby of taking a bit of a dive there... Is that what others...

NHL game puts pizza order in disarray

Friday night was a tough one for one pizza-loving Vancouver Canucks fan, whose pick-up order for a rally snack during the Canucks' Game 2 meeting with San Jose quickly became a pie that called for delivery, before ultimately arriving at his door as a somber reminder of another game gone wrong. The story starts with this tweet of a receipt reportedly showing the details of what...

Canucks fan changed pizza pick-up plan to delivery because game was tied

The Vancouver Canucks have already put themselves on the brink of elimination with a blowout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. They are currently trailing 3-0 in the series, but things didn’t always look so grim. During Game 2 on Friday night, Vancouver fans briefly had their spirits lifted when Ryan Kesler scored in the third period to tie the game. Prior to that, the...

Time to drop plunger on Vancouver Canucks?

Barring a miraculous comeback, the Vancouver Canucks will exit the NHL playoffs during the first round.That could trigger serious changes in the Pacific Northwest. The Canucks sent off warning flares while losing their first three games to the San Jose Sharks, including a 5-2 debacle Sunday. Could a move or two vault this squad back to Stanley Cup contention?  Or has the time come...

Vancouver Canucks fan changes pizza order because of game (Picture)

The one thing that I do know about sports fans is that when the games are going on, there are very few things that will prevent them for turning away from the action. Check out this receipt from a Vancouver, Canada pizza place that had an order changed from a pick-up to a delivery because of Canucks/Sharks playoff game: (Courtesy of Deadspin)

Canucks Are Done

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun, Cory Schneider's "body injury" has healed. His other wounds, apparently not. And worst of all, his goal-scoring drought continues. Schneider, re-inserted as the starting goalie for Game 3 by coach Alain Vigneault for no other reason than because he thought it was the right thing to do, was lit up for three early third...

San Jose Sharks Advance To Western Conference Semi-Finals

The Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks in OT with a goal by Patrick Marlene on the power play.  Many questions will now be asked regarding the Canucks. 
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