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VANCOUVER—The Canucks are scheduled to begin their opening round series with the LA Kings tomorrow, but they may be without goaltender Roberto Luongo, who has locked himself in the Canuck’s locker room and vowed not to leave until after the Stanley Cup Playoffs have concluded.
Luongo said he is refusing to take part in the playoffs because they are “stupid” and that fans and other players act like “total jerks” towards him when they come around, also adding that he doesn’t have to play if he does not want to.
While Luongo refused to admit that his well-chronicled struggles in the playoffs were the actual reason for his refusal to leave the locker room, he did say, “It’s not fair that I play well for most of the year and then have a few bad games at the end and all the stupid faces are mean to me.”
Should Luongo’s boycott persist, goaltending duties will fall to Cory Schneider, who ranked in the top five in goals against average and save percentage this season, which explains why no one from the Canucks organization has tried to persuade Luongo to abandon his protest.
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VANCOUVER, Canada -- Greetings from Vancouver, where only one of the Sedin twins was on the ice for the Canucks game-day skate in advance of Wednesday nights first-round playoff opener against the Kings.
Coach Alain Vigneault said afterward that Daniel Sedin, who has a concussion, won't play Wednesday. "This is a unique injury and you have to take it day by day," he...
Can we just get going already…
It’s been a long hard road, but we’ve finally arrived at Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you’ve been around since Game 1 of the regular season, good for you. You are officially a better person than any kind of bandwagoner.
It would be quite a shame to let the journey so far go to waste, so the Canucks better do the 5 things I’m...
Still in a laughing mood (for now)
Canucks left-winger Mason Raymond was busy discussing life as a new father. His son, Max, was born Sunday at 9: 16 a.m., a little less than 12 hours after the Canucks captured their second straight Presidents' Trophy.
Max? As in Max Lapierre?
"Who's that?" replied Raymond. "I only know him...
Daniel Sedin was a no-show at the Vancouver Canucks' workout Tuesday morning, then skated with teammates after practice.
Sedin, out with a concussion since March 21, was expected to take part in his second practice before Wednesday's first-round playoff series opener against the Los Angeles Kings.
He was injured when he took an elbow in the head from Chicago defenseman...
from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail, Team management had previously - on the record, and quietly - suggested the younger of the Sedin twins would be ready for the playoffs - and indeed he appears to be, skating Monday morning with his regular blue helmet, which means he is cleared for contact and pretty much good to go.
Ahead of practice, Sedin was out only for about 10 minutes...
BANG BANG BANG BANG…
The puck drop on Game 1 of Round 1 has been a long time coming and it’s never mattered who it was to be against. Canucks fans just wanted it to begin. While having a team in first place has made everyone happier; usually anyways, it’s also forced us to wait with bated breath for the festivities to start.
If you haven’t read my 5 Keys to Winning Round...
I'm so stoked to go to the game tonight!!! I have a feeling tonight we will win 2-1 in double OT!
Vancouver Canucks (1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (8)
Season Series: Vancouver: 2-1-1; Los Angeles: 2-2-0
Vancouver, MarchApril: 11-5-1
Los Angeles, MarchApril: 11-4-3
Outlook: Daniel Sedin's concussion casts a question mark on this series, though the Canucks are more than deep enough to handle their star winger's absence and finished 8-1 after Duncan Keith's elbow took him...
Even though she's played less games than Jeff Carter, Brigitte from One Girl, One Puck has been voted best newcomer at The Royal Half... finishing a few points ahead of Dustin Penner's Sad Face. You can check out her in-depth "Know Your Opponent" series here and here. You see, Brigitte is a young woman who can't afford a therapist to work out her issues...
Playoffs start tonight and here are my picks for the first round.
Vancouver vs LA
Homerism will prevail here no matter what but this series comes down to two elements: can Vancouver's defesne withstand the pounding the large LA forwards will deliver and can Quick win the games for LA while they continue to figure out how to score?
Intangibles: Daniel Sedin, Jeff Carter...
Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you don't make, even if you did want to make them in the first place. The Bruins, once upon a time, offered to trade Joe Thornton to the Florida Panthers for Roberto Luongo of all people, according to then Panthers general manager Mike Keenan. The longtime NHL coach who is currently does some TV work appeared on Sportsnet's NHL playoff...
In last year's playoffs, the Canucks drew one of the toughest first round opponents they could have asked for in the Chicago Blackhawks and barely made it out of that series alive. Unfortunately, the same thing happened to them this season as they will be taking on the Los Angeles Kings in what should be one of the most anticipated matchups of the first round.
Now, the Kings...
LA KINGS 40-27-1595 pts, 8th in Western Conference, 13th in NHLvsVANCOUVER CANUCKS51-22-9111 pts, 1st in Western Conference, 1st in NHL
Regular Season Series Tied 2-2
7:30pm, Rogers ArenaVancouver, BCKCOP 13NBC SN
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It took 10 long months but the Canucks were finally back in the playoffs Wednesday night and yet neither the fans nor the Canucks seemed quite ready. With tickets sold for less than face value both online and outside Rogers’ Arena prior to puck drop, the Canucks themselves turned in a performance that was also less than face value.
The Canucks simply never...