Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2010



The Pens have rolled into town, but the fanfare has been a little bit more subdued for Crosby than it was for Ovechkin, non? That's probably because Crosby is not a media whore like Ovechkin is...to each your own.

I remember watching the Stanley Cup final last year at a bar on Broadway, cheering with the whole place (well minus some old guys in Wings jerseys) when MAF made unbelievable save after unbelievable save....well tonight, there will be no cheering for Fleury.

Enemy Blog: Check out my two favorites The Pensblog and the Puck Huffers for all your Penguin commentary. Even if you don't care about the Pens, check them out anyways because their recaps (tPB) and awards (PH) are pretty epic.

The Penguins (30-18-1) have swept Alberta on their Western roadtrip and tonight's game in Vancouver is the last game in their (mostly) Canadian roadtrip. After getting pulled repeatedly, Fleury is back to looking like his normal self, stopping actual pucks. The last game the two teams met was in Pittsburgh in November last year, and it was on that fateful night afternoon that Luongo had his groin injury. The last time the Pens were in Vancouver was two years ago, and Luongo stopped Crosby on a penalty shot, but the Canucks lost the game in a shootout 2-1.

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Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2010


After not playing hockey for 9 months, Pavol Demitra is expected to make his return to the Canucks line-up. He attributes his recovery to the physiotherapist from the Slovak national soccer team that he flew from Slovakia to Vancouver.

"He's unbelievable. I don't know, but it seems like he has magic in his hands," Demitra said. "He's amazing. Every time he sticks a needle in my shoulder I feel relief. It just feels good." -The Province

Um, if you say so. I don't know how good it feels to have needles stuck in your shoulder, but if he has magic hands, well then ok! These hands were so magic that Demitra flew to Slovakia to be treated by Pavel Purdek for two weeks in December. He liked him so much that he flew Purdek to Vancouver for 8 days, and according to The Province, Demitra paid for it himself! Gee, you might think "that's awfully sweet of him, paying for his own treatment"....but then again he has been getting paid $4 million dollars to recover, I'm sure 8 days of some physio's expenses were not that bad.

Purdek also relied on cupping during his eight-day stay in Vancouver. It's a traditional Chinese technique in which rounded glass cups are warmed and applied to an individuals bare skin to treat local problems and blood stagnation. The procedure left Demitra with bruises during Purdek's eight-day stay. -The Province

Cupping? Could they have not come up with a more professional name for this technique?

H. Sedin: "Hey Demo, what did you do today?"
Demitra: "I spent some quality time with my massage therapist..and he cupped me"
H. Sedin: "Ok, dude, I just asked you what you did, but that there was TMI..."

"You can see, I still have bruises everywhere," Demitra said. "All on back, my legs and of course on my shoulder. The Province

I don't know about the whole cupping thing, but hey if those hands can get an injured winger back playing for the Canucks, then I think I could buy into that whole magic hands thing.

Demitra expected to play against the Pens on Saturday

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Written by Dani Toth | 15 January 2010


You will have noticed to the right of your screen, I now have the Bloguin Olympic penguin up and a list new posts on the Olympic Hockey Blog. Check out the site for all of your bloggy Olympic Hockey needs, it is ridiculously good and really will only get better.


For your Canucks fix, the player profile written by yours truly is up and can be found here, complete with suggestions on how to reduce the injury potential for delicate Finn.

Previous Olympic Canuck posts:

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Written by Dani Toth | 14 January 2010

First up Alexandre Bolduc v. John Scott

Hordichuk and Glass's fight is after the jump...

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Written by Dani Toth | 13 January 2010

Wow, the Canucks sucked. Luongo had started the last 17 games straight, maybe 18 was too much? It all started with the weird 1 game road trip in the schedule...

Please enjoy as I recap in pictures, c'mon it will be fuuuun....


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Written by Dani Toth | 13 January 2010

So last night I was at the game, and I had intentions of coming home an writing a fantastic recap....yeah, not so much, but you get some game thoughts instead.

First of all, 7:30 starts to games blow. I can't remember what I did back in the day when Vancouver games started at 7:30, oh right, I was a student so the half hour difference really didn't matter to me then, but they do now. I still can't figure out why both Nashville games in Vancouver started at 7:30 instead of the regular 7pm start...but they did and it sucked.

Here are my game thoughts

  • My section last night was awesome. It was like a Saturday night in GM Place, but on a Monday
  • There was a forward line in front of me. Literally. The 5 people who sat in front of me had the following jerseys all in a row: Kesler, H. Sedin, D. Sedin, Wellwood, Burrows. That was awesomesauce. So was the Rypien jersey two rows in front.
  • The woman to my right, kept yelling shoot every time any player was skating towards the net. It really didn't matter if they were 10 or 20 feet away, this lady wanted to tell them to shoot. Lady: they can't hear you, and you say it times they really shouldn't shoot
  • Drunk guy to my left....you are not fun, no, really, you weren't
  • The police took some people out of my section
  • Ugly sweater night was a FAIL. No one dressed up
  • I have never been to a game where the game was so badly reffed
  • The replays of the penalties were not shown for some of the calls in GM Place, or they were shown a minute into the powerplay
  • Chanting "refs suck!" probably doesn't help with the refs being on your team's side, I'm pretty sure whoever is on the ice already advises them of their displeasure at a call
  • Love the green men, their upside down feet flailing thing may have made my night
  • Shea Weber, I may have hated that shot of yours last night...but damn I'll like it at the Olympics

After Burrows accused Stephane Auger of threatening Burr with revenge on him because of an incident from a previous game, Burrows has been fined $2500. Puck Daddy has been told by someone they know in the league that they consider the "matter closed".

It will be interesting to see how this affects the Canucks in the future, and what other refs think of either the team or of Auger. Will Auger get to ref games in the post season? Maybe that will be a better indication of how the league feels about him. Did I enjoy to read/watch what Burrows said? Definitely, I loved how he spoke his mind. Though, perhaps Burrows should have addressed this with the league behind closed doors, I can't imagine that the league is pleased with him at the moment.

Injury Update: Demitra and RJ
Some encouraging news about Demitra and Johnson: both took part in a full practice today in St. Paul, Minnesota. They won't play tomorrow night, but it does show that they will be ready soon.
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Written by Dani Toth | 12 January 2010


You know the Olympics are getting closer, in fact, it's only 1 month away. Do you feel the city starting to get into it?

You see it right as you get off a plane at YVR, you know all those ads in there at the airport.

You read it on the bus. Instead of saying 99 B-line, or Go Canucks Go, they now also say Countdown to Gold

You see it in the parking restrictions. Ah yes, those.

The Coke ads in the Granville skytrain platform has taught me how to say Open Happiness in french, which is 'ouvre du bonheur' fyi.

And how every single business seems to have sold itself off to somehow promo the Olympics.

All this hype in our city will only increase exponentially in the new few weeks....

But really, if you read this blog, you know the Olympics really only come down to one thing: Olympic Hockey.


So, as if I do not have enough to do writing two hockey blogs, I am contributing to the Olympic Hockey Blog. Do check it out for anything Olympic Hockey, if you are only interested in Canuck related things, I've already written a piece about our German blueliner, Christian Ehrhoff and what he brings to Team Germany.

Thoughts on last nights game that I went to against Nashville and the Burrows accusation to follow later today.

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