Byron Bitz got a 5 minute boarding major and a game misconduct for this hit on Kyle Clifford.
Brutal hit and even as a Canucks fan I'll say that it was uncalled for. No word on anything from the NHL yet, but I'm assuming he'll have a hearing tomorrow. no comments
Now that we got that out of the way, I only have to wait 6 more hours until puck drop. Which clearly means the next 6 hours feel like 10 years.
For tonights game please check out the opposition blogs found on the right panel ->
But as you know my favorite enemy blog the I have had the pleasure attending a Canucks-Kings playoff game is the venerable The Royal Half
As with any enemy blog, anticipate being felt insulted and maybe even a little hurt if you decide to pay their blog a visit. It is expected that you will read at least 57 Sedin Sister references and at least 10 riot jokes each day. Don't worry, it's par for the course as us we Canucks bloggers will over-use the words threesome, regicide and Kingslayer for the next week and a half.
The keys for the game?
Just one: SCORE SOME GOALS
I know this may come across as obvious, but look at who is in net at the other end. Quick has had a hart-trophy deserving season so tonight's game may end up being a 1-0 game.
An even better strategy than some scoring some goals would be to score the 1st goal and then go from there. If only 1 goal is scored tonight, it better be by Vancouver. I have a feeling that Higgins, Booth or Kesler is going to be huge in this series until Daniel come back to the top line.
As for the Daniel Sedin return, like everyone else I have no idea when he will play but my expert guessing says Game three.
Puck drop is at 7:30
But since I have read at least 12 of the 56,902 articles that have been written in the last 3 days leading up to tomorrow's start of the Canucks-Kings series. And like I'm sure you have found, that the majority are all exactly the same thing. To cut down on you wasting time reading previews, here are four of my favorites:
1. Puck Daddy's series preview which for some reason involves zombies.
Even more surprising for the Kings zombie they zombiefied Drew Doughty instead of just posting a photo of Anze Kopitar:
2. The LA Kings Insider series preview focuses on three aspects: Quick v. Luongo, Carter v. Sedin and Power Play v. Penalty Kill
3. The most comprehensive preview I have read so far is Thomas Drance's in Canucks Army. After reading this epic if you still think you need more prep to the series, I don't think anyone can help you.
4. And the most creative one so far is Sterling Archer Reviews the LA Kings. Yankee Canucks may have just won the internet with that post today.
So there you go. You are caught up on everything you need to know about this series. Now when speaking about the series you can sound confident when you discuss Quick v. Luongo *ahem* and Cory Schneider. You can now discuss the two players returning from injury (Carter and D Sedin) and what possible impact they may have on the series. Best of all throw in some Archer quotes in your water cooler talk but just be prepared for a look of horror or disgust from your coworker who probably isn't as cool as you are since they don't watch Archer.
For an added bonus, say to others that Quick is solid in net and was never in danger of losing his starting position in net to Jonathan Bernier this season which may sound obvious to you looking at his record, but know that saying that statement makes you know more knowledgeable than at least one Canucks fan who was on the radio the other day.
So since I have written, I have spent time here:
That's the Dominican Republic. That boat in the photo? Yeah I went out on that for some diving.
Enough with the bragging though as I flew back on Saturday just in time for playoff hockey.
During the time while I was away, I had limited access to NHL updates as I was relying on the ESPN ticker which tells you jack shit about hockey.
I finally caved and spent $5 to access the internet for 30 minutes to find that the Canucks had been on a 7 game winning streak. To someone just reading the scores it looked like that was a pretty awesome little run but of course there was more to the story than just that. I've missed Luongo getting pulled and the Canucks battling back as well as some Ryane Clowe stick antics in the second to last Kings-Sharks game of the regular season.
The Kings blew their 2-0 lead over the Sharks to end up our playoff opponent which provides us this:
The schedule clearly sucks so let's all take a moment to blame the Lakers/Clippers/Coldplay for this. You suck: Lakers/Clippers/Coldplay. If someone could explain why some games are at 7 and others are at 7:30 that would be just excellent.
Honestly, this season went by so fast and even though we somehow ended up with the President's trophy (huzzah!), did this regular season not seem that exciting? So three days left to what feels like the true beginning of our season.
But with three days left to the start of the playoffs, the stress level is coming back from last season with force. The puck hasn't even dropped yet and I've got that nervous feeling like I can't eat and my work day seemed a little frenetic. Or maybe this is the all-inclusive alcohol withdrawal that is setting in on me.
Whatever the reason for my jumpiness, HOW AM I GOING TO DO ANOTHER PLAYOFF OF THIS?
Blogger buddy @theroyalhalf asked if I was going to a game this series, and I said that I couldn't handle the stress. I did make it a point to see all the Kings games during the season, but with the playoffs, no thanks, I'm locking myself in my house, closing the blinds and being my own stress ball in private.
Even though I might not be travelling down to Los Angeles this round, I encourage you the Canuck fan to do so. It could end up being cheaper (even with airfare and hotel) and at the very least it will keep pissing off these fans who don't want Canucks fans to show up.
A post on this Kings message board has 'FiresOne' posting:
Look how Canadian the person is! They used a 'please' in their discussion post!
Cry me a river Kings fans, I hope you sit in a sea of blue and green.
But late breaking news tonight by Bob McKenzie it seems that things have changed. Here's what we learned:
Rather strange proceedings going on with the Duncan Keith discipline hearing for his elbow on Daniel Sedin.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 23, 2012
Hours later, NHL indicated it wanted an in person (potential to suspend for 6 or more) hearing instead.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 23, 2012
Duncan Keith has not agreed to waive his right to an in person hearing but neither has the in person hearing been confirmed.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 23, 2012
I am told no decision of any kind will be made until the morning. So all of this very much remains up in air but it's become complicated.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 23, 2012
So an in-person hearing opens up the suspension to be 6 games or more. It's not guaranteed that it will be 6+, but it allows Shanahan to do go that route if he so chooses. No idea if that means the scheduled hearing tomorrow will change from its scheduled time but this this tweet from Kypreos is also interesting and contradicting McKenzie:
After missing most of the 1st period rushing home from work, about five minutes into the 2nd period I came to the conclusion that I was ok with a loss tonight. Amid all the fracas in between whistles I was ok with all the penalties takes in the 2nd period, well except for that Henrik hooking one in the neutral zone, because sometimes during the season you just need a night like this. For a little pushback for 20 minutes, I'll take the loss. We've had a lot of losses lately, one more is no big deal. When you come to that conclusion so early on in the game the game becomes enjoyable to watch (aside from the Duncan Keith elbow on Daniel Sedin that I only saw the replays of) with all it's intensity and chirping between every whistle.
Thoughts on tonight
- Best game I have seen Luongo play in a while
- Best game I have seen Mason Raymond play in a while
- Why did it take Zach Kassian so long to become involved in all the pushing and gloves in face stuff? He eventually got a 10 minute misconduct and 2 minute roughing minor but I kept wondering why Bieksa was the one going after Keith and not Kassian
- Is my questioning of Kassian coming from seeing that Cody Hodgson scored two goals tonight. Yeah, that might have something to do with it
- That sell-job by Luongo in the third was terrrrriiiibbblllle
- Malhotra was scratched tonight but in every article written about him in The Province, do we have to spend a paragraph going through the backstory on his eye injury? If you live in Vancouver and are reading an article about the Canucks, doesn't everyone know he has had an eye injury by now?
- Earlier today the Canucks announced that they signed goalie Joe Cannata to a two year entry level deal. He was a sixth round draft pick of the Canucks in the 2009 draft who just finished up his four years with Merrimack College. He'll be coming to Vancouver to watch some Canucks games before joining the Chicago wolves on their roadtrip when they take on Abbotsford. Expect him to be playing for the Chicago Wolves next year
- Getting a point tonight in the overtime loss the Canucks are now 5 points back on St. Louis
- We play the third place, and Pacific Division leader, the Dallas Stars tomorrow night
- I really hope that Daniel Sedin will be ok