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Written by Dani Toth | 23 January 2010

This is one of the last three home games we have in Vancouver. Savour it people because the next ones will be in like two months.....

That's two months of not paying for overpriced crappy beer that you have to wait in line all intermission break for...oh, wait, the Olympics are right around the corner? Well I might be able to get my fix there.

Oh, and this is the 3rd straight appearence on CBC's HNIC, and after last week's 'journalism' by Ron MacLean, and Vigneault's After Hours, it will be interesting to see what is said this week.

The Canucks D look like a joke right now. Both Salo and Mitchell are out, and most likely will not play against Buffalo on Monday either. Last game with Salo going out during the 2nd, Ehrhoff double shifted and played 25:43, hell even O'Brien played 21:49... Tonight we'll have Ehrhoff, Edler, SOB, Lukowich, Rome and Baumgartner. That's right, SOB and Lukowich are considered in your top four defencemen tonight....yeesh. Confidence? Kinda low right now.

Oh, and we're playing Chicago. So confidence is very low. At least we do have our offense going for us right now.

This is the third of the four games we'll play against the Hawks. The Hawks are currently on an 8 game roadtrip, with tonight being game number 5. They have won the last 3 of 4 games, only losing to the Senators.

Rypien and Hansen are both healthy scratches tonight. So with no Rypien, no Mitchell and no Bieksa, does that mean no edge? Regardless, tonight the Canucks seem f-cked going in to the game just based on what our defense looks like. At least we'll be able to listen to the sweet voice of Hughson tonight calling the game.

Oh, and I've tucked a couple videos after the jump, because in conversation, I found out that I know someone who has never seen Milbury throwing a shoe at a fan. The travesty.

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 January 2010

Today was the annual Canucks Superskills Competition and since I'm a sucker for hockey players and your children, please enjoy the photos that I've found on the Canucks website.

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Kesler and his daughter Makayla

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 January 2010

Here is your recap in form of game thoughts and pictures, enjoy.

Picture of the night:

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That's 19 year old WHL goalie, Alex Pechursky who signed a 1 game tryout contract to play as backup, and ends up getting to play his first NHL game for the Pens last night. The pic is of Sid giving him the game puck after last nights loss. The best part was after getting the 3rd star of the game, he came out and did a skate when it was announced.

Game thoughts and a recap in picture form after the jump...

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 January 2010

After I thought we were done with hearing about all the Burrows/Auger stuff, HNIC on CBC last night manages lose credibility by bringing it up again.

First here is the Ron MacLean and Colin Campbell's conversation about the incident:

Wow. Now if someone could point out what taunting Khabibulin during the playoffs last year has ANYTHING to do with Burrows' history or the incident at hand, please enlighten me.

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Written by Dani Toth | 17 January 2010

Canucks win baby!!!!!!!!!!! Woooo!!!!!!

Recap will happen tomorrow. Tonight we break the losing streak, against the Pens' 3rd and 4th goalie. It was expected for the Canucks to win with Fleury being injured, but we the boys so often find a way to lose to teams that they should win over, so let's just enjoy the win because this past week sucked.

Alexander Pechurski got third star of the game.

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Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2010

**UPDATED**

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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

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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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