Under Pressure

Under Pressure

The Canucks say the Flames are under it. Calgary says Vancouver is feeling it. It’s everywhere in this series and the NHL playoffs itself, and yet it can’t be seen, touched, heard, smelt or tasted. The “pressure” being discussed can’t be quantified. Game 6 of this Western Conference Quarter-Final series goes down at the Scotiabank […]

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In It To Win It

In It To Win It

I woke up to my son’s voice this morning. “Daddeeeeeeee, are you here?” Fair question. NHL playoff time is definitely not family time, what with games being played every second night and plenty of travel involved. Having just returned from Calgary less than two days earlier, Denver wasn’t quite sure where I was. I walked […]

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Burrows

Win It For Burr

Hockey is important, until it’s not. When we arrived at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary this morning for skate, the Canucks were a light-hearted bunch. Despite trailing the Flames 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarter-Final series, they were loose. Smiling. Laughing. Normal. No, when times are tough they don’t run around with their arms […]

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Bieksa

War of Words

Following Game 3 Sunday night in Calgary, Kevin Bieksa was asked if Flames forward Michael Ferland is under the skin of the Vancouver Canucks. “Who suggested that? Them?” smirked Bieksa. “I think he’s pretty irrelevant so far.” Through three games Ferland has one assist, 18 hits and 19 penalty minutes. Irrelevant may not have been […]

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#TowelPower

#TowelPower

Things change over time and that’s the case with the Vancouver Canucks towel power tradition. A quick history lesson: With the Canucks trailing the Chicago Black Hawks 4-1 in Game 2 of the 1982 Western Conference Final, Vancouver coach Roger Neilson couldn’t take any more of referee Bob Myers and his questionable officiating. The Canucks […]

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Baertschi

No Time For Sleep

Sven Baertschi’s phone rang just after midnight Friday morning, moments after he had crawled into bed. He’s glad he answered it. It was the Canucks, telling him to hop on a flight five hours later to join the team in Winnipeg. He had trouble falling asleep after that. “I maybe got an hour and a […]

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Lack

Hungry For More

Eddie Lack’s hunger was insatiable and in Chicago, that’s really saying something. The Blackhawks are very kind to the media who cover the team at the United Center, they offer a huge buffet in the press box at the second intermission and it is debonair. Even that couldn’t satisfy Lack. Two years ago, Eddie Lack […]

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Simple Things

The Simple Things

Have you ever been to four cities in four days? It’s a trip. Sunday we woke up in Vancouver. Monday, St. Louis. Tuesday it was Nashville. This morning it was Chicago. I’ve never felt more like Keith Richards – but replace all the partying with hockey. Yes the blur is setting in as we reach […]

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