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The odyssey isn't over yet

(Note: You can find this post with embedded videos here. I'll also be live-blogging Game Two at <I><a href="http://www.canuckpuck.com">Canuck Puck</i></a> and at <a href="http://www.sportingmadness.ca"><i>Sporting Madness</a></i>. Puck drops at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. Come join me then!) After the Canucks' <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/5/2/1454607/sunday-morning-coffee-we-came-in">5-1 demolition</a> [<b>Ke

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Andrew Bucholtz

Previewing the Canucks and Blackhawks with Jim Neveau

[The original piece can be found here] The Canucks kick off their second-round matchup with the Blackhawks today at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific. I'll be live-blogging it at Canuck Puck and <em><a href="http://www.sportingmadness.ca/">Sporting Madness</a></em>, so feel free to stop by then and chat! To get you set for it, I interviewed <b><a href="http://twitter.com/jim_neveau">Jim Neveau</a></b> of Fanball's excellent Chicago blog, <i>&l

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Andrew Bucholtz

A farewell to Kings, thanks to Jekyll, not Hyde

(To view this piece with accompanying videos, go here) The Canucks made the <a href="http://twitter.com/#search?q=regicide">#Regicide movement</a> very happy Sunday night, knocking off the Kings in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilien_Robespierre">Robespierrean fashion</a> with <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/4/25/1444361/another-third-period-rally-helps">a 4-2 win in Game Six</a> [<i>Nucks Misconduct</i>]. With the win,

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Andrew Bucholtz

Starting it up

(Click here for the original post with embedded video) The Canucks <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/4/16/1426332/reviewing-the-canucks-kings-game">got off to a pretty good start</a> [<I>Nucks Misconduct</i>] Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime win <a href="http://canuckshockeyblog.com/?p=3372">over the Los Angeles Kings</a> [<b>Matt Lee</b>, <I>Canucks Hockey Blog</i>]. It wasn't a dominating performance, but <a href="h

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Andrew Bucholtz

Doing enough just to get by

[You can view this post with embedded videos here] The Canucks <a href="http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Canucks+clinch+Northwest+Division+title+with+over+Wild/2763280/story.html">clinched the Northwest Division title</a> [<b>Ben Kuzma</b>, <i>The Province</i>] Sunday night with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild, but they certainly didn't do so in style. They got off to an excellent start with a shorthanded goal from <b>Ryan Kesler</b

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Andrew Bucholtz

A shot through the heart? No, not really.

[You can see the original post with videos here] Tonight's <a href="http://canucks.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2009021066">4-3 overtime loss </a>to the Red Wings had elements of a crushing defeat, but it wasn't really one. If there's ever a time to <a href="http://canuckpuck.com/2009/10/27/staying-medium/">stay medium</a>, this would be it; it's far too easy to get fired up about wins or disappointed about losses without considering them in the grand scheme of things. If

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Andrew Bucholtz

Road warriors and goal differentials

[You can see this post with embedded videos here] The Canucks finished their brutal 14-game Road Trip From Hell™ earlier this week, and they did so in style. Despite being worn down from <a href="http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Canucks+drop+shootout+loss+Coyotes+game+road+trip/2668456/story.html">the longest road trip in league history</a> [<b>Ben Kuzma</b>, <i>The Province</i>] and starting backup <b>Andrew Raycroft</b>, Vancouver gave a very

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Andrew Bucholtz

Pavol Demitra, flying under the radar

[You can find the original post with video here]. One of the stars of the Winter Olympics’ men’s hockey tournament was <b>Pavol Demitra</b>, who finished first in overall scoring with 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in seven games and played a crucial role in Slovakia’s eventual fourth-place finish. It was an interesting showing from Demitra, who had barely featured at all with the Canucks this year thanks to injuries and was playing on the fourth line in the days before

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Andrew Bucholtz

Grading the Olympic Canucks

The Olympic tournament has produced some exceptional hockey so far, and many Canucks have been prominently involved. It's worth taking a look at how they've played so far, as that may reflect what we can expect to see from them once the NHL schedule resumes. Without further ado, here's my grades of the Canucks' seven Olympic players: <b>Ryan Kesler</b> (USA): <b>A</b> Kesler's contributions haven't always been noticed, as he only has one goal (an empty-netter agains

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Andrew Bucholtz

Slumping into the break

[You can find the original post with embedded video here] The Olympic break comes at a perfect time for the Canucks, as their play lately has been appalling. A 4-4 record on the first portion of the Road Trip From Hell ™ isn't inherently horrible, but the Canucks, ranked seventh in the league in points, managed to lose to Montreal (21st), Ottawa (10th), Tampa Bay (22nd) and Minnesota (20th), and only the Montreal game was remotely close. Now, anything can happen once teams get on the ice, and

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Andrew Bucholtz

Sitting Around And Watching The World Go By

(You can view this post with embedded videos at Canuck Puck). <i>If you think I'll sit around as the world goes by/You're thinking like a fool cause it's a case of do or die/Out there is a fortune waitin' to be had/You think I'll let it go you're mad/You've got another thing coming.</i> <i>-<b>Judas Priest</b>, "You've Got Another Thing Coming".</i> The Canucks could take a lesson from Judas Priest these days. They're certainly sitting around as the w

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Andrew Bucholtz

Ride the Lightning, and Matty Ice's return

(You can view this post with embedded videos here). After <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/2/4/1296208/the-ballad-of-andrew-raycroft">a tough loss</a> to a red-hot Senators team Thursday and <a href="http://trevorpresiloski.com/2010/02/postscript-canucksbruins-it-looks-awful-but-it-worked/">shootout win against Boston</a> on the weekend, the Canucks continue their Road Trip From Hell ™ tonight <a href="http://canucksarmy.com/2010/2/9/gdrc-canucks-lightni

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Andrew Bucholtz

It's a long way to the top

(You can view the original post with videos here). The Canucks have been one of the league's hottest teams recently, led in particular by stellar play from the Sedin twins and <b>Alex Burrows</b>. <b>Henrik Sedin</b> <a href="http://canuckscorner.com/2010/01/08/king-henrik/">continues to make his case</a> as a <a href="http://canuckshockeyblog.com/?p=2613">Hart Trophy candidate</a>, and the team's also getting extremely solid performances from t

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Andrew Bucholtz

United

(Quick side note; I'll be attending tomorrow night's Canucks Tweetup at the Lamplighter. If you're going to be there, make sure to say hi; I'll probably be the only one with a blond mustache, leather jacket and red/navy old Canucks third jersey! Also, check out this piece I wrote on the Canucks' defensive depth, and go here if you want to see the videos included in this post.) This Alex Burrows - Stephane Auger saga just continues to spiral. In terms of Vancouver versus the league, the NHL's

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Andrew Bucholtz

Stanley Cup headed for Vancouver, diverted to Toronto

<a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idAFTRE60I4W620100119">This</a> is pretty awesome. Reuters reports that Stanley Cup custodian <strong>Mike Bolt</strong> checked the trophy in at a New Jersey airport Sunday en route to Vancouver for a charity event, but Air Canada staff screwed up and sent it to Toronto by mistake. No word yet on if <strong>Brian Burke</strong> was involved, but who would put it past him? This is just the latest <a

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Andrew Bucholtz

Previewing the Canucks and Oilers

Tonight's <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/1/20/1261178/canucks-oilers-preview">game</a> (7:00 p.m. PT, Rogers Sportsnet Pacific) against the Oilers <a href="http://canucksarmy.com/2010/1/20/gdrc-canucks-oilers-2">should be an interesting one</a>. Vancouver's been playing reasonably well, and <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/1/17/1255242/canucks-put-lousy-week-behind-them">demolished Pittsburgh on Saturday</a>, but continues to be surro

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Andrew Bucholtz

Don't disregard Daniel

Many in Vancouver have supported <b>Henrik</b> and <b>Daniel Sedin</b> for the past few years, but there was a time when they were widely derided as busts. Even after they started to excel, they still didn't get a lot of hype outside of Vancouver; one of the few exceptions is <a href="http://www.fromtherink.com/2009/4/18/843358/why-the-sedins-have-arrived-as">this piece</a> <b>James Mirtle</b> wrote last spring about how the twins had quietly turne

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Andrew Bucholtz

Wrapping up Burrows/Auger

(This original post, with video, can be found here at Canuck Puck). In the end, the <b>Alex Burrows</b> - <b>Stephane Auger</b> <a href="http://canuckpuck.com/2010/01/12/burrows-claims-ref-is-out-to-get-him/">incident</a> doesn't seem to have amounted to much. Burrows was <a href="http://canuckshockeyblog.com/?p=2614">fined $2,500 but not suspended</a>, and Auger <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/NHL-Burrows-claims-aga

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Andrew Bucholtz

Burrows claims ref is out to get him

A bizarre subplot emerged from the Canucks' <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/predators-turn-back-canucks/article1427877/">3-2 loss to Nashville</a> tonight, with <b>Alex Burrows</b> <a href=http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/whitetowel/archive/2010/01/12/alex-burrows-accuses-nhl-ref-of-having-a-personal-vendetta.aspx">claiming</a> [<b><a href=http://www.twitter.com/botchoncanucks">Jason Botchford</a></b>

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Andrew Bucholtz

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