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  1. TLG Limerick #3 Alex Reaches For His Goals (Game 2) Alex Burrows is his name, And he is gaining fame, Cuz you just can't teach, A guy to outreach, The tallest man in the game.
  2. The Eve of Game #2 (Of the Stanley Cup Final) As Game Number Two loomed, Milbury became consumed. His team can’t handle the tension, And can’t win without a suspension, So the Bruins are totally doomed.
  3. The Morning After Game #1 (Of the Stanley Cup Final) Last night I had a hunch, That Burrows did not eat lunch, Cuz when Bear-geron brought up his paw, Alex just opened his jaw, But nobody heard a crunch.
  4. When Henrik Sedin was drafted in 1999 along with his brother Daniel 2nd and 3rd overall respectively, Canucks fans and the NHL had no idea what they were getting. The twin brothers entered the NHL in the 2000-2001 season and showed a little bit of why they were drafted so high. Daniel netted 20 goals in his rookie season while Henrik bagged 29 points. These first points were the start of something extraordinary as the brothers have become one of the most potent dynamic duos in the NHL. Ever since they started playing professional hockey they have played together. That is why then GM Brian Burke tried so hard to draft both of them because they were better together then apart. We can now see why as they have bagged over 1000 points between the two of them mostly playing together. Ever since they were drafted, every year they have worked hard in the off season to improve themselves. This hard work explains why they have steadily increased their point totals every season. Henrik and Daniel have become one of the best, if not the best dynamic duo in the NHL. Every team going into a game against the Vancouver Canucks have to devise a game plan to shut down the Sedins. Occasionally this has been a problem for the brothers as they have fallen in the trap of getting away from the game that has made the successful and trying to become something they are not. This was prevolent in the 2007-2008 playoffs when they were completely shut down against the Anaheim Ducks. The checking line of Moen, Paulsson and Niedermayer played physical against them and made them a non factor. At this point the Sedins were still getting accustomed to being number one line players. The Canucks also did not have enough depth to survive without the contributions from the Sedins. The result was another second round exit. 2009 – The discovery of Alex Burrows (aka the third Sedin) On February 3rd 2009, in the midst of a potentially catastrophic 9 game losing streak at home, in an act of desperation head coach Alain Vigneault put checking line winger Alex Burrows with the Sedins on the number one line. Before the game, fans were a buzz on the forums wondering what will come of this move. Burrows was thought of as a very effective checker, but never as a scoring line winger. The result was Burrows scoring the game winning goal short handed, breaking the long 9 game drought. The game also saw Burrows play very well with the Sedin twins. This success made Vigneault keep Burrows with the Sedins for the foreseeable future. Burrows was so successful with them that he put up 28 goals. A season later, playing almost exclusively with them, he put up 35 goals while being his usual agitating self. This discovery of the third Sedin also helped Henrik and Daniel to career highs of 112 and 83 points respectively. The Evolution of 2010 Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy Winner Henrik Sedin When brother Daniel Sedin got injured long term in the early stages of the 2009-2010 season, Canucks fans were worried to say the least. Henrik had never played long term without his brother so it was an unknown how he would play. Would he play like a number one center or an inconsistent number 2 or 3 center? Two months later, Henrik had 15 goals and was chugging along at a point per game pace. Henrik reinvented his game to include a “going to the net” mentality and a “shoot first, pass later” part to his game. This made him a much more potent threat as a centerman. Opposing teams had to think twice when checking him as he was now a threat to score as well as make a perfect pass to a line mate. When Daniel returned to the lineup in December, Henrik did not miss a beat and Daniel just cruised along with him putting up multiple point games almost every second night. By the end of the season Daniel had put together a career season in just 68 games while Henrik became the first Art Ross trophy winner in Canuck history beating out Alex Ovechkin while also eventually winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. Henrik is now considered one of the elite centerman in the NHL. After years of critique and ridicule the Sedins have shown the hockey world that they are a force to be reckoned with. Now that the Canucks have the depth to give them even more room, who knows what the NHL's most potent dynamic duo will bring the Canucks, may be the franchise's first Stanley Cup.
  5. With most teams in the NHL you can point to one player on the team who is the face of the franchise. The Capitals belong to Ovechkin, the Penguins belong to Malkin, the Islanders are Tavares' and the Kings are Kopitar's. The list goes on but the point is most teams have one face, one super star that either makes or breaks the team based on how they play. With that concept in mind, these Canucks once were Luongos. The face of the 2006-07 franchise-record-49-Win Canucks, was Luongo. He won his first career playoff series single-handedly, and lost his second career playoff series single-handedly. Since then this team has evolved around a core group of players that are a combination of to tier forwards, rock solid blue liners, a passionate goalie and a desire to win. That being said, this season has exemplified one thing in particular: The Canucks don't have one leader, they play as a team. This year's Canucks define exactly what a team should be and that's been the story all year. I can remember just how many times over the years I've said, "We need secondary scoring, the top lines are in a slump", and the Canucks haven't had the depth or talent to pull it off. When you look at this year's team, secondary scoring was at one point the only reason we didn't tank. Through the Canucks injury problems all year, through the slumps, and the highs and lows, there has always been someone to step in and take over. In one particular game it was Ryan Johnson and Tanner Glass against the Avalanche resulting in Johnson's first multi-point game of his career, in another it was Mason Raymond who decided to go on a streak. When the Sedins came back and the Canucks needed to turn things around Burrows took over, but post Olympics it's been Kesler who's carried the team. With the Sedins in a pre-Olympic slump as a result of a snubbing Samuelsson has stepped his game up. What's even more impressive is that Samuelsson has stepped his game up during the Canucks most critical point in the season. Between Henrik's offensive outburst, Burrows' nose for the net, Samuelsson's response to the snub, Raymond's breakout year and Kesler's ascent to the next tier of forwards, it's no surprise that this team doesn't have one singular face. This team has learned to find a way to win. What's more important, and most important is they've found a way to win without having to rely on Luongo to perform near miracles on an almost nightly basis. The Canucks chemistry is at an all time high and with the number of players having career years what makes this year's edition of the Vancouver Canucks unique is their ability to step up individually and carry this team when it needs someone to take the reigns. The most perfect example was Samuelsson and his second period hat trick against the Avalanche, but in the streaks various different Canucks players have thrown together it's clear that when there is a hole in the offense or defense someone steps up. On a blue line that has struggled from the get go and had to give more responsibility to the likes of everyone's favourite Canuck Shane O'Brien, Christian Ehrhoff has come in and stepped up. The German Olympian who is having an outstanding year on the blue line has scored key goals for the Canucks on several occasions this season. Heck, even O'Brien has buttoned down and become a responsible defenceman. While he might have the odd defensive breakdown, he's strayed from racking up the penalty minutes and he's stepped up to the increased responsibility as the Canucks infirmary tries to spit players out as fast as they come in. This year's Canucks are not defined by one player but by many. They're not defined by one success story, and the story around this year's team has not been about individuals. It's been about a team that's had to come together over the adversity of injury, the obstacle of the NHL's longest road trip, and the sportsmanship of a game which saw players go from teammates to rivals and back to teammates in the span of two weeks. This year's Canucks are defined by their city, their fans, and their desire to win. This year's Canucks are defined by a coach that's on the verge of being a miracle worker, and players that buy into the team picture. This year's Canucks are defined by players that step up when they have to, not when they're called out to. This year's Canucks define what it means to be a team.
  6. I read a blog tonight that made a good point about how the NBA mis-handled the same situation with referee Joey Crawford. Same situation with Spurs star Tim Duncan. Crawford was suspended and Duncan fined. In San Antonio's first game after the incident, Duncan was ejected after getting a double-technical, and a brutal non-call in a playoff series against the Lakers cost them a game, which the NBA later apologized for. Are the refs close with each other? Yes. If Auger is suspended over this, will there be resentment towards Burrows? Yes. They have to tread carefully. I really haven't read a really good idea over what exactly to do with it in the short-term while the NHL investigates, but a lot of ideas for what not to do. Don't replay the game, don't award the Canucks a point, don't suspend Auger and don't fine or suspend Burrows. Those would just be counter-productive. The real problem here is that Burrows is the hottest player in the NHL right now. He is the top-scoring winger on the line with the NHL's points leader, is first star of the week and a fan favourite in one of the biggest markets in the league. Knowing Vancouver's, er, history, and also knowing what happened when Clarence Campbell suspended Maurice Richard (I know that Burrows is probably not as good as Richard, but we'll let that go for now) you can't do anything with him right now. But you also can't let him get away with this and try and sweep it under the rug. You hit Auger, you hit the refs and the animosity increases. If you ignore it, and instruct an officiating pair to give the Canucks a game, that's unfair to the team they'd be playing. More importantly, this is a serious accusation and Burrows, the Canucks and their fans deserved to have it answered. My temporary solution, based on being up at 3 am and running on one too many colas (Coke, not Pepsi) is the following: -Immediately open an investigation on whether or not the allegations are true. Interview both coaches, Burrows, Auger, Dennis LaRue, Vaughan Rody and Brian Mach. -Immediately open an investigation onto personal vendettas from referees on certain players. Get a team of crack researchers to crunch numbers and determine whether there's a trend, whether certain officials are more likely to call certain players or teams in certain situations, and review those calls made. -Immediately suspend Stephane Auger with pay for all games in which he's scheduled to referee against the Vancouver Canucks. -Send an NHL officials executive to monitor every game played by Stephane Auger and the Vancouver Canucks. -Place Alex Burrows on probation, pending the results of the first investigation. Make sure he's on his absolute best behaviour. If he turns out to be in the wrong, fine him the amount for criticizing an official, but double it for the seriousness of the accusations. If he turns out to be in the right, fire Stephane Auger and charge him with fraud to prevent other vigilante referees. This post was originally posted in one of the zillions of Auger threads in Canucks Talk, but because I hadn't seen a solution anywhere that didn't have major drawbacks, I felt obligated to suggest one. Keep in mind it's 3 am. Comment how you will. I'd rather hear your disagreements. Bonus points will be given if you can write coherently.
  7. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1709_chbsmall_smallt.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">In light of this Burrows/Auger incident, upon reviewing it all, I think you'd be hard pressed to find Burrows wrong. The video evidence of what Auger did before the game and the blatantly weak calls as well as a history of very poor officiating makes this yet another controversy the Canucks find themselves in the thick of. Now homer bias aside, I think the overwhelming response from any and everyone with an understanding of the game (at least as seen on Twitter since last night) including Nashville fans who's team won the game last night, is a good enough sign the league should do something about this issue. We saw them give Toronto a slap on the wrist without so much as looking into the issue, hopefully things are different this time around. Burrows isn't the type of player to make a big deal just for the attention. He's not Sean Avery, he's not Chris Pronger, he's not that type of player. With that in mind what's worrying me about the issue is the fact Burrows in all likelihood is going to get a suspension from all this. The winger who's entire career has been a surprise is on pace for a career high 34 goals and over 60 points this season. He is playing the best hockey of his life and all it takes is someone or something to throw a wrench in the cogs and this high powered Canucks offense comes grinding to a very quick halt. Trust something like this to defuse the Canucks and the chemistry they've got going. We still have to wait for all of this to pan out, but with the Canucks top line clicking right now it would be unfortunate for the incompetency of a league appointed official to affect a team in the long run. With Auger's poor officiating, the turning of the game from a 5 on 4 in the Canucks favour to a 4 on 3 in the Predators' favour in a matter of seconds last night it couldn't have been more clear that the officiating was suspect. You'd be hard pressed to convince me that the top two goal getters on the Canucks last night were also the two most heavily penalized players in the game last night by coincidence. Henrik and Burrows only had point each last night and the fact that Henrik was in the box on three separate occasions on suspect calls is cause for concern. Not cause for concern because our top scorer is in the box. I'm all for penalize a player if it is due. However for a player who going into last night had 28 PIMs in 44 games to take 6 PIMs in one game without a fighting major or a double minor raises eyebrows to me. To put it into further perspective, Henrik had 6 penalty minutes last night. Prior to last night he had 6 PIMs in his last 15 games. You do the math. It's a tight Western Conference and the referees cost the Canucks 3rd place in the West last night dropping them to 7th overall. The conference is tighter than I have ever seen it and at the end of the season, should the Canucks be out of the playoffs by one or two points, or lose a tie break, this could very well be the game that could have changed everything. Again, at the end of the night this is not something I'm bitter about because of being a Canucks fan. The fact that so many people league wide support Burrows is testament to the fact that this is bigger than being bitter over a couple of lost points. I'm worried about the integrity of a league in which we play in if referees are allowed to get away with this. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1709_mozy_small.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Richard Loat writes for Canucks Hockey Blog and is a fan of the underdog – first Bryan Allen, then Alex Burrows, and now Jannik Hansen. His passion for the Canucks led to the Canucks Hockey Blog and a lot of #Canucks tweets on his Twitter account.