What a great weekend. On Friday I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which ended up being a great movie. Then on Saturday morning, I got to watch the sequel. The animation on the primates wearing the black and yellow jerseys sure was lifelike! Are they really that violent in real life?
Kudos to the Canucks for coming out, playing a level-headed game, and answering a lot of critics. Even if you ignore all the pre-game hype and the post-game controversy, the Canucks beat a team with a record of 22-3-1 in the last two months, and scored four PowerPlay goals against the league's 7th best PK. It was an impressive accomplishment by any measure.
Zandberg did a great job of sifting through the aftermath of this game with his links post on the weekend. More fallout from the game, a very interesting "Today in Canucks History", and headlines from around the NHL coming right up!
Vancouver Canucks news & notes:
Marchand's low-bridge on Salo was a cheapshot that has spawned much debate. Here are a few different takes on it: PITB looks at the events leading up to it, Canucks Army breaks down the difference between it and a legitimate hipcheck, and the Vancouver Sun's piece features this quote from Kevin Bieksa:
"It's very, very cheap...I can't think of a cheaper hit you can do on the ice. That and a slew-foot kind of go hand in hand. Twenty seconds before that, [Marchand] and Sami have a pretty good collision in the exact same spot. Sami probably gets the better of him. Then second time, Marchand comes back and loses his will and goes down low. A cheap shot from him, and I hope he gets a phone call from the league."
- Salo reportedly has a concussion from the hit. Marchand has a phone hearing with Shanahan today, meaning he can't be suspended more than four games. Here's hoping Salo's concussion is a mild one, and Marchand gets the max four game ban. [TSN]
- The other controversy was Milan Lucic leaving the bench to join the line brawl a few minutes into the game. Lucic won't be given the automatic 10-game suspension that usually accompanies a player leaving the bench, since the NHL immediately rescinded the game misconduct after the game. But based on this evidence, shouldn't he be? [Canucks Hockey Blog]
- There's a new phenomenon in the world of sports, and that is the reaction of fans and media types on Twitter when a wild game like the one between the Canucks and Bruins is going down. Here's that game according to Twitter. [Canucks Hockey Blog]
- Who was the under-appreciated 4th star of Saturday's game? [Legion of Blog]
- It's official: Mike Duco has been called up to replace the injured Andrew Ebbett, who broke his collarbone taking a Dennis Seidenberg hit. This is perfect timing for Duco, as the Canucks play his former team tonight. I liked what I saw from Duco in the preseason. [Canucks.com] Looks like he's already set for the playoffs:
- The Blue Jackets have fired head coach Scott Arniel. Most writers have had this headline ready since October. [TSN]
- The Canucks play the Panthers tonight, who may be the surprise of the league so far this season. Are they for real? [Sporting News]
- Ryan Lambert explains why the Canucks vs. the Bruins is the best and worst of hockey, plus a recap of the week that was in the NHL. [Puck Daddy]
- Ilya Bryzgalov, for better and for worse, was the breakout star of this year's season of HBO 24/7. Here are his 10 best quotes from the four episodes. [Puck Puck Goose]
- Speaking of Bryz, looks like he lost his train of thought in his post-game interview last night:
- The Penguins continue to take it on the chin. Jordan Staal is out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury and James Neal is out indefinitely with a broken foot. The timing couldn't be worse for a team that has lost four in a row and is starting to slide in the Eastern Conference standings. [TSN]
- Clint Malarchuk was CBC's guest on After Hours on Saturday, he of the horrific throat injury in 1989 that nearly took his life. [CBC]
- Shane Doan scored the first hat trick of his career on Saturday against the New York Islanders. [Puck Daddy] It was a good night for good guys...
- Jarome Iginla finally notched his 500th career goal against the Wild. Not the prettiest of his career, but he's never been the most flashy superstar in the game. Congrats to Jarome: