Morning Buzz: Canucks lost in the Wilderness; supporting You Can Play; plus epic brawls and blowouts

ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 19: Stephane Veilleux #19 of the Minnesota Wild misses a check to Marc-Andre Gragnani #5 of the Vancouver Canucks during the second period on March 19, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Canucks 2-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Whether you're feeling the effects of watching a game against the Minnesota Wild, or you're just crushing as much caffeine as you can to make it through the day, everyone needs a good buzz in the morning. Here are your links, images, bad Photoshops, out-of-context quotes and wild generalities for Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

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Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Last night's ugly loss by the numbers (hint: it was ugly). This post is also twice as entertaining as the game itself. | CanucksArmy

Prior to the announcement that Mason Raymond would be a healthy scratch against the Wild, Daniel Wagner wondered what happened to the old Mason Raymond. | PITB

Reviewing and previewing the week ahead in Canucks hockey. | CHB

Brian Beitz goes undercover as a Tampa Bay Lightning fan while on vacation, and in doing so discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Or maybe I missed the point? And here's Part 2. | Smug Nation

The Legion looks like it's in full-on playoff mode already, and is taking to heart some lessons learned last year. | LoB

Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler and the entire Canucks organization have vocalized their support of Patrick Burke's You Can Play initiative. This is fantastic to see. Young people idolize their hockey heroes, and this just might be the extra push some people need in order to gain the confidence to come out. | CanucksArmy

NHL News & Notes

Another chapter in the Battle of the Hudson: a scrap just 3 seconds into the game. Note the only time Pierre McGuire chimes in is to mention how good a shape these guys are in.


In other fisticuffs from the night that was, Mike Komisarek handwrote another chapter in his future memoir, "From Toronto to Montreal: A History of Beatings at the Hands of Milan Lucic". | PD

More on beatings: the Leafs lost 8-0 in that game. They are a dreadful mess. | NHL

The Red Wings will be without Darren Helm for 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. | CBC

Alex Ovechkin was up to his old tricks last night, scoring two against the Red Wings. There couldn't be a better time for AO to round into form, as the Caps are clinging to 8th in the East. | PHT

Shawn Thornton has re-signed with the Bruins for 2 years, which ensures this Tumblr a lot of future material.

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