Morning Buzz: Canucks face hated Hawks; huge night for Pens' stars; bad night for Shane Doan

Shane Doan should have a little less walkin' around money pretty soon.

Whether you're feeling the effects of a big win and the celebration that followed, 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 from one of the most vocal and misunderstood fanbases in the league (plus some stuff from people who actually get paid to do it).

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Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

The Canucks face the Blackhawks tonight, a team they should have no trouble getting it up for. I know what I said. | The Province

Roberto Luongo will get the start, and Mason Raymond will be back in the lineup. | Vancouver Sun

Many potential playoff opponents were in action last night. Gord McIntyre shares some thoughts in his Canucks hat-trick. | The White Towel

Could the fact that the Canucks literally have nothing to play for in the standings be the reason they've looked sluggish of late? It's a theory worth exploring. | PITB

Cam Charron analyzes whether there is any correlation between blocking a lot of shots and winning a lot of games. | CanucksArmy

Tyler Drowe takes a look at the shared struggles of supposed contenders of late — Vancouver, Boston and Detroit. Can we take anything from this? | Smug Nation

Paging Dr. Recchi. | LoB

Here it is: "Because it's the Cup", the NHL's new campaign for the playoffs, this one featuring Daniel and Henrik Sedin. I like the idea, but find the execution to be a bit off. The voiceover could be a lot better, and did they have to include the clip of the twins rollerblading?



NHL News & Notes

Stars-Coyotes last night was one of the great middleweight bouts of the year. Nice goals, blown leads, a questionable hit, and a gorgeous cartwheeling kick save:

The ugly side was Shane Doan's blatant elbow to the head of Jamie Benn. I'd usually guess 3 games, but with the playoff race and Doan's reputation as a saint around the league, I wouldn't be shocked if it's 1 or 2. | PD

The Penguins exploded all over the Jets last night, with Crosby, Malkin and Neal having massive nights. Sid has 9 points in 4 games since returning. | TheScore

The latest on Alexader Radulov, who hit a couple speedbumps on his way to Nashville but is expected to suit up Thursday. | Sporting News

A couple milestones last night: Ilya Kovalchuk netted his 400th career goal, and Ales Hemsky had his first career hat-trick.

With their success on HBO's 24/7 last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have started producing their own behind-the-scenes videos called "In The Room". There are 7 episodes up already which you can watch here. | Pens

Graham James was sentenced to 2 years in prison yesterday, and the outcry from the hockey world was loud. The most infuriating part was the suggestion that the "extreme degree of humiliation" James has already faced was a factor in his reduced sentence. What about the humiliation that people like Theo Fleury and Sheldon Kennedy have felt for almost 30 years? | CBC via Kukla's Korner

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