Morning Buzz: Canucks regroup for Game 2; Sharks, Coyotes and Bruins all win in OT

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 11: David Booth #7 of the Vancouver Canucks delivers a hit to Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on April 11, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Canucks already find themselves in a position unfamiliar to them from last year: they're trailing in a playoff series. If they can have a better start and keep the action mostly at even strength, they should be fine. Lots of things to watch for tonight!

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Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Setting up Game 2 tonight against the Kings. | Canucks

Byron Bitz has been suspended two games for his hit to the head of Kyle Clifford:


The LA Kings apologized for their "offensive" tweet, and as Harrison Mooney points out, Canucks fans need to learn to not be so sensitive. | PITB

There are a lot of narratives in the playoffs — some based in reality, others created by the media to build hype (oh hi Craig Simpson, didn't see you there). Which ones from Game 1 hold up? | Smug Nation

Also from SN, Brian Beitz attended Game 1 and noticed a palpable nervous energy in Rogers Arena. | SN

As Trevor Presiloski points out, the Canucks may not be Canada's team, but they are God's team. | CanucksArmy

NHL News & Notes

Last night's three stars from an OT-filled evening of playoff hockey. | PD

Even without their top scorer, the Coyotes took Game 1 from the Hawks in OT largely thanks to the 40+ save performance from Mike Smith. | CBC

It was a bad night for the Senators, dropping Game 1 against the Rangers in MSG, but it was a great night for former Sens Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly and Martin Havlat. | PHT

The biggest hit David Krejci took last night wasn't from Alex Ochechkin or another Cap, but from a pane of glass. I expect the glass to be suspended 1-2 games for this one. Obvious headshot. | PD

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