Morning Buzz: Daniel Sedin progressing; Quincey gets one-game ban; fallout from Pens-Flyers mayhem

Invisiburr! Courtesy of Smug Nation.

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 a link or two from the grumpy old men who get paid to cover the team).

If you have something you'd like to include in the Buzz, please email me.

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Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Previewing tonight's match-up against the Anaheim Ducks, the first non-playoff team Vancouver has faced in about a thousand years. | Canucks

Max Lapierre has taken advantage of his opportunity to play on the top line in Daniel Sedin's absence, scoring a goal in each of the last two games. | The Province

Marc-Andre Gragnani is settling into his role on Vancouver's defence. | VS

(You know it is a day off for the club when the beat writers churn out "Player X stepping up/finding his game/settling into a role" pieces.)

In real news, Henrik Sedin says his brother is progressing, feeling better everyday. | Sportsnet

Daniel Wagner argues that the Canucks would benefit from stronger competition in the Northwest Division. I don't agree with everything in here, but it's a valid point. | PITB

The good folks at Canucks Army and the FanZoo are giving away an autographed Chris Higgins jersey. I've entered, have you?!?!

CHB's anti-riot PSA for today, featuring our ridiculously awesome ginger backup other goalie Cory Schneider. | CHB

Smug Nation with more horrifyingly creepy invisible Canucks. Can you guess who they're supposed to be? If not for the Canucks sweaters, I would have guessed one of them was Joe Thornton in the playoffs. | Smug Nation

In a guest post at the Legion, @mattthemascot talks about the magic of the playoffs. | LoB

NHL News & Notes

Kyle Quincey has been suspended one game for his elbow to the head of Thomas Kopecky:

The Lightning did the Sabres a solid last night by beating the Capitals. Stamkos scored his 57th and 58th goals of the season. He has three games left to hit 60! | PHT

Elliotte Friedman with some thoughts on the Pennsylvania bloodbath we're going to see in the first round, plus 30 more. | CBC

Mike Milbury places the blame for Sunday's line brawl between the Penguins and Flyers on Sidney Crosby. He calls Sid a "goody two shoes". Man, that is almost as creative as Thelma & Louise! In other news, Mike Milbury is a fucking idiot. | CBC

Peter Laviolette was fined $10,000 for his little hissy fit at Dan Bylsma. As Friedman points out in his column above, though, the rant was likely just posturing for the playoffs. | PD

The game of hockey is summed up in one simple GIF:

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via Tumblr.

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