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 for Monday, March 12, 2012.
Vancouver Canucks News & Notes
A good post from our own nucksandpucks: is it time to panic? Dan Hamhuis had some insightful comments on the team's psyche in his interview on After Hours Saturday.
Gord McIntyre with three things to ponder after the loss to the Habs, including a funny quip from Hank and a befuddled Alain Vigneault wondering where Alex Edler is. [The White Towel]
Thomas Drance busts out some pretty interesting stats on Canucks defencemen, which only proved to stoke my unusual fondness for Aaron Rome and Dan Hamhuis. [PITB]
Smug Nation is the new kid in town as far as Canucks blogs go, but it's a good one. In this post, Brian Beitz breaks down how different Canucks players can break out of their current slumps, Hollywood-style. [Smug Nation]
NHL GMs met over the weekend to discuss a litany of topics. What's on Mike Gillis' mind? [Vancouver Sun]
Today in Canucks History
[March 12, 2002] Artem Chubarov becomes the first player in NHL history to have his first four career goals all be game-winners. Nine players previously held the record with three game-winners to begin a career.
NHL News & Notes
As of this writing, the San Jose Sharks are 11th in the West. Raise your hand if you predicted that's where they'd be on March 12th. Granted, they're only 3 points back of 7th and have a couple games in hand on most of the teams ahead of them.
Marty Turco got his first action of the season last night for the Bruins, and made this unbelievable cartwheel save on Jordan Staal:
While we're posting videos, how about Claude Giroux's shootout winner against the Leafs on Saturday? I want to be friends with it.
Ilya Bryzgalov shutout the Leafs on Saturday, and has been phenomenal for the past several games. [Backhand Shelf]
One of the more interesting topics being discussed by GMs over the weekend is that of "salary sharing" — the option for other teams to help lessen the burden of a bad contract to make for more trades. [Puck Daddy]
According to Bruce Boudreau, Stephane Robidas should find a safe house and lay low for a while, because he's probably wanted for murder. [PD]
The greatest goalie of all-time recorded his 650th career win last night. [PHT]
Today in NHL History
[March 12, 1972] NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons.