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 Friday, March 2, 2012.
Vancouver Canucks News & Notes
Credit to Canucks Army for being the first blog with a game recap up. [Canucks Army]
Zack Kassian made his home debut for the Canucks last night, and put up a pretty impressive effort on the 4th line with Malhotra and Lapierre. Post-game, AV lauded more praise on Kassian than he probably ever did on Hodgson. [The Province]
"He brought exactly what the scouts said he could. he's a player who can skate, see the ice offensively, take pucks to the net, he's got a physical edge to his game and he's a first-year player. He's got a tremendous amount of upside. I'm very happy with what I've seen so far."
Some additional stats from last night's battle for 1st place in the NHL. [Vancouver Sun]
Harrison Mooney is spitballin' on Cory Schneider, Hodgson still being a nerd, and the video below. [PITB]
The House of Linden returns to bring us "Sh*t Canucks Fans DON'T Say". Well done. [Legion of Blog]
According to Alain Vigneault, he never met with Cody Hodgson last Saturday, as was initially reported by Ritch Winter on Twitter. [The White Towel]
Botch explains what Samuel Pahlsson brings to the table for the Canucks, and how they're still in search for that perfect compliment to the 2nd line. [National Post]
Today in Canucks History
[March 2, 2000] Mark Messier records a point, giving him 1700 for his career. Messier becomes only the fourth player in NHL history to record 1700 points. Plus anytime Messier recorded a point in Vancouver, it was a huge occasion.
NHL News & Notes
Lowlight of the night: Seto-oopsie!
Ryan Miller made 82 saves in the span of 24 hours, and pitched two shutouts in the process. [PHT]
Stop the presses! Don Cherry has joined Twitter. Follow him at @CoachsCornerCBC. This can only be good.
The race in the Southeast Division this month between the Jets, Capitals and Panthers will be one of the most entertaining to watch. Florida sits two points up on Winnipeg, even after the Jets handed them a 7-0 beat down last night. My man Evander Kane had 4 points. [Sportsnet]
Today in NHL History
[March 2, 1929] Chicago Black Hawks shutout for NHL record 8th straight game. What?!
 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season.