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Morning Buzz: Daniel likely ready for playoffs; Gauthier fired in Montreal; plus playoff race craziness!

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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.


Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

I don't know about you, but I've had about enough of the constantly negative media coverage in this city. Thankfully, Ian MacIntyre has picked up on this, and delivered a bunch of positive stats regarding the Canucks. | Vancouver Sun

iMac also casually throws this little tidbit out there: Daniel Sedin should be ready for the playoffs (notice the critical error in the article image and caption). | VS

The Canucks organization once celebrated "Yukon night" by giving captain Orland Kurtenbach a puppy. Oh, how times have changed. Keith Ballard had to buy his dog George with his own money! | PITB

Jeff Angus takes a thorough look at what caused Vancouver's downfall in the finals last spring, and whether or not this year's team is better equipped to deal with those issues. | CanucksArmy

After the anti-riot video was released on Wednesday, the CHB has developed a poster of their own to further the cause.

The rapid development of Jordan Schroeder could be one of the reasons Mike Gillis was willing to part with Cody Hodgson at the trade deadline this season. | The Province

The Canucks organization is known for using some unorthodox methods to keep the team sharp. Here are 5 specialists within the organization that you probably didn't know about. | Smug Nation

NHL News & Notes

Pierre Gauthier was fired as GM of the Montreal Canadiens yesterday. Here's Bruce Arthur's take on the difficult situation in Montreal. | NP

Huge, huge win for the Phoenix Coyotes last night, blanking the San Jose Sharks 2-0 and moving into 7th place. | NHL

Remember all those games in hand the Sharks once had? Well, they flushed them down the toiler. They now sit in 9th place, tied in points with the Kings at 88, but now LA actually has a game in hand on them. Dallas remains one point up on both and sits 3rd.

The Blackhawks cockblocked the Blues from a division title, beating them in a shootout last night. | CBC

Scary moment for the Penguins last night as Crosby was struck in the face by a puck and bled profusely. Good news is he later returned to the game. | TheScore

Last night's three stars includes Josh Bailey, who had a 5-point night against the Penguins. The Pens are just glad the Isles are nowhere near the playoffs, because they always seem to have their number. | PD

Matt Hendricks has become a shootout hero for the Capitals of late, always pulling the same dramatic near the top of the circle. He made Timmy Thomas look pretty damn foolish last night.

The Florida Panthers will have to wait a little longer to secure their first ever division title, as the Wild tied the game with 30 seconds left and then won in overtime. | Kukla's Korner