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

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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