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Morning Buzz: Daniel Sedin flies to join Canucks; Rangers, Bruins and Blues win; Backstrom receives match penalty

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Together again?
Together again?

I warned you that there was going to be a lot of talk about Alain Vigneault's job during the two-day break between Games 3 & 4. Here we go...


Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

The Canucks and their fans received a glimmer of hope in their darkest hour yesterday: Daniel Sedin will join the team in LA today for practise. But does this mean he will play in Game 4? "That is a decision that he and the doctors will make together." | VS

Is Alain Vigneault "out-coached" in the playoffs as often as some fans seem to think? Drance gives the sort of detailed analysis only he can pull off. | CanucksArmy

Harrison Mooney gives his own take on the subject. | PITB

Meanwhile, Wyatt Arndt (aka @TheStanchion) wonders if coaches really have an "expiration date" when it comes to winning a Cup with one team. The stats are pretty telling. | LoB

Unsurprisingly, Tony G. is planted firmly in the "Fire AV" camp. Heck, he set up his tent, went hunting for dinner, lit a fire, and is tuning his acoustic guitar for a sing-a-long. | The Province

Tom (aka @GayCanuck) is still lamenting the loss of Cody Hodgson. | Puck Buddys

Desperate times, desperate measures. How desperate? Well, the Canucks are looking at the Chicago Blackhawks for inspiration. | VS

After a season in which fans were convinced that nothing mattered until the playoffs, the team's current series deficit has us all feeling one thing: disappointment. | Smug Nation

The Canucks had a day off to recharge yesterday, and Kevin Bieksa showed up on Twitter to let us know they had some good team bonding.

I've seen a lot of fans mock the Canucks' positivity given the position they're in. Would you prefer they openly cry in the media like Patrick Kane last year?

NHL News & Notes

The Bruins came alive physically last night in a series that had been pretty tepid up until that point. Not good news for the Capitals. | PD

Their biggest piece of bad news is Nick Backstrom received a match penalty for a high crosscheck on Rich Peverley, which means an automatic suspension. | Kukla's Korner

Another suspension, this one to the Penguins' Craig Adams for one game for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of Sunday's game. Dan Bylsma was also fined $10,000. | NHL

The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead on the Senators on the strength of a great game by Henrik Lundqvist and a goal by Brian Boyle, who has scored in all three games in the series. | PHT

Everyone is piling on Marc-Andre Fleury for his poor performance in this year's playoffs, but at the other end, Ilya Bryzgalov hasn't exactly been all-universe. | Backhand Shelf