Canucks extend home-ice playoff losing streak in 3-1 series-opening setback to Sharks

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“We weren’t that far off but I think everything has to be five times better: puck movement, execution, battle level and bearing down when we get the chances,” said captain Henrik Sedin. “It’s going to be a tight series. We didn’t give up a whole lot of chances.” Bieksa got credit for the goal that gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 12:26 of the second period. Bieksa’s point shot was stopped, but the rebound led to a wild scramble in front of San Jose goalie Antti Niemi. It appeared San Jose winger Raffi Torres put the puck into his own net. Jannik Hansen was initially credited with the goal. “It’s playoffs and it’s going to get dirty,” Hansen said in an interview between periods. “You have to get in there of you want to score goals.” The Vancouver lead lasted just four minutes. Shortly after Vancouver winger Zack Kassian took a careless roughing minor on Couture, the Sharks centre took a feed from Boyle and snapped a wrist shot from the slot past Luongo. Luongo said before the game that he hoped he’d get some early action to get himself into the game. He got his wish. The Sharks were all over the Canucks for much of what was a scoreless first period. source: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/vancouver-canucks/Vancouver+Canucks+extend+home+playoff/8324459/story.html

Vancouver Green Men, Canucks fans fight NHL ban on antics

A protest site, ” Listen up NHL, the Fans have Rights — Support the Green Men ” has started. A rally in support of the Green Men has been organized for Saturday, May 7 before Game 5 of the series against Nashville: Show up in green! Green shirts, green wigs, green face paint, or even a green Superfan Suit for you brave ones! Bring signs that say “Go Green Men Go!”. It doesn’t matter if you are attending the game or not – be there Vancouver! Will it be like the end of “V for Vendetta,” when thousands of disaffected Londoners show up in Guy Fawkes masks to protest the government? A sea of Green Men? “I’d be down with that,” said Sully. The Green Men have also put out their own “History Will Be Made” video that focuses on what they feel is at the heart of their antics: Entertaining the fans. So much like with the octopus tossing ban in Detroit and a Vancouver car dealership prohibited from putting “Go Canucks Go” on its window , the NHL comes across as a petty killjoy, willing to crush the enthusiasm of fans to soothe the trivial complaints of others. The same Debbie Downers that believed water bottle showers for abusive fans needed to be banned have now turned their draconian response to human emotion onto the fans themselves. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/vancouver-green-men-canucks-fans-fight-nhl-ban-on-antics?urn=nhl,wp3963

Canucks rookie Corrado living NHL dream

Canucks rookie Corrado living NHL dream

Frank Corrado is proving to be an exception. The Woodbridge, Ont., native has a good chance of returning to the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup for the second game of their Western Conference quarter-final series against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. “It’s huge,” said Corrado, who was chosen 150th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft, about his NHL post-season opportunity. “That’s the whole point of playing the regular season, and that’s the whole point of getting here so, obviously, it’s great to be in the playoffs.” He played his first NHL post-season game Wednesday night as the Canucks lost 3-1 to the Sharks in the series opener. The rookie defenceman is pursuing the Stanley Cup dream less than two weeks after playing his first NHL regular-season game — and less than a month after he made his pro debut with Vancouver’s farm team, the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. He has also played for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers this season. “It’s been a whirlwind, a lot of different cities, a lot of different people and different teams,” said Corrado, who also attended Vancouver’s limited post-lockout training camp for a short period. “But you know what? It’s been fun — obviously, plenty of hockey being played. It’s nice to be a part of it.” Corrado is filling a void for Vancouver as defenceman Chris Tanev continues to recuperate from a leg injury that sidelined him in early April. source: http://news.ca.msn.com/sports/canucks-rookie-corrado-living-nhl-dream

Canucks coming up short in game of grinding giants

So when Vancouver and San Jose line up Friday for Game 2 (7 p.m., TSN, Team 1040), the Sharks will be on average two inches taller and about 20 pounds heavier across the first two forward lines. San Jose, which has a second line of Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and TJ Galiardi that is 19 feet tall, averages 6-foot-2½ and 211 pounds on the top two lines. Vancouver averages a half-inch over six feet and 192 pounds. Torres, who led everyone with six hits in Game 1, skates on a San Jose third line that even with 5-foot-11 centre Joe Pavelski is marginally bigger than Vancouver’s third unit. As they practised Thursday, the Canucks had only two top-nine forwards more than 200 pounds. The Sharks have only three who are less than 200. Obviously, size isn’t much good without skill and determination driving it. But the Canucks are fighting above their weight class yet again. “Look at our goal and their goals, too (in Game 1),” Canucks winger Danny Sedin said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s getting guys in front of the net and getting to rebounds. source: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Canucks+coming+short+game+grinding+giants/8330232/story.html

Quest for the Cup: Sharks look to take 3-0 lead on Canucks

The Sharks can take a commanding lead in their series with a win on Sunday. (USATSI)

Snap Shots • New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait is out to prove something in these playoffs. [ Newsday ] • Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo is willing to shuffle his top line around if he needs to in an effort to get something going for his team. [ Star Tribune ] • James van Riemsdyk was a big part of Toronto’s first playoff win in nine years on Saturday night thanks to this incredible effort from him and Mikhail Grabovski. Five For Fighting Every day, we’ll have a top-five list that is pretty self-explanatory, all in this man’s opinion. Today: Gretz’s top-five defensemen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 5. P.K Subban: Everybody loves to hate him, but everybody would love to have him on their team. 4. Ryan Suter: A leading contender for the Norris Trophy this season, his addition to the Minnesota lineup is a big reason the Wild ended their five-year playoff drought. 3. Alex Pietrangelo: He looks like he should be in the running for the Norris for the next 10 years. He plays some of the toughest minutes in the league and still comes out in the plus column in just about every area (shots, goals, etc.). source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22201604/quest-for-the-cup-sharks-look-to-take-3-0-lead-on-canucks

Canucks rookie Corrado has played with four teams this season in junior and pros

“It’s huge,” said Corrado, who was chosen 150th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft, about his NHL post-season opportunity. “That’s the whole point of playing the regular season, and that’s the whole point of getting here so, obviously, it’s great to be in the playoffs.” He played his first NHL post-season game Wednesday night as the Canucks lost 3-1 to the Sharks in the series opener. The rookie defenceman is pursuing the Stanley Cup dream less than two weeks after playing his first NHL regular-season game — and less than a month after he made his pro debut with Vancouver’s farm team, the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. He has also played for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers this season. “It’s been a whirlwind, a lot of different cities, a lot of different people and different teams,” said Corrado, who also attended Vancouver’s limited post-lockout training camp for a short period. “But you know what? It’s been fun — obviously, plenty of hockey being played. It’s nice to be a part of it.” Corrado is filling a void for Vancouver as defenceman Chris Tanev continues to recuperate from a leg injury that sidelined him in early April. The rapidly rising prospect is helping to make up for a shortage of right-handed defencemen that has been accentuated by Tanev’s absence. Corrado combines fluid skating and offensive ability, which gives the Canucks a stronger presence on the right point in the attacking zone, with a physical style. source: http://www.canada.com/sports/hockey/Canucks+rookie+Corrado+played+with+four+teams+this+season+junior/8328635/story.html

 

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