Vancouver Green Men, Canucks fans fight NHL ban on antics

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Against the Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they used a cardboard cutout of Vince Vaughn, Chicago fan, to mock Duncan Keith (notes) ; in Round 2 against the Nashville Predators , they moved on to Carrie Underwood, wife of Preds center Mike Fisher (notes) . While their prop comedy is safe, it turns out someone in the NHL isn’t a fan of their other antics. The league has informed the Green Men — who go by the monikers Force and Sully — that they’re no longer allowed to touch the penalty box glass or perform handstands to distract the visiting team’s players. “It’s a liability thing,” Sully told us by phone on Monday. “Even though I’ve been doing them for a year and a half, and I’m sort of an expert on them.” Sully said that a Canucks official informed them of the crackdown, passing along the edict from the NHL. “The Canucks have our backs. The NHL didn’t want to call us personally, so they had the Canucks do it for them.” The Green Men believe it’s the Nashville Predators, the Canucks’ foes in the Stanley Cup Playoff Western Conference semifinals, that ordered the ban on certain antics. Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reports that “a Predators spokesman denied any complaint was lodged.” The Green Men, who are traveling to Nashville for Games 3 and 4 against the Predators, don’t plan on targeting the NHL in their newest taunts. “I don’t know if we can go after the man,” said Sully. “We’re going to adhere to what the league is saying. But we’re not going to shut it down completely.” While the Green Men modulate their routine, their fans in Vancouver have stepped up with “Save The Green Men” campaigns … even as one prominent Canadian broadcaster celebrates their restrictions. First, a quick primer on what it is the Green Men do so well: Glenn Healy, a former NHL goaltender, is a commentator on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada.” He discussed the situation on Saturday ( video here ), and criticized the Green Men’s antics: “No one’s owning up to the fact that the league has looked into getting rid of these guys. source:,wp3963

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

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. They outshot Vancouver 15-9 and Luongo made a number of huge saves, none bigger than when he slid across his crease and got his right pad on a Martin Havlat shot off a rebound on an early San Jose power play. “I felt pretty good in the first, it gave me a good rhythm for the rest of the game,” Luongo said. “But when you are on the losing end you always want to find a way to do more.” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault knows his team has to find a way to generate more offence in Game 2. source:

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)

Especially when you’re the last playoff team going up against the top one. 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. source:

Sharks embarrass Canucks to go up 3-0 in series

“We know we can’t let up. That Detroit series we let them back in. We do that in this series they are too good of a team.” Scoring details SJ – 14:08 –PP – 8 J.Pavelski(1) – assists – 39 L.Couture(2), 19 J.Thornton(1) 2nd period SJ – 7:20 –EV – 8 J.Pavelski(2) – assists 57 T.Wingels(2), 27 S.Hannan(1) VAN – 11:07 –EV – 14 A.Burrows(1) – assists – 33 H.Sedin(2), 22 D.Sedin(2) 3rd period SJ – 1:40 –PP – 39 L.Couture(2) – assist – 52 M.Irwin(1) SJ – 1:49 –EV – 12 P.Marleau(3) – assist – 39 L.Couture(3) SJ – 4:07 –PP – 39 L.Couture(3) – assists – 19 J.Thornton(2), 8 J.Pavelski(4) VAN – 13:12 –EV – 2 D.Hamhuis(1) – assist – 15 D.Roy(1) Turning point The turning point in this game was the Sharks third goal which came on the power play just 1:40 into the third period. The fact that the Sharks lit the lamp nine seconds later was the nail in the coffin. Contenders & Pretenders Contenders Logan Couture & Joe Pavelski – are on the list for combining for seven points and leading their team offensively. Even more impressive is that Pavelski is getting things done while centering the third line. The defense – are on the list for being the unsung heroes for San Jose. These guys were great all night and made Antti Niemi’s job much easier by winning battles and being the first ones to loose pucks. Vlasic and Braun have been given the job of shutting down the opposition’s top line and have quietly done an admirable job. “The D core played well as a group of six” stated Coach Todd McLellan afterwards. “Vancouver has a very heavy fore check, they came at us hard and they hemmed us in at times, but we were calm and took away some important ice from them.” Vancouver fans – that made the trip down here for the game deserve to be recognized. source:

Canucks must like what they see in defenceman Frank Corrado

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“It’s just like picking up a new guitar,” said Corrado, who has a dozen of them at home. “You do the same things, it’s just a different guitar.” On a more serious note, Corrado said not a whole lot changes playing with Edler. “He likes to move the puck and get in the rush,” Corrado said of Edler. “I am just going to try and do the same thing, get pucks out of our zone, get up in the play and be physical in our own zone.” A NON-STARTER: Roberto Luongo has received well-deserved praise for the way he has handled the Canucks’ goaltending soap opera this season and he displayed his sense of humour again on Sunday. As Luongo arrived at his dressing room stall following extra on-ice work at the game-day skate, a Canuck media relations staffer reminded reporters that the team’s backup goalie does not give interviews on game days. As he was peeling off his sweat-soaked jersey, Luongo said with a smile: “Does that mean I’m not starting?” FORMER CLIPPERS: Matt Irwin remembers Canucks’ defenceman Jason Garrison being a brief teammate of his. The feeling apparently is not mutual. Irwin, a rookie defenceman with the Sharks, was called up by the B.C. Hockey League’s Nanaimo Clippers late in the 2004-05 season and played three games. That was Garrison’s last year with the Clippers and Irwin said Sunday he clearly remembers playing with Garrison. source:


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