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Old 04-04-2003, 12:28 AM   #151
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Who will Canucks play in Round 1?
Ghost of playoffs past feels 'nervous about the first round, really nervous'


By GARY MASON
The Vancouver Sun


There I was, sitting in my La-Z-Boy, just me, some pop, some chips, some dip, a package of licorice Twizzlers, a Caramilk bar, a pan of Rice Krispie squares and the latest copy of The Hockey News, when the voice descended on me.

Well, Mr. Know-it-all, who do the Canucks wanna face in the first round?

I closed my magazine and looked around.

Who's there?

I'm the ghost of playoffs past. Canucks playoffs past to be precise. I've been there for them all, kid. I saw Smyl hit the post against Calgary in '89 and Kirk McLean make the greatest save of his life against those same Flames in '94. But I've got to tell you I'm nervous about the first round, really nervous.

Nervous? I said. About the first round? Obviously you haven't been following the Canucks too closely this year. They're likely going to be the highest scoring team in the league for the second straight year, likely going to win their division, likely going to have this year's NHL scoring leader in their lineup, and you're worried?

Well, they haven't sewn up the division title yet. And if Colorado manages to overtake them St. Louis won't be any fun at all.

Well, let me let you in on a little secret Mr. Ghost. St. Louis doesn't have a goalie who can drink a glass of water without leaking. And that's why they won't get past the first round regardless of who they play.

Yes, that's what they said about Chris Osgood in '98 too. Somehow he managed to get his name engraved on old Stanley that year. And let me tell you another thing: the Canucks don't have five guys that can match Al MacInnis, Doug Weight, Keith Tkachuk, Pavol Demitra and a defenceman named Chris Pronger. Ever heard of him?

Oh, that's a good one Ghostie Boy. Ever heard of Chris Pronger. Actually, it's funny you should mention him. Saw his debut against Detroit a couple of nights ago. I wonder if he got wind burn from all those Wings flying by him?

Wind burn. Oh, that's so witty. Give me a second to gather myself. I have it on good authority that Pronger will be ready for the playoffs. And he'll be bringing a mean streak that will have the Sedins complaining of mysterious ailments before the game.

Hey, don't you worry about the Sedins. Just tell Keith Tkachuk to keep his head up when Brad May's on the ice.


What about Anaheim? You probably think the Canucks would just blow by them as well. I've been following Paul Kariya's team and let me tell you, they are going to surprise someone.

Yeah, well, when Steve Thomas is your second best player I don't get too worried.

Well, allow me to let you in on a little secret. When it comes to the playoffs the most important player on your team is the goaltender. And when it comes to the playoffs little things, like faceoffs, become crucial. The Ducks have two of the best goalies in the league and the best faceoff percentage in the entire NHL.

Please, please. Next you're going to be saying Sandis Ozolinsh is a legitimate Conn Smythe candidate.

And Minnesota? I guess the Mighty Nucks would take care of them in four straight.

Maybe the Wild could eke out a win but of all the possible matchups I like this one the best. Yes, Minny has some speed and any team coached by Jacques Lemaire is going to be ready to play, but in the end they're no match for Vancouver.

Teams don't score as many goals in the playoffs as they do during the regular season. That's why goaltending is 100 times more important. One bad goal and ... well, ask Dan Cloutier about that. But I wouldn't mind going into the playoffs with Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson as my tandem. They're good enough to steal a series all by themselves.

And don't forget Edmonton, Mr. Ghostie, they're still a threat. As long as no one discovers Tommy Salo's weak spot and fires a puck at his head. Maybe the Canucks can sign someone from Belarus just in case we meet them in the first round.

Yes, maybe so. But the Oilers have something the Canucks don't - those five Stanley Cup banners that hang from the rafters. In recent years, those banners have been known to give Edmonton teams special powers come playoff time. Just ask Dallas.

Tell you what. Why don't we have a little wager here? I say the Canucks advance to the second round no matter who they play.

I say it's another first-round disappointment.

You win and I give up Rice Krispie squares. I win and you have to promise not to say where I hide my Caramilk bars.

Won't say boo.
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Old 04-04-2003, 12:34 AM   #152
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Yes, read that in the Sun today. That's just Gary Mason having a bit of fun. He does make some good points, but I'm not too concerned. The Canucks are a high octane machine running on special Orca fuel only found on the West Coast of BC. We have a secret ingredient. It's in the fish.
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you're not too concerned??

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I suppose you didn't notice that my last post was slightly (note: sarcasm) tongue in cheek?

But I do believe it's in the fish. You can't argue that. On a related note, I heard Markus was dating a Mermaid.
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If they lose the first round, will Todd Bertuzzi cry and yell insults again like he did in 2000-2001?

I have nothing against the Canucks. I just like to remember that.
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If the sky falls on a forest, does anyone care? Ah, if the Canucks lose in the first round, if if if if!!! Bertuzi might be a whiner, but to his defense, I'd be whining too if I received 3 highsticks to my face on average per game. The refs don't call it because he's considered tough, and also because they don't like him because he whines. But the reason he whines is because he never gets any calls. You see, it's a vicious cycle that only Todd will be able to get out of. I don't mind players crying though. It shows they have emotion, that they give a damn. He almost cried the other night after missing the breakaway (which would have won the game) against Phoenix. So, to answer your question, yes, he may cry *if* the Canucks were to lose in the first round, but hey, who wouldn't want Todd Bertuzzi on their hockey team?

What a player, what a team...it's the Nazzy and Tuzzy show.
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Are you the one with the bibs? Yeah, didn't think so. Sounds like someone's got a bad case of the Blues. Tissue?
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If the sky falls on a forest, does anyone care? Ah, if the Canucks lose in the first round, if if if if!!! Bertuzi might be a whiner, but to his defense, I'd be whining too if I received 3 highsticks to my face on average per game. The refs don't call it because he's considered tough, and also because they don't like him because he whines. But the reason he whines is because he never gets any calls.

I'm a girl, I like it when players cry. When Jiri Fischer burst into tears during the Red Wings-Avs series, I thought it was very nice.

But yelling "You f---ing sons of bitches! You suck!" is pretty bad.

I don't think being whiney is *ever* acceptable in hockey though. Dan Hinote, Todd Bertuzzi, whoever they are and whatever the reason, it's just not cool.
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Wayne used to whine. He was well known for it. Flames fans used to call him a whiner to try and throw him off his game. Of course, he promptly responded each time by setting the Saddledome on fire by scroring 5 or 6 points but still no one ever learned....
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When Jiri Fischer burst into tears during the Red Wings-Avs series, I thought it was very nice.
Heehee! I enjoyed that as well, I have to say. Poor Jiri.

I don't know though, in general. I like the post-winning-the-Cup kind of crying. But frustrated crying ... hmmm. I know I'm a girl, and I'm therefore supposed to enjoy it. And I guess I do on some level (depending on the player). But overall it seems kind of ... wussy to me.
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Heehee! I enjoyed that as well, I have to say. Poor Jiri.

I don't know though, in general. I like the post-winning-the-Cup kind of crying. But frustrated crying ... hmmm. I know I'm a girl, and I'm therefore supposed to enjoy it. And I guess I do on some level (depending on the player). But overall it seems kind of ... wussy to me.
I would have to agree...it definitely depends on the player. Jiri Fischer crying out of frustration--I feel for. Mike Modano, I would just laugh at and hold against forever.
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I will be cheering for two teams this year. The Leafs and the Oilers. I live close to Edmonton, so I've become a fan since like forever....but I love my leafs!

Go Leafs/Oilers Go!!!!
Wow a U2 fan that cheers for the Leafs/Oilers that's rare... welcome to the club.

PS- I'm guessing you know who else I cheer for... maybe I'll see you up in Edmonton...

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Yeah, well, when Steve Thomas is your second best player I don't get too worried.
I guess this guys never heard of Thomas' playoff success... or the fact that he is tied with Sergei Fedorov for scoring the most overtime goals all time (how's that for clutch?).

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The refs don't call it because he's considered tough, and also because they don't like him because he whines. But the reason he whines is because he never gets any calls.
Hey, well tell that to the other 300 tough guys in the league who have to deal with the stigma of "diver", "cheap player", or "fighter"... most of the time refs don't decide games... players do by getting frustrated and having the "me against the world attitude" (see Maple Leafs and Isles last year... if I have to see Peter Laviolette's bitter face again I'M GOING TO CRY).
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come oooon canucks, lose to la, coooome on colorado, beat st louis to set up a st louis vs vancouver 1st round match up. that'd be sweep, i mean sweet, but also a sweep.

bring on the canuckerbockers.
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Yes, you are right, it would be a sweep. Of the Blues.
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