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The Province

Iain MacIntyre: Canucks respond to lame Ducks outing, but Kings still get Quick win

“The debut-du-jour was made by Molino, who was wearing a Canuck uniform in the NHL one week after finishing his college career at Western Michigan University. A month ago, [Drew] Shore was playing in Switzerland. This is the Canucks’ new world.”

Iginla’s 625th goal, Quick’s 35 saves get Kings past Canucks

“The Kings were coming off a 4-1 victory in Calgary after picking up just one win over their last five (1-4-0), a stretch that helped put the club’s playoff hopes on the brink of elimination.

Quick, who missed 59 games earlier this season with a groin injury, picked up his 44th career shutout after going 4-4-0 over his last nine starts, with 16 goals-against over that span.”

The Provies: How the Sedins got smothered, saving Goldy and the legend of Biega grows

“It’s almost hard to believe now, but Daniel Sedin had 61 points last season. It’s 50% more than his current pile. He had 28 goals. That’s double what’s he got.

To think, many concluded last year which was a down year for the Sedins, impaired by multiple Henrik injuries in the second half, including a broken finger he was playing with for weeks.

Matching that down year now feels as unattainable as the Art Ross, 100-point seasons.

Since Jan. 1, Daniel has four goals. It’s in 39 games, nearly half a season’s worth.”

Vancouver Courier – Pass it to Bulis

I Watched This Game: Canucks 0, Kings 2

“Alex Biega is 28 years old, yet he has the spirit (and the sparse facial hair) of a young boy. Sprinkling a bit of fairy dust on himself, he burst out in song: “I can fly, I can fly, I can flyyyyy!” and launched himself into Tanner Pearson with an airborne check. The undersized defenceman-cum-forward may not have much in the way of scoring power, but from an acrobatic gymnastics point of view I give him a 9.5 for both artistry and execution.

I’m actually really liking Biega on the fourth line, he’s got energy to burn, knows the fundamentals and he has a great attitude. It’s just a bonus that he’s got hops.”

Canucks Army

Canucks Army Postgame #77: Meh-lino

“Perhaps it’s just that the bar for entertainment has just been significantly lowered in Vancouver over the past two seasons, but tonight’s tilt between the Canucks and Kings felt oddly fun. At least, as fun as a 2-0 game between two offensively anemic teams can be. The Canucks generated a lot of chances, many of which came courtesy of their youngsters, and Ryan Miller had yet another solid outing.”

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