Canucks Army Postgame: Die Another Day

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April 23 2015 11:47PM

With their season on the line Thursday night, the Canucks came out and controlled the Calgary Flames. Once again, they fell behind early, but as they've done so many times this season, Vancouver battled back and thanks to another banner performance from the Sedin twins, managed to skate away with a 2-1 victory in the fifth game of their first round series.

Although it was a strong effort, it was far from perfect, and the Canucks will need to be even better still if they want to beat Calgary on their home ice in game 6 to once again keep their season alive. Join us after the jump for a recap of Vancouver's huge game 5 win.

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5 Things That Have to Happen For The Canucks to Come Back

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April 23 2015 03:01PM

As I'm sure you've heard, Vancouver plays what could be their final game of the season tonight after falling behind 3 games to 1 to the Calgary Flames. It's very nearly the worst case scenario for the Canucks as they find themselves in an incredibly tough spot and are without a doubt on the ropes.

Still, the series isn't over until it's over, and Vancouver has a fighting chance. But with no room for error, every single thing has to go perfectly in order for the Canucks to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Here are five things that have to happen for Vancouver to win the next three games and come all the way back to knock off the Calgary Flames.

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Svengeance: Baertschi to Make Playoff Debut in Game 5

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April 22 2015 04:02PM

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With Alex Burrows now confirmed to be sidelined for the remainder of Vancouver's first round series against the Calgary Flames, the Canucks will now turn to a Calgary castoff and a playoff rookie to help them turn their fortunes around and do the improbable.

Trade deadline acquisition Sven Baertschi will reportedly suit up on Thursday for game 5 for his NHL playoff debut. Read past the jump for more.

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Why Alex Burrows' Automatic Suspension Wasn't Automatic At All

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April 20 2015 05:30PM

Late Monday morning, reports surfaced that Canucks agitator Alex Burrows would not be suspended for his role in Sunday night's late-game fireworks. Burrows took a run at Johnny Gaudreau, similar to the one that Flames rookie Michael Ferland took at Luca Sbisa, and then was perhaps a little over-eager to defend himself when Kris Russell skated in to defend his teammate.

Burrows was assessed an instigator penalty on the play, and by the letter of the law, this meant that Burrows would automatically be suspended for game 4 of the Canucks-Flames series. Certainly, certain Flames media types were convinced that there was "nothing the NHL could do" to overturn this ruling, but as we saw just one day prior and were reminded by this morning's news, the automatic suspension is overturned all the time.

So with that in mind, let's go back and look at what a player actually has to do to be suspended for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of a hockey game.

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The Injury Bug: Is Zack Kassian Out for the Season?

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April 20 2015 12:47PM

Injury Bug

It seems like it's been months since we last saw Zack Kassian.

The mercurial winger has had his ups and downs in 2014-2015, spending much of the first half of the season in the coaches' doghouse before finding a home with the Sedins on Vancouver's first line, but has since completely dropped off the face of the Earth with a reported back injury.

The Canucks have kept completely silent about the nature of Kassian's ailment, but rumblings from those supposedly in the know are starting to suggest that it's pretty severe and the big winger isn't due back any time soon. In fact, he may be completely done for the foreseeable future.

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