NHL Canadian Corner – April 19, 2012.

Canucks avoid elimination with win over Kings, Senators square their series with Rangers at two games apiece, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke dismisses criticism of dangerous hits in NHL playoffs, and Jets forward Derek Meech hoping to salvage season with the farm team.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks got a huge boost from a returning Daniel Sedin, who had an assist on a goal by brother Henrik, but it was the 43-save performance of goaltender Cory Schneider and goals from defensemen Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa which carried them to a 3-1 victory, staving off elimination and sending the series back to Vancouver for Game Five. The Kings still have a 3-1 series lead. For more on the Canucks, check out “Rumors”.

Turris salutes fans following his game-winning goal in Game Four against Rangers.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the NY Rangers in overtime by a score of 3-2, with center Kyle Turris getting the game-winner, beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist high to the glove side with a quick wrist shot, sending the Senators fans into a frenzy. The series moves back to New York for Game Five, tied at two games apiece.

NATIONAL POST: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke took aim at the criticism leveled at the league for the questionable hits which have taken place so far in this year’s playoffs, believing they’re overlooking the otherwise fine play. “This is like people complaining about the rain at Woodstock,” Burke told USA Today. “Yes, there was lots of mud, but it was the greatest music gathering in history.” He went on to say those hits are in most cases the result of the emotions raised by playoff hockey. Burke, a former league disciplinarian, defended Brendan Shanahan, the current head of the league’s Department of Player Safety. “You can’t make people happy, so just do the job,” Burke told the paper. “And I think Brendan is doing that. It’s impossible for fans to be rationale at this time of year.”

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Derek Meech, who’s missed most of this season to injury, is hoping to salvage what’s left by playing with the club’s farm team in the AHL playoffs.


  1. WTF is Burke talking about?
    Violence in the playoffs is nothing like rain at woodstock.
    A better analogy would be like expecting there to be a riot after you lose a game 7. Sure, you can expect it, but it doesn’t make it right.

    I agree with him in regards to Shanahan doing the best possible job he can. I beleive that his error to not suspend Shea Weber is his only fault in the playoffs this year.

  2. Burke, like the rest of the people who claim these hit are nothing compared to the 80s are way off. The players are faster, bigger and outfitted in armor. We know so much more about the devastating effects of these hits, to trivialise them is complete lunacy.
    They should not be brushed aside by some out-of-touch old man longing for the old days. (I grew up on 70s hockey.) We need to protect the players. We need qualified refs who are not afraid to make a call, instead of worrying how the call will impact that particular game. We need owners who are more concerned with keeping their stars on the ice for the better of the league, rather than hamstringing Shanny because they don’t want their 4th liners missing games because they gave out a bad hit. We need Shanny to stop favoring elite players and suspending due to injury. A bad hit is a bad hit, regardless of who makes it and what the outcome is.

  3. I think people are ignoring what Burke is actually saying. I don’t see him saying “All these hits are okay”. The point he’s trying to make is that yes, there have been a number of illegal incidents in the playoffs this year, but the media is so busy pointing to them and screaming about violence in hockey that they’re ignoring that this is some of the best hockey that’s been played since the lockout, in terms of intensity.

    The other point that’s being ignored here is also true; that it doesn’t matter what Shanahan does with suspensions; someone will be complaining about it. Being the league disciplinarian is a thankless job. Yeah, people are complaining about Weber’s hit (and I totally think he should have been suspended; it’s the only think Burke said I disagree with), but people would have been complaining if he was suspended, because it would have taken away from Nashville’s attempt to compete. Someone will always be complaining.