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LIVE! Florida Panthers @ Vancouver Canucks ... Kickoff at 10 p.m. MT ... No Local TV, just Center Ice, Randy/Billy and G ... Keith Ballard OK ... Stephen Weiss out of game with undisclosed injury

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VANCOUVER – A hearty good evening from Canada's West Coast where this NFL Sunday is in its final stages but we haven't even started our hockey Sunday.

It's all good. Hope you have some coffee brewing if you plan on staying up for this one tonight. Going to go late I have a feeling.

Coming at you from high atop GM Buyout Place where instead of getting free tickets with a test drive, they give you a car if you buy tickets. Good deal for those who need a ride. I just picked up a new Chevy Impala when I showed my press credential at the door. Silver, nice rims. I'm stoked.

Going LIVE! tonight for those of you who like to follow along while watching on Centre Ice or listening along (or stealing the game off the Internet. Which, in my opinion is flat-out wrong, immoral and possibly illegal. That said, you folks out there can leave the links in our message center if you wish.)

Schnieder Cory Schneider will be in the net for the Canucks tonight, the second-year pro (he's a Boston College guy) having a very good year in the AHL but struggling a bit since being called up to the show when Roberto 'Pizza Time' Luongo got hurt last month in Pittsburgh.

Canucks are coming off a 3-0 loss in Edmonton last night, and are 3-1-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.

Panthers, as you know, are trying for the Canadian sweep, trying to win all four of their games on this Canadian roadie with victories already secured in Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary. Panthers are also trying to extend franchise record for consecutive road wins. Cats set the record at five with the win in Calgary.

Come on back, we'll be up and operational sometime before 10 MT (Miami Time).

-- Song playing during warmups: The 'specialty' bar classic 'Girls, Girls, Girls.' Good stuff. I can hear little Johnny asking dad 'can we go to the Dollhouse when we visit Fort Lauderdale?'

No Johnny, you can't.

-- For those of you watching on radio, Panthers in their road whites, Canucks in blue with the hockey stick logo out front.

-- Anyone catch the end of that Bills game? Holy smokes. They suck.

-- CPR Line getting the start again tonight...

-- Just had a rousing rendition of O! Canada and we're ready for some hockey....and away we go...

GAME ON -- GAME ON -- GAME ON

-- From the 'Don't Give the Panthers Any Ideas' Department: Aside from their championship banners, GM Place banners also hang from the rafters. No Celine Dion banners in sight, though..

Jaws -- Gregory Campbell just tested Schneider...nice stop...Anderson's had to make two nice saves already...

PANTHERS GOAL....NICK BOYNTON SHOT FROM 40 FEET OUT, STEPHEN WEISS IN FRONT...SCORE AT 4:02 OF THE FIRST...FLA 1, VAN 0

BO DOES IT AGAIN THANKS TO THE CPR BOYZ....PELTONEN TO DVORAK TO PELTONEN, SHOT, STOP, REBOUND, BOUWMEESTER SWEEPS IT IN...IT'S 2-0 AT 6:50 OF THE FIRST...FANS ARE GETTING RESTLESS...

-- Uh-oh...Keith Ballard hurt, looks like he took a shot off the leg/knee...still stayed out there although he couldn't skate..he couldn't get into position, and make it 2-1..

VANCOUVER GOAL...DARCY HORDICHUK FIRES ONE STICK SIDE WITH 7:01 LEFT IN THE PERIOD...FLORIDA STILL LEADS 2-1...

-- Ballard has left the bench area, but it looks like he can put weight on that leg now, he couldn't do that before...walked gingerly into the locker room area...will keep you updated...

-- Cats on the power play...Daniel 'Henrik' Sedin goes to the box for holding at 13:19

-- KEITH BALLARD BACK ON THE FLORIDA BENCH....

-- Canucks kill off the penalty, Ballard returns to the game...

-- CPR Line broken up, at least for now...Dvorak now with Kreps and Frolik; Ville and Soup with McLean...

--Battle of 13s on the ice...Anthony Stewart vs. Mike Brown....it was a quick one...winner for Stewie...

Stewie

-- Another nice save for Anderson...shots now even at 7 each; 2:15 left in the first...

--CPR Line back together...

-- Vancouver gets its first power play of the night, Skrastins into the box with 2:05 left...

AND THAT'S ONE COMPLETE...PANTHERS KILL OFF PENALTY GO INTO ROOM WITH A 2-1 LEAD...BE BACK FOR THE SECOND, YA HEAR?

--Just spoke to JM...Noah Welch will be back with the Panthers tomorrow...

-- Still no sighting of Cuba Gooding Jr....There is a giant inflatable whale floating around the arena, however...doesn't seem to be dropping off coupons like the one at the Bank used to. Hey, whatever happened to the in-arena blimp? Ha ha, keep your jokes to yourself...

-- In case you've noticed (and judging by the attendance, you haven't), the Rochester Americans had a pretty good week. The Amerks went 4-2 since Dec. 6, and have won two straight after beating my Cleveland Lumberjacks (Lake Erie is a terrible name) and Syracuse Crunch this weekend...

START OF SECOND -- START OF SECOND -- START OF SECOND

--Ballard into the box for hooking, 1:57...Vancouver's second power play of the night...

--Shawn Matthias stopped on breakaway...made a nice move...

-- Also, Stephen Weiss is not anywhere to be found...will find out what's up at the next break...

CANUCKS TIE IT UP...PAVOL DEMITRA GETS PUCK AWAY FROMM SKRASTINS, SWEEPS IT PAST ANDY AT 5:25 OF THE PERIOD....IT'S 2-2 IN VANCOUVER..

-- Canucks get another PP chance, Radek Dvorak to the box at 6:08...

-- Weiss got rammed into the boards and is out of the game...team calling it an upper body...Justin Copertino says he may have to go to the hospital for X-rays...will update after the game when I know some more about what happened...

-- Panthers going on the PP at 8:52...FLA 0-1 tonight...

-- 31 seconds in and Bryan McCabe gets nabbed for holding...10 yards from the spot of the foul, it's 4-on-4 for 1:29, then Canucks on PP...

CANUCKS THREE UNANSWERED HERE...TAYLOR PYATT REDIRECTS FROM HIS SPOT IN THE LOW SLOT...CANUCKS HAVE FIRST LEAD OF THE NIGHT AT 3-2...8:30 LEFT IN THE SECOND...

-- Stephen Weiss apparently taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures...

CANUCKS MAKE IT FOUR STRAIGHT...WITH SHAWN MATTHIAS IN THE BOX, KYLE WELLWOOD SLAPS A FASTBALL PAST ANDY...IT'S 4-2 WITH 7:13 LEFT IN SECOND..THE WHEELS ARE COMING OFF...

-- Panthers back on the power play at 13:10..and it just doesn't matter...

RYAN KESLER PICKS OFF PUCK, DRIVES IN ON ANDY AND GOES STICKSIDE...IT'S A SHORTHANDED GOAL, AND IT'S FIVE STRAIGHT FOR THE CANUCKS...6:35 LEFT, 5-2....OY....

-- Soup gets his fight on, throws some nice punches but connects on few against Shane O'Brien...

-- Nasty Nick to the box at 18:16...

-- Vancouver gives PP back...4-on-4 for :45, then FLA power play...Henrik 'Daniel' Sedin to the box...

WOW, WHAT A PERIOD...CANUCKS GET FOUR UNANSWERED, GO INTO THEIR ROOM UP 5-2...WILL BE BACK FOR THE THIRD, ALTHOUGH I'M SURE MANY WON'T BE...NIGHTY, NIGHT....

--We're in the third, and nothing is happening...

UNTIL NOW...PANTHERS PULL TO WITHIN TWO...MICHAEL FROLIK WORKS HIS WAY IN AND BEATS SCHNEIDER WITH 13:46 LEFT...ITS VANCOUVER BIG, BUT NOT AS BIG AS BEFORE AT 5-3...

--I think this is going to do it for now. Have to run down to the locker room at the buzzer. Could return if something strange happens. There's 5:02 left, so it's not over.

Remember to check back later this morning; whatever update I have to Stephen Weiss will be here first..

Have a happy Monday....

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Game is on here tonight: http://www.justin.tv/sport164

For anyone watching at home...got Randy and Billy on the radio and this on the tube.

I'll stay with you as long as I can (hopefully the duration), By my days started by leaving for Dolphin Stadium at 8:30 am.

Count me as one who did not see the end of the Bills-Jets game, but I understand it was unfavorable for us Fish fans.

Goal jay!!!

2 to nothing already - Boynton credited so far, but I think Kreps or Weiss deflected it (and it looked to me like it was Kreps). Then Bouwmeester pots another - off a scramble in front after a nice passing play he knocked in the rebound. Nice start!

What a start!

Uh oh, Ballard just took a shot off his ankel or foot and he appears to be hurt really bad. That could be really bad news for the Panthers. Who cares about the goal they gave up. If Ballard turns out to be seriously hurt, that will be a real problem.

George - get us an update on Ballard!!!!

'Bout time Stewart dropped the gloves.

Does tarnssky know how to drop his gloves ?

Glad I got to see the story on the year of the rat again. Thanks, Rogers Sportsnet.

Good first... Let's get stillman more innvilved... Glad Ballard ok

hey george,

watching on internet legally - centre ice lets you watch online if youre away from a tv

just thought i'd let you know

Do you know what happened to Weiss???

Hey George, If you can find Cuba tell him the NY Giants need a wide receiver who can catch the ball. Cowpokes up 14-8 in the 3rd Qtr.

he's an arizona guy...went to arizona state, wants to play for the cardinals...but you have to show him the money....

Figures the day we get a forward back we'd lose another to injury.

:/

George - the Canucks TV announcers are reporting that Weiss was taken to a local hospital. That sounds bad. The team cannot afford to lose him. You gotta find out what happened.

Come on Cats.


Crappy way to get a goal scored on you.

...four unanswered.


I think Deboer might switch in Vokoun here.

Can we lose any more players? Maybe Cuba can suit up for the 3rd period. You love me now Huh Jerry?

Wow.


Put in Vokie now. Got to relieve Andy.

It just doesn't seem like it's our night. First the Panthers did have control of the puck when Ballard clearly was hurt and the ref should have called the play.

Then Weiss gets hurt and there have been a couple of bad breaks for a couple of Vancouver goals. And now Kesler has scored.

Oh well. As I said. Not our night. Anderson has had to pick us up a couple of times by making saves on Hordichuk and Kesler but he can't be perfect every game. It's been a good trip, hopefully guys come back on Thursday and they have a good game in Carolina. This was a good trip and it's nice to see that even though down 5-2 this game isn't for lack of effort.

Seriously. What the hell is happening to the defense tonight? By no means are any of these goals Andy's fault. The 'D' are leaving him out to dry.

Just an unfortunate series of events. Overall, I am quite proud of how this team has played of late and I will be praying for Weiss's injury to not be serious.

Hey, were not dead yet! Frolik from Matthias!

We have some life again...lets do this!

Hey George, Do you know how much the human head weighs?

George - nice one on the One Day At A Time reference...wonder if anyone gets it;)

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