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Cherry Picking - Jan. 31, 2013

by Colin Hope / Vancouver Canucks

January 31st marks the beginning of NHL Hockey Talks a month-long initiative to increase awareness on mental health issues. Iain MacIntyre spoke with Wes Rypien on the legacy his younger brother, Rick, left behind. Read

Luongo gets the start, looks sharp and gets the shutout

Roberto Luongo after his first shutout of the season: "I feel great,I’m moving really well. I’m trying to keep my body centred on every shot and not leaning away from the puck. I’m really happy with the way I’m moving in the crease and the way I’m seeing the puck. Read

Did you see that: Roberto Luongo robs Avs

Just in case you missed it last night, here’s Roberto Luongo reaching back and swiping the puck off the goal line with the knob of his stick. Read

Garrison busts out of slump with goal

It didn’t take long (six games!) for the critics to come out when Jason Garrison was held scoreless and it took him all of 7 minutes to silence them with his first of the season. Read

Is it easy being green?

The Green Guys, Sully and Force, are best known for flailing around all willy-nilly like those car lot blow up dolls, or tossing Eggo Waffles but apparently the can talk too (who knew!). Read

Rapid Fire

- The K-Wings lost a tight battle 2-1 last night giving up the game winning goal with just 5 minutes remaining. Canucks prospects Alexandre Grenier and Mallet were held pointless, but Mallet made the score sheet with his 1st fight in the ECHL.

- Apparently no one told Brendan Gaunce it was stat night against the Kingston Frontenacs as the captain was held scoreless in an 8-2 Bellville romp. What a generous guy.

- Henrik Tommernes is back in action just a couple days following the Forlunda Indian’s thumping at the hands of the Sedin’s hometown club MODO.

- And @strombone1’s thoughts on Alex Burrows' shootout spin-o-rama.

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