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Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith sounded like he just wanted to get everything over with when the media engulfed his locker-room stall at the United Center after practice Friday.

Keith had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL at 1 p.m. Friday for his elbow to the head of Canucks forward Daniel Sedin on Wednesday night.

It never takes long for the Blackhawks' rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks to get going. On Wednesday, it was Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith elbowing Canucks forward Daniel Sedin in the head in the first period.

Here's the video:


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dave Bolland had a big game against the NHL-leading Minnesota Wild to prepare for Wednesday, but he still couldn't avoid hearing about the derogatory remarks that Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault made about him earlier in the day.

With the Wolves now the American Hockey League partner of the Vancouver Canucks -- the hated rival of the Blackhawks -- every move they make garners a little more attention.

On Monday, the Wolves finally announced that former NHL coach Craig MacTavish will be their next head coach.


An already simmering rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and the Blackhawks meant change for one Hawk.

Defenseman Brent Seabrook, a Vancouver-area native, said he had to move to get away from all the craziness that engulfed the city during the playoffs when the Canucks made their unsuccessful run at the Stanley Cup.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- There were a lot questions about pressure, nerves and sleepless nights. Some wondered about the growing hate between the two teams, the contempt and scrums after whistles.

There were questions about who takes Mason Raymond's spot in the Canucks lineup, and how much of an emotional lift Nathan Horton is, seeing that he traveled with the Bruins to Vancouver.

Of course, some wanted to know how Roberto Luongo, who doesn't speak to the media on game days in the postseason, was feeling.

Here's a look into the minds of the Bruins and Canucks as they prepare for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night in Vancouver:

BOSTON - Nathan Horton is out for rest of the Stanley Cup finals. And so is Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome.

The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old Horton, who is tied for second on the team with 17 points this postseason, suffered a severe concussion in Game 3 at TD Garden.

The NHL, which has taken heat for its inconsistent rulings, then came down on Rome. Vice president of hockey operation Mike Murphy suspended Rome four games for his late shoulder-to-head hit on a puck-less Horton. (See the video here.) If the finals end before Game 7, Rome's suspension will carry over into next season.

BOSTON --- Just over five minutes into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, a feisty TD Garden fell silent.

Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton passed the puck to his left to Milan Lucic and took a couple strides when Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome stepped into him for a late shoulder-to-head hit just past center ice.

Horton lay motionless on the ice for several moments. He left on the ice on a stretcher and was taken to an area hospital. He was moving all his extremities.

Rome was assessed a major interference penalty and ejected. He has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Tuesday.

Here's the video of the hit:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It didn't take long for the first controversy to arise in the Stanley Cup finals.

Blackhawks fans vividly recall the time Vancouver Canucks forward and pest Alex Burrows pulled defenseman Duncan Keith's hair in a fight two years ago.

In Game 1 Wednesday at Rogers Arena, Burrows bit Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's finger during a scrum at the end of the first period.

Here's the video:

An informal poll via Twitter suggested one thing: There appears to be a seething hatred for all things Canucks among Blackhawks fans.

It most likely works both ways, and there's no denying some fans -- and even players -- enjoy seeing their rival lose.

But why?

Here's a look at what some Hawks fans had to say about the Canucks when asked to explain their feelings for them on Twitter.

But first, here's an email from @lkrzepkowski, who said 140 characters wasn't enough ...


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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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