Canucks' Virtanen knocked out of game vs. Ducks by Getzlaf cross-check

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 09:22PM

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Vancouver Canucks rookie Jake Virtanen sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of Monday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. 

Virtanen, 19, was attempting to blow the zone with control of the puck when he was cross-checked from behind by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. Virtanen collapsed to the ice in obvious pain, as the on-ice officials assessed a minor penalty against Getzlaf.

The young Canucks winger left the game and will not return with what the Canucks have confirmed is an upper-body ailment, according to the Sportsnet broadcast.

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GIF: Chris Tanev sustains apparent hand injury blocking shot; clears the puck anyway

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 09:10PM

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The first period of the Vancouver Canucks' game on Monday night in Anaheim was something of a nightmare. All the period needed was Luke yelling "welcome to the OC bitch!" and you would've had one hell of a Fox pilot.

Not only did the Canucks fall behind early, and go down by two with just two seconds remaining in the frame, but they lost a variety of players to apparent injuries. The most impactful injury was to first-pairing Chris Tanev, who appeared to sustain a left-hand injury while blocking a shot shorthanded in the first frame.

Though Tanev left the game for the latter half of the first period, he returned to the game in the second frame.

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Bo Horvat's Early Season Usage

Dimitri Filipovic
November 30 2015 01:30PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have embraced a youth movement of sorts in the early stages of this season. 

To the organization's credit, they've managed to at least make an initially successful foray into bridging the gap from one era to the next by getting a handful of their notable prospects some NHL reps. And they've done while remaining competitive. 

The early returns on the youth influx have been rather encouraging. Jared McCann is amongst the team leaders in goals, Jake Virtanen has flashed the sort of powerful play both on and off the puck that may justify his draft position yet, and Ben Hutton has been a standout puck-mover from the back end.

If those guys have been given a chance to dip their respective toes in the water, though, then Bo Horvat has been tossed into the deep end of the pool without a life jacket. 

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November 30 2015 12:45PM

Remember when the Ducks were good? Remember when they added Kesler and Bieksa and many thought OH, these Ducks are going to be really good now? Ya, me neither. There aren't too many things that make me happier but seeing Kesler and Bieksa stink in Orange County is a great feeling. Tonight, the Nucks take a few hours away from Fantasyland and the Tower of Terror to take on the Ducks. The promising thing here is that the Canucks seem to be getting over their hump, whereas the Ducks...not so much. Shame.

I will say one thing about the Honda Center, though, killer condiment bar (cheese, bacon bits, green onions I think, sour cream, salsa, etc). As a fan, that's good stuff.

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West Coast Express line of Naslund, Bertuzzi and Morrison to be honoured at Rogers Arena next week

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 11:37AM


After Pavel Bure left in a huff and before the Sedin twins rose to prominence, the West Coast Express line captured the imagination of left coast hockey fans.

Though the West Coast Express-era Canucks never achieved a level of playoff success to match their artistry and dominance in the regular season, and were involved in perhaps the darkest chapter in Vancouver Canucks history, they're still remembered fondly in the lower mainland. And next Monday they'll be honoured at Rogers Arena when the Canucks host the Buffalo Sabres. 

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