Canucks Army Postgame: Back to Square One

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April 17 2015 11:43PM

Not only did the Vancouver Canucks even their series with the Calgary Flames in emphatic fashion with a 4-1 win Friday night, but there's also some legitimate hatred in this series now! For a recap of Vancouver's series-tying win and a look at the chaos to close out the night, read after the jump.

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VIDEO: Canucks-Flames Game Two Ends in Line Brawl

That's Offside!
April 17 2015 11:30PM

With the Vancouver Canucks leading 4-1 in the third period of game two against the Calgary Flames, a line brawl broke out, featuring fights between Matt Stajan and Brad Richardson, and Derek Dorsett and Deryk Engelland, and scrums involving all other players on the ice.

See what went down after the jump.

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VIDEO: Does Kris Russell's cross-check on a prone Nick Bonino warrant a suspension?

Thomas Drance
April 17 2015 09:22PM

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The Vancouver Canucks came out flying in the first period of Game 2.

Seizing control and setting a physical tone right from the get go, the Canucks received early goals from Daniel Sedin and Nick Bonino to give them a 2-0 lead over the Calgary Flames. Something happened on Higgins' power-play marker though that could presumably, attract the attention of the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

Let's get into it.

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Looks like the Canucks are just rolling their lines: 1, 2, 3, FORE!

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April 17 2015 03:40PM

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Ok, look, I know there's the old saying that you gotta dance with the one than brought you, but Willie Desjardins is taking this to extremes. Just because you gotta dance with 'em, doesn't mean you should be doing the Box Step, Willie!

I mean, I love the idea that this team is actually deep enough that you have the option of just rolling four lines. But that doesn't mean you should do it no matter what the context. It doesn't mean that in a close game your most dominant line should be getting as much ice time as the possession sink hole coming up behind it.

Now, to be fair, Willie did in fact change up the line deployment in the third. But the adjustment was to give the Sedins LESS ice time, not more. Really. This happened.

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Canucks' Bieksa is a game-time decision for Game 2 with reported illness

Thomas Drance
April 17 2015 03:37PM

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The Vancouver Canucks could be without the services of veteran defender Kevin Bieksa in Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Calgary Flames on Friday, head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed at his media availability on Friday.

Bieksa's issue is more illness related than injury related according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger, though we should keep in mind that Bieksa was the defender that the Canucks opted to rest in game 82, presumably for good reason. 

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