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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Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports

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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Comets Militia: Down on the Farm – April 17th, 2015

Josh W
April 17 2015 11:00AM

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Courtesy: Lindsay Mogle

We are back with this week’s Comets Militia report, where we review all the latest in news, statistics, rumours, gossip and made up narratives regarding the Vancouver Canucks farm team: The Utica Comets.  The Comets continue their winning streak, as they look towards the Calder Cup and try to win the West.

Read past the jump to see how this week went down.

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CANUCKS ARMY PLAYOFF GDT #2 - CANUCKS VS. FLAMES

Always90four
April 17 2015 09:00AM


FLAMES LEAD CANUCKS 1-0 IN SERIES.

Turn down for what? The Flames? To be honest, I've only heard that one line and I would assume Lil' Jon says "O-KAAAAAY!" at some point too (editor's note: he doesn't). So now you know two things: The Canucks are down 1-0 in their series against the Flames and I am not well versed in throat rapping by Lil' Jon. 

We all have some thoughts about that first game. For me, mainly the Canucks played pretty well overall but scoring ONE goal isn't going to cut it. The goalies will easily be a big factor every game and it's going to take more than one Bo Horvat ricochet to beat the Flames four times. I hate to say it, but Calgary doesn't look that bad, the Canucks are going to have to really work now.

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