Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for instigating late fight with Kris Russell

Thomas Drance
April 20 2015 11:12AM

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An eye for an eye. Tit for tat. Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows' instigator, they just won't enforce his suspension).

Anyway it would appear that Vancouver Canucks forward Burrows will not be receiving a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell late in Sunday night's Game 3, despite his having clearly, y'know, instigated the fight. The news comes courtesy Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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Canucks' Edler, Bieksa expected to play in Game 3 vs. Flames Sunday

Thomas Drance
April 19 2015 07:41PM

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They'll play, you know they'll play... Are we pulling that one out too soon? Definitely.

Despite missing the morning skate, Vancouver Canucks defensemen Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa appear as if they'll be in the lineup for Sunday night's crucial Game 3 of the preliminary round series between Vancouver and the Calgary Flames, according to TSN's Farhan Lalji.

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Canucks' Edler, Bieksa game-time decisions for Game 3

Thomas Drance
April 19 2015 01:17PM

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa weren't on the ice for the game-day skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome and should be considered game-time decisions, Willie Desjardins told reporters.

The Canucks only have one spare defender with them in Calgary, Ryan Stanton, so presumably at least one of Edler or Bieksa will play. Odds are they'll both be in the lineup.

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Flames' Deryk Engelland has instigator penalty rescinded; Hartley fined $50,000 for inciting late line brawl

Thomas Drance
April 18 2015 03:49PM

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The NHL got this one right.

On Saturday the league announced that the instigator penalty assessed to Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland during a late line brawl in Game 2 of Calgary's opening round series against the Vancouver Canucks has been rescinded. As a result Engelland will avoid an automatic suspension and be available to play in Game 3 on Sunday night.

Though the league decided that Engelland's behaviour didn't warrant a suspension, and I think most people who watched the game were rather confused when they got a look at how the penalties broke down, the NHL has fined Flames coach Bob Hartley $50,000 dollars for his role in inciting the brawl.

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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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