April 20 2015 12:47PM
It seems like it's been months since we last saw Zack Kassian.
The mercurial winger has had his ups and downs in 2014-2015, spending much of the first half of the season in the coaches' doghouse before finding a home with the Sedins on Vancouver's first line, but has since completely dropped off the face of the Earth with a reported back injury.
The Canucks have kept completely silent about the nature of Kassian's ailment, but rumblings from those supposedly in the know are starting to suggest that it's pretty severe and the big winger isn't due back any time soon. In fact, he may be completely done for the foreseeable future.
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 Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows' instigator, they just won't enforce his suspension).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.
April 20 2015 09:00AM
That's an angry lookin man https://t.co/qN6gBBFt5D— Tron Funkinblow (@tron_funkinblow) April 20, 2015
Looking to build on their hard fought, dominating victory that kicked off the weekend, Vancouver took the fight to Calgary playing the role of visitor in the most inhospitable "Sea of Red" - Or the "C of Red" if you're into that kind of thing. The environment was electric and the Flames play didn't lag far behind. Using the home crowd to fuel a second period rush, Calgary put their foot to the pedal and didn't let up.
Eddie Lack was peppered with shots, the Canucks D were under siege physically and the offense mustered almost nothing in the way of a decent scoring chance. When the dust settled, the boys in blue left tonight's contest losers of a 4-2 contest and down 2-1 in the series.
Find out where it all went wrong, on the other side of the jump.
April 19 2015 11:40PM
Once again, a frustrated team at the tail-end of a one-sided loss increased physicality and triggered some fisticuffs.
In Game 2, it was the Flames, and Deryk Engelland narrowly avoided suspension. In Game 3, it was the Canucks, and we'll see what happens with Alex Burrows. He was assessed a game misconduct for instigating a fight with Kris Russell late in the third period following a big hit to Johnny Gaudreau (which he was already being penalized for).
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.