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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First Star, Worst Star: April 19, 2015

April 19 2015 12:00PM


You can't win em all, and it turns out if you're Buffalo you literally can't win anything. But YOU have won and your reward is another First Star, Worst Star!

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April 19 2015 09:00AM


EDDIE, EDDIE, EDDIE!!! Now THAT was playoff hockey! The Canucks buried any memories from Game 1 and absolutely dominated the Flames from the opening puck drop. The series now shifts to the wonderful city of Calgary for Game 3 this evening. The Flames are already playing hurt, and the hurts are attached to some of their VIPs (Very Insignificant far as we're concerned).

The Canucks brought the house in Game 2 and proved they can take this series over if they continue that style of play. Ronalds Kenins scored his first ever playoff goal and it was a big one. He brought the murders, but so did half of the 'Nucks as well. The brouhaha that ended Game 2 will probably make the Flames think twice about doing that again. Derek Dorsett, anyone?

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Utica Comets finish regular season with best record in AHL's Western Conference

Josh W
April 18 2015 08:31PM



The Vancouver Canucks' top minor league affiliate the Utica Comets finished off their regular season on Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over the Adirondack Flames in the 12th meeting of the season between the two New York rivals.  

Canucks prospects Darren Archibald, Adam Clendenning and Alex Friesen all scored as the Comets pulled ahead to a 3-0 lead.  With 30 seconds left the Comets had to withstand an onslaught of goals against that almost saw the Flames tie up the game.

Continue past the jump to read about the outcome of the game and what lies ahead for the Comets.

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Flames' Deryk Engelland has instigator penalty rescinded; Hartley fined $50,000 for inciting late line brawl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