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Q&A with Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo, Daniel Sedin, Manny Malhotra, Roberto Luongo and Keith Ballard.
Vignault’s comments previously posted here.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Henrik.
HENRIK SEDIN: He passes the puck, Rome steps up. It’s not like it’s a blindside. I think the guy didn’t even know that he was there. I thought it was a good hit.
Like I said, we have to move on. This is the finals. We got no time.
Q. Is this a rallying cry for you guys?
HENRIK SEDIN: No, I don’t think we need that. Like I said, we got to support Aaron. He’s been a big part of this team, a great player for us. It’s tough to see what he’s going through right now.
At the same time you don’t want to see a guy like Horton out like he is. That’s not fun to see. I’m hoping he’s going to be fine.
NOTE: Updated with transcripts including Manny Malhotra, Daniel Sedin and Roberto Luongo. Plus Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo and Ryan Kesler videos down below.
All the game video posted here. Now, the interview video and/or transcripts, post-game. First, Alain Vigneaul (with more to be added below):
Q. Could you talk about your team’s response when you’re down 2-1, the mood in the dressing room going into the third?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, you know, I didn’t like 15 minutes of that second period. Thought we didn’t have our work boots on. We got out-muscled down low in our end and out-muscled in their end, thought they really took it to us.
But we talked about adjusting different things, especially our work ethic. Thought our guys were real good the last five minutes of that second period and real good in the third period. There’s another tough battle by two teams that are battling really hard.
Lots of video here. First, downtown Vancouver errupts…
Next, Alex Burrows’s game winner, called by CBC:
Transcripts of today’s Q&A’s with Manny Malhotra, Henrik Sedin, Alex Edler, Daniel Sedin, Christian Ehrhoff, and coach Alain Vigneault.
Q. Manny, can you end the suspense and tell us if you’re playing tonight?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s gone from day to day to game-time decision right now. I’m honestly not trying to send you guys on a wild goose chase. That’s just the nature of the situation right now.
Q. At this point in the day, do you feel healthy enough to play?
MANNY MALHOTRA: I feel really good, yeah. I felt good yesterday skating. Felt good this morning. So, again, hopefully I’ll continue throughout the day.
Q. Manny, what were you looking for from your game to give you an indication that you’re ready?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s tough to say. Obviously being good in the circle is going to be a big part of what I do. It’s always tough to say how your legs are going to be responding in a game. I felt good the last few days of skating as far as my wind goes.
I think early on, things we’re going to talk about if I go, is just simplicity, getting my feet moving, getting pucks in, making smart decisions with the pucks, keeping things real basic for right now.
Q. Manny, can you just give us your chances or odds of playing tomorrow.
MANNY MALHOTRA: I wish I could put it into a percentage for you. Again, it’s going to be day to day. I’ll see how I feel after our morning skate and we’ll make a decision at that point.
Q. What happened after the last three days?
MANNY MALHOTRA: As I said on Saturday, it’s a day-to-day situation. From one day to the next, things have changed. Didn’t feel proper to go on the ice. So I took a couple days off.
Q. Ryan, can you just describe what you saw on this game-winning goal. Seemed to happen so fast.
RYAN KESLER: Yeah, I saw the Krejci line changing. I saw an opening to go. I saw Boychuk trying to step up on me there. I just tried to chip it by him, stayed on sides. Saw Jannik. Jannik made a great play to Raffi to bury it.
From the Canucks official Twitter:
Manny Malhotra has been officially cleared to play, said coach Alain Vigneault.
Malhotra is day-to-day, Vigneault added. Would not discuss the #Canucks Game 1 line-up.
What a comeback. TSN’s Bob McKenzie remarked that it was “bordering on a medical miracle” the other day, when Malhotra returned to full practice. And with this new announcement from the team, it’s hard to argue the point.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN:
It is bordering on a medical miracle.
Vancouver Canuck centre Manny Malhotra, who suffered what was thought to be a season-ending eye injury on March 16 that at one point was perhaps considered to be career-threatening, has been cleared by doctors to fully participate in practice, including taking contact.
While no decisions have been made on playing a game as Malhotra still needs to prove to himself and the coaching staff he’s capable of playing without being a liability to himself or the team, there is now a legitimate chance he could see action in the Stanley Cup final if all continues to go well.
Miraculous news indeed. And I’m not talking about Malhotra’s potential chance of playing in the Finals—though that’s an exciting prospect, if he and coaching staff determine it could work—so much as his amazing recovery from such a scary injury. [photo]
Though it still seems highly unlikely that Manny Malhotra will be showing up on the bench for a game anytime this playoffs, his progression in practice has nonetheless been rapid and surprising. Practicing in full equipment today had a lot of people wondering how far along his recovery really is. From Elliott Pap at the Vancouver Sun:
Interest was renewed Tuesday when Malhotra wore full equipment in practice at UBC, which followed a week of skating in sweats. He has not been cleared for contact and participated in non-contact drills only.
“It’s just about having him around the team,” Vigneault explained. “He’s been a very important part of our leadership group. I want him around the team and it’s that simple. We’re not going to discuss his physical situation, his eye. All I can tell you is I want him around the team, and that’s it.”
Last week, Canucks GM Mike Gillis declared it was “extremely unlikely” Malhotra would suit up again this season. Then associate coach Rick Bowness said it would take “a complete miracle” for Malhotra to play in a game. Is this miracle happening?
“Don’t, don’t, don’t go there,” Vigneault snapped. “I just told you we’re not discussing that. Anything else?”
The NHL is a tight-knit community. I would like to thank all the players, coaches and GM’s around the league, some I’ve never even had the chance to meet, who extended their regards and best wishes for a speedy recovery. My most heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of the incredible fans in Vancouver and around the league for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. Your messages were a daily reminder of what a privilege it is to play for you.
The rest of his statement is here, where he shares his optimism for a “good outcome”... which hopefully means a full recovery.
It’s no secret that the Canucks are reeling from injuries—and at a bad time as the playoffs loom closer—which leads one to consider this, from The Province:
Given the nine-point lead over the Flyers, it shouldn’t take the remainder of the schedule for Vancouver to clinch first overall, leaving three or four meaningless games before the playoffs start. At which point you might be tempted to ask, can’t the Canucks just forfeit and get some rest?
On the plus side, no more stretchers and surgeries for any more Canucks (*prayers for Manny Malhotra and Dan Hamhuis would be appropriate here). But on the other hand, the scoring race is probably pretty important to you if your name is Sedin. Further, there’s always the argument that gliding into the playoffs after virtually laying around for two weeks isn’t the best way to get your team’s motor in high gear heading into the first round.
From the CP via TSN:
[Manny Malhotra] appeared briefly at practice Saturday, but declined to talk to reporters on his way out of Rogers Arena.
“He came in to say hi to his teammates,” said Vigneault. “It was just a quick little visit and that was it.”
Great news to see Malhotra up and about, especially with no mention of his eyesight inhibiting him.
And in other news, the D might be a getting a precious infusion by the playoffs:
The injury to Manny Malhotra is first and foremost a terrible event for he and his family, and we all certainly hope for a quick and complete recovery for his sake. But from a hockey standpoint, it presents a very serious challenge to the Canucks as well.
For one thing, it’s fair to say that stats in the faceoff circle are a concern. Though maybe help could come from an unexpected source? Gordon McIntyre at The Province finds a willing ego to step up to tackle the problem:
“We’re deep on defence,” Bieksa said. “I don’t know how deep we are at centre. I just beat half the forwards out there on faceoffs after practice.”
Shudder. (But he’s kidding. You hope.) But then again, who is going to fill Malhotra’s skates?