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Four Wins In A Row For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

...The Presidents’ Trophy winners went so quietly into the night that the only loud sound at Rogers Arena was the end boards rattling with their defencemen getting stapled and pucks being turned over....

It was a free-fly zone for the Vancouver Canucks. Fourteen first-period shots included Thomas Vanek doing Thomas Vanek things — knocking a loose puck out of mid-air in the crease — and nobody touching Bo Horvat on a charge to the net to deposit a cheeky Sven Baertschi back pass.

And when Derek Dorsett destroyed Dmitry Orlov on the end boards to strip him of the puck to set up Markus Granlund in the slot for a three-goal cushion, it became more like a laughable SuperSkills competition. The 29th-ranked power play even struck three times.

Here’s what we learned as the Canucks cruised to a 6-2 victory:

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Pittsburgh/Vancouver Trade

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Andrey Pedan and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Derrick Pouliot, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Pedan is signed to a two-way contract through the 2017-18 season, and he carries an average annual value of $750,000 at the NHL level.

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NHL China Games All Access Program

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NEW YORK (Sept. 29, 2017) – The Los Angeles Kings’ and Vancouver Canucks’ historic journey through Beijing and Shanghai for the first-ever NHL preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging will be chronicled in NHL CHINA GAMES ALL ACCESS, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes television special produced by NHL Original Productions. NHL CHINA GAMES ALL ACCESS premieres in Canada on Sportsnet on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m. ET and in the U.S. on NHL Network on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET. In addition, the special will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. ET and on TVA Sports on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

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Morning Line- Travis Green

"The responsibility once we leave is, how do we get kids on the ice? How do we get kids playing hockey and falling in love with the game the way it is in North America? It's a great game. It's a fast game, competitive. I think it's a great sport to watch, especially live in person.

"Hopefully we can get people to fall in love with it in China, and the next time we come over there's more people playing the game."

-Travis Green, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.  Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com has more on the future of hockey in China.

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The China Games Are Complete

 

added 7:53am, Game highlights are below...

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Video- The Vancouver Canucks Travel In Style

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A Yawner In China

from Nathan VanderKlippe of the Globe and Mail,

When the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings showed up at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for a practice earlier this week, they found an ice sheet shrouded in fog, as cold air inside the arena mixed with the city's humid air to create a scene a few wry fans likened to a horror movie.

By Thursday night, the mist had been vanquished by 25 specially installed dehumidifiers. But as players lined up for the Chinese national anthem, the NHL's Shanghai problems weren't quite over. This time, they came from the stands, where several yawning sections of empty seats looked down on a 5-2 Kings win.

"Personally, I think the NHL blew it," said Phil Esposito, the hockey legend who has become a kind of unofficial ambassador for the game in China.

"You have got to promote. This game tonight – I looked in the papers," he said in an interview before play began. "There wasn't a goddamn word about it. Not one word."

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Video- LA And Vancouver Mascots Explain Penalties To The People Of China

They forgot slashing and faceoff violation!

 

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The “First Step” In China

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The kids skated out in full uniform and lined up in the corners. Two days ago, they mobbed the Los Angeles Kings for autographs after practice and learned from some of their alumni at a hockey clinic. Now they greeted the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before the first NHL game ever played in their country.

They slapped gloves with the players as they came out, lined up on the blue lines with them for the Chinese national anthem, then took off their skates and helmets and headed up to the third level of Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Still in full uniform, waving rally towels, taking pictures with their smartphones, sitting on the edges of their seats, they watched the Kings' 5-2 preseason win Thursday in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. Until now, they had never seen an NHL game live, never experienced the skill, the speed, the size.

"They skate one step," said Marco Huo, 8, "and for me, I have to skate five steps."

This was a first step for the NHL.

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The China Games

Game times in ET are- 9/21/17 at 7:30am and 9/23/17 at 3:30am.

HANGHAI (Sept. 19) – The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are set to face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China in the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging. On Sept. 21, the Kings will play host to the Canucks in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shanghai will be broadcast on NBCSN in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Wukesong Arena on Sept. 23, where the Canucks will play host to the Kings at 3:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NHL Network™ in the United States and CCTV in China. 

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