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Video- Afternoon Line- Brandon Prust On Spearing Fine

When asked about the fine for spearing Brad Marchand, Prust responded with "best money I ever spent", perhaps half-joking.


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Brandon Prust Fined $5K For Spear On Brad Marchand


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The Listless Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

It's hard to know what constitutes a full-blown crisis in this market because such weighty issues as the fourth-line's ice time is often enough to trigger mass hysteria among the faithful.

Still, there's something about the Canucks' current situation which registers as something far more serious than those petty talk-show intrigues which pass for controversy.

Saturday night, in a game head coach Willie Desjardins billed as a must, well, something for his team, the locals surrendered a goal on the game's first shot —to arch-villain Brad Marchand no less — and meekly capitulated to the Boston Bruins 4-0.

The Canucks now have three wins in their last 16 games, which is concerning enough.

But it's the larger image — the lifelessness, the lack of initiative, the sense that this team has run out of ideas 27 games into the season — which is far more troubling.


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Tough Road Ahead For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

As for the Canucks, it's becoming painfully apparent that the entire source of their offence is concentrated around the Sedins and whoever is playing with them. Thursday night, that line produced both goals but wasn't enough against the west's best team and it hasn't been nearly enough all season.

So where do they go from here? It's a good question but the answer if depressing if you're a Canucks' fan. Their lineup isn't deep enough to withstand the loss of any of their key contributors and injuries to Brandon Sutter and various blueliners has exposed this team.

It was always going to be hard for Desjardins' squad but they're in a fight for their lives right now and their shorthanded.

Maybe, they can mask their deficiencies with that supreme effort the coach talked about on Thursday but here's the thing: the other guys are trying too. And they're trying with better players.

more on the Canucks 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars last night...

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Jacob Markstrom Outstanding In The Vancouver Canucks 2-1 OT Loss To The LA Kings

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

This was Jacob Markstrom’s coming out party.

His welcome to Vancouver moment. Sorry, we can’t control what’s going to happen next.

People will be calling for more playing time. Like, Thursday playing time. He earned it.

If it means Miller can get some rest, all the better. He has needed it. If you can’t see that Miller is better when he’s not playing every other day, you’re either clueless or working for the Canucks.

Not everything is about a goalie controversy. Markstrom playing more helps everyone. So does Markstrom playing a couple of games in a row every once in a while.

Again, he is the presumed No. 1 goalie in two years. He needs to play.

It seems entirely inadequate to call this a statement game. Because Markstrom made a statement in the first minute, cleaning up for Hamhuis whose potentially disastrous giveaway to start this thing couldn’t have been weaker if he was shot up with Sufentanil.

Markstrom went on to pile up statements like he was building a Pisgah from where the Rollie Melanson statue will be viewed.


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A Bad Night For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

- There was a delay in opening the locker-room door after the stinging shutout loss and the body language of Willie Desjardins when he finally addressed the media said it all. He wasn’t happy and he should’t have been. The Canucks had only one two-goal and one three-goal loss this season. Monday was the worst of the season in so many ways.

“They (Ducks) let one slip away against Chicago and you knew they would pay hard,” he started. “Saying that, it’s a game we’ve got to be ready for and play hard in as well. For whatever reason, we just didn’t have our best. I don’t think our first periods have been great and we talked about that before the game.”

- Welcome to the NHL. Jake Virtanen was felled by a Ryan Getzlaf cross check halfway through the first frame and called it a night, but the good news is that the injury to the rookie winger may not be as bad as feared and there’s no fracture.

“I don’t expect he’ll be in tomorrow (Tuesday) and I don’t know how long he’ll be out, but it’s not serious,” said Desjardins.

more on the Canucks 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks

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The Sedins Continue To Carry The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

This season’s Canucks don’t exactly register as an offensive juggernaut but, before Sunday’s games, they ranked second in the Western Conference with 69 goals.

How has this happened? The Canucks lineup is thinner than a super model. The power play is inconsistent. There isn’t a legitimate scoring threat on the back end. But there are the Sedins and their work through the first two months of this season is as impressive as anything they’ve done in their 15 seasons as Canucks.

Think about it. The Canucks have turned over almost half their lineup from last season. On most nights, they’re playing 20-year-old Bo Horvat as their second-line centre, 19-year-old Jared McCann as their third-line centre, 19-year-old Jake Virtanen on the wing and rookie defenceman Ben Hutton. Aside from the twins and linemate Jannik Hansen, there are two other Canucks forwards in double digits in scoring, Radim Vrbata, who’s also minus-11, and Alex Burrows.

Yet, they manage to cling to respectability largely because the Sedins have packed this team on their backs. This, we remind you, was supposed to be the season when their age started to show; when they’d start their slide toward irrelevancy, and this remains the best part of this story.


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Morning Line- Mike Yeo

“What happened was that we came out and played with half speed, half intensity, made hope plays, just threw the puck to them. We weren’t really willing to work and play honest and try to create. Mentally we were not sharp. Things that we draw up on the board and talk about, then we come out and we’re not ready.

“The intensity part is the main thing, because when that’s not there everything else is following suit.”

-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild after a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.  More on the game from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.

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Morning Line- Jim Benning

“We have got good veteran leadership and they hold other players in the room accountable. I feel comfortable with everything, but I also know we are going to have to be a little bit better because it’s going to be a tight race in our division all year. We are going to have to start winning games to stay in the race.”

-Jim Benning, GM of the Vancouver Canucks.  More from Brad Ziemer at the National Post.

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Developing The Young Players By Willie Desjardins

The Canucks lost to the Jets 4-1 last night, with Winnipeg scoring to late goals to make the game seam more lopsided than it was.

from Jason Botchord of the Vancouver Province,

Willie believes a string of losing close games like this could be beneficial for the young players, not bad.

“This is the kind of scenario you want to bring your young guys on,” Willie said.

But why?

“Every shift, they have to play well. If they don’t, it’s not good enough.”

“Every guy has to do that. That’s how you develop players.”

He continued.

“You don’t develop them when it’s easy going and it doesn’t matter.

“They’re being developed in a tough environment. It’s good for them.

“They’ve had some hiccups but overall, they’ve been pretty good.”

more on the game last night...

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