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Canucks Won’t Back Down Against The Coyotes Tonight

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

Next up, Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal.

It was Hanzal, guilty of using his stick like he was clear cutting a forest, who managed to end Henrik Sedin’s decade-long iron-man streak. He knocked Mike Santorelli out of the lineup with a shoulder injury. He also got his stick into David Booth’s face, a cross-check which easily could have led to a concussion. That was all in one period in Phoenix on Jan. 16.

Booth said he’d consider fighting Hanzal if he was playing. He said it doesn’t look like Booth will be, as the Canucks prepared Saturday to go with seven defenceman, with Weber on the fourth line.

Someone has to pay for another loss, and it looks like it will be Booth losing his spot in the lineup.

But will Hanzal pay for his stick work?

“We’re trying to build a team identity that we don’t get pushed around,” Dale Weise said. “We stuck up for ourselves in Calgary. Dustin Brown kinda had to answer the bell and he did (in L.A.).

“I’m not sure what’s going to happen (Sunday).. We have a lot of guys who are going to have some choice words for him.”


Below, watch Hanzal in action during the last Vancouver/Phoenix game...

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