Vancouver’s Western Conference quarter-final against Chicago wasn’t a period old when Edler took a hellacious run at Chicago captain Jonathan Toews right at centre ice, a hit that Toews mostly avoided though he was knocked down. Ehrhoff then smoked big Troy Brouwer with an ill-intentioned body check, and Edler took another big run at a Blackhawks player before the period was done.
Even Jannik Hansen was throwing the body around, showing it is indeed possible for something to be rotten in the state of Denmark.
“Last year, halfway through the season, I started to figure out that I needed to be maybe a bit more physical. Finishing checks, grinding away,” Hansen said. “It definitely took a couple of years playing pro to get away from the style I was playing in junior, and to some (extent), in the minors.”
“I sat out quite a few games, didn’t get to play. When I played, I played very limited (minutes). It was a combination of (Manitoba coach) Scott Arniel, Mike Keane, and of course Alain (Canuck coach Vigneault), who kind of pushed into my head that this is the way you need to play if you’re going to play at this level.”