Two notes out of Vancouver (that’s right, more Canucks news!)
First, Henrik Sedin’s impressive ironman streak is over. After appearing in 679 straight games, and taking all sorts of punishment along the way, the captain (finger, ribs) won’t play tomorrow in Edmonton. It will be the first time since Feb. 23, 2003, that he won’t be in the lineup. (Though let’s be honest, he was barely in the lineup on April 27, after the Canucks had clinched the Northwest Division title, when he only played 22 seconds to extend the streak.)
Bieksa, Burrows and Kassian standing by the actions of Torts Saturday night. Said it's great to see the coach has their backs. #Canucks
No surprise there. Despite what’s been written and said by some in the media, players typically appreciate it when coaches go out of their way to stick up for their guys. And Torts sure went out of his way, didn’t he.
While we’re at it, doesn’t this quote from San Jose’s Joe Thornton perfectly illustrate the disconnect between players and certain non-players (like Pat Sajak…again) when it comes to stuff like what happened Saturday in Vancouver?
Asked Thornton today if Calgary game was entertaining. “Oh yeah, it’s great. Very entertaining. Who wouldn’t want to watch that?” #SJSharks
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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