Canucks recall Sven Baertschi

Thomas Drance
April 21 2015 10:58AM

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The Vancouver Canucks need goals. They need more of an offensive push from all over their lineup. They need Sven.

On Tuesday the club announced the recall of forward Sven Baertschi from the AHL's Utica Comets. Based on the timing of the recall - immediately before the club takes to the ice for the game-day skate on Tuesday - we can assume that he's in Calgary, and prepared to go in Game 4 if the Canucks decide they need him.

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Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for instigating late fight with Kris Russell

Thomas Drance
April 20 2015 11:12AM

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An eye for an eye. Tit for tat. Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows' instigator, they just won't enforce his suspension).

Anyway it would appear that Vancouver Canucks forward Burrows will not be receiving a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell late in Sunday night's Game 3, despite his having clearly, y'know, instigated the fight. The news comes courtesy Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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Flames' Deryk Engelland has instigator penalty rescinded; Hartley fined $50,000 for inciting late line brawl

Thomas Drance
April 18 2015 03:49PM

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The NHL got this one right.

On Saturday the league announced that the instigator penalty assessed to Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland during a late line brawl in Game 2 of Calgary's opening round series against the Vancouver Canucks has been rescinded. As a result Engelland will avoid an automatic suspension and be available to play in Game 3 on Sunday night.

Though the league decided that Engelland's behaviour didn't warrant a suspension, and I think most people who watched the game were rather confused when they got a look at how the penalties broke down, the NHL has fined Flames coach Bob Hartley $50,000 dollars for his role in inciting the brawl.

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Flames' Bennett leaves game briefly with undisclosed injury

Thomas Drance
April 17 2015 10:06PM

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Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett has been arguably the Flames' best forward early on in their first-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks.

In the second period of Friday night's Game 2, Bennett left the contest mid-way through the second period. He took two more shifts after sustaining an unnoticed and so far undisclosed injury, but totalled just 39 seconds of ice time. 

He didn't return for the start of the third period. He was under evaluation and was briefly questionable to return, although he's since returned to the game. His health status is still worth monitoring, as is the source of what occurred and we'll update this post once more information is available. 

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VIDEO: Does Kris Russell's cross-check on a prone Nick Bonino warrant a suspension?

Thomas Drance
April 17 2015 09:22PM

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The Vancouver Canucks came out flying in the first period of Game 2.

Seizing control and setting a physical tone right from the get go, the Canucks received early goals from Daniel Sedin and Nick Bonino to give them a 2-0 lead over the Calgary Flames. Something happened on Higgins' power-play marker though that could presumably, attract the attention of the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

Let's get into it.

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