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Tempers boil over at Canucks practice

Thursday, 01.29.2009 / 10:45 PM / News
It should come as no surprise that frustrations ran high at Thursday morning's practice out at UBC.

Fresh off a 5-3 loss to the hapless Predators Wednesday night that saw the Canucks fumble a 3-1 lead by giving up three straight power-play goals, the team was in no mood for fun.

"It's good, we're 20+ guys that really care about each other and the team and what's going on here," said Ryan Johnson. "It's never a bad thing to have emotion like we did today in practice and we need more of that. It doesn't hurt. We are all frustrated and care about each other and the process we're going through right now. Together, again as 20+ guys we’re going to get ourselves out of this."

Tempers boiled over after Willie Mitchell and Mason Raymond clashed in the corner in a simple puck retrieval drill.

Raymond took exception to Mitchell’s hit and shoved the veteran rearguard, which led to a gloved punch and a cross-check.

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