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Pair of ailing Canucks on the mend

Saturday, 04.25.2009 / 6:51 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals

By Derek Jory - NHL.com Correspondent

The healing is well underway for the Vancouver Canucks, who are now five days into their lengthy break between playoff rounds.

After missing practice on Friday, both Sami Salo and Willie Mitchell returned to the ice Saturday.

Salo, who missed Game 3 of the opening round with a lower-body injury, didn’t take part in the team session, skating with Taylor Pyatt prior to practice. Salo said he’ll be ready to play Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Mitchell participated in some drills with the Canucks after sitting out Friday with general soreness, but left the ice early to ensure his body is ready for the second round.

“I felt the area has kind of been sore a little bit and I knew we had tomorrow off so I just kind of aired on the side of caution to make sure that I feel good for the start of the next series,” Mitchell said.

The Canucks have Sunday off before returning to the ice Monday.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday