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Canucks Report - Edler and Grabner return to practice

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
December 17, 2009

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EDLER AND GRABNER RETURN

Defenceman Alex Edler, sidelined for four games with an upper-body injury, and forward Michael Grabner, out for 20 games with ankle injury, both returned to practice today.

“I’ve been skating for the last five days,” said Edler. “I feel pretty good [but] it’s different when you come to a game.”

Edler, listed as day-to-day, is not expected play tomorrow.

“I have to get the strength fully back,” explained Edler. “It’s not an injury you want to rush. I’m going to make sure I’m good to go before I play.”

Until today, Grabner has been skating every other day alone and, like Edler, is working on getting his strength back after sitting for nearly a month and a half.

“It was a good first practice today,” said Grabner. “I’ve just got to get my legs underneath me and get back in game shape, but my ankle feels fine and it was a good first practice today.”

Grabner, who was called up by Vancouver on Oct. 14th during the Canucks rough injury patch, is unclear if he will stay with the club or head to Manitoba for a conditioning stint, and while head coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t reveal the teams plans he agreed it would be a “logical” step to take.

FALLING FLAT

On the verge on their first four-game win streak of the season, the Canucks lapse back into familiar territory coming out flat Wednesday night and rallying too little too late losing 3-2 against the Anaheim Ducks. With their three game win streak snapped, the Canucks fall to tenth spot in the western conference, three spots out of play contention and one point back of the eight place Detroit Red Wings.

“We totally got outplayed, out-anything you want to call it, in the first period” said Vigneault.

"We had too much confidence after the three wins there," said Henrik Sedin who notched his 15th goal of the season Wednesday night.

"A lot of times it's a case of all five guys on the ice trying to do too much. Instead of getting pucks out, guys are trying to make plays when they shouldn't be. The first wasn't good enough and neither was the second. We have to get better starts than that.”

"We were lucky to be tied in that game,” added Henrik, who team managed to tie the game early in the third before taking a late penalty that Ducks’ forward Saku Koivu capitalized on for the game winning goal.

“We were flat at the start,” said Mason Raymond. “We weren’t right from the drop of the puck and then at the end we couldn’t get that goal to get it into overtime.”

“You look at the standings and (Anaheim) is right behind us," said Roberto Luongo. "And we haven't done much this season so there's no reason for us to expect to win this game without working.”

"The sad part is it was 2-2 with five minutes left in the game. We had a chance to maybe bring a game to overtime but we take a penalty and they score."

Forcing overtime is another thing that’s eluded this Vancouver club as they remain the only team in the NHL to go without an overtime point.

The Canucks try to put the loss behind them as they get set to host the Washing Capitals Friday night at GM Place.

 
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