After a couple of days filled with bad news, something good finally happened for the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
They won a game — it’s been a while.
The Canucks hadn’t won since April 22. They dropped their final two games of the regular season, were swept in the playoffs and had opened the pre-season with three straight losses.
So Monday’s 6-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena was welcome.
Coach John Tortorella clearly thought it was time for his team to taste victory. The Canucks were the only National Hockey League team without one heading into Monday’s action and Tortorella dressed a veteran-laden lineup.
They had to do some last-minute juggling to the roster when wingers Zack Kassian and Dale Weise were handed suspensions for separate incidents in Saturday’s 5-2 loss in Edmonton.
Jannik Hansen moved up to replace Kassian on the top line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. And rookies Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce, who were originally not...