How you do soothe the sting of losing two roster players to suspension? You play 16 veterans and muster 17 first-period shots to drive home one point.
If the Vancouver Canucks are indeed a pre-season work in progress to understand new systems and new coach John Tortorella, then a 6-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday at Rogers Arena was encouraging.
On a day in which they lost Zack Kassian for remainder of the pre-season (three games) and the first five regular-season games for breaking the jaw of Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner on Saturday with an errant high stick — and Dale Weise for rest of the pre-season for his illegal hit to the head of Taylor Hall in the same game — the game they iced Monday was crisp and clean.
They won for the first time in 10 games, dating back to the end of the lockout regular season and playoffs, and after scoring just five goals...