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Press Round-up: OCT.09.07

Tuesday, 09.10.2007 / 1:00 PM / News
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Press Round-up: OCT.09.07
PRESS ROUND-UP

THE VANCOUVER SUN
No kneed to panic Canuck fans

Elliott Pap reminds us of Luongo’s knee incident on Saturday night’s game in Calgary.

“The second-period collision left hearts aflutter in Vancouver - and on the Canuck bench - but Luongo managed to regain his feet and help his mates edge Calgary 4-3 in overtime.”

“On Monday, the rubber-limbed goalie was back on the ice at GM Place, participating in a full 80-minute workout that included skating lines for the final 10 minutes. No wonder they called the day Thanksgiving,” Pap noted.

"This morning it felt much better than Sunday and I was able to walk on it fine,” said Luongo. “Obviously if it was going to bother me on the ice, I was going to get off. Once I was warmed up, it was fine.”

Luongo is expected to play this Wednesday, October. 10th against the Philadelphia Flyers.
THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canucks notebook: Sanford hopeful, Edler down.

With Curtis Sanford on the Canuck bend, Elliott Pap believes he may start his season early.

Pap said, “With four games in six nights beginning Wednesday, Curtis Sanford may emerge from mothballs and start his first game as a Canuck.”

"The coach mentioned to me when the schedule gets a bit tougher, like it does this week, I could end up being in there for one of the games. If that's the case, I'll be ready,” Sanford said.

With a couple core Canuck defense down, Pap updates us on Edler’s status.

“Defenceman Alex Edler has been downgraded from day-to-day to week-to-week, according to Vigneault. Edler claimed last week it was a hip flexor problem but his inability to practise for the last 10 days seems to indicate it could be more serious,” Pap said.

"At first, I was told it was day-to-day and nothing serious," Vigneault explained.

"I'm still being told that although it's certainly taking a lot longer than I thought."
THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canucks over Flames 4-3, but just barely

As Canuck fans sat at the edge of their seats Saturday night, Iain MacIntyre sat at the edge of his desk.

MacIntyre recalls, “After blowing a two-goal, third-period lead, the Vancouver Canucks salvaged their opening weekend of the National Hockey League season when Daniel Sedin dived to poke in a loose puck that caroomed past Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with 4.7 seconds remaining in overtime.”

“It gave Vancouver a 4-3 victory and allowed the Canucks to split their first two games after opening at home Friday with a 3-1 loss against the San Jose Sharks.”

MacIntyre said, “For the second straight game, the Canucks fell behind early. Unlike Friday, however, they stayed in the game by restricting their deficit to 1-0, then took over in the second period with three straight power-play goals.”
THE GLOBE & MAIL
Shannon excited to start life as a Canuck

From a Duck to a Canuck, Grant Kerr talks about Ryan Shannon’s transition.

Kerr said, “Ryan Shannon was in the lineup opening night a year ago, on the starting line with the Anaheim Ducks no less.”

“This time Shannon lines up with the Vancouver Canucks when they open their NHL schedule Friday against the San Jose Sharks at GM Place.”

"To me the opener means an open slate for good things to happen," Shannon said following the morning skate. "Everybody has high goals and then it's up to the individual to write your own story."

With the opportunity to play alongside, Naslund, Kesler, and the Sedin twins, there is no doubt that excitement spreads as far as Shannon’s smile.