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Canucks Wrap – Notable Quotables, Gabby, Lockwood Fight

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Time for a Vancouver Canucks mega-scoreboard-watch.

Things will get mighty interesting if the Los Angeles Kings go into Denver Wednesday night and lose to the Colorado Avalanche as one might expect. As we know, not an easy assignment getting a win in the ‘Mile High City’ with the Avalanche home record of 28-4-3. The Canucks did it a couple of weeks ago out of desperation; the Kings will try to do the same thing.

IF the Kings do not prevail, the Vancouver Canucks would suddenly find themselves six points behind third place Los Angeles with two games in hand.

Vancouver plays the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, the Dallas Stars on Monday evening, and the Ottawa Senators the following night, all at Rogers Arena. The Canucks are also six points out of the second Western Conference wild card spot.

Notable Quotables

A beauty from ‘Gabby’, Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau following the win on Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. There was a lot of tension late as the Golden Knights tied the game in the final minute and then the Canucks won it in overtime.

“I was telling the guys in there, if you’ve ever seen the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, when he sees another bunny that’s really pretty and the red heart keeps coming out of your chest, it felt like that in the 3rd period,” Boudreau said postgame with a laugh.

College Fighter

You’re not allowed to fight in NCAA college hockey in the USA, so often times it’s been said or assumed that college trained players aren’t exactly the best fighters once they get to professional hockey.

That hasn’t stopped University of Michigan graduate and current Vancouver Canucks forward Will Lockwood, who dropped the mitts for the first time in his NHL career on Saturday against Noah Gregor of the San Jose Sharks. The two had fought earlier this season in the American Hockey League.

VHN asked Lockwood about his lack of experience with dropping the mitts coming out of college.

“I think I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to that,” Lockwood said with a knowing smile and a cut on his nose. “There might be a bit of trial and error there, but I’ve picked up tips from guys who have done it, and one of the common themes is, guys say ‘go out there, make mistakes, protect yourself’, is the most important thing. It’s something I’ll learn along the way and probably work out in the summer a little bit more, get some tips from more guys so I have more confidence in it.

“I’m not going to be looking for it night in and night out but it is something I will practice or work on a little bit.”

Lockwood has his first NHL fight, he’s now looking to notch is first NHL point. He’s scoreless in nine career games.

Have a great night and enjoy the Hockey Action!!

VHN Managing Editor Rob Simpson has been covering the NHL for three decades on live TV, radio, and as a journalist. He worked his first ever game getting postgame sound as a teenager; it was Vancouver vs. Detroit.

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