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Canucks coach implies Sharks ‘cheat and are allowed to cheat’ in faceoffs

May 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks won only 43 per cent of their faceoffs in Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, and apparently there is a reason why.

“I would say, what would be logical for us to try and get to is 50 per cent against such a good team,” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters following the team’s practice at Rogers Arena.

“Some of that is sometimes jumping and maybe making more scrums and winning those one-on-ones instead of trying to beat some of those guys clean, the way they cheat and they are allowed to cheat. It makes it more challenging.”

Sharks center and captain Joe Thornton, who won 50 per cent of the 20 faceoffs he took in a 3-1 San Jose win, had a rather succinct response when asked what he thought of someone saying his team cheats in the circle.

“I don’t think we’re cheating,” he said.

Reporter: “If someone says that to you…?”

Thornton: “I don’t listen.”

The Canucks, trailing 1-0 in the series and in a desperate bid to generate some scoring, shuffled the lines at Thursday’s practice.

Ryan Kesler was moved to the wing, and skated on a line with Derek Roy and Chris Higgins, as Vigneault may be trying to load up that second line.

  1. ron05342 - May 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Cheating, huh?

    Guess they played without linesmen in game 1. Could have sworn I saw them out there, though.

  2. dt58 - May 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Someone sounds like a sore loser…

  3. blackhawksdynasty - May 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    ***turning off the baby monitor – can’t stand the crying any more***

  4. sjsharks66 - May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Hmm…. Shall we talk about the charge, multiple high sticks to torres’s face and maybe the elbow to the back of TJ’s head? Want to talk about cheating. I say your team is dirty and gets away with being dirty, a lot.

    • hoovertower - May 3, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      There’s some irony to a sharks fan complaining about dirty shots to Torres, literally the league’s dirtiest player.

      • sharksman - May 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Torres hasn’t been dirty this year……years past ohhh yeah but not this year ….maybe later lol

      • drstock - May 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Torres was 350th in penalty minutes this regular season. He only has two penalties with the Sharks.

  5. esracerx46 - May 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Canucks whining? Nah. They don’t do that.

    • hoovertower - May 3, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      The problem isn’t that the Canucks whine. The problem is that anything they say is construed as whining by fans and reporters who can hear nothing else. Compared to coaches like Tort and Boudreau, AV is downright tame and boring.

      The psychologists call this confirmation bias.

      • thesableo - May 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        At least Tortorella’s funny sometimes.

  6. giantsfan155 - May 2, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I guess we have to add crying to the long list consisting of : diving, diving, diving, diving, diving, and biting fingers.

    • mnhockey24 - May 3, 2013 at 4:10 AM

      i would like some proof that there cheating and not just that they cant win a faceoff

  7. ironmike778 - May 3, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    I tell ya, it never ends with Vancouver. Biggest collection of whiny little girls I’ve ever seen.

  8. dropthepuckeh - May 3, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Please eliminate these clowns in four games so the men can play playoff hockey.

  9. mgp1219 - May 3, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    No wonder Cannots fans and players act like they do. Somoene should keep an eye on AV because he might strike the first match when they lose.

  10. sharkcity408 - May 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Ill admit Thornton tries to get the edge in the circle. But at least we don’t eat Bruins “FINGER FOOD”

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