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Vigneault: If Gallagher can go to the ‘tough areas,’ so can Canucks

May 3, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

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After failing to produce nearly enough scoring chances on Wednesday, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wants his team to pay the price tonight in Game 2 of its first-round series with the San Jose Sharks.

And Vigneault doesn’t care that the Canucks don’t have the most hulking forwards in the NHL.

“I watched [Brendan] Gallagher last night in Montreal,” said Vigneault. “You don’t have to be big to go to the tough areas.”

Gallagher — a candidate for rookie of the year — is listed at 5-foot-9, 178 pounds.

San Jose won the series opener, 3-1. (According to the Canucks Army blog, Vancouver didn’t manage a single scoring chance in the third period.)

Vigneault also provided an update of sorts on injured goalie Cory Schneider, who’s still considered day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment.

Despite Schneider taking the ice for a skate this morning, it’s not known if he’ll make the trip to San Jose for Game 3.

Roberto Luongo will start again tonight, backed up by AHL call-up Joe Cannata.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Vigneault is right. You don’t have to be big, but you have to be tough. Are the Canucks tough enough?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      No

  2. jpelle82 - May 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    vigneault doesnt have guys on his team with even half the heart or guts of gallagher. been their problem for years.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    No matter how tough of a guy they chose to put in front of the net, patty will out force them. He is a beast when he is near the crease.

    Even Desi and pickles will force them out of the crease.

  4. tfaltin - May 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    That’s an indictment of a team if I’ve heard one. Major house cleaning coming in Vancouver after this series.

  5. vanindeed - May 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Canucks can still turn it around. These are the Sharks not the Islanders from 82

  6. 19to77 - May 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Must send an inspiring message to hear Daniel Sedin, one of their veterans, talking about how “being down 2-0 isn’t easy” before game two even starts. Such inspirational leadership. =/

  7. captn58crunch - May 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Brendan Gallagher is a fun player to watch. The Habs have a real find in him, he is only a rookie. And his confrontation in Game 1 with the Sens’ Chris Phillips where they exchanged pleasantries about each other’s families last night was classic.
    Except Bob Cole ruined it when he says ‘he is just a wonderful young man….’ LOL!

  8. jpat2424 - May 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Cry cry cry

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