Canucks: 3 takeaways from 5-1 loss against the Ducks

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Pettersson is finally getting protection
Pettersson is finally getting protection /

For the fifth time in a handful of games, Vancouver showed signs of retaliation when it comes to harming their star player, EP40. In the second period of action, a fairly clean hit was laid out on the Canucks top player and Tyler Myers was quick to show a mean side he usually keeps at bay. He mauled the attacker, Max Jones and took him down to the ice in a massive storm of angry hockey players roughing behind the net.

Ever since Boston Bruins forward, Matt Grzelcyk got away with his late hit on Petey, Vancouver players have been quick to answer the bell when anyone comes near the shifty Swede. J.T. Miller, Jake Virtanen, Adam Gaudette and Tanner Pearson have all dropped the gloves and spent five minutes in the sin bin for their actions. It’s an excellent change of pace for the Canucks. It took too long to happen, but let’s celebrate the effort finally being made to stick up for one another.

It didn’t motivate the team to build a massive come back, it didn’t get themm two points, but it showed that this team will not tolerate being pushed around. Vancouver, without the toughness of Micheal Ferland, might need to make adjustments before the playoffs. But for now, the guys are coming together as a team and sharing the impact of rough and tumble hockey.