Sergei Kostitsyn began the game with Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist but finished it with David Legwand and Ward.
Christopher Higgins played on Vancouver’s best line, with the great Ryan Kesler (two goals, six hits, 21-5 on faceoffs!) and speedy Mason Raymond.
Maxim Lapierre played mostly with Jannik Hansen and Raffi Torres but spent the third period on the bench as Vancouver needed goals.
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Happy birthday, Lars Eller.
A favourite of HIO and Arpon Basu, number 81 is 22 today.
Two things you didn’t know about Eller:
• Eller is married.
• He hates being called “Larry”, so his teammates do it all the time.
A note on rink announcers: Can you imagine Michel Lacroix yelling “Wooo!” after Canadiens goals at the Bell Centre?
It’s bad enough the guy does it in Boston, but Vancouver?
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