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high expectations following two first-round playoff

in Tomahawk 24.06.2019 08:08
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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks arrived for training camp Wednesday with high expectations following two first-round playoff exits. Fiery new coach John Tortorella is likely to be more demanding than laid-back predecessor Alain Vigneault, the winningest coach in team history. Vigneault was fired last spring and took over Tortorellas previous job with the New York Rangers. But with few roster changes expected as Tortorellas era in Vancouver begins under a reduced NHL salary cap, some veterans are looking for motivation from within. "We accomplished quite a bit, this core group, in the last five, six, seven years," said defenceman Kevin Bieksa. "But obviously the last two years, were not happy with at all. Two first-round exits. Last year was just straight-up embarrassing. "So we have a lot to prove to ourselves and everybody else obviously. Expectations in the (dressing) room are always going to be higher for us than from the media or the fans. We want to win. We want to win now. Weve been together for a long time and weve put in a lot of work." Players also expect to work hard under Tortorella, who was fired by the Rangers at the end of last season. Hes attempting to change his reputation for having a hot temper, little tolerance for reporters questions and a tendency to browbeat players. But Tortorella, who is also known for physically demanding training camps, said it will still take him some time to figure out which players need extra incentive to play at their best. "Its not always looking to kick a guy," said Tortorella. "Thats what happens sometimes when we talk about this (reputation), that all Im doing is kicking people. "Thats not what this is about. Its watching, observing (and) thats why I cant wait to get going. I want to get to know them. I want them to know me, and then you go through your day-to-day situations and what comes up that day, react to. Ill make mistakes. I hope I correct them and go the right way, but you cant forecast, you cant predict, how youre going to (motivate players.) You need to take each day at a time." The Canucks held off-ice physical tests Wednesday at Rogers Arena and will conduct on-ice testing at the University of British Columbia on Thursday before hitting the ice for workouts back at their downtown rink Friday. Winger Zack Kassian, 22, acquired two seasons ago from Buffalo in the Cody Hodgson trade, is one player who appears likely to receive an extra push from Tortorella. The coach reached out to Kassian in the off-season in a bid to get him going early. "I want to give him every opportunity to be a huge part of this team, and Ive told him that," said Tortorella. "I want to give him an opportunity because of what people have told me about him. Its something that I think the team needs as far as his willingness, as far as his playing into a bigger role within the team. Id like to see it happen." He wants Kassian, who may get a chance to play as a top-six forward in pre-season games, "to step out of himself" and become a "big part" of the club. Kassian, who has played on all four lines without establishing a clear place, said its up to him to show what he can do and earn a bigger role. "Its always tough when youre bouncing around on lines, but I dont want to use an excuse," said Kassian. "I need to get more consistent. The mental side of the game, I felt like Ive grown this summer, and I come in more mature and stronger and in better shape than last season, and thats all you can expect. "I think Im going in with open eyes this year." He was Buffalos top draft choice (13th overall) in 2009, but has yet to live up to his billing as a prototypical power forward. The LaSalle, Ont., native recorded seven goals and four assists in 39 games with the Canucks after the lockout and had 21 points (8-13) while toiling for their former Chicago Wolves farm club during the labour dispute. Tortorella also hopes to get more out of centre Ryan Kesler, who is healthy again after hip, shoulder and wrist injuries limited his training in the past two off-seasons. Kesler spent the summer getting his body "where it needs to be." Kesler believes he and Vancouvers emotional new coach can get along. "I think were a good fit," said Kesler. "We both want to win, we both hate losing, and Im looking forward to the challenge." While players go through a feeling-out process with Tortorella, goaltender Roberto Luongo will "just try to feel it out" when it comes to staying with the Canucks after the club indicated it would trade him in the past two off-seasons. While Luongo said he could not ask for anything better than being a starter in the NHL, he has yet to express pleasure about staying in Vancouver. "Im not saying Im unhappy," he said. "Right now, I just want to be playing and then well see how it goes." Defenceman Dan Hamhuis said all the Canucks are eager for the season to start under Tortorella. Hamhuis, a 30-year-old Smithers, B.C., native said players must be mentally tough when dealing with criticism from the new coach, who pledged to implement a culture that allows players to be highly creative on offence but still play strong defence. "Hes going to raise his voice and yell at us if hes not happy with our performance," said Hamhuis. "Weve got to expect that and we cant get down on ourselves and get down and be upset in a way that its going to negatively affect our play. "We have to understand that he wants the best for us, and hes not trying to put us down as individuals. Hes trying to build us up." Notes: Winger David Booth remains out with an ankle injury suffered last March. General manager Mike Gillis said Booth has still not been cleared to play. Cheap Titans Jerseys Authentic . 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"I think it motivated everybody. It left everybody with a good feeling." Arizona scored three runs in the sixth and put the game away with seven in the ninth. "The first game was devastating because they came back and stole it for us and then we played our worst game of the year last night," Gibson said. "We came back with a good effort today, played a good, clean game, got good pitching, some clutch hits then were able to have some fun in that last inning." The Pirates are 0 for 8 in chances to sweep opposing teams this season. They looked primed to get their first sweep as starter Vance Worley retired the first 12 batters he faced and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Ender Inciarte broke up Worleys no-hit bid with an RBI single with one out in the sixth. Peralta followed with his third home run of the year which barely cleared the 21-foot-high fence in right field and gave Arizona a 3-2 lead. After a strikeout and groundout against Worley in his first two at-bats, Peralta was prepared for his third trip to the plate. "I thought Ill get him next time," Peralta said. "The next time, he gave me a pitch I could hit. My whole approach is always to wait for my pitch and thats what I did in that at-bat." Miguel Montero was the first Diamondback to reach base after he worked a leadoff walk in the fifth. Pittsburgh scored in the third on a double by Jordy Mercer and RBI groundout by Gregory Polanco. The Pirates opened the fourth with hits by Neil Walker, Russell Martin and Ike Davis to extend their lead to 2-0. Walker started the inning with a double and scored on Davis single. Brandon McCarthy (3-10)) was pulled in the sixth after issuing a two-out walk to Davis.dddddddddddd He threw 5 2-3 innings and allowed two runs and eight hits, walked two and struck out six as he needed to work through some issues on the mound in the early stages of his start. "Some starts you feel great out of the gates but it wasnt quite there for me," McCarthy said. "I was able to hang in there and when things got dicey, I was able to make pitches." Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was pleased with his teams overall approach against McCarthy but acknowledged the inability to capitalize on extending the lead when Pedro Alvarez grounded into a double play in the fourth inning. "The double play in the fourth cut down some momentum we were building," Hurdle said. "We got one run in, first and second with no outs, he was able to get through that and cut off that inning. We didnt score another run the rest of the game." Worley (2-1) went seven innings and gave up three runs, four hits and two walks. He struck out six while taking his first losing decision as a Pirate. "Early on I was able to get ahead in the count, throw strikes and make them swing," Worley said. "And then as the game continued on I lost command of the two-seam fastball and was getting behind. The one inning, one pitch." Arizona sent 11 batters to the plate in the ninth and scored seven runs on eight hits. Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri gave up five hits to the six batters he faced and all of them scored. Frieri was pulled after recording just one out for Jeanmar Gomez, who entered with the bases loaded and allowed all three inherited runners to score before being charged with two runs of his own. "We some good at-bats early, hit three rocket shots in the second inning that we didnt have anything to show for," Gibson said. "Our guys stayed with it, kept the pressure on and finally got a couple of big hits." NOTES: A replay review of 4:13 overturned a safe ruling as Polanco attempted to steal second base in the fifth inning. ... Starling Marte singled in the third and has reached base in all 13 of his career games played against Arizona. ... 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