Canucks see two of their injured defenceman return to lineup against Canadiens

VANCOUVER – The Canucks had two of their injured defencemen return to the lineup Tuesday night in Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Dan Hamhuis, who missed five games with a concussion, and Keith Ballard, out six contests with a knee injury, both saw ice time near their usual levels.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said he thought both played well despite a lack of practice time.

“I thought both of them, considering the short amount of time that they were with the team, I thought they were fine,” Vigneault said.

While both players skated on their own during their rehabilitation, Hamhuis had two practices and Ballard only one.

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“I felt good,” said Hamhuis, who was on the ice for Montreal’s second goal. “I felt better as the game went on, felt comfortable.

“There were a few situations getting bumped and falling down didn’t seem to bother me at all.”

Hamhuis logged 19 minutes 12 seconds of ice time while Ballard had 16:48.

The Canucks are still missing defencemen Alex Edler (back), Kevin Bieksa (broken foot) and Andrew Alberts (broken wrist).

Rookie Lee Sweatt, called up from AHL Manitoba to fill in, suffered a foot injury after three appearances on the Vancouver blue-line. He has missed the last eight games.