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.
“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.