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Canucks frustrated Ducks have run over Luongo in first two games of series

Canuck general manager Dave Nonis is taking up the issue with the NHL prior to Sunday night's Game 3 (8 p.m. ET). The best of seven series is tied 1-1.

"We've got some issues with the officiating that I'm not sharing with you," Canuck coach Alain Vigneault said after practice Saturday. "The professional thing is to deal directly with the NHL.

"Obviously we had some issues with last night's game. Dave is bringing it up with them."

Luongo was flattened several times during the Canucks 2-1, double-overtime victory Friday night. Ducks Dustin Penner, Scott Niedermayer and Ryan Shannon were all involved in collisions with the Canuck goaltender.

Luongo has no doubt many of the hits are intentional.

"That's a given," said Luongo, who was slow getting up after a couple of the crashes. "Most of the time the refs says our guy pushed him.

"That's part of the game plan. When there's a lot of traffic and there's people getting bumped, sometimes guys take a bit more liberties. It's the same for every goalie in the league."

Canuck forward Trevor Linden said coming out of Anaheim with a split was important for Vancouver's confidence. The Canucks were badly outplayed in a 5-1 loss in Game 1.

"There is a bit of a psychological situation," said Linden, who assisted on Jeff Cowan's overtime goal. "Everyone was not giving us much of a chance after Game 1.

"To get that (win) is not only important to come back 1-1, but also mentally it gives us that bit of confidence and reassurance that we can get the job done."

The Ducks practised in Anaheim before flying to Vancouver. Forward Ryan Getzlaf said Anaheim can't focus on the narrow loss.

"It's playoff time," said Getzlaf. "You have to put last night's game out of your head and get focused on going into Vancouver and trying to get home ice (advantage) back."

The Canuck injuries continue to mount.

Defenceman Willie Mitchell and Rory Fitzpatrick didn't skate Saturday.

Mitchell missed the final 12 minutes of the first period Friday after taking a hip check from Francois Beauchemin. Mitchell did return and finished the game.

Vigneault said he expected Mitchell to play Sunday but Fitzpatrick had the flu.

The Canucks are already without defenceman Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo, who are out with injuries.

Vigneault doubted Bieksa would play and said Salo would be a game-time decision. The Canucks have called up Yannick Tremblay from the AHL Manitoba Moose.


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