Canucks Malhotra Returns to Practice

Canucks' Malhotra back at practice before Game 2

      VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Center Manny Malhotra has
returned to practice with the Vancouver Canucks, continuing his
comeback from a career-threatening eye injury.
      Malhotra skated mostly with the Canucks' reserve forwards Friday
at the University of British Columbia. Coach Alain Vigneault still
won't confirm whether Malhotra will play in Game 2 on Saturday
      Malhotra hasn't played since a deflected puck hit him in the
face March 16. He is a faceoff specialist and a key defensive
forward for the Canucks.
      Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis didn't skate in Friday's
practice after apparently getting hurt in Game 1. Vigneault refused
to provide an update on Hamhuis' health or who might replace him in
the lineup.
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