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Anxious for Round 2 action 0

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

The Canucks are 'sick of practising', says Ryan Kesler (No. 17), who wants to get into the playoff action for Round 2. (Carmine Marinelli, 24 hours)

The Canucks are 'sick of practising', says Ryan Kesler (No. 17), who wants to get into the playoff action for Round 2. (Carmine Marinelli, 24 hours)

"We talking about practice man, we talking about practice?"

With Monday being the sixth day since Vancouver swept the St. Louis Blues in the first round, the Canucks could easily borrow that line from the infamous Allen Iverson press conference.

This team is anxious to get back on the ice, so much so that Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler had a brief dust-up during one of the drills.

"Everybody in this room is sick of practising. We all see the games on TV and we want to get in one," said Kesler. "That was more a product of maybe a little frustration. Nothing's really game-like, you can act like it's a game out there but nothing really simulates a game at all."

Shane O'Brien had front-row seats to that minor incident, but says it was all in good fun.

"It's just boys being boys," O'Brien said. "Kes seems to think we're easy to play against so I think Juice [Bieksa] is kinda reminding him that we can put a little edge there if we wanted to."

But Canucks coach Alain Vigneault is more concerned about the media then his own players.

"I think the people that have the toughest job is you guys, after so many days off I don't know what you guys can possibly ask us as far as questions," Vigneault said. "As far as us getting ready for games and getting ready for the next series, we know exactly what we have to do."

Monday practice notes: Willie Mitchell missed another practice, while Sami Salo returned and Taylor Pyatt participated in his first full practice with the team since returning last week from indefinite leave.


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