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Vancouver Canucks’ head coach Willie Desjardins, top, stands on the bench behind players Sven Baertschi, from left to right, Markus Granlund, Bo Horvat and Brandon Sutter in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday November 15, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Time is right for Canucks

John Tortorella and the mighty Columbus Blue Jackets came through town Sunday, took two points and left with their bench boss having wrapped up coaching win No. 500.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Connor Brown plays the puck near Vancouver Canucks' Ben Hutton during first period NHL hockey action, in Vancouver on Saturday, December 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms)

NHL needs to mix up playoff format

The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs put on an entertaining show Saturday evening before a national Hockey Night In Canada audience, mostly living up to the pre-game hype which was reaching fever levels usually reserved for iPhone releases.