Upon further review Alex Edler doesn't plan on changing the way he approaches any game. The fact that he's facing the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday his first game back from a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Thomas Hertl has only heightened his resolve to be a defensive deterrent and offensive contributor for the Vancouver Canucks. Edler checked the San Jose rookie near the Canucks' bench in the second period of an Oct. 10 meeting at Rogers Arena and the winger's helmet flew off. The league ruled that the head was the main point of contact. And because Hertl was spun around as opposed to being driven backward by the blow NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan made the ruling. He said Edler was supposed to take a better angle toward Hertl — even though Hertl ducked down and looked like he was trying to jump around the defenceman. "I'm not going to change the way I play" Edler said Friday following practice. "I look at myself as a clean player and I try to play aggressive and that's when I'm at my best." He'll have to be Saturday. Sidney Crosby leads league scoring with 14 points while Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis have eight and Chris Kunitz seven points for the 6-1-0 Penguins. Edler was paired with Jason Garrison at practice while Dan Hamhuis lined up with Chris Tanev and Kevin Bieksa with Ryan Stanton. They'll have to stop the league's second-best producing offence — 3.86 goals per game — and the fourth-ranked power play. "It's going to be a challenge" added Edler. "They're a really great team and if we're going to have a chance we're going to have to play at our best. Most teams have really good forwards but two world-class players like that [Crosby Malkin] — we're going to have to really be sharp." Canucks coach John Tortorella has lauded Edler's play this season. He had no issue with the aggressive check in the neutral zone on Hertl that at first appeared to be more about the forward trying to avoid a check.
Tough test for Edler in first game back from suspension
Vancouver Province | Oct 19