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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks will try to get rid of the taste of canvas in their mouths Friday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.The Canucks (12-16-2) are looking to pick themselves up off the proverbial mat after suffering a stunning 8-6 road knockdown to Carolina on Tuesday. After looking like they would coast to a win, the Canucks squandered a 5-2 lead in the third period.It was pretty deflating, Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller said after practice Thursday. The nature of hockey and the NHL is, you pretty much more get defined by how you persevere, how you get up off the ground.The Canucks return home after a 1-4 road trip in which speculation resumed on the future of coach Willie Desjardins, who has been tasked with trying to groom young players into National Hockey League regulars and still keep the club in playoff contention. But Desjardins is not willing to let youth, injuries or other factors be used as excuses.It doesnt matter whats happening, Desjardins said after the fast-paced workout at Rogers Arena. If youre up by three in the third period, youve gotta find a way to win.The Lightning (15-13-2) have won just twice in their last nine games, but will provide a good test given that they are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. They will also provide a tonic of sorts.Vancouvers lone win on the recent road trip was a 5-1 beatdown of the Bolts.Theyll be ready for us, said Desjardins. They werent happy with what had happened at home, and theyre going to come (hard) and theyre a good team -- and we know that. For us, we cant worry about what another team brings. Weve have to worry about what we bring and what we do. We have to get back. We have to recover from the third period (against Carolina). That was a tough one.But the performance in Tampa Bay was a good one. Center Bo Horvat said the Canucks are looking to rediscover the same winning feeling.I thought we had one of our better games in Tampa Bay, said Horvat. We played the systems well. Everybody was working hard. Everybody was going. Obviously, we had some great goaltending, too. Theyre one of the top teams in the league, and they have been for the last couple years. It just shows that we have the team to beat them -- and beat great teams in the league.The Canucks got some good news Thursday as defenseman Chris Tanev, who has missed 20 games with an ankle injury, returned to practice. He was feeling good afterward and could play Friday, depending on how the ankle fares in the teams morning skate.Im just happy to be out there, said Tanev. It felt good (Thursday), so were taking it day by day right now.Desjardins was optimistic about Tanevs chances of playing but said that another key rearguard who has been out for an extended period, Alex Edler, whose status was questioned Thursday, will likely not return until after Christmas.Meanwhile, the Lightning has more injury concerns after Nikita Kucherov missed Wednesdays 6-3 win in Calgary with an undisclosed injury and winger Ondrej Palat left the game in the second period. They add to a fallen forwards list that includes Steven Stamkos, likely out until the playoffs, and Ryan Callahan, who is considered close to returning.In the meantime, the Bolts have found inspiration from some unlikely scorers. Center Brian Boyles two goals in Calgary ended his scoring drought at 13 games. Meanwhile, defenseman netted his first goal since Oct. 23, 2015, and fellow blueliner Andrej Sustr snapped a 31-game goal drought.It really lifts the guys up on the bench because guys are really pulling for those guys, Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters in Calgary. You can just tell theres a weight off their shoulders because it makes them feel a part of things. It was a total team effort (Wednesday.) Kuch is out and we lost Palat early in the second period. Stamkos is out. You need to get goals from somebody. When youre getting them from everybody its a confidence builder for us.Canucks center Brandon Sutter is expecting a strong start from the Lightning, based on the way it commenced the last meeting between the teams. Sutter and his teammates want to avoid taking penalties against a strong power play.But while the Bolts are known for scoring, Boyle contended that goaltender Ben Bishop has been the biggest difference-maker, even though he sports a modest 9-10-1 mark with a .924 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average.Hes been our best player for quite a few years, Boyle told reporters in Calgary. Cheap Basketball Shoes Online . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. Nike Air Yeezy 2 Cheap . Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents. http://www.cheapbasketballshoeswholesale.com/ . 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But after five carries in two games, Davis was let go early this week and signed with New York, only to be cut again before he ever reported there.When the Chiefs lost Spencer Ware to a concussion and Jamaal Charles to another knee injury, and realized that Bishop Sankey wouldnt be up to speed in time for Sundays game against Jacksonville, they would up getting Davis back on a plane to Kansas City.One day after signing with his old team, Davis was their backup running back in a 19-14 victory .It was great to have him back, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.That would be an understatement to Davis, who said he felt like he was home again. Several teammates stopped to slap him on the back as he got dressed after the game, and Reid even whispered a few words in his ear after addressing reporters in the Arrowhead Stadium auditorium.It felt good to get embraced by the crowd. It felt good to get on the field, said Davis, who had three carries for 10 yards and caught a pass out of the backfield. Theres something about playing inside Arrowhead Stadium that yyou dont get at other stadiums.ddddddddddddDavis has had plenty of opportunities in Kansas City, but fumbles and unproductive games had allowed Ware and Charcandrick West to pass him on the depth chart. His biggest value over the past year had been on special teams, where he returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a playoff win in Houston.But with so little depth, Davis proved to be crucial for one very important reason: I didnt have to learn the playbook, he said, so it was cool. I just had to learn the game plan and get up to speed.Davis said hes been keeping tabs on Charles and Ware -- Those are my brothers, he said -- but he never thought his career would return to Kansas City this season. He certainly didnt expect everything to come full-circle so quickly when he was cut by Green Bay and signed with New York.I need to get the Jets to send me a jersey, he said with a smile.Now, Davis is hoping to stick around with Kansas City the rest of the season, even though hes gained a newfound perspective on the harsh, business-first nature of the NFL.Everything was a surprise, from the trade, all of it, he said, but it worked out.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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