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Canucks' task to keep Kesler healthy

Updated: February 19, 2013, 2:59 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER -- The hits came exactly 1:19 apart in the third period. Both were jarring, bordering on dangerous. Both drew penalties. Both involved Vancouver center Ryan Kesler.

That Kesler got up after being rocked by the St. Louis Blues' Roman Polak and Alex Pietrangelo on Sunday night, apparently none the worse for wear, wouldn't be significant if it weren't the fact the rugged Kesler was playing in just his second game after coming back from offseason shoulder surgery.

And it wouldn't ...

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