Posted October 02, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Having continued to fall short in their quest for a first Stanley Cup, the Vancouver Canucks are hoping that John Tortorella can finally lead them to that long-awaited title. The Cup-winning coach begins his tenure with the Canucks in Thursday night's visit to the San Jose Sharks, who also are hoping this is finally the season they capture their first championship. Vancouver won 313 regular-season games and six Northwest Division titles in its seven campaigns under Alain Vigneault, but a second straight opening-round playoff defeat - a four-game sweep to the Sharks - was enough for the franchise to make a change. In an interesting twist, the Canucks and Rangers essentially swapped coaches after Tortorella was fired by New York. Tortorella has 410 wins to his credit and something else the Canucks desire, the experience of winning a Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004. "I'm anxious - a good anxious. You want to get going," Tortorella told the league's website. "I...
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