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Back in action

Brashear returns six weeks after getting whacked

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Posted: Thursday April 06, 2000 12:08 AM


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Donald Brashear returned to the Canucks lineup against the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night, six weeks and 20 games after Boston defenseman Marty McSorley's stick attack left the Vancouver forward with a concussion.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Brashear was greeted with loud cheers when he went on the ice for his first shift, 1:31 into the game. The cheers grew louder when Brashear threw his first hit just five seconds later.

McSorley used two hands to slash Brashear across the temple with 2.7 seconds left in a Feb. 21 game. Brashear, who has practiced for the last two weeks, was given medical clearance Monday to play.

Brashear started Wednesday's game on the left side of Vancouver's fourth line, joining center Denis Pederson and right winger Brad May. Josh Holden, who had three assists in Vancouver's 3-2 win over Chicago on Sunday, was scratched to make room for Brashear.

Brashear was enjoying a career-best season with 11 goals in 57 games before the injury.

The Canucks were tied for ninth in the Western Conference heading into Wednesday's action.

"One of the things that we talked about was to put ourselves in a situation that when he comes back he's playing for something," Vancouver captain Mark Messier said.

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