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"I’m not the type of guy who looks for excuses, but when you go on a long ride like we did the year...

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"I’m not the type of guy who looks for excuses, but when you go on a long ride like we did the year before, it’s tough physically and a different mentality to approach games," admitted Lapierre. "You’ve got a tired mind and a tired body. We knew we could have played better, but I guarantee we’ll play better this year."

Maxim Lapierre on the Canucks' 2012 playoff failure. Click the link for a solid Lappy piece by Ben Kuzma, where Lappy also talks about his extra muscle, expectations on a deep club, lockout, and more.