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He was as­sessed a two-minute mi­nor for the in­frac­tion, de­spite protest from the vis­i­tors bench. But late in the game, de­fence­man Jan Piskacek was given two min­utes in the box af­ter what ap­peared to be a clean check.

“ Six penal­ties, that made a dif­fer­ence in the game,” said head coach and gen­eral man­ager Mario Durocher, who said his team was dom­i­nant the first two pe­ri­ods.

“ We had some bad penal­ties that we de­served and there were some bad calls, too.

“ We out­skated those guys and out­mus­cled those guys and how can we get six penal­ties in one pe­riod? There was hook­ing on both sides and why we were the only team in the box.”

Lac­erte stopped 34 shots to keep his team in the game, but ul­ti­mately fell to 10-12 with the loss.

Both teams will play again tonight at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Durocher said de­fence­man Mor­gan El­lis (con­cus­sion) will miss tonight’s game and Tues­day’s con­test against the Monc­ton Wild­cats. They hope to have him for the team’s road trip to Prince Ed­ward Is­land next week­end. VAN­COU­VER— De­fine best Games ever. Or worst Games.

The end­less bab­ble con­cern­ing Van­cou­ver’s place in Olympic his­tory con­tin­ues, with the for­eign press — and some do­mes­tic re­porters, too — tak­ing great de­light in point­ing out a se­ries of faux pas that have in some cases sad­dled these Games.

Van­cou­ver has not been with­out its hic­cups. Bro­ken down buses. Driv­ers hired over the phone get­ting lost. Erec­tile dys­func­tion with one of the torches dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies. The torch, the very sym­bol of the Olympics, cor­doned off to the pub­lic by a chain link fence. And, of course, tragedy. Who knows if the death of No­dar Ku­mar­i­tashvili could have been pre­vented. Per­haps a lit­tle more cau­tion could have come into play with the de­sign of the Whistler Slid­ing Cen­tre, which scared the be­jeezes out of most of WHISTLER, B.C. (CP) — Clara Hughes car­ried the Maple Leaf to help kick off the Van­cou­ver Olympics. The veteran speed­skater is pick­ing Alexan­dre Bilodeau as the home side’s flag­bearer when the Games come to a close Sun­day.

“I am fully be­hind Alex,” Hughes said in an email to The Cana­dian Press. “He is truly in­spir­ing to me and his gold shines bright, like the sun in the sky. Not just be­cause it was the first for Canada on Cana­dian soil, more so be­cause of who he is.”

Bilodeau won moguls gold, be­com­ing the first Cana­dian to be crowned Olympic cham­pion at home. He also won the hearts of Cana­di­ans with his post-medal trib­ute to older brother Fred­eric, who has cere­bral palsy.

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