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Meanwhile the struggling Canucks hope to rebound from what coach Travis Green called a “disheartening” home-ice loss Thursday to Vegas. The Golden Knights prevailed 4-3 on a shorthanded goal by William Karlsson after a blatant turnover — and lack of effort — by the Canucks in the final six and a half minutes.Green expressed strong disappointment after the game Thursday. But the coach, whose injury-depleted club has only one win in 11 games, tried to put a positive spin on the result Friday, contending he “felt great” about his team’s showing.“I’d take (Thursday) night’s game 82 times and I’d be really happy,” he said. “And I know our record would be a lot better than a lot of people thought we’d be at the start of the year. 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