VANCOUVER — It’s hardly a scientific poll, but Kevin Bieksa senses that this time things are different. The feedback he has been receiving in these very early days of the National Hockey League lockout — at the coffee shops he frequents, from the fans he meets on the streets and the messages he gets on his Twitter account — has been largely positive and Bieksa feels support for the players. Lots of it. “I think 75 per cent of the fans have been very supportive,” the Canucks’ defenceman said Monday after skating with some of his teammates at UBC. “I have been getting a lot of messages saying we support you guys, the players. There is a lot of information out there this time, it’s not like the last lockout where unless you were really paying attention you didn’t know what was going on.
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