VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks got back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs by balancing their minutes and rolling four lines. They don't plan to change that system against the Calgary Flames after losing Game 1 in the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday, even if it keeps their top players on the bench in the third period.
Top-line forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin each played less than five minutes in a third period that saw the Flames turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win. Daniel Sedin was eighth in regular-season scoring with 76 points, but only two Canucks forwards played less in the third.
When Flames defenseman Kris Russell scored the winning goal with 29.6 seconds left in regulation, it came against the Canucks' third defensive pairing and a line centered by 20-year-old rookie Bo Horvat that was caught out on the ice for more than a minute.
That left first-year coach Willie Desjardins answering lots of questions about his player deployment after the Canucks practiced Thursday.