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Canucks look ahead after another dramatic win

Sunday, 06.05.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Canucks look ahead after another dramatic win
The Vancouver Canucks continue to find new and dramatic ways to win. But they're trying not to get ahead of themselves as they near the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
BOSTON -- So you get to the Stanley Cup Final because Ryan Kesler scores a game-tying goal with 13.2 seconds left in regulation and then Kevin Bieksa beats the Sharks with a double-overtime winner. You then win Game 1 of the championship round on a goal from Raffi Torres with precisely 18.5 seconds left before what the Boston Bruins figured was an inevitable overtime session.
 
Then, three nights later, you get a game-tying goal from a previously ineffective Sedin (this time Daniel) and raise the decibel level inside Rogers Arena even higher when Alexandre Burrows' beats Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara and finally Tim Thomas in a span of 11 seconds to win Game 2 for you in overtime.
 
Drama. Drama. Drama. The Vancouver Canucks know all about it, and yet they say it does nothing for them.
 
Believe them? Well, first hear from Roberto Luongo and then formulate your opinion.
 
"I think obviously (the dramatic wins) are exciting and they're fun. That's what playoffs are all about," Luongo said not long after Burrows gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday. "At the same time you don't want to get too high after a win and too low after a loss. You almost immediately got to put it behind you and start focusing on the next one. We know going into Boston, it's not going to be easy. We want to make sure we're focusing on the next one, not what we just accomplished here (Saturday)."
 
It's hard to debate Luongo on this point. He's got what would appear to be an airtight argument.
 
But you still have to wonder if winning the way the Canucks have the last three games does anything for their psyche going forward into Game 3 Monday in Boston (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS)?
 
Let's ask Daniel Sedin.
 
"We're able to here (move past it)," he said in the most politically correct tone. "We take it one game at a time. It's no different now. I think we've done what we were supposed to do -- win our two home games. Now we have to win at least one in Boston. It's all about Game 3 now. I don't think we worry about the two games we won so far."
 
OK, fine.
 
Maybe Ryan Kesler can offer some clarification here, give us a little something more to work with then just the win one game at a time mantra?
 
So, Ryan, can you believe that you're already halfway to the Stanley Cup?
 
"Are we?" he responded. "One game at a time. It's probably the hundredth time I've said that."
 
He's reminded it's probably the thousandth. He laughs. But, if it's working, why stop now.
 
"Hey, it could be the other way around, they could be up 2-0," Henrik Sedin said, raising a few eyebrows.
 
Now there is some real truth to that. The Canucks could easily be down 0-2 in this series heading to Boston.
 
Seriously, think about it: What if Kesler goes in offside, or Jannik Hansen doesn't find Torres off the rush late in the third period Wednesday night? What if that pass trickles off his stick blade?
 
What if Zdeno Chara gets a bit more physical on Burrows and Thomas doesn't come too far out of his crease, leading to the empty-net wraparound goal?
 
Maybe Boston wins Games 1 and 2. Maybe this series has a whole different feel to it.
 
"I just think, for us, we're finding ways to win and that's important this time of the year," Kesler said. "You need to find ways to win any way possible, whether it's the last 18 seconds of the third period or if it's in the first 11 seconds of overtime. We're definitely finding ways to win right now."
 
Dramatically or not, they all count just the same.
 
Two down, two to go.
 
Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter: @drosennhl

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