VANCOUVER -- Expect it to be loud and expect the bodies to be flying on Thursday night as the Canucks look for the second time to close out their best-of-7 Western Conference quarterfinal-round series with the Blackhawks in Game 5 at Rogers Arena.
"It's very important," Ryan Kesler said of setting the tone early. "We got to have a good start and we got to continue it for 60 minutes."
In Games 1 and 2 the Canucks came out physical in the early going, hitting the Blackhawks at every opportunity. Vancouver out-hit Chicago 92-61 and took a 2-0 series lead heading to the Windy City.
Chicago responded much better in Games 3 and 4, out-hitting Vancouver 44-33 in a 7-2 win on Tuesday to extend the series.