-- The quote written on the dry-erase board inside the Vancouver Canucks
' locker room at the United Center on Tuesday morning summed it up for them nicely.
"Today's (quote) was, 'The hardest thing to do to a hockey player is take the stick out of his hands,'" said Tanner Glass
, who will help the Canucks try to sweep the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks
out of this Western Conference quarterfinal on Tuesday night. "I think that's very meaningful for today. Those guys have a lot of pride over there and they love the game. To beat them tonight (would make them) go into the off-season, and they never like that."
On the flip side, it would also officially catapult the Canucks over the playoff roadblock that Chicago has presented in each of the previous two postseasons.
The Blackhawks have tormented the Canucks in back-to-back Western semifinals by ending Vancouver's Cup hopes in six games. Now it's the Canucks with a chance to scratch back by ruining Chicago's hopes to repeat its championship of a year ago -- and do it with a humiliating sweep, no less.