CLICHE FOR A REASON
One game at a time. That's all the Canucks care about right now.
Cliche, yes, but there's a reason why cliches are used so often and for the Canucks, who are up 1-0 in their second round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, don't want to change a thing, even if it means saying things they've already used numerous times this season.
"Every game's huge - people like to speculate but we approach it one game at a time," said Alex Burrows. "They're all big games - I know it's a boring answer but that's the way it is."
Despite being undefeated in the playoffs so far, it didn't come easy for Vancouver.
After a strong start Thursday night in the opener of the Western Conference semi-finals, the Canucks gave up a 3-0 lead in the third to the young Hawks team before getting a goal from Sami Salo
at 18:47 in the third to give the Canucks the eventual win.
Whatever the reason for the Chicago comeback last game, the Canucks are going to make sure they do everything they can to not let it happen again.
"The big thing for us tonight and the really important timing for us to play our best game on the ice and put it together for 60 minutes," said Ryan Johnson, who scored an empty net goal with 0:16 remaining to seal the Canucks victory.TURNING POINT GAME
As the Canucks approach game two of the series, you can't help but think about how important this game
is, especially after reading the statistics.
The Canucks and the Blackhawks both won game two of their first-round series.
Vancouver won it convincingly with a 3-0 victory over the Blues and went on to win the series 4-0. Chicago beat the Flames 3-2 in that game and ended up winning the series 4-2.
In Canucks 33 playoff series (including round one in 2009) in franchise history, they have won the second game 13 times and of those 13, have advanced eight times.
In the 20 series that they have lost the second game, they've only been able to pull off four series wins. That's just 20% of the series.
In the 2009 quarterfinals, seven of the eight teams that won the second game of their series went on the win the series and are stilling playing the semi-finals.
Maybe it's just a stat, but so far it's pretty convincing so while the elimination may be the most important game of a series, game two may prove to be just as significant.