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Canucks Report: Comeback Canucks

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
The last time the Calgary Flames held a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs was in 1994.

Back then, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, D2: The Mighty Ducks and Major League II ruled the box office, Nirvana fans were still heavily mourning the death of frontman Kurt Cobain and ‘Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm’ by the Crash Test Dummies was stuck in the head of everyone on earth.

Justin Bieber was only two months old at the time and 100 per cent less annoying than today.

That was a long time ago, but if you’re looking for hope, there it is.

The Flames blew that 3-1 series lead to the Vancouver Canucks; we all remember Pavel Bure’s double overtime breakaway series winner.

Bure can’t help the Canucks duplicate that comeback this time around, but if Vancouver can get a win on home ice in Game 5 Thursday, they’ll be a step closer to accomplishing it.

“Our group has been down 3-1 and they know they can come back,” said coach Willie Desjardins. “They’ve been down 3-1 and won and up 3-1 and lost, so they know this series isn’t over.

“There’s been lots of times this year where people have said ‘well this trip will determine who you are’ and on all those trips we found a way. That’s exactly where we’re at now, everyone is saying this or that about us, and it’s our turn to step up and show who we are.”

The Canucks practiced Wednesday with everyone except Brad Richardson and Alex Burrows taking part. Desjardins said Burrows is still in Calgary and is not prepared to travel to Vancouver quite yet. Coach said Burrows will not be around for the rest of the series, but that the injury “isn’t serious.”

Without Richardson and Burrows in the line-up in Game 4, Linden Vey and Brandon McMillan drew in and based on today’s skate, Vey is now out and Sven Baertschi is in.

We’ll have to wait and see who is on the ice come puck drop Thursday night, but either way, if the Canucks believe they can win, they can win.

“Belief this time of year is always most important,” added Desjardins. “If you believe that you can win, that’s what drives you to play hard and keeps you going. I think we just have to make sure we stay on task.”


One Canucks player is more fired up than the rest to face the Flames in Game 5 – Sven Baertschi.

If the 22-year-old forward draws into the line-up, he’ll not only make his NHL playoff debut, he’ll make it against the team that drafted him.

"That'll be a special experience, especially against them and with us needing to comeback in the series," smiled Baertschi.


"We're obviously in a must-win situation here,” said Daniel Sedin. “We're going to do everything we can to head back to Calgary."

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