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Canucks Report: Time to get dirty

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

We know who will be in goal for Vancouver, who will be scoring the goals for the Canucks remains to be seen.

The Canucks did not hold morning skate Friday; four scratched players and all three goaltenders (Luongo, Schneider and Cannata) were the only ones to hit the ice.

Luongo will start in net for the Canucks Friday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal and there’s still no word on status of Cory Schneider, although him skating is definitely a positive.

Coach Alain Vigneault said Schneider remains day-to-day and he’s not sure if the netminder will travel with the team to San Jose Saturday or not.

Vancouver hopes to be traveling to San Jose with this series even at 1-1 and producing offensively is the key to turning this series around.

“You put yourself in a big hole if you lose two in a row and I don’t like using must-win, but it’s a very important game for us, I can’t stress that enough,” said Kevin Bieksa, one of five players who addressed the media Friday morning.

Although the Canucks generated 30 shots in Wednesday night’s 3-1 loss to the Sharks, Bieksa reiterated what many players have said since, that 100 shots wouldn’t have been enough in Game 1 because of the types of shots Vancouver produced.

It’s time to forget style points and get dirty.

“I don’t think we generated enough Grade-A good chances, we had some shots on net, but I’m talking about the shots with traffic in front and rebounds, we didn’t do quit enough of that,” he said.

“I think you’re going to see a lot more of us going to the net a little bit harder; when you have a guy standing in front of the net, it allows you to shoot from anywhere on the ice and it be a dangerous shot. That’s one of the secrets to playoff hockey is traffic.”

It’s been well documented the Canucks have dropped five consecutive games at Rogers Arena dating back to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and over that stretch Vancouver has only scored six goals.

A stat more in the Canucks favour is as follows: the team that has won Game 2 of a best-of-seven NHL playoff series, regardless of the result of Game 1, has gone on to win the series 424 out of 592 times (.716) in league history.

Win Game 2 and the Canucks are back on track.

No updates on the Canucks lines, check at game time for an update line-up.

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