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Heard It All Before

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
There's only one word to describe the Ducks overtime victory in game four on Tuesday night: Stunning.

Prior to both teams hitting the ice for the extra period, the drummers in the upper deck tried pounding their way into the hearts of the Canucks fans but the feelings of pensiveness and nervousness were just too much to overcome.

On this night, the only pounding came from the celebratory fist pumps of the upper brass of Ducks management in their private box when Travis Moen stunned and silenced the Canucks crowd.

When that puck found the net in overtime it was hard to move. It was like the camera shots of baseball players in the dugout when they sit in wide-eyed silence and watch another team celebrate a World Series victory right in front of them.

The Ducks haven't won the series, but they're as close as they can get without actually tasting the champagne and moving on to the third round of the Quest for the Cup.

This second round series has gone the same direction as round one - but this time the shoe is on the other foot. The Canucks lost game one, won game two and lost games three and four. Now it's Vancouver's turn to be down 3 games to 1.

Here's hoping the Canucks can do what the Stars did - rally back to force a seventh game. But before talk about a seventh and deciding game can hit the wires, the Canucks will have to dig even deeper and win game five on Thursday night in Anaheim.

The entire Vancouver season has come down to old and tired clichés.

"It's a tough situation but I still don't think we've shown this team our best game yet," said an optimistic Kevin Bieksa. "We'll take it one game at a time. No one in this room is going to give up."

No one expects this team to give up. The fans don't, the players don't and neither does the head coach.

"We don't really have a choice," said Alain Vigneault. "If we want to continue to play - we can't look at the big picture. We've played really well on the road all year and I'd expect us to go into Anaheim and play a good game."

There's a few more clichés we'll all hear over the next couple days: Backs against the wall, do or die and nothing to lose are just a few that come to mind.

But the best one might be three simple words.

Just win, baby!
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