VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks have talked at length about lessons they have learned from past postseason failures. Now they have a chance to prove it.
The Canucks' 4-2 loss at Chicago on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series looked very much like Vancouver's defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks last year in Game 4.
Vancouver went into the third period of both games ahead with the chance to take a two-game lead in the series. Both times, the Canucks sat back and missed their chance to take control.
The Canucks never recovered last year. They blew leads the next two games, including several in a decisive 7-5 loss as the Blackhawks eliminated Vancouver in six games.
After splitting two games in Chicago in the rematch, the Canucks are heading home for Game 3 on Wednesday night - eager to erase bad memories.