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Canucks say Game 7 loss makes them stronger

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks say losing Game 7 of last season's Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins taught them some valuable lessons that will help them this season.

"The experience makes you stronger," defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. "It makes you better, it makes you mentally stronger.

"I think we have the major pieces all back. We are all better because of last year. There is no reason why we shouldn't be better this year."

Better means winning the Stanley Cup.

Veteran Mikael Samuelsson understands better than most of the Canucks how hard it is for a team to return to the final. He played for the Detroit Red Wing teams that won the Cup in 2008, then lost to Pittsburgh in 2009.

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