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Canucks won't change on our account

by Dan Rosen
CHICAGO -- We in the media might call the answers boring, perhaps unworthy for our valuable (at least that's what we think) notebooks and recorders.

That doesn't mean the Vancouver Canucks are going to stop giving us those one-shift-at-a-time, one-day-at-a-time, one-win-at-a-time quotes following every media availability, be it after a practice or a game.

After being with the Canucks for five days and three playoff games, I've begun to think that they actually believe what they're saying, that these unhelpful answers actually mean something to this team and are not used as answers to questions they just don't want to deal with.

"The only position we're in is that we're going to get ready for our next game," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said following Sunday's 3-2 win at United Center. "We've taken it all year long on a one-game basis. We're playing a great hockey team, the Stanley Cup champions. We're going to practice (Monday) and get ready for the next game."

Maybe it's a sports psychology thing -- I don't know -- but the fact is that the Canucks don't just preach this stuff, they act on it. They really do live in the moment and refuse to think about anything else, past or future.

What happened last season against Chicago? Please, not an issue or a concern.

What they did in Games 1 and 2 at home? History that doesn't matter now.

What could potentially happen Tuesday in Game 4 now that they have a 3-0 lead in the series? Let's just wait until we get to Tuesday, OK.

"I think they've got some great guys over there -- they're battlers and they're going to battle to the end," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "The players they have, their winners. It's going to be a tough battle here come next game."

That's the other thing about the Canucks -- they do not hesitate to heap praise on the Blackhawks, calling them the champs and a great team with every opportunity they get.

Not once have the Canucks given Chicago any fuel with an off-color or controversial comment. With no ammo, the Hawks haven't been able to fire back, either with their words in the dressing room or with their play on the ice.

"We've got one more to go and we know it's going to be a tough one, the hardest one so far," Roberto Luongo said, preaching the company line. "These guys are the Stanley Cup champions and they're definitely not going to quit. It's going to be even harder on Tuesday and we've got to be ready."

They will be. They just won't tell you how they do it.

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