VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The tight-checking, low-scoring Vancouver Canucks who have leaned on star goalie Roberto Luongo to win games in recent years aren't in these playoffs.
These third-seeded Canucks rode NHL points-leader Henrik Sedin and the second-highest scoring offense in the league to the playoffs and a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Kings that starts Thursday night.
And Vancouver is not about to go into a defensive shell now.
Ryan Kesler, one of six Canucks to score 25 or more goals, says "If we change our game and become a defensive-minded team we're not playing to our strengths. "
Vancouver finished a respectable 12th in the NHL goals against, giving up 2.66 a game.