Don't count out 'Hawks yet

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:32 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver knows better than to count their Hawks before they've hatched.

The Canucks went up 1-0 in each of the last two series against Chicago and we all know how that worked out for them -- they lost Game 2 and went on to lose the series.

So while a lot of people in the city are getting ahead of themselves, a lot of people in the dressing room aren't.

"In both those (Game 2s) we had the lead early on," said Henrik Sedin. "We were up in both the games and they came back and got the momentum in the series and we never seemed to really get it back. That's why Friday's game is huge for us."

Giving Chicago any life can prove fatal.

"We had these guys on the ropes a couple of years ago," recalled Kevin Bieksa. "We had the chance to go up 3-1 on them and they ended up winning that game in overtime and taking the series. You can never count these guys out."

Chicago certainly isn't. They're planning to split the first two games and fly home with all the momentum.

"We feel comfortable, we've done it before against Vancouver," said Brian Campbell. "It's a long series, we've been through this stuff. They deserved to win Game 1, now you have to counter punch them.

"We know how to fix our game. We just have to muster up something to try and change the momentum."


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