Marc Crawford had some thinking to do in the wake of last week's horror show against the Minnesota Wild.
His hockey club had just been bleached 6-0 in the first half of a back-to-back, double-dip on Wednesday night.
The second half of the twin-bill was Friday.
Thursday was the day Crawford had to make the most of.
If you wonder what Crawford does to earn his seven-figure, two-comma contract, don't watch him behind the bench on game nights.
Most coaches honest enough will admit there isn't much they can do to influence the outcome of a game once it starts.
It's what they do before games and between games that really makes a difference, and Crawford did his best work last Thursday in Minnesota.
You may have seen the footage on Sportsnet that night. Nearly out of frame you could see Anson Carter and Henrik Sedin. More prominent on the screen was the head coach, and he was not a happy man.
Carter and the twins - we were left to deduce - screwed up a drill and Crawford was livid. He went into an "f-bomb" rage, offering up vintage "Winter Crow." ("Summer Crow" can be defined as his off-season deportment, which is clearly in contrast to that of October through May).
It was not the type of practice that leaves grown men terribly amused. But Crawford decided a message needed to be sent and based on what happened the night before, it was hard to suggest otherwise.
Over an 82-game season, coaches have to pick their spots carefully when it comes to blistering their players.
Do it too often and the team will tune you out. Don't do it often enough and they will take advantage of you.
It's an extremely fine line, and you had to wonder if Crawford was crossing it just four games into the season.
His reputation is that of a good coach, but one who can compromise his effectiveness because of a short fuse.
Friday night provided the answer as to how good Crawford's timing was and how clear his message was delivered.
The Canucks looked like a completely different hockey team.
They played with passion, they played with commitment and they played with purpose.
They outshot Minnesota 41-13, a much more telling reflection of the game than the 5-3 final score.
Over an 82-game, seven-month season it is never easy to point to one game and say "that was a big one."
But given how bad the Canucks were last Wednesday and how good they were two nights later, you could understand some of the players thinking the significance of the win could not be understated.
You could also understand some of the players being a little unwilling to admit that the game might have been won on Thursday, when "Winter Crow" made his first appearance of the season, one that warranted a rave review.
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