It's situations like this where the Canucks' business-like mentality comes in handy.
Fresh off a Game 1 win over Chicago Wednesday to take the series lead, the team is not ready to celebrate anything. And why should they be.
Vancouver has been in this position against the Blackhawks before – twice over the past two playoffs actually, and both times, Chicago came back to win in six games.
So Thursday at practice, the Canucks mindset was much the same as it has been all season – and you guessed it – they're taking it one game at a time.
"We're focused on (Friday)," said series-opener standout Roberto Luongo. "Obviously we want to win that game, try and make it 2-0. And if we do, it doesn't really mean much either."
The Canucks, who have lost six of their last eight Game 2 results, aren't letting history get to them either.
"We're a different group this year, that's the bottom line," said Henrik Sedin. "We're confident out there. We don't get stressed when something bad happens, that's the difference."
Leave it to coach Alain Vigneault, however, to get all philosophical.
"If you learn from the past, the past won't necessarily dictate the future," he said. "Every day we come in here, we're in the moment."
Canucks playoff motto anyone?
Deep on D
Here's a not-so-news flash: The Canucks have one of the best top six units in the league, and Wednesday's game was a great example of just how effective they can be when healthy.
The group's ice time ranged from 14:42 to 22:31, and Vigneault was not hesitant in playing any of his pairings. In comparison, Chicago's Duncan Keith played 27:30, while Nick Leddy racked up 12:11.
"The longer the series and the season goes on, it's going to be a big benefit having guys with lots of energy," said Christian Ehrhoff.
Alex Edler, who had seven hits, adds there are no unnerving matchups out there for the Canucks with the amount of talent on the backend.
"It's good to know that we have guys that can be out there in all kinds of situations," he said.
Chicago's Tomas Kopecky is doubtful for Thursday's game after suffering an upper-body injury in Game 1. Dave Bolland (concussion) remains out. while Ryan Johnson (knee) is good to go.
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