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by Paul on 03/12/12 at 11:53 AM ET
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
His team is looking more vulnerable than venerable, but Mike Gillis knows the way the game is officiated—especially in the postseason—could determine how far the Vancouver Canucks progress this spring. And when asked how he can best address the hot topic without sounding like a whiner when NHL general managers meet Monday and Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., his response was understandable.
“I’m not sure,” said the Canucks general manager. “It seems to be an odd circumstance but I’m sure it will be discussed and I’m not sure how many people feel the same way about it. I guess I’ll find out.”
What was odd last spring was that the Canucks often lamented the officiating in the Stanley Cup final, yet had more power-play opportunities than the Boston Bruins. The champions went 3-for-25 in the final and the Canucks 2-for-31. What continues to be odd is that the only consistency has been inconsistency. Just ask Henrik Sedin, who knows—despite a current 1-for-24 funk in the last 10 games—the power play remains the team’s bread and butter and being better aware of what will and what won’t be called can’t help but help.
“There are going to be mistakes out there,” said the Canucks captain. “In the offensive zone, you hold guys a little bit more and clutch and grab a little bit more than you used to do. As long as it’s fair and they call it the same way, it’s not a problem. This might be the only sport where rules change throughout the season depending where you are and what game you’re playing.”
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