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by Paul on 04/15/12 at 12:32 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Just in case the Vancouver Canucks needed any reminding about which team was dealing with the most pressure in their opening-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, defenceman Drew Doughty helpfully pointed it out early Saturday afternoon.
“They’ve got a ton of pressure,” said Doughty, “especially being in a market like Vancouver. They came in first (and) they’re expected to go all the way to the Cup final again, but we’re obviously the team that wants to stop them from doing that.”
Then there was this observation from Kings’ captain Dustin Brown, who freely conceded that the burden is far greater on the President’s Trophy-winning Canucks than the upstart Angelenos, who won twice on the road to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series.
“They have to deal with a lot more than we have to deal with, just given the locale and the mentality there,” said Brown. “I mean, it’s Canada. So that’s a heavy weight.”
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