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Quoting Post-Game

03/16/2007 at 12:34pm EDT
Vancouver 3 St. Louis 2, OTFrom Jason Botchford at The Province:
Alain Vigneault may want to consider moonlighting as a stock-market tipster, starting his own psychic hotline or at least taking a gambling trip to Las Vegas.His hunches were money in the bank last night at GM Place.The Vancouver Canucks magician pulled another hockey rabbit out of his coaching hat by placing plugger turned producer Jeff Cowan on the first line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
-- It's starting to seem a little spooky, this whole business of Jeff Cowan as Salvation. Stick him anywhere and it pretty much works. Last night was no exception, as coach Alain Vigneaultdiscovered. "I though the twins and Jeff were really, really strong -- I'd say they had close to 10 scoring chances."-- The Sedins make goal-scoring look and sound easy. From Henrik on the OT goal: "I was just waiting for Daniel to spin off his check and put his stick on the ice. It was pretty easy after that." Easy? Right...Botchford at The Province remarked"make no mistake, the ice at GM Place was the Sedin twins playground Thursday." Indeed, and they were confident, too. Again from Henrik: "We should have won the game way earlier than we did. I don't know what was wrong. Maybe the chances were too good." Yes, the twins were impressive, but God forbid Vancouver does anything the easy way.-- Finally, a word from the St. Louis Blues' Brad Boyes as he explains how the late game charges frequently happen for his club. He says it's all about short shifts and rolling 4 lines all game:
"It's a different mind-set here, coming to a coach that has really instilled the work ethic and short shifts and going hard. Even when it comes to your own play, you feel fresh all the time, you're not getting caught out there, and it really makes a difference."
So Vancouver isn't perfect -- they'd do well to figure out that trick, too. Great to get that win, but geez... the last 10 minutes of games can be pretty frightening to endure.

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