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05-02-2013, 08:59 AM
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Good game for several reasons. First, it was a must win to get rid of the road fear. On top of it, it was the first road win in the 2013 playoffs.

Second, it will force the Canucks to focus more on Couture that should ease up on Thornton, Pavelski, and Marleau. The Sharks needed more offensive threats. I thought that teams focused on shutting down Marleau and Pavelski as an adjustment to those first 7 games.

Great to see Boyle pick up rebound for a goal. He takes alot of crap here (and some from me).

I can see Hannan's role being the old style as the refs back off on calling in the playoffs it seems. Maybe a smart move by DW? They only call the stuff that cannot be ignored or glanced over. That first penalty of the game, a shot to the head, could not be ignored. The later hit to the head on a board check, and another check hit the Canuck's skates left the ice could be ignored.

I'd say if this goes 3-0 in the series, that last game will be ugly.

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