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Canucks in Unusual Spot After Game 1 Loss

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The Vancouver Canucks are trying a new way to win a playoff series. And we don't mean without Daniel Sedin, although that, too.

They're trying to win it from behind after starting badly against the Los Angeles Kings and losing 4-2 Wednesday in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup tournament-opener at Rogers Arena.

Just as the Canucks rode their fast starts to the top of the National Hockey League standings this season, scoring first in two-thirds of their games and going 42-10-4 in those games, so have they ridden fast starts to four consecutive first-round playoff victories.

But they are down 0-1 for the first time since the second round of the 2007 playoffs. The Canucks had won the opener in eight straight series.

“I haven't focussed on that stat; it...

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