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 doesn't mean anything,” Canuck veteran Sami Salo said. “We know that we have to be a lot better playing in the second game. The big thing will be discipline and improving our special teams. This doesn't change anything. Even if we're up 1-0, we know that wasn't our best game and we have to improve.”