Vancouver Canucks: 5 First-Round Playoff Lessons They Must Learn From

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Vancouver Canucks: 5 First-Round Playoff Lessons They Must Learn From
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The machine that is the Vancouver Canucks continue their winning ways, recording a huge 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. With the win, the Canucks inch closer to taking the President’s Trophy with 105 points and just eight games remaining.

Vancouver leads the Red Wings by 10 points in the West, and the Flyers by eight, for the President’s Cup. Getting their game in gear after a patch of mediocre play early in February, the Canucks look like the odds-on favorite to emerge out of the West.

The Sedin twins could be the first brother combination to win consecutive Hart Trophies, and make up the most dangerous line in the NHL.

Even after losing Manny Malhotra for the season, the Canucks still boast one of the league’s deepest and most talented teams.

Roberto Luongo is looking as sharp as ever and, with the shackles of captaincy removed, is looking to improve his 17-17 postseason record. Against the mighty Red Wings in a playoff-charged atmosphere, Luongo looked poised, collecting 39 saves in the win.

As dominant as the Canucks have been this season, the playoffs can be a cruel and unmerciful tournament, where regular season accolades mean very little.

The Stanley Cup is the hardest championship to win for a reason, and the Canucks would be wise to learn from these five first-round upsets in the past 10 years. 

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