The Starting 5: Pressure on both teams heading into Game 6

 

 
 
 
 
“I think there is pressure on both teams now. Obviously if we lose, we’re out and, for them, they have a chance to finish it off in their building and they’re going to feel that a little bit. So I think both teams are dealing with it a little bit. But we’re feeling pretty good. We’re feeling better than we were a few games ago.” – Canuck forward Nick Bonino, pictured.
 

“I think there is pressure on both teams now. Obviously if we lose, we’re out and, for them, they have a chance to finish it off in their building and they’re going to feel that a little bit. So I think both teams are dealing with it a little bit. But we’re feeling pretty good. We’re feeling better than we were a few games ago.” – Canuck forward Nick Bonino, pictured.

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann, Vancouver Sun

BY THE NUMBERS

Flames defenceman Kris Russell leads the series in scoring with four points … Daniel Sedin leads the series in shots on goal with 22 while Chris Tanev, pictured, is a series leading plus-4 … The Canucks killed all three Calgary power plays in Game 5 to boost their playoff PK ranking from a dead-last 16th to 14th (at 73.3 per cent). Their power play, 0-for-2 on Thursday, ranks eighth in the playoffs at 14.3 per cent.

ROOKIE WATCH

The Flames have used six rookies in the series while the Canucks have deployed three. Bo Horvat, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett, pictured, all have three points apiece to lead in that category. Gaudreau leads in shots on goal with 12 while Bennett has 10 and Horvat eight. Ronalds Kenins is tops in plus-minus at plus-2 while Gaudreau is a minus-4, worst among the freshmen and second-worst in the series behind linemate Jiri Hudler.

THE LAST TIME

This is the first Game 6 for the Canucks since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final when they went into Boston leading the series 3-2. It did not go well as Roberto Luongo surrendered three goals on eight shots and was hooked. The Bruins led 4-0 after the first period and coasted to a 5-2 victory. That was also the game in which Brad Marchand used Daniel Sedin’s head as a speed bag.

QUOTABLE, PART 1

“I think there is pressure on both teams now. Obviously if we lose, we’re out and, for them, they have a chance to finish it off in their building and they’re going to feel that a little bit. So I think both teams are dealing with it a little bit. But we’re feeling pretty good. We’re feeling better than we were a few games ago.” – Canuck forward Nick Bonino.

QUOTABLE, PART 2

“It’s a louder crowd and you can barely talk to your linemates during the game so it’s a tough building to play in. I think a lot of times you tend to over-react to that kind of stuff. You have to trust your instincts that you’re playing good hockey.” — Canuck captain Henrik Sedin, pictured, on the noisy reception he expects from the Saddledome crowd in tonight’s Game 6.

 
 
 
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“I think there is pressure on both teams now. Obviously if we lose, we’re out and, for them, they have a chance to finish it off in their building and they’re going to feel that a little bit. So I think both teams are dealing with it a little bit. But we’re feeling pretty good. We’re feeling better than we were a few games ago.” – Canuck forward Nick Bonino, pictured.
 

“I think there is pressure on both teams now. Obviously if we lose, we’re out and, for them, they have a chance to finish it off in their building and they’re going to feel that a little bit. So I think both teams are dealing with it a little bit. But we’re feeling pretty good. We’re feeling better than we were a few games ago.” – Canuck forward Nick Bonino, pictured.

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann, Vancouver Sun

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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