From surrendering the first goal in nine of their first 11 games, to generating more even strength and special-teams offence, to finishing off a sobering seven-game homestead on positive notes Sunday and Tuesday, you name it and the Vancouver Canucks were willing to discuss it.
More importantly, they didn’t go quietly into the night after once again coughing up the first goal. In an impressive 6-3 triumph over the Dallas Stars on Sunday at Rogers Arena, that featured two power play goals and plenty of speed and desire, the Canucks delivered on their promise — even though they gave up two power-play goals.
“I don’t think we’re pressing too hard,” J.T. Miller said following the morning skate. “We’re playing well five-on-five and giving ourselves a chance with the way we’re defending. You have to be mentally tough and if the first power play doesn’t go well, we’re going to get booed.
“But it’s a long season and stuff like this happens. We have faith. We want to make a difference.”
And they did.
“Confidence is a big thing,” said Canucks coach Travis Green. “And when you don’t have it, it’s hard to get it back and (tonight) helped a lot. It’s probably a shooting goal that’s going to get you out of a funk and that’s exactly what happened.”
If the penalty kill can gain some traction, then the Canucks may have something going. Giving up a pair of power-play goals was the only sour point to a sweet night.
“You’re not happy about it,” said Green. “Much like the power play, the penalty kill needs to be better, but I’m not complaining tonight. We got the win and that’s all that matters.”
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