While stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin are carrying over their offensive schtick from the regular season, some secondary scorers are showing they can also be counted on, as they did in Saturday's convincing 5-1 victory in the first game.
"Our fourth line and our third line want to contribute in this series because Chicago has a lot of depth at forward," centre Kyle Wellwood was quoted in the Vancouver Province. "Every goal matters, every play matters, it sends a message that you want to win.
"Whenever you have a chance to make it 5-1, 3-0, you've got to make sure you're giving it your best."
Wellwood's power-play goal Saturday gave the Canucks a 4-0 lead and threw a dark cloud over whatever slim ray of hope the Blackhawks had left in the game. He now has a respectable four points in seven games -- while getting chances for many more -- and is only two away from the career-high six post-season points he recorded last spring.
"I think Kyle has been playing good hockey for us for some time -- good hockey at both ends of the rink and he gets some power-play time," said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault, one of his biggest detractors at times. "He's dependable at both ends of the rink and that's got to continue."
As Wellwood displayed consistency that he lacked in the past, the Canucks also got timely goals from Mason Raymond, pictured above right, who produced only one point in the opening round against Los Angeles after scoring a career-high 25 goals in the regular season; minor-league call-up Michael Grabner scored his first NHL post-season goal; and Rick Rypien, who has been hampered by undisclosed personal issues and injuries this season, set him up on a two-on-one.
As a result of the timely scoring from their unsung heroes, the Canucks received goals from each line Saturday.
"It's good for every line's confidence," Daniel Sedin told reporters. "We know we can score against these guys."