It wasn't so long ago that Daniel Sedin looked around at all the scoring depth in the Vancouver Canucks room and noted how much less pressure the twins felt going into games this season.

"We don't feel we have to go out and be heroes every night," he said.

Ah, the good old days.

Two games into the second round of playoffs, ask them how that no-pressure thing is working out.

"The bottom line is, we've got to put pucks in the net. We know we're the guys who are counted on to score," Daniel said Monday, not quite the full U-turn, but close.

"I think a lot of it is up to me and Hank, we're two-thirds of a line, we should be able to get guys going. It's mostly on us."

Two Art Ross Trophies and a Hart may be in the bank, but the trinkets don't seem to have bought the boys from Ornskoldsvik an ounce of immunity.

If they're not heroes, they're villains. In the pitiless environment of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there is evidently no third option. When the highest-scoring team in the regular season turns into the lowest-scoring squad when it matters most, the alarm bells start going off, and the searchlight always stops first at the Sedins' front door.

It's hard to argue that it belongs anywhere else.

"But it's been like this since Year One," Daniel said Monday. "In [Vancouver] you get criticized when you lose. That's the way it is. I think we're pretty used to that. You can't get down about it. Especially now, playoffs are the best time of year. If you're going to get down on yourself or listen to media and fans, you're in trouble.

"I think we're good at knowing if we played good or bad, whether we score or not, and we need to do more than we did last game."

The Nashville Predators have held the Canucks to two goals in two games. Henrik and Daniel have been skunked so far by Preds goalie Pekka Rinne, who is about 10 feet tall with double the usual allotment of arms and legs.