As captain, you either rally the crew to bail harder or go down with the sinking ship.
Henrik Sedin has done an admirable job of accentuating the positive to keep the Vancouver Canucks afloat in rough Stanley Cup final series waters. He called for the return of a swagger before a 5-2 loss in Game 6 here on Monday, was convinced the Presidents' Trophy winners were better than critiqued and deserved a better fate — despite a first-period meltdown that saw the Boston Bruins set an NHL record with four goals in 4:14 — and has no doubt that victory is there for the taking in Game 7 on Wednesday at Rogers Arena.
"We've done it before — that's the only thing," he said. "We've got a good team in here with a lot of guys who have battled hard and we showed up all season. And we'll show up in the final game. We're confident on home ice and it's going to be a great game.
"If somebody had told me we'd have a Game 7 for the season at home, I would have taken it any day. That's where we are right now. We've got one game left."
The Canucks also have one less winger in Mason Raymond and two banged-up blueliners in Alex Edler and Andrew Alberts. Raymond was lost 20 seconds into Game 6 when he got tangled up with defenceman Johnny Boychuk and was driven into the cornerboards and may have suffered a serious back and/or hip injury. Edler left Game 6 for the second time five minutes into the final period while Alberts also missed some shifts.
Raymond had Boychuk's stick caught between his legs when awkwardly run backwards into the boards. He remained face down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off the surface and was then transported to hospital for further evaluation. The play went unpenalized and the furious Canucks called for a league review because it has been speculated that Raymond could be sidelined four to six months with a fractured vertebrae and miss the start of next season. That review isn't expected to occur.
"The referee said he lost his edge — I don't know," said Henrik Sedin. "I'm sure for one game, we can have guys step up and play those minutes."
Boychuk claimed he didn't know what occurred on the play that will likely mean Jeff Tambellini will slot into the second line for Game 7 as Raymond's replacement. He is pointless in five postseason games but is the logical choice because the effective third line should remain intact.
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