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Samuelsson Assists Twice In Game 5 Win Over Chicago

Bieksa’s pair pace Canucks as Luongo keeps Hawks from clinching
Associated Press May 9, 2010

The Vancouver Canucks got back to a more disciplined style, made sure they had fun and relied on a formula that’s familiar and successful.

They used their speed, checked well and got solid goaltending from Roberto Luongo. Their reward: at least one more game with the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals.

Kevin Bieksa scored twice and Luongo made 29 saves Sunday night in a 4-1 victory that cut Chicago’s series lead to 3-2.

“The two games in Vancouver obviously our emotions in some situations got the best of us,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. “We needed to be more disciplined and we were.”

Vancouver gave up four power play goals in Game 4 on Friday night when its attempt to play more physical ended up in a penalty-filled 7-4 loss that put the Canucks one defeat away from elimination.

“I think that was a little uncharacteristic of us. We are a fairly disciplined team. For whatever reasons we were frustrated the last game and did things we don’t usually do,” Bieksa said.

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