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Must Win?

The expression "Must Win" is amongst the most over-used cliches commonly popular with sports fans and the media. It often just means that fans really, really want their team to win or refers to a game that has some factors that elevate them above the normal day-to-day competition. They are really games that mean elimination for the losing team or a terminal blow to their aspirations. So game two against the Blackhawks tonight is, by no stretch of the imagination, a "Must Win" game. After having watched the Canucks since the beginning one of the things that I have enjoyed most about the team this season, and one of the major factors that incline me to believe that this team is essentially different from it's predecessors, has been the fact that they are starting to win games that they always used to lose. You know the games I mean - the first game home from a road trip, the game against the clearly inferior opponent that would move the Canucks up in the standings, the game that would set a new record for the team, the game against the tired team using their backup goalie. They always used to lose those games. At least, that is the way I remember it. This season, they don't. They have won the games that I expected them to lose almost every time. This is the biggest of those games. A win and they break the pattern of losing the big game. A win and they take the driver's seat in the series against the Hawks. A win and they prove that they truly are a better team than they were last season and every other season before that. A win and they step out into uncharted waters (for them) as a team that should, can and do win when it counts the most. So this is not a "Must Win" game. Just one that I, and undoubtedly every other Canucks fan on the face of the planet, really, really want them to win. I think they will.

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