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Samuelsson's consistency keeps Canucks afloat

Posted on: April 22, 2010 1:36 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 12:58 am
By Erin Brown

Mikael Samuelsson does not talk about what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. He shows how it is done.

Samuelsson scored his fifth goal of the playoffs Wednesday night, sparking a third-period comeback by the Vancouver Canucks in their 6-4 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. The tally matched Samuelsson's career-high.

"I don't think I have to be that vocal -- that comes from the coach," Samuelsson told the Vancouver Province prior to the start of the series. "If they need me, maybe I'll do it but I've got to show by example."

Samuelsson has been the most consistent Canucks forward through four games, with goals in each contest as well as an assist in Game 3. He shares the league lead for goals with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg .

It is a complete reversal for the Swede, who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. Samuelsson finished up last year's postseason with a 10-game goal drought.

The difference? The winger has played more prominent role Samuelsson plays in Vancouver's offense and he is letting his stick is do all the talking.

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