Ever wonder what an NHL locker room is like after a series clincher in the postseason? Take a look at the Canucks after Game 5 Tuesday night against San Jose.
Quite a contrast from the baseball world, where every step up the ladder is celebrated the same as the last for most every team -- with champagne goggles and beer-soaked jerseys. Instead, this is a team that is certainly thrilled to be moving on, but realizes the goal is still another series away.
It is nice to see, though, that perhaps the happiest man in the room is Manny Malhotra, the last in the receiving line. Malhotra, of course, hasn't been playing since he took a puck to the eye near season's end.
If the Canucks are lucky enough to get one more series win, it's unlikely to be as subdued.
-- Brian Stubits