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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
'More mature' Canucks ready for Hawks

By Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks got what they wanted -- a chance to pay back the Chicago Blackhawks.

Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo was reduced to tears after allowing seven goals in the Blackhawks' Game 6 victory last season in the Western Conference semifinals.

The postseason rematch was set Monday night when the second-seeded Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators. Now Chicago will try to send the Canucks into summer vacation for the second straight year.

The Blackhawks took care of Vancouver in six games when the clubs met in the 2009 Western Conference semifinals -- the same round as this year's matchup.

"There is a lot of history and bad blood there," Canucks defenseman Shane O'Brien said Tuesday, two days after the Canucks finished off the Los Angeles Kings in six games. "Every guy in the room remembers the feeling of leaving Chicago last year. It was one of the worst feelings I had ever been through.

"We definitely want to get some redemption on those guys."

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