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West finals: Christian Ehrhoff day to day; Jumbo Joe will play in Game 5

5/23/2011

VANCOUVER -- Canucks blueliner Christian Ehrhoff skated Monday at Rogers Arena and didn't look out of place.

"He's day to day right now," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Ehrhoff said there's been some progress after suffering an undisclosed injury in Friday's Game 3.

"Yeah, definitely feel better than Friday after the game, for sure," he said. "But still day to day."

Thornton will play in Game 5

Joe Thornton will lace them up in Game 5 Tuesday night despite suffering a suspected shoulder injury Sunday.

"I expect Joe to play like Joe," Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo said Monday. "It's the playoffs, you suck it up and you play. I'm sure he'll be just as effective tomorrow night as he's been the whole series."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan told reporters in San Jose on Monday that the captain was in for Game 5.

"When Joe Thornton comes to you and tells you he's playing, he's playing," said McLellan.

Sedin twins on roll

Daniel and Henrik Sedin have combined for 15 points in four games in the West finals and have quieted the critics.

"Well, we're still going to feel pressure to score, that's our job here," Henrik said Monday. "So that's always going to be there. Every player will go through a time in the playoffs where you're not scoring, but if you don't have other guys who help, there's no way you can redeem yourself."

Sharks regroup

The Sharks suffered a devastating loss in Game 4 and Monday was about rebuilding the team's psyche.

"Well, yesterday we were down, there's no doubt about it," McLellan told reporters in San Jose. "I wouldn't expect us to react any other way. Coming to the rink today, we worked on the mental part of it right off the bat. We show our players a lot of the good things we did in the game yesterday. We addressed a few things tactically or technically that we think we can do better. We move forward.

"In the playoffs, you have to have short memories. It's about getting through Game 5; that's all there is. Doesn't matter what happened through Games 1 and 4. It's about getting through Game 5 and finding a way to win."

Backing Luongo

After Sunday's Game 4, Vigneault ended his news conference by asking the media why no one had asked him about Luongo. A little sarcasm from the coach.

"He played an outstanding game," Vigneault said Monday when asked to clear up his original comment. "He was one of the best players on the ice, helped us win a game. I get tons of questions when some people question a goal he might have let in. For us, he's a great goaltender, one, if not the best, in the league. His preparation, his commitment to winning, his commitment to this organization is unbelievable. I was curious the way he played such a great game and nobody asked."