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Saturday, June 11, 2011
Coach's Call: Stanley Cup finals Game 5

By Barry Melrose

ESPN's Barry Melrose breaks down three coaching moves made in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

1. Starting Chris Tanev over Keith Ballard: I saw the Canucks defenseman play a few years back at the Frozen Four and saw the talent he had. He played great with Andrew Alberts and handled the pressure of such an important game extremely well. He played solid minutes for Vancouver, 12:15 in all.

2. Staying physical: I have to give the Canucks' coaching staff credit for reinforcing the message for their team to be physical in Game 5. The Canucks were pushed around in Games 3 and 4 in Boston; but Friday night, everyone, including Daniel and Henrik Sedin, played a physical game. The players aren't stupid; they knew they had to play better in Game 5. They also have a lot of pride; the coaches likely showed them game tape, not to embarrass them, but to make them aware of ways to play better without losing that physical element.

3. No panic: The Canucks turned to Cory Schneider in the first round against Chicago when Roberto Luongo struggled. This time around, after two routs in Boston, coach Alain Vigneault didn't panic and made it clear from the get-go that Luongo was his man in net. He didn't let the question linger. I think that's the best thing Vigneault could have done for Luongo's mindset.