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The theme in Game 4 was resiliency.

The Canucks were out-chanced 7-0 in the first period. The Kings scored their sixth straight power-play goal in the second, and led 3-2. And in the third, Vancouver's go-ahead effort was answered 62 seconds later.

Yet the Canucks emerged with a 6-4 victory, and some of their swagger seeped back into view. On to Game 5 with some impressions...

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Momentum

Series-wise, it's back with Vancouver. Game-wise, the Canucks generated some by killing that Jannik Hansen high-sticking penalty in the second. They got more with Mikael Samuelsson's game-tying goal, and with Sami Salo's go-ahead goal. Something tells me Uncle Mo will shift several more times before this series is through.

Too many men

What's going on here? Each team got a bench penalty (a second of the series for the Canucks). Both led to goals. TSN's Darren Dreger counts 16 too-many men penalties this postseason, and we're not even out of the first round. Who do these offenders think they are? The Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Kevin Bieksa

He's a disaster right now. He was on the ice for three of L.A.'s four goals. On the other goal, Bieksa was in the box. Having no choice, Alain Vigneault keeps playing him like a top-4 D. But he's not that guy. Not even close.

Gary Bettman

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Other commissioners are stately, Gary is petty. After his snippy pre-game press conference, this question came up among sportswriters: who is more condescending, Bettman or Leafs coach Ron Wilson? Talk amongst yourselves.

Pavol Demitra

Had a goal. Welcome to the series, Pavol.

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B.C. sports correspondent

Based in Vancouver, Matthew spearheads the Globe's sports coverage in B.C., and spends most of his time with the NHL Canucks and CFL Lions. He has worked for four dailies and TSN since graduating from Carleton University's School of Journalism a decade ago, and has covered the Olympic Games, Super Bowls, Grey Cups, the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Finals. More

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