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Canucks: Watching tough for GM Gillis

BOSTON -- Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis, who has been given much of the credit for building a Stanley Cup-caliber team, acknowledged he has a difficult time watching Vancouver play because of the emotional roller coaster that comes with the job.

Gillis was hardly relaxing today even though the Canucks won the first two games over the Bruins in the Stanley Cup final and can take full command with another win tomorrow night in Game Three. Both games were extremely tight with neither team holding a lead greater than one goal.

Vancouver won both games by the slimmest of margins, taking Game One when Raffi Torres scored with 18.5 seconds remaining and winning the second one in overtime.

"It's hard," Gillis said. "It's emotional, and it's difficult to watch. You have no control over the outcome, so you're stressing. You're elated when your team is doing well and not so elated when they're not doing so well. It's one of the hardest things in this job, trying to remain calm and not getting too strung out with what's going on out there.

--- Bucky Gleason

 

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