VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- That the Vancouver Canucks were bound to have jump and verve in Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks was very nearly a given. That the Hawks would muster too little in retaliation for too long had Joel Quenneville peeved Thursday.

"We definitely need a better start," the Hawks coach said. "The first 10 minutes, we need to be more intense, we have to be harder to play against. We made it too easy for them (Wednesday) night.

"We just didn't compete at the level that was necessary across the board. You can say we generated some stuff the latter part of the game, but we need it more across the board."

It's nothing new but it's getting old for the Hawks: It is now three straight postseason series against the Canucks in which the Hawks have dropped Game 1. They won the other two but the vibe is a bit different, perhaps because the best team of the regular season is across the ice.

The Hawks were outshot 5-1 in the first four minutes of Game 1 and out-hit in the first period 20-9. Stop us if you've heard this before: A good start is imperative Friday.

"We know they're going to come out hard, we knew that as well in the first game, but I think there was a feeling-out period," defenseman Chris Campoli said. "They seemed to take it to us physically and we know we're going to have to match that intensity in Game 2, or even better. Be nice to get off to a good start and take it to them a little bit and have them adapt to us."

Quenneville's message to his team -- the Hawks did not practice fully Thursday -- was not full of surprises. Be physical. Get to the net. Make life more difficult for the Canucks, whether it proves fruitful or not.

"We knew first game of a series, and the intensity of the building, and the first game of the first round – it's a fast pace," Quenneville said. "Things are going to happen quickly. We didn't respond with the right pace and the right energy."

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