Every Night Becomes a Best of One
In this series you can look at stats and claim that Henrik has been the best forward, but best is a relative term. Their best hasn’t been good enough, and that’s why the Canucks are down in the series. Daniel hasn’t done anything of mention so far, and Burrows who’s our new first line winger has been silent.
Tonight, backs against the wall, this is where teams are made. You don’t become legends, or go down in history, without facing adversity. The Canucks have been with their backs against the wall before. When they were sitting in 11th they faced a whale of a task just to get into that 8th and final playoff spot and their resurgance vaulted them into 3rd.
Luongo has been inconsistent at best this series, and the Sedins and Burrows have played well below par. Bieksa badly needs to redeem himself, and Sundin still needs to elevate his play. Sundin was heralded as this playoff icon, so far we’ve seen flashes of what he can do, but the consistency is lacking. The defence needs to lock down completely, and the Canucks need to find a way to get as many pucks on net. They’ve been outshot all 5 games in this series so far. It doesnt matter where you shoot from, if you get the puck on net, good things happen. We’ve seen it before, it happens. But in this game, it doesnt matter who comes to play, who says what, or who does what. At the end of the day, the only stat that matters is the final score.
This is one game. This is where Canucks fans find out if this is our year. This is the game where for 60 minutes Canucks fans will be sitting on the edge of their seats fulfilling every pre-game, in-game, and post-game superstition and game ritual they can. And when tonight is over, after the cards have been dealt and the victor determined, if there is a Canucks game on Thursday, they’ll do it all again.