Maybe surprisingly – and even blindly – I still feel good about the Canucks’ chances of coming back and taking this series from the Chicago Blackhawks. Last I checked, you need to win 4 games to move on to the next series, and even after last night’s game, the Blackhawks have only won 3.
The Canucks have dealt with far worse situations than a 3-2 series deficit this season. They lost Luc and Carly tragically and too early. They lost Lui for a quarter of the season and Salo for more than that. They went through a franchise-low losing streak and they responded with a franchise-high winning streak. They went from 12th place in the Western Conference to the Northwest Division lead. They briefly lost the Northwest Division lead and then regained it with 3 wins and 2 shutouts in their final 3 games.
All season long, the Canucks believed in themselves and what they do. To a man, they faced adversity head on and came out fine each time. The guys in that dressing room believe, so why can’t we? After all, it’s not asking too much to think that they can come up with 2 – just 2 – wins in a row, is it?