Apr 172011
 

To be honest, I don’t think even the most optimistic of fans expected the Canucks to take a 3-0 series lead on the Chicago Blackhawks. Hell, a week ago, there were still plenty of questions as to whether or not this team even belonged on the same playoff ice as the defending champs. Now, here they are with a stranglehold on this series and a chance to finish off the Hawks on Tuesday.

The Hero

Roberto Luongo. Through the Canucks’ slow start and the Blackhawks’ 7 powerplays (including a very lengthy 5-on-3), Lui stopped 30 of 32 shots to keep the game close.

The Goat

John Scott. Playing for the first time since March 20th, the 6’8″ forward yapped about taking runs at guys before the game. He did. And at the 9:56 mark of the second period, he took an interference penalty. Christian Ehrhoff scored 7 seconds into the powerplay, Daniel Sedin followed it up with his 3rd goal of the postseason, and the Canucks sucked any momentum the Blackhawks had to that point of the game.

The Numbers

  • 6. Ryan Kesler’s shots on goal tonight. Unfortunately, none of them went in, and after hitting the 40-goal mark in the regular season for the first time in his career, he’s still waiting to score his 1st goal of the playoffs.
  • 39. Teams in the first round of the NHL playoffs to take a 3-0 series lead before the Canucks did tonight. None have come back to win the series.
  • 26:15. Patrick Kane’s ice-time to lead ALL skaters on both teams. Mullet Man was basically out on the ice for nearly half the game.

The Next Time

If you watched or listened to the Hawks’ top guns after the game, they sounded defeated. Asking for a sweep is probably too much, but with the Canucks brimming with confidence and the Blackhawks despondent, why not?

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