May 262011
 

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.]

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 17:53

Hey Caylie,

So it’s about 10 minutes before puck drop. What should expect tonight?

C.

PS: Saw 4 guys in teal and orange body suits walking along W. Cordova. Guess you know you’ve made it big when imitators follow your lead and travel to the enemy’s turf, eh?

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 18:09

Hi Chris,

Expect the Canucks to come out like its game 7. They might pay Big Joe a few visits whenever they get the chance. And I expect them to leave the first period with a lead.

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 18:50

Hey Caylie,

Wow – you were bang on about that first period lead. They say you can tell quite a bit about a game from the first ten minutes and I like what I saw from the Canucks.

And what about that penalty kill? And what about Luongo’s luck? And what about AV calling a timeout?

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 19:07

Hi Chris,

The penalty kill was outstanding, and our best penalty killer was Luongo by far. I like his lateral movement at the moment, he seems to be staying calm. Tonight is the night where he has to steal the game for us. Round 1 Crawford was the better goalie, Round 2 Rinne was not human (he should be checked, his play was didn’t seem like real life) and this series Luongo has been the better goalie. Better goalie, but he has not outplayed Niemi by much.

I think the timeout was the right call, players on the ice were dead tired and even Bobby Luo looked drained. Hopefully it doesn’t bite us in the arse later on.

Sharks carried most of the play in the last 10 minutes of the first. I expect a big push from the Canucks. We cannot afford this game 5 to slip out of our hands!

Caylie

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 19:43

Hi Chris,

Kesler is clearly hurt. What does this mean for the Canucks?

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 19:53

Hey Caylie,

If Kesler is as hurt as he looks, he’d definitely lose a portion of his game. But consider a comparable from the ’94 team – Linden. Linden played Game 7 ostensibly on one leg and scored two goals. And I’m pretty sure Kesler is made from similar stuff.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 20:09

Hi Chris,

So about Luongo stealing this game…..

It was a tough play, 50-50 chance, he was about 1 second late on the poke check. He is looking a little rattled after giving up that goal. He is given off a few big rebounds.

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 20:27

Hey Caylie,

I don’t fault Luongo for making the choice he did, I just wish he made it sooner – he was that close. If you have to fault anyone, it would have to be the top line for being caught with their pants down on that one.

Also, maybe a sign of desperation, but when did the Sharks decide to block every shot? It’s been so effective tonight and I can’t say I’ve seen this gameplan before in the series.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 20:35

Hi Chris,

I think you and I should open up a fortune telling business. I called the first period lead, you called Kesler pulling through on one leg.

Caylie

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 20:44

Hi Chris,

THIS is the time we have to put them away. We cannot afford to go back to San Jose. We have planted the seed of doubt in the Sharks head, they have given up yet another 3rd period lead. Kesler is running on adrenaline and I LOVE what I see. The Sedins have been making the Sharks defence look silly, let’s hope they can do it again and pot the winner.

GO CANUCKS!

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 20:55

Hey Caylie,

The Sharks are not the Predators. You’re bang on that we don’t want to go back to California. But I don’t think that will happen. The effort early on is from a team that wants this one.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 22:16

Hi Chris,

LORD STANLEY here we come!!!! Wooohooo. That goal was as confusing and anticlimactic as Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup winner. I was so confused what happened but who cares. We won and we are going to the big dance! So pumped what a night for the city of Vancouver!

What a crazy and intense 2 periods of overtime. So glad we got it done. We definitely need the time off to rest up key players like Kes and Ehrhoff.

WE WANT THE CUP!!!!!!!!

Caylie

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