The odds are still stacked against them, but you can’t help but feel the collective confidence boost around Canucks Nation after the Canucks’ Game 4 win.
After all, the offense finally managed to put 3 pucks past Jonathan Quick, the first time since Game 2 of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals they scored 3 goals in one playoff game. After going 0-for-14 in the first three games of the series, the powerplay finally broke through with 2 powerplay goals. And despite the manufactured goaltending controversy, Cory Schneider was huge, making 43 saves, including a Dustin Brown penalty shot that could have tied the game in the third period.
Now at home for Game 5, can the Canucks continue to break down the Kings and get themselves back in this series? Here’s the chatter around the Smylosphere:
- In case you were enjoying the beautiful Vancouver sunshine yesterday and missed this gem of an interview, Kevin Bieksa punked Mike Dunsmore, a FOX Sports Reporter, and pretended to be Ryan Kesler. (YouTube via Legion of Blog)
- And in case you thought this was staged, I doubt it. Otherwise, Dunsmore wouldn’t have gone as far as to first change the title and description, and then delete the original clip, to try and cover his tracks. (HF Boards)
- Thomas Drance sets up Game 5. (Canucks Army)
- Kevin Vanstone feels the winds of change. (NW Sportsbeat)
- Harrison Mooney shares some amazing fan art nails. (Pass It To Bulis)
- Heh. The Three Mouthketeers. (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun)
- Canucks make the most of extra days off. (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Is Game 5 really ‘just one hockey game’? (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Sedins search for shining moment. (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Schneider ready to get on a roll. (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province)
- Lippy, Lappy and Happy walk the fine line. (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Luongo sits alone, but stands behind this teammates. (David Ebner, Globe and Mail)
Photo credit: HF Boards