Apr 112012
 

Last season’s run to the Stanley Cup Final outlined a number of different players who’s performance dictated the success of the team. Alex Burrows against the Blackhawks. Ryan Kesler against the Predators. Or Kevin Bieksa against the Sharks. We could even say that Luongo’s performance against the Bruins was a difference maker as he shut out the Bruins twice in the Stanley Cup Finals. We discover every playoff series that a player stands out from the rest.

So as we watch the puck drop today in the Western Conference Quarterfinal, who will it be this go-round?

Great Save Luongo

Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnik/Getty Images

In a series where the first goal may dictate the games winner, my money is on the play of Roberto Luongo. While the Kings were ranked 29th in goals for over the season, they were ranked 2nd in goals against – and we’ve all seen that the Canucks have been more focused on the process than they were on offense. And when you mix a little Vigneault with a little Sutter, you’ve got yourself the recipe for a war of attrition.

So who do you think the “difference maker” will be for the Canucks?

If you tell us, we and our friends at the Rosedale on Robson have a pair of Game Two playoff tickets to give away.

To enter:

  • For one entry: In the comments section of this post, tell us which Canucks player you think will be the difference maker in this series. (Make sure you enter your email address when you log-in so we can contact you if you win.)
  • For a bonus entry – Tweet the following:

I entered and RT to win Game 2 #Canucks playoff tickets from @canuckshockey @RosedaleRobson & @lyteforce nucks.co/1Y #CHB

You have until 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 12th to enter. Once the contest closes, we will randomly pick one lucky entrant who will become the proud owner of a pair of upper bowl tickets to Game Two on Friday, donated by our friends at the Rosedale on Robson. You must be able to pick the tickets from the Rosedale on Robson (833 Robson St. at Hamilton) prior to puck drop.

What are you waiting for?

  • Skead0

    Keith Ballard – That’s right, I’m going wild card here. He can lay out the hip checks, make momentum, and if allowed, will be able to move the puck real well. With the regressing play of Edler, slot Ballard in the PP and watch him grow! 

  • Jacky

    lapierre.

  • Ara27

    alex burrows…the guy is on fire. gonna keep it up!

  • Jonathan

    Burrows!!

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