Game 4 and the Canucks need one win to become the first team to advance to the second round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If the first three games were any indication of what to expect, you can believe that there’s a lot more coming. Only two teams in the NHL have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, the Islanders and the Leafs. The first three games have given us everything we could have possibly asked for. There’s been hitting, some of the cheap stuff, fantastic goal tending, spectacular goals, can we really ask...Click here to read more.
I don’t blame Canucks fans for their exuberance (or even overexuberance) going into tonight’s game 4. I don’t know if the Canucks have ever been in this situation – a 3-0 lead in a 7-game series – but I know they’ve never completed a 4-0 sweep. It’s certainly exciting to think that it could happen tonight. I like that the Canucks realize how tough tonight’s game is going to be. I like that they realize they may have narrowly escaped defeat last Sunday. I like that they know they have to be better. From CBC Sports: Foremost on the minds...Click here to read more.
The bottom line is that we’re all busy people. However, we did the best to gather everyone we could to get this episode out to you, and it’s a good one. Rebecca and John catch J.J. by phone as he gives us details on what it’s like to get his fix on the team while in Jamaica as well as insights as to how the team has been doing in this first round battle against the St. Louis Blues. A short time later, we catch up with DaveO to get his feelings on similar subjects in addition to some other...Click here to read more.
In these playoffs it’s clear that the Canucks need to be firing on all cylinders. Everyone talks about the Sedins needing to step it up. They talk about Luongo needing to be on top of his game, but there’s one thing that can really be the X-Factor for this year’s Canucks playoff run and it is the play of 4 players. Particularly it is the 3rd line and Ryan Johnson. Coming off game three where the Canucks faced their biggest challenge in a first period throttling that saw them spend half the period on the penalty kill. That’s where the...Click here to read more.
Some of you guys know him as mozy19 or the Facebook app guy. His name is Richard Loat and he is now my partner-in-crime here at the Canucks Hockey Blog. I hope you guys welcome him warmly. Follow him on this blog or via his Twitter account – http://www.twitter.com/mozy19 – I’m sure you’ll enjoy his writing.Click here to read more.
It’s not uncommon for downtown Vancouver nightclubs to ban Ed Hardy and Charles Audigier attire, but banning Canucks jerseys? Seriously? From the CBC: Playoff fever may be sweeping the city, but infected Vancouver Canucks fans are not always welcome in at least one downtown pub. Mark James told CBC News he was kicked out of the Library Square Pub on West Georgia Street for wearing a Canucks jersey immediately after the team won its second playoff game against St. Louis on Friday night. The reason? “The reasoning was dress code. The jersey is not a part of their dress code,”...Click here to read more.
One cheap shot that particularly irked me was David Backes’ hit to Henrik Sedin’s head. I know this is playoff hockey and Sedin looked fine after the hit, but isn’t this the sort of hit the NHL should be trying to eliminate? To say that the league has been inconsistent in handling head shots is an understatement. Even league disciplinarian Colin Campbell admitted as much on Hockey Night in Canada . (The interview is a telling look at how the league metes out its justice.) Daniel Carcillo gets a one-game suspension for a shot to the head; Michael Cammalleri doesn’t...Click here to read more.
As expected, the St. Louis Blues started game 3 like a desperate team that was already down 2-0 in this series. They came at the Vancouver Canucks in waves. They controlled much of the play and forced the Canucks to take 5 penalties, including 3 by Willie Mitchell in one play midway through the period. After the first 20 minutes, they were outshooting the Canucks 12-5 and leading the game 1-0. But even under constant pressure, the Canucks didn’t wilt. Roberto Luongo held them in the game, and they regrouped during the first intermission and turned their game around. Just...Click here to read more.
Tracy and I got back yesterday afternoon; as good the R&R was, it feels better to be home. We checked out of our resort at 5:00 AM, along with the groups of us that stayed up to watch the Canucks beat the Blues the night before. Some of us exchanged email addresses to stay in touch and chat more Canucks hockey. I love that we met cool Canucks fans even down in Jamaica. My sister picked us up from the airport, and almost immediately, we saw two cars with Canucks flags. During the drive home, we saw a lot more....Click here to read more.
If there’s one thing I’m easily suckered into, it’s a good, ol’ hockey pool. And the boys from The Score’s Hardcore Hockey Talk have suckered me – and other hockey bloggers – into another one. This pool isn’t for money; it’s for pride. Hockey experts who talk about hockey in front of the cameras in a fancy studio vs. hockey bloggers who supposedly blog in our boxers in our parents basements. If you want to follow how we’re doing, Fantasy Hockey Scouts has all the details; my picks are here.Click here to read more.