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The Bandwagon has an Ugly Face

The Bandwagon has an Ugly Face

After seeing the sheer venom coming from the mouths of people that call themselves “fans” on the CDC boards, I had to dig up an old post I wrote before I joined CHB. A lot of people have sounded off on Willie Mitchell for costing us game 4 and a stranglehold lead in the series, but he’s human too. Mitchell had a horrible game. He knows it more than anyone else. You can be sure he’s going to come back and do everything he can to make up for it in game 5 on home ice. I wanted to remind...

Number Crunching: 15 Shots

Number Crunching: 15 Shots

After Game 4 the series is tied and it looks like this is going to go the distance, and if not, it’s going to come close. 1 – The number of Power Play opportunities the Canucks had in Game 4. While the Powerplay has been hot, as I said earlier, if the Blackhawks become more disciplined, we’re going to need to win playing 5-on-5. 2 – Number of penalties Bieksa had last night. Also the number of points (2 Assists) Bieksa has in 18 career playoff games. 3 – Number of games in this series in which the Canucks have...

Playing not to lose

Playing not to lose

It’s hard to fathom that one play might prove to be the difference in the Canucks’ Western Conference Semifinal series against the Blackhawks. Willie Mitchell’s attempted clear of the puck with under 3 minutes left in the third period and the Canucks nursing a 1-0 lead was intercepted by Marty Havlat; Havlat then scored to send the game to OT and Andrew Ladd scored in OT to win the game and tie the series. But while it’s true that Willie’s play led directly to Havlat’s goal, I think the Canucks had it coming. After Darcy Hordichuk scored midway through the...

Back to Square One

Back to Square One

What started as a best of 7, went to a best of 5, and then tonight after being tied up again is now down to a best of 3. The Canucks have home ice advantage playing two of the potentially remaining 3 games in the friendly confines of GM Place, but the Blackhawks have proven that no matter where they’re playing they have the comeback down to a science. While the Canucks fixed one problem area in their game, they let up in another. I think back to the game tonight and am left scratching my head as to what...

Call the Wah-mbulance

Call the Wah-mbulance

The series has been tight so far. The Canucks ability to get out to an early lead has been countered by the Blackhawks ability to comeback and their ‘we’re-not-out-of-it-till-we’re-out-of-it’ menality. Everyone wanted to see the matchup, for the good hockey, and well for a little something else. Besides the fantastic hockey potential the series had, the speed of the Blackhawks and the pace of the Canucks, I think we were all expecting some of the more subtle storylines from the regular season to spill over to the playoffs. Everyone wanted to see Eager and Bieksa renew aquaintences, and Burrows has...

Refreshing

Refreshing

This Canucks team is refreshing. After all that whining about one bad playoff game from the media and those bandwagonning fans that kind of make me giggle because it’s better than punching them out, the guys just said “keep cool babies. We got this”. Then they came out and played a really strong defensive game, got timely scoring, and put those cocky little baby hawks in their place a little bit. The defence was loads better. They actually remembered that it might be worthwhile to protect that studly Italian guy between the pipes. Oooh Juicey Juice had his best angry...

Gosh darn cute

Gosh darn cute

A friend sent me this link from the OC Register today of a couple of young Canucks fans taking in the Detroit/Anaheim game in Anaheim. (Yup, Canuck Nation is alive and well in the OC.) Anyway, I know it’s still early to call our series, but gosh darn it, the optimism’s too cool and the picture’s too cute not to share.

Salo, The PP, and Some 5-on-5

Salo, The PP, and Some 5-on-5

In the post season so far the Canucks special teams woes have disappeared completely. They boast the third best Power Play in the league (tied for third with Chicago) at 25% and they’ve allowed the third fewest goals against while down a man of the remaining playoff teams. Of the 11 goals they have scored in this series so far, 5 have been Power Play markers. While it’s nice to see the Canucks powerplay clicking they can’t rely on the Blackhawks sloppy play to win games. On top of having a red hot powerplay, the Canucks penalty kill has been...

They get knocked down, but they get up again

They get knocked down, but they get up again

Dustin the Fugly One tried to get into Roberto Luongo’s head last night; Luongo wouldn’t have any of it. Luongo wasn’t intimidated and stopped 23 of 24 shots that came his way. The Canucks won, and suddenly, they hold a 2-1 series lead against those bigger, badder, younger, faster and more skilled Hawks. (Or at least that’s what everyone was calling them the last couple of days.) The Canucks won because they competed hard against the Hawks. Like Lui, the rest of the team weren’t intimidated. Run Luongo? Say hi to Ossi Vaananen. Chirp with Luongo? Say hi to Shane...

Public Enemy Number One

Public Enemy Number One

Game 3 boasted a Canucks team that we hadn’t seen since the St. Louis series. They were defensively responsible while playing offensive hockey. But just because it was better than games 1 and 2, isn’t reason to go crazy just yet. Public enemy number one right now is Dustin Byfuglien and that’s no secret. He’s their secret weapon at the moment and about the only part of that team’s game that’s clicking (other than game 2 the ‘Hawks have looked awkward and out of place). He’s placing himself in front of Luongo and having his way in the crease. The...

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