The NHL’s Final Four starts today with the star-laden Penguins taking on the big, bad Bruins in the East. In the West, it’s the talented Blackhawks against the defending champ Kings. It’s very possible that many hockey fans – Vancouver Canucks hockey fans that is – are still undecided as to who to cheer for. Thus, we here at CHB wanted to provide you with some suggestions. Chicago Blackhawks Recent History The Chicago Blackhawks ousted the Vancouver Canucks in the second-round of the playoffs in both 2009 and 2010 before the Canucks got some revenge in the spring of 2011...Click here to read more.
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Of the four remaining teams in the NHL playoffs, three of them – the Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings – are teams that beat the Canucks in the last 3 seasons en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Go Penguins. Here are our round three picks: Western Conference (1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings Clay: Blackhawks in 7. This series will be an interesting clash of styles. Chicago is playing with some great confidence right now, having won three straight against Detroit. If the Hawks’ skill players can outplay the Kings’ skill players,...Click here to read more.
With the first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs behind us, it’s time to talk about more important things, like who’s leading the CHB playoffs prediction pool – that would be the Victoria, who correctly predicted 5 of the series winners. Here are our round two picks: Western Conference (1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings Clay: Chicago in 6. The Blackhawks have too much firepower and their forwards will overwhelm the Red Wings’ defence. Chicago may come out a bit rusty (given the 6 days between games) but they will shake it off quickly. Victoria: Chicago in 7....Click here to read more.
In this last TGATT of the season, we recap the Canucks’ final game of the season – a 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Are you disappointed? Mad? Sad? Glad? I'm so upset that I'm eating a salad #TGATT — Elmee Garner (@giggling_elms) May 8, 2013 Some people drink to drown their sorrows, some eat salad. D’fferent strokes, I suppose.Click here to read more.
The Vancouver Canucks are down three games to zero to the San Jose Sharks in their first-round NHL playoff match-up. As they try to stave off elimination in this must-win game, I turned to my kids for their predictions. Sean and Kayla are optimistic that the Canucks will still make this a competitive series, and they pulled out every sports cliche possible in expressing their optimism. Meanwhile, Jacob took a more cynical approach as he worked in a few cliches and a bunch of thought-provoking questions regarding the Canucks’ future.Click here to read more.
Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The Goalie Conundrum, Flipping the Switch, and Staving Off Elimination
So the Vancouver Canucks have lost the pivotal game two and the must-win game three. Looking ahead to a pivotal must-win game four, there are a few Things That Make Me Go Hmmm. The Goalie Conundrum Well, wouldn’t you know it? We’re possibly one game away from the end of the season and the story that became a story at this time last year is still a story. Whether you agree with management’s (GM and coach) handling of the situation or not, you can’t deny that it’s been the number one story with the team this year. So much so...Click here to read more.
The Canucks played better in game 2 than they did in game 1, though – and let’s be honest here – that’s not really saying much. Roberto Luongo played great. And so did Ryan Kesler, who unleashed his beast mode in the third period and damn well near stole the Canucks a win. #Canucks lineup for Game 3: 17-17-17, 17-17-17, 17-17-17, 17-17-17; 17-17, 17-17, 17-17; 1 in goal, 17 to backup. #TGATT — Walter Siu (@waterboy99troop) May 4, 2013 Yup, that sounds about right.Click here to read more.
As fans, we’re almost always optimistic about how good our team is. When they have bad games, we just know they’ll bounce back with good games. After good games, we don’t expect any team to beat them. This unfailing loyalty was in full display going into game 1 of the Canucks’ first round match-up against the San Jose Sharks. Despite an uneven season – they played some good games in spurts and bad in others – the prevailing thought among the Canucks faithful was that the team would switch the proverbial switch in a favorable match-up against the Sharks. Somehow,...Click here to read more.