For all the pregame talk about treating last night’s game 5 like a game 7, the Canucks failed to deliver. More specifically, they failed to finish. The Canucks outplayed the Predators by a large margin to start the game, yet gave up a short-handed goal on their first powerplay opportunity of the game. They did come back and carried a 2-1 lead into the intermission, only to allow the Preds to tie it up less than a minute into the second period. If the previous playoff seasons were learning experiences, the Canucks missed the classes on killer instinct. In game...Click here to read more.
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The Situation There’s 29.3 seconds left in the third period, and Vancouver’s clinging to a 3-2 lead. A win would earn a 3-1 stranglehold on the series; a loss would allow Nashville to tie up the series. Vigneault calls a timeout to sketch a set play off the faceoff. Frame 1 Because he’s a left-handed shot, Henrik Sedin will take the draw against Mike Fisher. Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows line up on either side of him. Frame 2 Henrik wins the puck back into the corner for Kesler. All the Predators move in that direction — but notice Burrows...Click here to read more.
The Situation Although Vancouver dominated the first period, the lone goal was a shorthanded marker by Predators’ David Legwand. But in the dying seconds of the period, Luongo suckered the refs into calling a high-sticking penalty on Smithson. The Canucks started the second with the man-advantage, but nearly gave up another shorthanded marker as Ehrhoff turned the puck over twice. Frame 1 Finally Vancouver gets out of their zone and up the ice. Henrik takes the puck at Nashville’s blue line. Frame 2 Shane O’Brien’s the lone man back as Henrik and Kesler come in 2-on-1. But instead of passing...Click here to read more.
As Henrik Sedin continues to look like he’s playing hurt, Ryan Kesler finally shook off a long playoff scoring slump. With 2 goals – including the OT game-winner – he finally hit the scoresheet and led the Canucks to a 3-2 overtime win and a 2-1 series lead. The game shouldn’t even have gone to overtime. Like in game 2, the Canucks nursed a 1-goal lead in the third period and allowed the Predators to tie it up late in the game. And like in the first 2 games of this series, Pekka Rinne once again held his team in...Click here to read more.
Pekka Rinne is fast becoming the story of this series. After stopping 29 of 30 shots in game 1, Rinne stopped 32 of 33 shots in game 2 to help beat the Canucks 2-1 in double OT. He’s now held what was the best offensive team in the NHL to a measly 2 goals combined in the first 2 games of this series. Give the Preds credit. They found whatever jump was missing from their game on Thursday and controlled stretches of this game. By the end of it, they had thrown 46 shots on Roberto Luongo. But for now...Click here to read more.
The Situation It’s halfway through the second period, and Vancouver is dominating. They’ve blasted shot after shot at Pekka Rinne, but the Vezina finalist’s glove is a black hole. Nothing is getting past him. Kevin Bieksa moves the puck through the neutral zone to try again. Frame 1 Both teams are changing as Vancouver moves up ice. But Nashville’s bench is further away from their goal, giving Vancouver a brief advantage as Higgins joins the rest of the third line. Frame 2 Mike Fisher stands up to Bieksa at the blue line. Instead of making a move and risking an...Click here to read more.
I think it said a lot about how Canucks fans anticipated this series that much of the pregame chatter still focused on the team’s round 1, game 7 win against the Chicago Blackhawks rather than round 2, game 1 against the Nashville Predators. No, game 1 against the Preds won’t soon be talked about as an instant classic, but from the Canucks’ standpoint, it was an effective performance. What they may have lacked in emotion – at least relative to how much they played with in game 7 – they made up by dictating the pace of the game and...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The NHL has announced its schedule for the 2nd Round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Canucks vs. Predators series start today at 6 PM. Game 1 (at Rogers Arena): Thursday, April 28th at 6 PM Game 2 (at Rogers Arena): Saturday, April 30th at 6 PM Game 3 (at Bridgestone Arena): Tuesday, May 3rd at Time TBD Game 4 (at Bridgestone Arena): Thursday, May 5th at Time TBD Game 5* (at Rogers Arena): Saturday, May 7th at 5 PM Game 6* (at Bridgestone Arena): Monday, May 9th at Time TBD Game 7* (at Rogers Arena):...Click here to read more.
[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 76 GP, 50-17-9, 109 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Roberto Luongo is ranked 11th in games played in, yet he leads the league with 35 wins. He’s been playing some of his best hockey as of late, he himself says that he doesn’t know of a time where he has felt better. His positional play and “never give up” attitude has allowed him to shine. Allow me to put...Click here to read more.
[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 56 GP, 36-11-9, 81 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot It was about this time last year that Mikael Samuelsson went on a hot streak, a way of showing Team Sweden what they were missing out on. To say that Sammy is en fuego as of late would be an understatement. He has 6 goals and 14 points in his last 8 games while adding a different look to the...Click here to read more.