May 082009

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 blown a lead completely.

4 – Number of Blackhawks (Brouwer, Walker, Byfuglien, Seabrook) that combined for the same number of total hits as the Canucks had as a team last night. Blackhawks outhit the Canucks 41-22.

5 – Number of shots Havlat had on the night. The Canucks as a team only had 6 in the second period.

6 – The most shots the Canucks managed on Blackhawks ‘tender Nikolai Khabibulin in any one period. In the first and third they were only able to muster 4 shots each.

7 – Points by Edler in 8 games. He’s flown under the rader and is 3rd in team scoring with 1G and 6 Assists.

8 – Willie Mitchell’s number. He played over 29 minutes and something we rarely see, he played his worst game of the season. Missing his check on Ladd completely led to the OT winner for the Blackhawks. People forget though, even he is human.

9 – Faceoffs taken by Mats Sundin last night. In 9 Faceoffs taken, he lost 7.

10 – Ryan Johnson’s number. His consistency continues. In Game 4 he had another 2 blocked shots. He also was +1, had one assist, and went 7 for 11 in the faceoff circle.

11 – Shifts played by Rypien and Hordichuk the two who combined for the Canucks lone goal. The next fewest shifts by any Canuck was 18.

12 – Number of Blackhawks that recorded at least one shot in last nights game. The Canucks only had 9 players with at least one shot.

13 – Sundin’s number. His statline read 0 SOG, 0 Points, 1 Blocked Shot, 1 Giveaway, 7 FOL, 2 FOW in 15:20 of ice time

14 – Total missed shots in the game. Not surprisingly Vancouver’s lack of shots led to only 2 shots being missed. Chicago had a total 12 missed shots which if on net would have brought their shot total up to 40.

15 – Shots by the Canucks in game 4. You can’t win games with only 15 shots.

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