Tagged: playoffs 2009
It’s hard not to be down about the game. It’s hard not to get negative and fall into this downward spiral in regards to the team. You invest so much time emotionally in the game, in the team, and when it’s so close and down to the wire, you can’t help but get dragged down. It’s part of the game, it’s what loving this team is all about. They’re like a bad girlfriend, they love to break your heart. But, it’s not over yet. There’s still one more game to go before this series is decided, and if the Canucks...Click here to read more.
Maybe surprisingly – and even blindly – I still feel good about the Canucks’ chances of coming back and taking this series from the Chicago Blackhawks. Last I checked, you need to win 4 games to move on to the next series, and even after last night’s game, the Blackhawks have only won 3. The Canucks have dealt with far worse situations than a 3-2 series deficit this season. They lost Luc and Carly tragically and too early. They lost Lui for a quarter of the season and Salo for more than that. They went through a franchise-low losing streak...Click here to read more.
Are the Canucks out matched by the Blackhawks at even strength? Can we really only win when we get the chance to take advantage of their penalty kill? The Canucks have proven they have the offensive aresenal to take advantage of a bad turnover, poor change, or odd man rush, but in game 4 the distinct discipline of both teams proved that this series is just getting started. The Canucks shifted from an offensive minded juggernaut, to a defensive machine that was looking to hang onto a one goal lead. I’d said earlier, the Blackhawks ARE going to get more...Click here to read more.
The playoffs are all about stats. Whose stats line up better against the opposition determines who everyone thinks is the favourite, so on and so forth. I’m sure Kevin Bieksa doesn’t like stats though. In 18 playoff games with the Canucks he has a whopping 3 points, all assists. The only positive stat is that he’s a +2 so far in this year’s post season. In the regular season he broke the 40 point mark notching 11 goals and 43 points, but as of late all he’s been able to muster is a couple of helpers. Bieksa’s play as of...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
Canucks, Blackhawks series tied at 2-2 (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks were within 3 minutes of a 3-1 series lead (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Nobody ever said this would be easy (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Blackhawks down Canucks 2-1 to tie series (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks low shot tally costs in end (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks let one slip away (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Blackhawks are fit to be tied (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Supporting role suits Sundin (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) After tragedy, solace in The Game (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Chicago hope (Terry Jones, Toronto...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.