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 a friend or two on the Blackhawks that I’m sure he’s missed. In Game 1 the two teams sized each other up, they held off on anything out of the ordinary, and apart from the heart attack caused by the Canucks lead blowing skills, and not from the Wendys Baconator I was salivating over during a commercial break, the game was smooth flowing with little carry over from the epic battles held in the regular season.
In Games 2 and 3 it was clear that the emotions are getting high. After managing to keep things in check for Game 1 despite the anticipation of some fireworks, after getting blown out on Saturday the Canucks frustrations spilled over and then in Game 3 it was the Blackhawks turn to start the scrums as they were down late in the game. The tension’s been building and the rough stuff we all expected is still to come.
With the way tensions are increasing, cheap shots being taken, and every Blackhawk trying to get under the skin of Luongo, it seems only a matter of time before we see what Don Taylor affectionately calls a brouhaha. The fans want it, and whether either team wants it, it seems more and more likely depending the course this playoffs continues on.
If and when it does ensue lets hope the Canucks walk away with just some cuts and bruises. The playoffs is a battle of attrition and when several of your players seem to be made of glass that puts you at a disadvantage from the get go. When the dust settles the Canucks want to try and get out of Round 2 with the fewest number of injuries and as healthy a roster as they can. The nastier this gets, the more likely someone’s going to go down badly. The Canucks have to try and avoid being the instigator and keep as disciplined as they can. If something happens, let the Blackhawks start it, but they shouldnt go looking for trouble or trying to get hurt. Getting out of this series relatively injury free is probably one of the main objectives. Either way, it’s going to be fun to watch.
Blog Song: Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
“It has to start somewhere, it has to start some time. What better place than here, what better time than now. All hell can’t stop us now!”