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...Click here to read more.
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Vancouver Canucks comfortable in the role of ‘Canada’s Team’ (Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun) Vancouver Canucks slam Blackhawks with heavy defence (Vancouver Sun) Salo rejoins team, but does not practise with Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt plays every shift for Carly (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Rypien sees light after dark times (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks get boosts from, gives boost to Pyatt (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Early lesson in life (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Focus on Luongo something to behold (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Vigneault at loss to explain fast starts (Mike Spellman, Chicago Daily-Herald) Credit Canucks for...Click here to read more.
A friend sent me this link from the OC Register today of a couple of young Canucks fans taking in the Detroit/Anaheim game in Anaheim. (Yup, Canuck Nation is alive and well in the OC.) Anyway, I know it’s still early to call our series, but gosh darn it, the optimism’s too cool and the picture’s too cute not to share.Click here to read more.
In the post season so far the Canucks special teams woes have disappeared completely. They boast the third best Power Play in the league (tied for third with Chicago) at 25% and they’ve allowed the third fewest goals against while down a man of the remaining playoff teams. Of the 11 goals they have scored in this series so far, 5 have been Power Play markers. While it’s nice to see the Canucks powerplay clicking they can’t rely on the Blackhawks sloppy play to win games. On top of having a red hot powerplay, the Canucks penalty kill has been...Click here to read more.
Dustin the Fugly One tried to get into Roberto Luongo’s head last night; Luongo wouldn’t have any of it. Luongo wasn’t intimidated and stopped 23 of 24 shots that came his way. The Canucks won, and suddenly, they hold a 2-1 series lead against those bigger, badder, younger, faster and more skilled Hawks. (Or at least that’s what everyone was calling them the last couple of days.) The Canucks won because they competed hard against the Hawks. Like Lui, the rest of the team weren’t intimidated. Run Luongo? Say hi to Ossi Vaananen. Chirp with Luongo? Say hi to Shane...Click here to read more.
Game 3 boasted a Canucks team that we hadn’t seen since the St. Louis series. They were defensively responsible while playing offensive hockey. But just because it was better than games 1 and 2, isn’t reason to go crazy just yet. Public enemy number one right now is Dustin Byfuglien and that’s no secret. He’s their secret weapon at the moment and about the only part of that team’s game that’s clicking (other than game 2 the ‘Hawks have looked awkward and out of place). He’s placing himself in front of Luongo and having his way in the crease. The...Click here to read more.
Canucks stand tall to snatch 2-1 series lead over Chicago (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Sexy it wasn’t, but tactics put Canucks in lead (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks moved by Pyatt’s gritty return (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks rebound impressive (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Salo flies to Chicago for Game 4 (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Passion added to winning formula (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks grab series lead with 3-1 win over Blackhawks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt right where he needed to be (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Salo could be back in lineup for Game 4 (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver...Click here to read more.
Through the game there were several names that people came with on Twitter instead of Byfuglien. I coined Byfuglidouche, there was B-Fug, DieFuglyOne, Buttfugly, and my personal favourite, (and no, I have no idea how you get the following nickname from Byfuglien) Barfing Lama. I’m sure there are a couple more out there. He’s starting to get on my nerves about as much as he’s bothering Luongo. All Byfuglien nonsense aside, with the game time scratch of Demitra, it was Raymond bumped to the second line and Pyatt inserted for the first time since he left to mourn the passing...Click here to read more.
With word that Demitra is a game time decision and the glass factory we acquired him from are not replacing him under warranty, word has it that if Demitra is out, Pyatt is in. Pyatt coming in bumps Raymond up to the second line and then it’s game on. We’re playing a team that is fast. Reality check, they’re faster than a lot of our team. So why is Pyatt slotted in? We certainly don’t need his size. If Mitchell and Bieksa along with the rest of the blue line can do their job, then size shouldn’t be an issue....Click here to read more.
Canucks confident in face of adversity (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Demitra off the ice and in the shop for some ‘maintenance’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Windy City scribe tries to rile Luongo (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Burish loves Hawks’ ‘pretty cool’ turnaround (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) No panic for Canucks as they prepare for Game 3 against Blackhawks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) ‘Hawks winger weighs in on series (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Ryan Kesler: A miracle worker? (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Byfuglien having huge impact on series (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Beefy Byfuglien is unstoppable (Damien Cox, Toronto Star)...Click here to read more.