Amidst the chaos and stampede caused by the bandwagon emptying on Saturday, one thing was overlooked. It’s something that has killed the Canucks in the first two games and has subtly been a difference maker in the series so far. Hits. One of the main reasons that the Blackhawks are coming back from 2 and 3 goal deficits is largely due to their hits, but it starts with their forchecking and playing of the body. The Canucks by no means boast a small roster, Hordichuk, Salo, Mitchell, Bieksa, and Rypien all know how to throw those big bone jarring heavy...Click here to read more.
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Chicago returns to roaring roots of hockey town (Stephen Brunt, Globe and Mail) First loss forces Canucks to shift focus (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Playoff prognosis drops to doubtful (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks blame breakdowns for troubling loss (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Long bombs have Louie’s lot shell-shocked (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Injury keeps Salo in Vancouver (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Centre’s Sharp by name and sharp by nature (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Wellwood give non-believers reason to believe (Steve Simmons, London Free Press) Canucks hope ‘big test’ from Blackhawks is one they can pass (Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star)...Click here to read more.
The Vancouver Canucks flew to Chicago this morning; Sami Salo wasn’t on the flight. The Vancouver Canucks made the trip to the Windy City without defenceman Sami Salo. He remained in Vancouver for treatment on a lower-body injury suffered in Game 2 of the Canucks’ Western Conference semifinal series versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Salo came off the ice after he scored the first Vancouver goal in Saturday’s 6-3 loss. Afterward, coach Alain Vigneault would only say that it’s a lower-body injury and that Salo was listed as day-to-day. If Salo is out for any extended period of time, it’s a...Click here to read more.
A quick programming note: I’m going to be on the Big Hockey Hair Talk Show on BlogTalk Radio today at noon. Tune in – and call in – as we recap the first two games of the Canucks/Blackhawks series. [update: 05/03/2009, 1:01 PM] Great chat with Ailyn, Matthew (Second City Hockey) and Paul (Sportsbank.net and NBC Chicago Sports). And no, the bad blood on the ice hasn’t quite spilled over to the bloggers yet. Anyway, if you missed it, you can listen to it here or using the player below.Click here to read more.
As the bandwagon spills over the edges there are several things which were a bit worrisome in game 2, but there was one or two things to take away from the game. Luongo can now say he’s had his bad game. Get that out of the way, I’m positive he’ll come back stronger and make a statement on the road at the United Center in Chicago. What worries me the most is that with the loss of Salo the defence collapsed quickly. That being said, we’ve seen the Canucks play well during the long stretch he missed during the regular...Click here to read more.
The Bulin Wall of Shame (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Cowan re-joins Canucks at practice but not expected to play against Blackhawks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks claim bad third period merely a blip (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Kane’s puck luck inspires Canucks comments (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt unlikely to play tonight (National Post) Oft-injured Salo still battling for Holy Grail (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) From pudgy to prodigy (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Hawks wish they had the last two minutes to do over (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald) Rusty Canucks feeling fortunate (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald) Flu limited Toews...Click here to read more.
The NHL has apparently decided that Ben Eager’s cheap, late hit to Rick Rypien’s head was a clean and legal one. Because Rypien wasn’t injured. I’d point out this fail, except Colin Campbell has been so horribly and maddeningly inconsistent that I’m just not surprised anymore. It’s no wonder that head shots are a regular occurence these days – heck, Mike Brown took a late run at Jiri Hudler last night too – if players know they’re going to get away with it. In Eager’s case, Campbell’s decision has set a bad precedent. Eager has been told that the hit...Click here to read more.
The 10 day break was long and hard for fans and for the players. So much so that Bieksa and Kesler even got into it a little bit in practice. But that’s a good thing. It showed they still had their edge. First game against the Blackhawks was everything people expected and then some. A rollercoaster of emotion GM Place went from being louder than a jet engine, to being so quiet you could hear mice scurrying around in the rafters. The Canucks didn’t show an abundance of rust, and they didn’t show an a lot of over confidence either....Click here to read more.
Last night’s 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks was an important one. The obvious first reason is that it gave our Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 series lead. That’s cool, but also, the process by which they won will surely serve as a lesson for the remainder of the series. After building a 3-0 lead in the first 40 minutes, the Canucks came out flat in the third period. For the first 18 minutes of the third period, their defensive coverage was sloppy and they showed about as much emotion as Freddie Prinze Jr. in character. As unthinkable as it seemed...Click here to read more.
Canucks jump to series lead after narrowly averting disaster (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks take Game 1 with 5-3 win over Chicago (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks win stranger than fiction (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Hawks D go too deep and pay the price (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Wellwood runs deep (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Van, Chicago mayor make friendly bet (Bob Mackin, 24 Hours Vancouver) Hawks bemoan late Canuck goal after third-period rally (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Wellwood’s a cut above in Canucks win (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) A win – and they can only get better (Iain...Click here to read more.