Tagged: playoffs 2011

WQF Game 4: Canucks 2 Blackhawks 7

WQF Game 4: Canucks 2 Blackhawks 7

You guys didn’t really expect a sweep, did you? The Hero Dave Bolland. With so many reports that he hadn’t fully-recovered from the concussion that’s sidelined him since the beginning of March, I’m surprised the Blackhawks allowed him to risk his long-term health and play anyway. I’m even more surprised he recorded 4 points. Full credit to him. With him back in the lineup, the Sedins were largely ineffective. The Goat I have two. The Sedins were horrible and were a combined minus-7. I don’t know how much of that was the Dave Bolland effect, but if the Canucks want...

Raffi Torres against the World

Raffi Torres against the World

In case you were on hibernation the last few hours, here is a video of Raffi Torres’ hit on Brent Seabrook. As well, I saw the following screen cap on HF Boards: As you can probably imagine, there’s no shortage of opinion on this hit. Most fans and media in this city and around the league pretty much threw the book at Torres as soon as it happened. There are a few – myself included – who doesn’t think the hit was as bad or as dirty as everyone else has made it out to be. While anyone who’s read...

2011 WQF Game 3: Canucks 3 Blackhawks 2

2011 WQF Game 3: Canucks 3 Blackhawks 2

To be honest, I don’t think even the most optimistic of fans expected the Canucks to take a 3-0 series lead on the Chicago Blackhawks. Hell, a week ago, there were still plenty of questions as to whether or not this team even belonged on the same playoff ice as the defending champs. Now, here they are with a stranglehold on this series and a chance to finish off the Hawks on Tuesday. The Hero Roberto Luongo. Through the Canucks’ slow start and the Blackhawks’ 7 powerplays (including a very lengthy 5-on-3), Lui stopped 30 of 32 shots to keep...

Frame-by-Frame: Ben Smith’s First Goal

Frame-by-Frame: Ben Smith’s First Goal

After every Canucks playoff game, we’ll break down one key play, frame-by-frame. The Situation There are less than 6 minutes left in the second period. Vancouver has a commanding 2-0 lead, and is looking dominant. Chicago looks frustrated. They didn’t score in game 1, and it’s not looking good right now. Frame 1 (14:43) It starts out as a harmless-looking rush up the ice. Bryan Bickell carries the puck through the neutral zone, with Ben Smith on his right and Markus Kruger behind them. Bieksa challenges Bickell, Henrik (top) and Daniel (bottom) stay with the wingers, while Edler (normally not...

2011 WQF Game 2: Canucks 4 Blackhawks 3

2011 WQF Game 2: Canucks 4 Blackhawks 3

There was so much talk of the ghosts of game 2’s past in Vancouver today. I mean, the Canucks have, after all, lost the last two game 2’s in the last two series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Not tonight though. Tonight, they exorcized those ghosts with a close 4-3 win. There are a lot of things to like about this team. But if game 1 was about answering the questions about their physical play, game 2 was about responding to adversity. For the first time in this series, Chicago showed some life. They battled hard and refused to give up,...

Let’s Get Physical… Physical!

Let’s Get Physical… Physical!

Where the heck did that come from on Wednesday? In the previous week, we’ve heard all kinds of experts confirm the Canucks as the favorite to win it all this June but an equal number of them expressed that they wouldn’t be surprised if the most dominant team in the NHL this regular season with all their trophies and top-5 presence in nearly every important statistical category were bounced by the reigning champs in the first round. Why? Most questioned whether the Canucks were tough enough both mentally and physically to make it through what is probably the most difficult...

Kom igen Canucks, kom igen!

Kom igen Canucks, kom igen!

Örnsköldsvik, Sweden – the home of hockey greats like Peter Forsberg, Victor Hedman, Markus Naslund and the Sedins.  Is it any surprise that the small Swedish town would be host to a few Canucks fans? Jon Häggqvist may be a bit of an Avs fan thanks to Forsberg, but his love for the Canucks is growing due to the concentration of his home-town hockey players on the Vancouver roster. “My greatest idol was Peter Forsberg and therefore the Avs was my favourite team growing up,” Jon admits. “But I always liked the Canucks too, and for the last six or...

Frame-by-Frame: Jannik Hansen’s Breakaway Goal

Frame-by-Frame: Jannik Hansen’s Breakaway Goal

After every Canucks playoff game, we’ll break down one key play, frame-by-frame. Frame 1 (11:16, 1st period) Down a goal, Hawks press. Duncan Keith (left) receives a pass from Brian Campbell, after Ryan Kesler blocked Keith’s earlier shot. Samuelsson (right) and 3 teammates are deep in their own zone. But where’s the fifth Vancouver skater? Frame 2 (11:16) Keith swivels left to take the shot, unaware that Jannik Hansen has jumped off the bench and is making a beeline for him. Instead of using his body to protect the puck, Keith is unwittingly offering it right to Hansen. Frame 3...

2011 WQF Game 1: Canucks 2 – Blackhawks 0

2011 WQF Game 1: Canucks 2 – Blackhawks 0

For the Canucks, it was time to put up or shut up. Getting knocked out by the Blackhawks in two consecutive postseasons was bad enough; getting knocked out a third time would be inexcusable. The Canucks started the game as well as they could have. They chanelled their energy and emotions, and unlike in previous postseasons, maintained their composure and dictated the pace of the game. Only 10 minutes into the game, the boys in blue had built their 2-0 lead. And as Mike Milbury pointed out during one of the intermissions, the Canucks looked very much in control and...

Out of Town Notebook: The Experts’ Predictions

Out of Town Notebook: The Experts’ Predictions

It’s shouldn’t have come as a surprise. TSN – Canada’s “sports leader” – tends to have a smugness problem when it comes to covering hockey. Darren Dreger, Pierre Maguire, Gord Miller, Bob McKenzie – these are all good, informed hockey people, who just so happen to take their job a bit too seriously. These guys never want to be wrong. Which is probably why the network let its experts provide “consensus” selections for the winner of each first-round series during its playoff preview show. Talk about wimping out. Predicting who will win each round is part of the fun, part...

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