Tagged: Roberto Luongo

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...

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...

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...

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Ghostbusters

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Ghostbusters

[As we count down the hours until puck drops on the first round playoff series between the Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, we put together a panel of your favorite Canucks bloggers to answer some key questions.] Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Q: Which Canuck will step up the most, elevate his game and erase the ghost of past playoff failures? J.J. Guerrero, Canucks Hockey Blog: Roberto Luongo needs to be more Luon-GOLD rather than 7uongo. Lui enjoyed what he says this is the best he’s felt in his career. I hope for his sake this carries into the postseason because...

Ask Katie about the Canucks: Lui’s confident heading to the playoffs – are you?

Ask Katie about the Canucks: Lui’s confident heading to the playoffs – are you?

[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@KMaximick)] Photo credit: National Post Whoever likes losing 4-1 to the worst team in the NHL raise their hand. Anyone? No? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I think the only worth-while thing Canucks fans got out of Saturday’s game against Edmonton was the HNIC Afterhours interviews with coach Vigneault and Roberto Luongo. Andrew (@andz205) asks: Lui said during his HNIC interview that he’s excited to face the...

Ask Katie about the Canucks: Will the Canucks ever be fully healthy again?

Ask Katie about the Canucks: Will the Canucks ever be fully healthy again?

[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@KMaximick)] With 6 games left in the regular season, some fans are getting nervous, and with good reason. Because the Canucks have done so well this year, the remaining in the season seems rather futile – really, they’ve clinched already, right? Every game they play fans wonder – and fear – who might get injured just in time for the playoffs. It’s a fair question. There was...

Canucks Review and Preview: March 28 to April 3, 2011

Canucks Review and Preview: March 28 to April 3, 2011

[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 76 GP, 50-17-9, 109 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Roberto Luongo is ranked 11th in games played in, yet he leads the league with 35 wins. He’s been playing some of his best hockey as of late, he himself says that he doesn’t know of a time where he has felt better. His positional play and “never give up” attitude has allowed him to shine. Allow me to put...

Ask Katie about the Canucks: How can the best get better?

Ask Katie about the Canucks: How can the best get better?

[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@KMaximick)] After a Charlie Sheen WINNING road trip for the Canucks (5-0), Canucks Nation is busy photo shopping Ryan Kesler into their Facebook and Twitter avatars and inventing hashtags like #WeareallCreepyKesler. Why? Because the fans are bored and don’t really have much to complain about on this dreary Monday morning. The Canucks are doing so well, in fact, that the usually deep pool of questions I get...

Canucks Review and Preview: March 7 to March 13, 2011

Canucks Review and Preview: March 7 to March 13, 2011

[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Canucks Record 67 GP, 42-16-9, 93 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Although Roberto Luongo is only 3-5 in his last 8 starts, he has undeniably been the best Canuck during this recent stretch of .500 hockey. His save percentage in his last 8 games is an impressive .920 and his goals-against-average is 2.13. Luongo hasn’t allowed more than 3 goals in his last 16 starts and his focus,...

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