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.
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.
The Canucks CAN win in Chicago. It’s not a matter of if they win. It’s a matter of how they win. The Canucks sit in a position in which they haven’t been in, well ever. They have depth. After Salo scored his power play goal in first period the defense imploded. That was the turning point in the game. The Canucks defense fell apart, they collapsed in on themselves and before you know it, Kane was walking in on Luongo and the game was out of the Canucks control at that point. During the season after games in which they...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.
Luongo’s not packing any bags (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Unlucky Stars down but not out (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks’ rigours of the road (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) ‘I think we have a great chance’ (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) This Finn will never shirk hard work (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks schedule not as easy as it looks (Bob Mackin, 24 Hours Vancouver) The Dallas Stars: Rest In Pieces (Richie Whitt, Dallas Observer) Dallas Stars in trouble, but Tippett is safe (Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News)Click here to read more.
I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know too much about Ossi Vaananen, but the more I read about the guy, the more I like the pick-up. A fair number of Philadelphia fans on HFBoards don’t like the fact that Vaananen was waived in the first place. IMHO, that says a lot. Up until about a month ago, Vaananen was playing with Kimmo Timonen as the Flyers’ top-pairing and logging an average of close to 20 minutes per game. He was also popular in the team’s dressing room. For whatever reason however, he found himself lower on the depth...Click here to read more.