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Canucks best players lead the way, one win away from the conference finals

It’s a cliché, but it’s true: your best players need to be your best players. That’s exactly what is carrying the Canucks right now, as they lead the Nashville Predators 3-1 and are one win away from advancing to the conference finals for the first time since 1994.

Ryan Kesler is an absolute stud right now. His goal in game 4 might well be the goal of the playoffs. Up until game 3, everyone was in agreement that he was playing superb hockey, but just wasn’t scoring. Well, with 6 points in his last two games, including two game winning goals, I think it’s safe to say he’s now producing. He’s a Conn Smythe trophy favourite right now.

Everyone’s talking about Ryan Kesler right now, and so they should. But you know who else is producing? Robert Luongo. It was only 10 days ago when half the city believed that he didn’t deserve to start in game 7 versus Chicago, but I bet he has a lot more believers now. So far in this series Luongo is 3-1 with a 1.26 GAA and a .949 SV%. His numbers are absolutely sparkling, yet he isn’t getting the credit he deserves.

Much has been made about the struggles of the Sedins, but I think it has been overblown. They have played against two of the top defensive pairings the NHL has to offer over the last two series. Despite this, Daniel Sedin is 11th in playoff scoring. With three points last night, Henrik is now only one point back of his brother (by the way, we predicted that he would break out before last game). The Sedins can play better, but they’re doing enough right now.

There’s no doubt the Predators are stumbling right now, but there’s lots of series left. If you’ve been a fan of the Vancouver Canucks as long as I have, you know that a series isn’t over until it’s over. Check that, if you’ve been a Canucks fan for the last two weeks, you know that a series isn’t over until it’s over! Regardless, I have a lot of confidence that the Canucks can finish the job, and if they do it will be no small feat in club history. The Canucks haven’t made it to the conference finals in 17 years, and have only done it twice ever. They get a chance to do it one more time on Saturday night.

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5 Response to Canucks best players lead the way, one win away from the conference finals

  1. RRRRKKKKK on May 7, 2011

    Always glad to see a good article on Luongo who has helped out the Canucks more than some people realize. I also never get tired of reading how Kesler has been the best player on the Team even though he wasn't scoring at first without Kesler and Luongo's great games there would be a bigger margin in goals vs the predators in game 2 .Canucks now need more of the same and more from the rest of the lines for tonight's game which means getting past that one goal lead

  2. Binh Ho on May 7, 2011


  3. Robert Williams on May 8, 2011

    Hey now, I was very careful not to jinx them this time!

  4. TMoney on May 8, 2011

    You are being too nice to the Sedins. They need to take some responsibility for the lack of scoring from the nucks. Also, you must admit they look slow out there.

  5. Robert Williams on May 8, 2011

    TMoney: yes, you're right. But you're also saying this after a scoreless game in game 5. I wrote this before that. n nMy main point was that the criticism was a little too harsh. People are acting like they're complete failures. Their plus-minus is getting concerning… Though I must admit, with every game that they don't produce, my concern level gets higher and higher.


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