For the first time in the Canucks-Blackhawks Trilogy, we will have a game 7. And it will happen in the most improbable way. As you must know by now, the Canucks have squandered a 3-0 series lead and now face elimination on Tuesday night.
Dear Hockey Gods,
Please forgive me. Check that, please forgive us. By us, I of course mean Canuck Nation. As a whole, we mocked the Chicago Blackhawks when we were up 3 games to 0. They were too tired, too beat up.. we thought. We began to ask Theo Fleury to eat his words, after he predicted a first round exit. And of course, I wrote a blog urging fans to get their brooms ready. As sure as it seemed, we have clearly upset you (the hockey gods). It’s the only way to explain two blowout losses in games 4 and 5 and a crushing overtime defeat in game 6.
On behalf of Canucks fans everywhere, we have learned our lesson. Sorry. Please forgive us.
Frankly, I’m amazed at the amount of debate over which goalie should start in game 7 for the Canucks-Blackhawks series. Currently on the Team 1040 website, their poll shows 53% in favour of Luongo, 47% in favour of Schneider.
Personally, I would have given Luongo the start in game 6 as well. I didn’t hate the decision, but I didn’t like it either. Lets face it though, Schneider was given the opportunity to win game 6, and FAILED. The team played well in front of him, and he let in 3 goals through just over 2 periods. Had Luongo performed as Schneider did, the widespread feeling would be that Luongo failed. So why should Schneider be held to a lesser standard? People are overlooking this because he’s the young guy, but he let in 3 goals on 20 shots… and 2 of them were BAD GOALS! The two puck handling mishaps were the two worst goals let in by any Canucks goaltender in the series.
Now I’m not trying to blast Cory Schneider here (he played well apart from the two gaffs), but I think the criticism about Luongo’s play has been grossly overplayed. Luongo’s numbers aren’t great, mostly due to the team in front of him having two straight no shows in game 4 and game 5. The goal most criticized in game 5 was the Marian Hossa goal. Nevermind the fact that it was a shot from a world class player in the slot with Alex Edler sticking his stick in the way. The only goal Luongo let in in game 6 was a rebound after he made an amazing save on a deflected shot going top corner with traffic in front.
Luongo should start game 7 because he deserves it. He’s won a game 7 in 2007 (that year the team blew a 3-1 series lead) and a gold medal in the Olympics. If the team plays like they did in game 6 in front of him in game 7, they should win.
In advance of game 6 in Chicago, the Canucks must find some way to re-find their form, just as the Chicago Blackhawks did before game 4. Chicago was inspired by their fallen teammate, Brent Seabrook, and used it as a rallying point. Well then, Alain Vigneault, I have something for you. Check that, I have something for the bulletin board.
Well, did anyone see that coming? After spanking the Canucks 7-2 in game 4, they followed that up with another beat down in game 5. So here we are, nervous, panicking. Is it justified? Absolutely yes. Chicago has all of the momentum and Vancouver will need to turn it around.
There are a lot of Canucks songs being produced right now, as often happens come playoff time when the team is playing well, perhaps none better than this song by Kyprios. It’s been out for a couple of weeks, but deserves to be posted anyway. Besides, we Canuck fans could use a little cheering up after last night’s game. Enjoy!
Hey, did you read my blog posting yesterday titled: “Canucks-Blackhawks Game 4 Preview – Get Your Brooms Ready“? Whoops! Well it appears some of the Canucks did, because they looked like an overconfident team in game 4. The Blackhawks have life.
After a quick twitter search to check the pulse of Canuck Nation after this loss, one thing’s clear.. our fans are still fucktards.
So here goes.. a quick guide for all those who want to be a fan of a winner:
1) STFU and stop complaining about calls; it’s 1 game and the better team WILL win in a 7-game series! We’re UP 3-1!
2) BELIEVE that the team will bounce back strong in game 5.. all champions do after a tough loss!
3) Move on from this NOW and cheer loudly the next game (at the game, at the bar, or at home with friends/family)
4) Stop being a little bitch
5) Act like the fans who went on that road trip (see above picture) and swagged all over the Cali teams! Act like a winner, brag like a winner!
6) Drink some tiger blood
7) Send this (or repeat this verbally) to all the Chicken Littles around you who are whining/crying now
Before every Canucks playoff game, Canuckz.com will be looking back at the previous game and provide a preview of the upcoming game. We’ll let you know what happened, what needs to happen and what’s likely going to happen.
Before we move on to game 4, here are a few quick hits about game 3:
-The Canucks were great at taking the body while staying out of the box in game 1 and 2, but got away from that in game 3. The Blackhawks power play responded with two power play goals. Giving the Blackhawks power play numerous chances is a recipe for disaster going forward.
Unless you missed game 3 of the Blackhawks-Canucks series and are living under a rock, you already know that this Raffi Torres hit on Brent Seabrook has been a hot topic in the last 24 hours: