When asked who they would prefer to play in the next round, the team being confronted with the question usually takes the easy route and says that it doesn’t matter who they play because both teams are equally good. The Vancouver Canucks chose to answer the question differently saying that they absolutely hope to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals which begins next Wednesday. Tampa faces the Boston Bruins tonight in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and Canucks players will be watching and cheering for the upstart Lightning to come away with a victory. “Oh yeah we definitely are hoping that the Lightning can win tonight. We would much rather see them in the finals because they just don’t pose as many problems as the Bruins do,” said captain Henrik Sedin. “Boston has some big, tough forwards who love to play a physical, grinding game and then of course they have Chara on the back-end and he is just a nightmare to play against. And then there is a pretty big difference in net too.” Continue reading
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In the goaltending battle between two Vezina Trophy candidates, Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne seem to be taking their match-up a little too seriously. With only a combined four goals scored through the first two games of the Western Conference semi-final series between the Vancouver Canucks and the Nashville Predators, the team’s respective star goalies have been seen and heard challenging the other to on-ice duels. “During a tv break early in game 1, I was skating to the bench and I see Luongo making these weird gestures toward me,” said Rinne. “As we came closer together I could hear him throwing down the gauntlet and said ‘I challenge you to a duel’ flashing his blocker to me as if it were a gun. I responded by swiping my trapper through the air. At that point it was on, totally on.” Continue reading
Newly acquired Canucks forward Maxim Lapierre has been known as one of the league’s biggest pests so it should be to no one’s surprise that he had his fair share of run-ins with his new teammates. DKM asked some Canucks players to talk about their past experiences with Lapierre and as you will see, it might not be all that easy to forgive and forget:
Henrik Sedin: I was lined up at a faceoff with him this one night in Montreal and he starts going at me. I don’t remember exactly what he said but it was something along the lines that I should go give my brother a panty job and an old fashioned, whatever those are.
Roberto Luongo: There was a big scrum in the crease and he ended up being pushed on top of me. He must have been there for a good 20 seconds and the whole time he was digging in at my junk and saying “you like that Lu, you like that? Yeah you fucking like that don’t you Lu.” I said no I don’t like that and then he whispered to me his cell phone number. Awkward.
Kevin Bieksa: Asked me from the bench where the best food and night-life in the city is, but I was never able to tell him. Now that he is on my team I will be able to tell him and maybe even take him to see for himself…so that is good atleast.
Alex Burrows: Every time we play it gets pretty nasty between us. I mean neither holds anything back. I gave him a pretty good little butt-end one time to which he responded by saying that after the game he would get even by fucking my girlfriend, sister, mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa with the biggest black dildo he could find.
Alain Vigneault: H’after he got a four-minute double-minor, Hi’ laughed h’at him and said good job costing your team da’ game you h’idiot.
Daniel Sedin: Told me I was gonna get the best panty job and old fashioned I’ve ever had after the game.
Three games into the season and a team that many predicted would challenge for the cup is looking more like a team that is only going to be challenging for the first overall draft pick. Not to say that will be the case but the Canucks certainly don’t look like a team that can contend for a championship thus far. Their forward lines have shown absolutely no chemistry, the defense has looked slow and unsteady, and what should be the backbone of the team (Roberto Luongo) has blown up right in their faces. The scary part is that its not like the Canucks have been beaten by the top teams in the league. Losses to the likes of Calgary, Colorado and Columbus don’t really look too good no matter how early in the season it is. I wasn’t as high on Vancouver as many of the experts were coming into the season but I definitely didn’t expect them to look this bad. Much like Toronto or Montreal, losing is not tolerated very long in the ‘Couv and if the team can’t pull it together in the next few games it is going to get very ugly around this hockey team.
Happy Sunday, hockey fans. While we gear up for this afternoon’s battle between the Red Wings and Ducks, I thought I’d take a minute to revisit last night’s Blackhawks / Canucks game. Chicago stormed back into this series with the 6-3 victory, stealing one in Vancouver as the series shifts to the Windy City for the next couple games. After catching the final couple periods of the Penguins / Capitals game earlier in the day, the Hawks / Nucks series is certainly MUCH more physical than that love affair. Here’s my thoughts on the game:
The young Hawks aren’t intimidated by Luongo, or anyone else for that matter
In Vancouver’s opening series against St. Louis, Luongo shut the door on the Blues early and often, and was in their heads from the get-go. Chicago’s young snipers are more skilled, and have a year’s experience over the rookies in St. Louis. Joel Quenville rolled his lines with confidence. Also, Dustin Byfuglien was awesome for Chicago. His presence was noticeable on every shift, getting all Tomas-Holmstrom up in Luongo’s face, and drawing the ire of Vancouver’s defencemen. As the play shifts back to Chicago, I’ll be watching Byfuglien closely as his hits and “big-body presence” (a hallmark of any power forward – ask Pierre McGuire) elevate the home crowd. He played a nearly perfect game last night, right on that fine line of physical, aggressive play but within the rules.
The physical toll is already showing
The Canucks had nine days off between their first-round series and game one of this one, but it looks like they can use another week before Game 3. Sami Salo left the game after two minutes of ice time (and a goal scored, no less), leaving the Canucks with a massive hole on the blueline (and particularly, their powerplay’s first unit). Playing shorthanded, the Canucks grew tired as the game wore on as the aggressive Blackhawks forced the play and kept to the body. For the most part, Vancouver tried matching them blow-for-blow, but it became obvious that there wasn’t enough in the tank for a third period comeback. Ryan Johnson blocked a few shots for Vancouver, and was in considerable pain after at least two of them. I give him credit though – he grimaced, gritted his teeth, and played on, exemplifying playoff hockey.
Last night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver may have set up what could be a very entertaining first round playoff matchup. After the Canucks 4-0 domination of the Hawks the two teams sit 4th and 5th in the Western Conference standings, both having 91 points. The only thing that is likely standing in the way of the two bumping heads in the playoffs is the fact that the Canucks could still pass the Flames for the Northwest division title and the third seed in the conference. Judging by the relatively easy manner in which the Canucks handled the Hawks last night in what was a big game for both teams, as well as the frusturation the Hawks showed, the Canucks would have to be considered the favourites in a 7 game series.
Here are the highlights of the 3rd periold melee that took place. Some things to watch for: Well there are a lot, starting with the obvious cause of the whole thing when Dustin Byfuglien hits Roberto Luongo. Also, watch for the WWE style take down by Ben Eager followed by some sneaky lefts by Kevin Bieksa when Eager is being held down, a head-lock by by Duncan Keith, and some nice hair pulling by Alex Burrows. Hopefully we get to see what these two club’s could do for an encore in the form of a 7 game playoff war.