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Is Game #6 a “Must Win” for the Canucks?

“We feel like we want to win this one. Do we have to? Absolutely not.  But we’re playing this like a Game 7. We’re going to go in that building and play like we’re playing for our lives. We’re going to throw it all out on the table.”

—Ryan Kesler in the Vancouver Province

Seems like he’s contradicting himself a bit, but I get his point. Still, what do you think? Is Sunday’s game against the ‘Hawks a “must win” or just a “must not completely suck”?

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“We feel like we want to win this one”

WTF ?  They didn’t “feel” like winning the others?  Is that the excuse why the whole squad didn’t bother showing up?  And they wondered why they’ve had their a$$ kicked the last two games? 

This is even further motivation for Chicago…... go Hawks !

Posted by sean_o_sean on 04/23/11 at 03:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

With so many expectations for the ‘Nucks (i.e. pressure) I’m inclined to believe that VAN has to win at CHI.  I don’t think they make hockey sticks strong enough for how tight VAN would be gripping them in a game 7.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/23/11 at 04:14 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

And they probably don’t make beer glasses strong enough for how tight Vancouver FANS will be gripping those if we have to face a game 7. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 04/23/11 at 04:17 PM ET


Seem to remember Kevin Bieksa saying, in the build up to game 5, that the Canucks knew they needed to come out strong and grab an early lead. Of course, I can’t remember exactly how that went, given I’ve had games 4 and 5 surgically removed from my memory like out of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind...

Of course it’s a must-win game, it’s the freaking playoffs!

Posted by fcjbencard on 04/23/11 at 04:41 PM ET

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“We feel like we want to win this one. Do we have to? Absolutely not.  But we’re playing this like a Game 7.

Oh my . . . As a Hawks fan, I am taking this one game at a time, but holy hell, the Canucks are pure comedy gold. We feel like we want to win this one.

Sunday night in Chicago . . . hoping for an Easter Sunday Massacre.

If the feeling I’ve had since Wednesday was a drug, it would be illegal. And I speak from some experience on this matter.

Posted by eternal_fields on 04/23/11 at 04:46 PM ET

PuckRules's avatar

Even if Vancouver wins this series (big if), there is no way they are getting by San Jose or Detroit.

Posted by PuckRules on 04/23/11 at 05:11 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Does any NHL player get more mulligans from the fans and media than Luongo?

How much, exactly, does this guy have to suck before people will admit he is not a Stanley Cup-caliber goalie?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/23/11 at 06:16 PM ET

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i don’t know… if they do lose the next game, i still feel like they’re the favorite at home in a game 7. maybe i’m wrong, but 3 in a row is a lot easier than 4 in a row.

with that said, Chicago will be riding quite a wave by then and it may be hard to stop. but i’d still bet Vancouver wins game 7.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/23/11 at 11:22 PM ET

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I think it is a must-win, just purely because of the crap-shoot nature of a single game for elimination of either team. It’s nice that Vancouver has two shots to finish off Chicago, but it would be folly to wait until the last possible moment.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 04/24/11 at 02:07 PM ET

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Oh, my.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/25/11 at 10:02 AM ET

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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