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Canucks Have Some Problems

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

With the body stretched out on the mortuary slab, the problem with the Vancouver Canucks isn’t determining the cause of their death.

It’s picking any one of the 58 areas in which they were exposed against the Chicago Blackhawks.

In no particular order, the Canucks demonstrated they aren’t big enough or tough enough; their best players — Roberto Luongo, the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler — aren’t good enough; and they have to improve their penalty killing specifically and special teams in general. Then there’s the coaching, and let’s not forget Mike Gillis, the man who just gave us two years of Pavol Demitra.


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Goalie For Sale


Thanks to the Vancouver Province for the pointer.

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Does Roberto Luongo Need To Take More Responsibility?

Kelly Hrudey of HNIC says Luongo should be saying “I need to be better” instead of talking in general terms.

Watch the Luongo post-game interview or scroll to the 6:50 mark and watch Kelly’s reaction to the interview.

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It Wasn’t Supposed To End Like This

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

In the end it was hard to watch. A Vancouver Canucks team which had entertained so royally all year literally ground to a halt, virtually every forward with any capability of an impact either injured or paralyzed with fatigue.

Yes the Chicago Blackhawks were the better team and deserved to win but that most certainly doesn’t explain what happened to the Canucks Tuesday night, a team which simply ran out of gas like a truck with a leak in the fuel tank and parts falling on the road as it slowed down.

In the end, only Roberto Luongo was there doing his job as the players around him dissipated and were again physically bleep-kicked as they were for stretches of the series.

Everyone knew the defence was seizing up but what was most disturbing was what happened up front to a team with this kind of depth.


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The Better Team Won

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This time, there can’t be any doubt.

There is no culprit for why the Chicago Blackhawks walked into GM Place and won all three games of this series, the final one a 5-1 paddling in which the score was precisely indicative of the play.

This wasn’t about the refs, the league, or a goalie. Though that 12-year deal for Roberto Luongo that begins next season isn’t exactly looking like a steal right now.

This was about the Blackhawks running away with the series, for the second consecutive year.

“They were the better team,” confirmed Kyle Wellwood.

“I don’t think they’re a better team than us,” countered Luongo. “But maybe just a smarter team that knows how to win.”


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Western Conference Finals Are Set- San Jose vs. Chicago

Chicago defeated Vancouver 5-1 tonight and was impressive in doing so.

No word yet on when the series will start.

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Open Post- Chicago vs. Vancouver Game 6

Feel free to drop in and discuss tonight’s game which starts a little after 9:30pm EDT.

My thoughts- Game 7 in Chicago on Thursday night.

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Mitchell Talks To His Vancouver Teammates

from the CP at TSN,

Injured defenceman Willie Mitchell made a rare visit to the Vancouver Canucks dressing room Tuesday.

Mitchell, who has rarely been seen around GM Place since suffering a concussion in January, slipped in and out before Game 6 of the team’s Western Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Everybody talked to him,” said defenceman Kevin Bieksa. “He’s hanging around and he really wanted to come to the rink and talk to the guys. There was no reason for it. He just wants to be around the guys.”


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Salo Looks As If He Could Play Tonight

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo is not exactly known for his toughness, but he was being lauded for precisely that after his team’s morning skate on Tuesday.

Salo, who is suffering from a testicle injury after taking a Duncan Keith slap shot to the groin on Sunday, skated with his teammates and took practice repetitions on a pairing with Alexander Edler, his regular defence partner.

He was not made available to the media, and his playing status is still unknown, but the veteran Finn certainly looked ready to comeback, despite excruciating pain that led to a hospital visit during Game 5.


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Chicago Ready For San Jose

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

In a startling development after their Game-5 loss on home ice, the Chicago Blackhawks admitted they’ll be carrying a considerable amount of baggage into Vancouver for tonight’s Game 6.

No, really. A lot more baggage. Tons of it. After failing to close out the Canucks on Sunday, you see, the Hawks had to pack for the return flight to Vancouver and a possible week-long stay in San Jose for a Western Conference semifinal which might start as soon as Friday.

You have to admit, that’s a lot of stuff to be carrying around after one loss – socks, underwear, the haunting memory of Sunday night coupled with the spectre of facing a reborn Roberto Luongo at GM Place.

It just remains to be seen if the burden, in the literal or metaphoric sense, will actually begin to weigh down the high-flying Hawks.


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