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Blackhawks Overcome Deficit Again

from Eric Dutaschek of the Globe and Mail,

This is how quickly things can change in the NHL playoffs, when the quick-strike Chicago Blackhawks are in the building.

For the better part of 57 minutes last night, the Blackhawks looked as if they’d dug themselves into a black scoring hole.

They fell behind by a goal to the Vancouver Canucks, couldn’t seem to get it back, and were in danger of dropping consecutive home playoff games at the United Center, where they’d excelled this NHL season.

But these Blackhawks have been nothing if not resilient in these playoffs — overcoming deficits, large and small throughout — and they demonstrated that capacity again last night, essentially saving their playoff lives with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the visiting Canucks.

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added 1:09am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

But like they have all along in their thrill-a-minute postseason, Martin Havlat forced overtime—and ignited a United Center crowd that sat on their hands all night—with a wrist shot from the high slot that handcuffed Luongo.

“We’ve got a new series,” said Havlat, who scored his fourth of the playoffs.

“Whoa,” Hawks GM Dale Tallon told ESPN.com in the home dressing room, holding his chest. “I thought my ticker was going to go. These kids never give up. They’re a resilient bunch.”

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Chicago Looking For A Quick Start

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Altogether, Vancouver has a 7-0 cumulative scoring edge in the first 30 minutes of the first three games, heading into Wednesday’s pivotal fourth game, with the Canucks ahead in the series 2-1. The Blackhawks understand they’ve been playing with fire too long and need to do a better job off the start tonight, or else risking falling behind by two games, and leaving the Canucks with three chances to wrap it up, two at home.

“The starts are critical in the outcomes of games. You can’t expect to come back from 2-0 and 3-0 every night and win hockey games,” said Blackhawks’ coach Joel Quenneville. “It’s not the recipe for success, whether you have an older team or a younger team. Getting off on the right foot and staying out of the penalty box is what we’re going to stress - and coming with more energy at the start.”

“We’ll try to get a lead,” assessed the Blackhawks’ chatty centre Adam Burish. “Then guys will settle down and relax and play the right way. Playing from behind like we have been, you’re having to force and having to create.

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3-1 Or 2-2 After Tonight

Will the Ducks and/or the Canucks go up 3-1 tonight?

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Images Of Luongo

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

In the United Center crowd the other night, a couple of intrepid fans – crashing the Blackhawks’ party – were seen hoisting Roberto Luongo-cum-Jesus Christ posters.

“Luongo Saves!”

Informed about this, the Vancouver goaltender lifts his eyes upward in an altogether doleful Messianic expression. “Must be because of my looks, not because of my play.”

Well, there is that.

It is perhaps to Luongo’s misfortune that he does so eerily resemble Christ, at least as portrayed by artists through the ages: the long, mournful face, the dark shoulder-length tresses, an appearance of suffering. A Vancouver artist actually rendered Luongo-as-Christ in a painting this year, which was not well received by serious religionists.

The flip side is a hint of satanic features in the visage, a bit of Charles Manson.

As saviour, however, the metaphor is rich.

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One Step At A Time For Pyatt

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Many of us are defined by the work we do, and Taylor Pyatt of the Vancouver Canucks counts himself in that group as well. Pyatt was back at work for the first time in a month on Tuesday — and it was exactly the right thing to do at this moment of his young life.

Pyatt lost his fiancée, Carly Bragnalo, just over a month ago to a traffic accident in Jamaica, where she was vacationing. It was a tragedy that turned his life upside down.

“For the first few days, I wasn’t sure if I would even get back on skates this season,” Pyatt said yesterday after the Canucks’ practice. “As time passed by and the weeks went by, and I got back to Vancouver, I just took it one step at a time.”

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A Burning Issue

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Finnish blueliner Sami Salo made himself available to the media and he may have delivered the line of the playoffs.

When pressed by a Chicago reporter to reveal the nature of his injury, whether it was a groin or an ankle or a knee, Salo didn’t miss a beat.

“Maybe it’s just a burning sensation when you pee. You never know,” Salo said as the scrum exploded into laughter.

OK, so he remains day to day with the undisclosed injury. Is there a chance he’ll play Thursday in Game 4?

“There’s always a chance for anything,” said Salo. “We’ll see how it is tomorrow and go from there. The good thing is that it’s been getting better every day and that’s a positive thing.”

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Canucks Lower The Decibels In Chicago

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They brought in the legendary Hall Of Famer Bobby Hull for the ceremonial opening faceoff. They filled the United Center with 22,659 screaming fans, brought to their feet by Jim Cornelison’s stirring rendition of the national anthems. They came ready to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’ next step down the NHL playoff path.

Then ... nothing.

The Vancouver Canucks spoiled the party with a methodical and defensively sound performance last night, grinding out a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final, with Game 4 set for tomorrow night.

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A Late Night Of Hockey For Some Of Us

Two teams will be up 2-1 in the series after the game tonight.

Which two is the question.

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Chicago Ready For Round 2 Hockey

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Thanks to blowing a 2-0 lead, giving up five consecutive goals, and losing 6-3 at home to Chicago in Game 2, the Canucks come here where the Blackhawks are unbeaten in the playoffs and where the environment is expected to be like it hasn’t been for a hockey game in Chicago since the Blackhawks used to play across the road in the now-levelled Chicago Stadium.

“All the way home it’s all everybody was talking about,” said Hawks’ Adam Burish of the charter flight from Vancouver.

“It’s going to be louder than ever. From the way it’s been building and the way it was for Game 5 against Calgary, it’s going to be the same kind of atmosphere as everybody says it used to be around here when it was the loudest rink in the NHL,” he said of Chicago Stadium, where the little hairs on the back of your neck stood at attention during the national anthem.

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Vancouver Thinking About Byfuglien

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

He casts a wide-bodied presence — a lunar eclipse on skates when he gets set up in front of the net — for a team that understands the best way to make Luongo look mortal is to block his view at every turn. And if a guy occasionally loses an edge and accidentally-on-purpose goes crashing into the goalie, well, that’s good for business — Blackhawks business, that is.

“I’m there, I’m there,” said Byfuglien, when asked if he’s in the heads of Vancouver players. “But it’s been good. It’s been fun. I’m just doing my job and playing the way I can.”

“He’s a big body,” ventured Bieksa, following Canucks practice yesterday at the United Center. “He’s played well for them, obviously. Last game, he played well. He gets in on the fore-check, he finishes his hit. He’s a big body in front of Louie.

“But it’s more about us worrying about ourselves right now than us worrying about them.”

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