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Bad Blackhawks

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

All we heard about leading up to Game 1 of the Blackhawks’ second-round playoff series against Vancouver was about bad blood, but all we got from the Hawks was bad hockey.

Disastrous hockey.

This had to be their worst game of the season. Their dumbest, too. And weakest. They got outskated, outhustled, outfought—out-everythinged.

Every Canucks line was better than every Hawks line. Heck, every Canucks line scored.

The Canucks came into this year’s series intent on attacking the Hawks. They did exactly that. They took the Hawks’ puck-possession game and killed them with it. Faster and better. Smarter and tougher. If there’s any other way to indict the Hawks, they’re guilty of that, too.

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How To Beat Antti Niemi

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks feel they have got some good preparation for Chicago goalie Antti Niemi in the first round of the playoffs.

That would be playing against the L.A. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who’s about the same size, gets low to take away the bottom part of the net and in is in his first NHL playoffs.

The Canucks are also hoping to see the same proclivity for giving up juicy rebounds that Quick exhibited, some of which allowed Vancouver to light up the Kings goalie for 21 goals in the six-game series.

“We’ve talked about him having a lot of the same tendencies as Quick,” said Canucks defenceman Shane O’Brien.

“That should help us going in here, but he’s had a great season and obviously won the first round. We’re going to have to make life miserable for him. We’re going to get as much traffic as possible in front of him and get pucks to the net and challenge him. We’ll see how he deals with it.”

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Attack Plan

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

One of the things the Canucks regret from last year’s second-round bouncing by the Blackhawks—besides losing, obviously—is having the style of game dictated to them, not by them.

Vancouver players recalled trying several different approaches, especially in the last two games at the United Center, but the truth is, the Canucks had one approach: running around their own zone screaming for mommy to make it stop.

The Hawks owned the puck, the Canucks’ blue line and the Vancouver zone. Hat trick. Which, coincidentally, is how Patrick Kane ended the series and thus began Vancouver’s year of unrequited grudge that gets taken to the alley this weekend.

And while the Canucks harbor old, ill feelings, they are vowing a new approach: attack, attack, and when in doubt, attack.

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Breaking Down Chicago/Vancouver Series

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One year later, the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks meet again in the second round. Vancouver’s 2009 playoffs came to a crushing end in Game 6 at the United Center when Chicago exploded for seven goals on Roberto Luongo in a night few in the Canucks organization will ever forget.

This postseason, Chicago and Vancouver return to the second round with one thing in common: Both believe they’re one step closer to challenging for the ultimate prize this time.

The Blackhawks and Canucks were both picked by many to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals, both clubs winning their respective divisions. Because of those high expectations, one team will be thoroughly disappointed with a second-round exit. It’s Stanley Cup or bust.

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If You Plan A Caucks Day, You Should Let The Coach Know About It

via Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Asked Tuesday for his thoughts on Canucks Day, Vigneault was dumbfounded.

“I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about,” he replied.

Told that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson had proclaimed Tuesday ‘Canucks Day’ and that the team was being honoured at city hall, complete with a flag raising, Vigneault continued to flounder.

“Again, I don’t care,” he said, chuckling. “I didn’t know about it ... but it’s a great honour. I think it’s a real good thing.”

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‘Crashing’ Luongo

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Getting traffic to the net has been a stratagem in the NHL playoffs ever since the rover was taken out of the game. It was a factor in the Kings-Canucks series. It’s been a factor in every series played this postseason. And it will continue to be a factor when the Canucks meet the Blackhawks.

The question, of course, concerns the extent to which the Hawks will go to make Roberto Luongo’s life uncomfortable and given the history between these two teams and what’s already transpired in the playoffs, that’s an interesting question.

“I thought the Chicago series last year was the most I’ve ever seen for guys going to the net and falling on the goalie,” said Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa. “[The Kings’] Ryan Smyth goes to the net hard but he’s an honest guy. He doesn’t whack at the goalie after the whistle.”

Which implies the Blackhawks do but we’re saying that, not Bieksa.

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Chicago Defeats Nashville to Advance To Conference Semifinals

Strange game, score after the 1st period was 4-3 Chicago.  Then no goals until John Madden scored an empty netter with 7 seconds left.

Chicago will now take on Vancouver in a rematch of a physical series from last year.

San Jose will play the winner of the game 7 showdown tomorrow between Detroit and Phoenix.

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How Are You Celebrating Canucks Day?

from VancouverCanucks.com,

City Hall is showing its support for the Vancouver Canucks hockey team as they enter the second round of the NHL playoffs by declaring tomorrow Canucks Day. The media is invited to join Mayor Robertson and Council, Canucks Sports & Entertainment owner Francesco Aquilini, President and General Manager Mike Gillis and Chief Operating Officer Victor de Bonis:

The Mayor will read a proclamation for Canucks Day, and the Canucks flag will be raised for the day at City Hall. The Canucks mascot, Fin, will hand out white towels to help the public cheer on the city’s home team.

a bit more

via Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,

The NHL informed the Canucks today that regardless of whether it’s in Chicago or at GM Place, Game 1 of the second round will go on Friday evening, Alain Vigneault said.

If the Blackhawks win tonight at Nashville or back in Chicago on Wednesday, they’ll be the Canucks’ next opponent. If Nasvhille rebounds to win the series, the Predators will face San Jose and the Canucks will meet the winner of the Detroit/Phoenix series.

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Luongo Could Be The Playoff Story

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Last week, I worried that there might be no Canadian teams left in the playoffs by the middle of this week (hyper-sensitive Canucks fans, of course, took that as a prediction they would lose even though I picked their team to win the series before it began. Sigh.). Well, the Canucks are certainly more than alive, and probably will be the favourite in the new round regardless of their opponent, and the Montreal Canadiens still have a shot, while down 3-2, against the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals.

They were that impressive in the final two games against the Kings, one a romp, one a tight contest in which they had to fight from behind and win by scoring late.

For a few years, the Luongo worship in Vancouver as been a bit silly, really, given his lack of production when it mattered. GM Mike Gillis’ decision to make him captain just added to the cult of personality.

But with all that behind him, and without having a particularly good season, wouldn’t it be a compelling story if this became the spring in which Luongo finally delivered on all that promise in the NHL post-season.

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Vancouver Thinking Chicago

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

And so it looks as though the Vancouver Canucks will be granted what they so wished for at the outset of training camp.

Another shot at the Chicago Blackhawks, the team they felt never should have eliminated them from Cup contention, could be very much in their future which is fine with everyone in the Vancouver room.

Because they remain a dark shadow in their recent past. Obviously nothing is set in stone with the Hawks still having to finish off the Nashville Predators, but that’s the way it’s looking and it’s not lost on any of the Vancouver players who went through last year’s anguish, a series they felt was within their grasp only to slip away after so many opportunities to close it out.

“I guess it’s looking like we might both get another shot at each other although that series isn’t over yet,” said Ryan Kesler, who likely still remembers Andrew Ladd’s wicked hit that went uncalled in that series. And it would be pretty astonishing if Rick Rypien has forgotten Ben Eager’s also totally ignored by the league and totally unsolicited shot that coldcocked him.

And who could ever forget Adam Burish’s diving exploits, the 10-metre board all prepared for his performances.

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