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from Scott Morrison at the CBC,
So, forget the opener and the key then becomes Game Two. Win it and the Canucks have a chance going home. Lose it and it becomes a matter of time before the end arrives, essentially of whether Roberto Luongo can steal a game or two to preserve hope. Remember, though, Anaheim is the only Western Conference team he did not and still has not beaten this season, though Game 1 remained close longer than it should have because of him.
From the OC Register,
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan have a made a friendly wager regarding the NHL Western Conference semifinals pitting the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
The Ducks won the best-of-seven series opener, 5-1, Wednesday night in Honda Center.
If Anaheim wins the semifinals, Mayor Sullivan has agreed to wear an Anaheim Ducks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of the Vancouver City Council, and to fly the Ducks team flag at Vancouver City Hall.
In the event that Vancouver wins, Mayor Pringle will do the same with the Canucks jersey and flag.
*At least I’m not the only Canucks fan that makes stupid bets. I’ll be appearing in a Wings’ jersey on Abel to Yzerman in a few days to prove what losing a hockey bet looks like. Sigh.
From Tony Gallagher at The Province,
Unless the league permits them to set leg hold traps, the Canucks have a significant problem and whether the potential return of any of the injured players would actually make a difference is open to question. Vancouver also had a bushel of chances and the temptation is to say “what if Taylor Pyatt had scored early in the second, or early in the third on his chances?” And while that’s intriguing, the corresponding question is what if the Ducks had scored on their good chances?
If there is one job the forwards must do better it’s slowing these guys down before they get to the defence, which suddenly looks ridiculously vulnerable with Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa watching from the press box.
from the Vancouver Province,
“I think we have an advantage in goaltending,” Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. “I don’t think anyone can beat Luongo as far as goaltending matchups go.”
But games against Anaheim this season haven’t worked out well for Luongo. In the only game that the Canucks beat the Ducks, backup Dany Sabourin was the starter.
In his three games against Anaheim, Luongo was pulled in one. Overall, he finished with an 0-3 record with a 3.83 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Unlike their first-round playoff series, the Vancouver Canucks won’t be viewing a mirror image of themselves when they step on the ice tonight in Anaheim for round two.
The Ducks are nothing like the vanquished Dallas Stars.
They have a roster laden with North American players, they score more, fight more, have more size and a better power play.
Almost no one is picking the Canucks to advance past Anaheim, unless you count TSN’s Maggie the Monkey, who merely spins her wheel rather than delving into any thoughtful analysis.
from the Province,
The victory exorcised the ghosts of playoffs past — Game 7 home-ice losses to Calgary in 2004 and Minnesota in 2003 — and placed Linden on an even higher pedestal in Canuck folklore. He now has 10 points in nine career Game 7 appearances and his six goals are the most of any active player.
And at age 37, the Medicine Hat native was thankful to get a one-year contract extension from management that reshaped the franchise.
“I know how hard they worked putting this team together and I know how much this city wanted this,” added Linden, who had four shots in Game 7. “And we wanted it just as bad. We’ve had our heart breaks in Game 7, too. For me it was such a grind all day.
“It’s just a relief for me now.”
fromm the National Post via Canada.com,
Ordinarily, you wouldn’t wear a Vancouver hockey sweater into enemy territory. At Ciociaro Sports Bar and Grill, however, normally hard-wired Canadiens fans are clearly distinguishable from the rest of Montreal.
Hearts are tainted Cerulean blue—the jersey colour of Italy’s national soccer team—and Orca Bay navy, in deference to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
NEW YORK (April 22, 2007)—The Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Monday (9 p.m., ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS). Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 119 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 75 (63%).
This is the fourth consecutive series involving the Canucks to reach a seventh game. Vancouver defeated St. Louis in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinal, lost to Minnesota in the 2003 Conference Semifinal and lost the 2004 Conference Quarterfinal to Calgary. The Colorado Avalanche played a record five consecutive seven-game series, from 2001 through 2003.
The Stars are attempting to join a very exclusive group. In playoff history, 214 clubs have faced 3-1 series deficits and only 20 have come back to win (9.3%).
Overtime In Game 7
Of the 119 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Calgary Flames defeated the Canucks at Vancouver on a goal by Martin Gelinas at 1:25 of the first overtime to claim the Western Conference Quarterfinal on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.
from Mike Brophy & Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Two questions immediately spring to mind: Why the heck was Iginla on the ice in the first place? And what was Calgary coach Jim Playfair thinking? Maybe he should change his name to Playdirty.
The Flames are a very good hockey team, but they showed no class in losing on Saturday.
more and some Stars/Cahucks talk too
from the Vancouver Province,
Maybe it’s unfair to single out individuals in a series so grotesque you knew it had to go seven games, although that didn’t bother Canucks coach Alain Vigneault who unloaded on his veterans. Saying, “The players that have played for the Vancouver Canucks for the longest are not bringing their ‘A’ game to the table,” makes it pretty clear who has him most upset. But after all, four of the top five Dallas goal scorers—Mike Ribeiro, Niklas Hagman, Philippe Boucher and Jere Lehtinen—haven’t scored a goal in six games themselves.
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