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Game #1 Anaheim vs Vancouver

04/25/2007 at 10:21pm EDT
Pre-Series Notes:Intro to Disney Gone BadToday's Roster Updates:Coughing FitsVancouver's Stanley Cup:Planning HistoryCanucks as Underdogs:Vancouver Against the WorldPuck drop at 7pm. The most important thing to remember? This is a 7 game series. While I'm fully prepared to rant and freak out about all losses, I'm also capable (for about another hour) of being rational -- meaning, we're going to lose games, and some of it may well not be pretty. But we're also capable of winning this series, as long as the team doesn't panic as badly as the fans (i.e. Alanah) when bad things happen.It's like a 12 Step Program now -- 12 wins to go, while I consume enough cocktails along the way to enter my own 12 Step Program the day after we win the Stanley Cup. Sound reasonable?Go Canucks!

Post-Game Notes

I'm actually already sick of everybody's whining... and I haven't even heard it yet. But dear God, I just know I'm going to in a matter of hours... it's about due to explode all over the newspapers in time for Thursday's sunrise.Don't get me wrong here - I'm not happy, and I can see the huge mountain in front of the Canucks as clear as anyone. But I don't think it takes any brilliant hockey analysis to come up with a few obvious 'excuses' for tonight's performance, either.
1. Just had a 7 game series win, which was made even more gruelling by the loss of guys like Kesler and Cooke. It was a hard fought win. 2. No rest at all. A huge emotional win, then a plane ride to California and the game the next day. 3. A team that so seriously depends on defence lost TWO of it's top-4 defencemen on game day. 4. Anaheim is - not unexpectedly - really fu#king good.
None of these four things are guaranteed to change, except maybe getting a breather on #2. I wasn't expecting miracles for game #1, so I wasn't that disappointed.But I'll have much bigger expectations of this team for Game #2. I want to see them play like I know they can, regardless of the adversity. I guess we'll see.

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