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Video- Ben Smith Forces A Game 7 In Vancouver

Is anyone going to pick Vancouver to win at home on Tuesday?

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Nope

Posted by GregK on 04/25/11 at 02:15 AM ET

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Luongo either gets a shutout, or gets pulled in the 1st period.  I’m leaning towards getting pulled.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/25/11 at 02:53 AM ET

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I’m hoping it goes into multiple OTs.  That’s all.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 04/25/11 at 03:25 AM ET

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What SYF said.

Posted by NHLJeff from Denver on 04/25/11 at 03:40 AM ET

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some kid—

I think the fact that so many teams have looked up-and-down in the West in the playoffs ties right into the regular season race in the West this year.  Granted, it doesn’t seem to be asking a lot to have some consistency, but it’s easy to forget now just how incredibly tight that playoff race was throughout the season.  I mean, the Sharks as the 2 seed are playing the Kings as the 7 seed, and look at how close that race was in the Pacific all season long. 

The only surprise to me is how lopsided the Detroit-Phoenix series was.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 04/25/11 at 05:58 AM ET

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Anaheim and Nashville were too evenly matched to make eachother look good.  The Kings and Sharks each look like they can play a solid hockey for 30 minutes a night, provided that they’ll stand still and watch the other team skate circles around them for the other 30 minutes.  Chicago has played decently for most of their series, the Canucks just were better (sometimes only for the first 30 minutes) in the first 3 games.  They play the games for a reason though.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/25/11 at 06:03 AM ET

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The only surprise to me is how lopsided the Detroit-Phoenix series was.
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It reminded me a lot of the Columbus-Detroit series in 2009.  Everyone expected a hard fought playoff series based on the regular season and Steve Mason.  Then the games meant something and Columbus got shelled.  Even when the bounces went their way and the wings didn’t have their A-game in Game 4, all they could do was keep it close.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/25/11 at 06:11 AM ET

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Epic fail, thy name is Canuck.

Posted by Primis on 04/25/11 at 09:41 AM ET

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ok. I’ll pick ‘em. I thought they were betters than the Hawks in G6, and see no reason they can’t tap that again. On a side note: Q could bench Seabrook. He didn’t look right.

Posted by duhduhduh on 04/25/11 at 10:14 AM ET

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Those people who watched Game 6 will have seen a far far better Canucks performance than in the last three games of the series; if anything, they deserved the win more than the Blackhawks. How different it might have been had Frolik not dived to win a penalty shot (check the replay, he was going down before Bieksa touched him). Schneider got the start not because Luongo’s been rubbish (who won Games 1 to 3 again?) but because the team has played better in front of him; whether it’s Lu or Cory in net, this team is ready for Game 7.

Sod it. Canucks in 7.

Posted by fcjbencard on 04/25/11 at 10:16 AM ET

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Too bad Schneider looks to be hurt.  The Canucks may have happened upon the ultimate role for RL: the closer goalie.  It was noted in the broadcast last night the Luongo’s meltdowns happen in the 2nd.  It stands to reason, then, that you should just hold him till the third.

Posted by duhduhduh on 04/25/11 at 10:32 AM ET

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It was noted in the broadcast last night the Luongo’s meltdowns happen in the 2nd.  It stands to reason, then, that you should just hold him till the third.
Posted by MoreShoot on 04/25/11 at 08:32 AM ET

What about OT?  tongue wink

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/25/11 at 12:00 PM ET

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G#6 certainly was entertaining, but we should all remember that rather than a Chicago win (or a Vancouver meltdown) that Crawford outright stole that game with his performance in the third.
The Blackhawks managed 3 SOG in the 3rd, and accomplished nothing other than wasting an offensive timeout during an extended 5 on 3 in the second.  Vancouver’s goaltending was not at all substandard in that game it is just that Chicago’s was better.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 04/25/11 at 01:40 PM ET

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Vancouver’s goaltending was not at all substandard in that game it is just that Chicago’s was better.

... except that two of Chicago’s regulation goals came about from goaltender misques, where Schneider essentially created scoring chances while putting himself out of position to make the save.

Posted by duhduhduh on 04/25/11 at 01:43 PM ET

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I’ll just go with the numbers and pick Vancouver.  Of the 133 series in NHL Playoff history that went 7 games, the Home team has won 79 (59.4%) vs. 54 (40.6%) for the visiting team.  Furthermore, the home win percentage is 59% after losing game 6 and 59% after winning game 6, so historically, series momentum has not shown up in the game 7 final results.  Unless Luongo’s truly hurt, I’ll go with history’s ~3:2 home game 7 edge.

http://www.whowins.com/tables/up32.html

Posted by Karen Newman is a Fox from Sunny San Diego on 04/25/11 at 02:30 PM ET

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Of the 133 series in NHL Playoff history that went 7 games, the Home team has won 79 (59.4%) vs. 54 (40.6%) for the visiting team.  Furthermore, the home win percentage is 59% after losing game 6 and 59% after winning game 6, so historically, series momentum has not shown up in the game 7 final results.  Unless Luongo’s truly hurt, I’ll go with history’s ~3:2 home game 7 edge.

Whore mouth, shut it.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 04/25/11 at 02:34 PM ET

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Luongo needs to do PSAs for the Heimlich Maneuver on CBC.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/25/11 at 04:13 PM ET

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Wish this line was mine, it is not.  The Canucks are interested in signing Daniel and Henrik Sedins lesser known brother, Heimlich, so he can stop the team from choking.

Posted by wolverine on 04/25/11 at 05:20 PM ET

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