I have no words. But, since this is the internet, I better type some here anyway. Make no mistake, but for one man, the Vancouver Canucks were the better team tonight. Their fans will tell you they had this all the way, but their soiled overalls say otherwise. Vancouver wins the series and moves on. They have achieved their ultimate goal of advancing to the the second round.
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Wow. I was worried that the Hawks had caught the Canucks sleeping in game 4. I was sure after the 7-2 shellacking they took on Tuesday that Vancouver would come out flying, and Roberto Luongo would be looking to redeem himself. Instead, Chicago jumped all over the Canucks, blitzing them with 3 quick goals in the first period, chasing Luongo in the 2nd, and finally settling in and killing off the clock in the third.
Moral victories suck.
And that’s about all you’d get out of this one. The Hawks dropped their second straight playoff game to Vancouver. The only bright spot was that they managed to solve Roberto Luongo three times, and that Corey Crawford gave up only 4 goals despite facing 283 odd man rushes, including a 2 on none where he faced down the mighty Sedin twins with no help from his teammates.
I’m not going to be gracious. I know everyone is supposed to be impressed with the super awesome Vancouver Canucks, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, fuck these whiny bitches. Vancouver came into the game as the hottest team in the league, and didn’t impress me as being anything more than they’ve been for the last two years. Chicago outplayed Vancouver and lost due to a terrible outing on the power play and some head-scratching calls made by the officials.
Damn. The Hawks had a chance to get back to .500 again tonight against their favorite team to beat, the Vancouver Canucks. I have to say, I came into this one expecting some fireworks, especially since the Blackhawks pasted Vancouver 7-1 in their last meeting and made Alain Vineauglt weep and rend his ascot in shame.
Now this is the Blackhawk team I remember. This looked like the team that stormed through December and January, playing suffocating defense and scoring at will. It was the Hawks best team game of the playoffs so far, and if they can sustain this type of effort for the rest of the playoffs, look out.
The Chicago Blackhawks, who had been 3-0 in games where they can close out opponents over the last two postseasons, came out as flat as Paris Hilton, giving up a goal 59 seconds into the game, and never playing with any fire, losing to the Vancouver Canucks, 4-1 in the United Center.
Throughout the playoffs, Blackhawks’ Captain Jonathan Toews has been quietly excellent, stringing together 5 straight games before tonight with an assist, and having 2 goals and 11 assists in 9 games.
Tonight? Tonight was a night we’ll talk about when they hang #19 from the United Center rafters somewhere far in the future.
Toews had the type of game that made it look like the game had somehow become too easy for him, and he belonged in some higher league. This was a game the Vancouver Canucks needed, and Toews grabbed ahold of the game, and wouldn’t let go. He ended the night with 3 goals and 2 assists, leading the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in GM Place, and taking a commanding 3-1 lead in games in this Western Conference Semifinal series.
Now that was playoff hockey. The Canucks tilted the ice towards Antti Niemi to open the game, but the Hawks netminder was up to the challenge. Eventually the Blackhawks settled down, and started playing some ugly hockey – in a good way. All the talk of running bodies at Roberto Luongo was put into practice, and the Hawks scored 5 goals, not a one of them pretty. The book on the Vancouver defensemen is that they aren’t a match for the speed of the Hawk forwards, but it wasn’t speed that killed them tonight, it was muscle. The Blackhawks did whatever they wanted in front of Roberto Luongo, and the Canucks paid the price.
The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t bother coming out of the dressing room until over 7 minutes had passed in the game. By then, they were down 2-0 (one goal scored on the oh-so-pivotal 5-on-3), and were being outshot 9-1. Everyone in a red sweater looked absolutely pathetic, and we were on the threshold of yet another epic bedshitting.
Then it all turned around. Brent Seabrook scored 7:40 into the first, cutting Vancouver’s lead in half, and at that point it was clear to everyone in
Chicago Stadium The United Center that the worm had turned, and it was only a matter of time until the Hawks would tie and win the game. The final was 4-2, with Kris VERSTEEG! getting the winner with 90 ticks left in regulation before Patrick Kane added an empty netter.