Ouch! After all the positive things that went right for the Canucks in Game 1, a letdown had to be expected. We couldn't dominate the Hawks for 2 straight, could we? I mean, they're not L.A. That said, after the early goal and its follow up, it looked as though maybe we could sneak out of Chicago with a second road win. Alas, the boys let opportunity slip through their fingers. We couldn't match the intensity of the Hawks who were playing a desperate brand of hockey to match their situation. The
It's like a first date gone bad.
The Canucks started out well, with a strong 2-goal first period performance that, apart from a Brent Seabrook tally, silenced the crowd at United Center.
But if the first period is anything like an introductory phase between two people on a first date, the second period was the actual event and the Canucks simply didn't show up.
There's nothing worse than being stood up, and although the 'Nucks didn't allow the Blackhawks to score any goals in the middl
It may be a little premature to say that this Blackhawk team is in trouble, but they don't look like the dominant superpower that they think they are. In fact there are only two teams in the playoffs that have given up more goals than they've scored. Montreal is the obvious one, but the other is Chicago. Doesn't sound like a superpower to me. I don't think it's a stretch to call this a must win for the Hawks. Going into Vancouver, where the Canucks have been all but unbeatable, down 2-0 would be
(Note: You can find this post with embedded videos here. I'll also be live-blogging Game Two at <I><a href="http://www.canuckpuck.com">Canuck Puck</i></a> and at <a href="http://www.sportingmadness.ca"><i>Sporting Madness</a></i>. Puck drops at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. Come join me then!)
After the Canucks' <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/5/2/1454607/sunday-morning-coffee-we-came-in">5-1 demolition</a> [<b>Ke
In an interview earlier today with Rick Ball from Team 1040 Radio, Kevin Bieksa says the Vancouver Canucks have already forgotten about last game and are focused on Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Roberto Luongo waits in the tunnel prior to player introductions during Game One versus the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
After a commanding 5-1 win over the Blackhawks in front of a stunned sell-out crowd at the United C
Ah...is there any other league out there that uses more cliché phrases than the good old NHL? I mean, duh, would you be telling Canucks not to battle hard for the upcoming Game 2 - or any other game for that matter - against the talented Blackhawks? Of course not, but that's why so many bloggers and self-claimed professionals alike can get away with putting up titles like that in the first place.
So let's go through why, obviously, Canucks will have to show up against the Blackhawks tonight.
In the May 3rd edition of Clay's Canucks Commentary, I offer a few insights and observations into the Canucks' dominating 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in game 1 of the their 2nd-round NHL playoff series.
I compare the game to the Canada-Russia quarter-final game in the recent 2010 Winter Olympics, as both games were rather disappointing (from a competition standpoint) given the considerable hype that preceeded them.
In noting Roberto Luongo's magnificent game, I point out that a
With just one Canucks playoff game to dissect this week, Number Crunching takes a page out of the playbook of our road warriors and gives Game 1 the full court press with the best stats from the Round 2 series opener. And because we're just so darned nice out here on the West Coast, we decide to give a shout out to a long-lost friend who just couldn't be here with us.
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An impressive start to Round 2, boys. You were skating well, playing the body and showing incredible poise and patience. I particularly enjoyed watching the D play perhaps their strongest game of the playoffs. Goals from 4 lines, one goal against (on a 5 on 3, mind you). SOLID effort for a road game!
I was more than a little worried about the way period 3 began. It reminded me a lot of the early games of the LA series and last year's CHI series. You stopped skating, started grabbing and takin
[The original piece can be found here]
The Canucks kick off their second-round matchup with the Blackhawks today at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific. I'll be live-blogging it at Canuck Puck and <em><a href="http://www.sportingmadness.ca/">Sporting Madness</a></em>, so feel free to stop by then and chat! To get you set for it, I interviewed <b><a href="http://twitter.com/jim_neveau">Jim Neveau</a></b> of Fanball's excellent Chicago blog, <i>&l
The May 1st edition of Clay's Canucks Commentary comes as the Canucks and Blackhawks prepare to renew acquaintances in game 1 of their 2nd-round playoff series.
I decide to pop a few Canucks names, Blackhawks names, and other related phrases into an online anagram generator to see what would result. See what happens with phrases like "Byfuglien has a big butt", "Kane is a goof" and "Canucks win cup."
This promises to be an
One of the more famous lines from Jurassic Park came from Samuel L. Jackson. "Hold on to your butts" basically warned the audience to strap on your seat belts and get ready for a hell of a ride. Seventeen years later I think that same phrase could apply in the second round series between Chicago and Vancouver. Jim Hughson might want to say those words before the puck drops in game one. There will likely be no introduction and no character development. There will certainly be no love story. No, t
<img src="http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/cdnuniguy/AHL/Moosesign.jpg" width="120" height="180" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Well, Moose fans, the season is over. The Hamilton Bulldogs retired the Moose in overtime in Game Six of their series, and won the series by a 4-2 margin. Honestly, I'm a little disappointed because I would have liked to have seen the Moose advance to at least the second round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs, but it wasn't to be. That's the trouble with profes
Less than 24 hours after the Washington Capitals proved that I am not sniffing glue or huffing unleaded gas (if you read my earlier predictions, I said that the Capitals weren't that good and were going to exit early) it's time for the second round.
The first round had some of the best and most entertaining hockey I've seen in years. Seven of the eight series went to at least six games and the only one that didn't (Philadelphia beat New Jersey in five) was a pretty big upset. Montreal beat Wa
Ladies, grab your gaudy hats, the Kentucky Derby is upon us!
The first Saturday in May takes us to Lexington, where we get a five-hour window to guzzle as many mint julips as possible just to enjoy a 2-minute race. (And that's just from the NCAA officials trying to snoop out another John Calipari recruiting scandal. Hey, it's the SEC...if you're not cheating, you're not trying!) Of course, where there's horse-racing, there's gambling. All money lost during the Kentucky Derby goes towards
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/01/fin_blog.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Okay okay I am self-confessed BAD blogger. Sorry for the lack of blog submissions but I will try to be a little more frequent!
Anyways, lots happening in Canuckland these days!! The first round series against LA Kings was fun for me. Party on the Plaza has been a great time to interact with fans and the band, Dr. Strangelove, play some great tunes!
I brought out Green FIN on Game 5
After defeating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 (as predicted), the Vancouver Canucks get a shot at redemption with the Chicago Blackhawks, who ended their playoff run a year ago.
The Chicago Blackhawks held on Monday night for a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators, setting up a Canucks - Blackhawks meeting for a second consecutive year. The Blackhawks, having earned the 2nd seed in the Western conference, will take their turn at home ice advantage in this series. While the official sche
What a great series! Here, in my opinion, are the Top 5 memories of our round 1 match up.....
5) Comeback Kids- The Canucks may have been down but were never out. Trailing 2-1 early in the series as well as staging 2 third period comebacks shows that this group has the poise and perseverance that it takes to be a true contender. Of course after 11 comebacks in the regular season, I think the Canucks have the confidence and 'never say die' attitude it takes to make a believer out of even the
class="imageFloatLeftFramed">As was pointed out on TEAM 1040 this morning, the Canucks got all kinds of scoring from those who weren't really counted on to provide it. Sure the Sedins picked up right where they left off at the end of the regular season. And yeah, Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler only got one apiece (and empty netters at that), but Mikael Samuelsson led all scorers in the post season. And who would have thought that Steve Bernier would pick up four goals in six game
The April 26th edition of Clay's Canucks Commentary focuses on the spectacular Sedins on the heels of the Canucks' 4-2 victory over the Kings. The Canucks won the first-round best-of-seven series in 6 games.
The Sedins were simply unstoppable in the series (Daniel had 10 points, Henrik had 8), and they ended up factoring in all 4 game winning goals for the Canucks.
I shot this CCC in Vancouver International Airport as I returned from Halifax. Thanks to Krissy for picking me up and for
(To view this piece with accompanying videos, go here)
The Canucks made the <a href="http://twitter.com/#search?q=regicide">#Regicide movement</a> very happy Sunday night, knocking off the Kings in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilien_Robespierre">Robespierrean fashion</a> with <a href="http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2010/4/25/1444361/another-third-period-rally-helps">a 4-2 win in Game Six</a> [<i>Nucks Misconduct</i>]. With the win,
We're doing the happy dance at Number Crunching this week after the Canucks completed a successful 4-2 first round series victory over the Los Angeles Kings but before we talk about Vancouver's next dance partner, we take a look back at the best numbers from round one in the Canucks/Kings series and in the NHL.
NO EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/04/apr2310_quick_t.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Conventional wisdom and statistics suggest
Wow, I was most nervous about tonight's game by far.
But hey alls well that ends well!!
Hat's off to Luongo, he played a stellar game tonight.
The Kings sure brought their game in this series for sure!!
Both Brown & Doughty were a force to be wreckened with but our guys did it.
Next Round please? This round was no easy task for the boys, neither will the next round.
Just have to keep having faith in them do keep movin' on!
GO CANUCKS GO!!!
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