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#1 DownUndaCanuck

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:32 PM

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Terrible clutch play by the Canucks in Game 2. Obviously Kesler was our only good player, but we have a few positives to take from these first 2 games going into San Jose.

The Canucks special teams has arrived. Amazing penalty kill against one of the best powerplays in the league tonight, and our powerplay scores on one of its few chances at an opportune time.

Our offence finally gets going. 2 goals against, that's more than our playoff average over the 10 games. 2 good shots, 1 with lots of traffic, 1 just a clean shot up top. Niemi can be beat.

The Canucks are racking up hits, and over a long series that will take its toll on the Sharks.

The Canucks schooled the best faceoff team in the league tonight, a huge turn-around. Sure we ended up winning only 52% of the draws, but we won a lot of big faceoffs in the end zones tonight.

Basically, our Game 2 was far better than our Game 1. Everyone knows, it doesn't matter who wins the first few games of the playoffs, but the last. The Canucks have to look to the team that beat them in 2011, because right now they're in the same situation. Down 0-2 against a pretty good team, but Boston built on every single games and got better and better during the post-season. They started the playoffs terribly, but grew throughout to eventually peak in the SCF. That's what the Canucks have to do. We started terribly in Game 1, played better in Game 2 and now have to put it all together to win 4 out of the next 5.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:37 PM

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AV will be fired after two more losses.

Optimism!
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:39 PM

We were up 3-0 against the Hawks. (This was also when the Canucks were literally the best team in the NHL by miles..) It went to 7 games.

Canucks were up 2-0 against the Bruins... We lost in 7.

Is it possible? Yes, of course. Tonight, we were like 5 cm of winning it and tying the series. Do i want them to win? Not really, i want them to lose so changes will be made.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:41 PM

Biggest positive (aside from any and everything related to Kesler) is the physical play. The sharks may be bigger and stronger but they're taking heck of a lot of punishment out there and not giving much back. Also the determination and the will to win is clearly there from most of the guys. We need Edler and Alberts to step up the physical play. We need the twins to put the puck in the net.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:42 PM

Kesler that's it other than that series over!
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:45 PM

The only positive im taking out of this is: we smashed Chicago and went up 3-0 but somehow they forced game 7.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:47 PM

Simple changes that need to be made:

Get Burrows off the top line. He's being held to the perimeter far too easily and the Sedins aren't getting to the center of the ice. These guys need a change, and Kassian is the sort of player they need. In the few seconds he gets with the Sedins after a penalty kill, that line dominates. No one can knock Kassian off the puck, and he gets hard to the front of the net whereas Burrows is handled so easily by defencemen. Of course Burrows has the reputation to take stupid penalties (his fault or not) which is hurting that line even more.


Meanwhile our 3rd line is pathetic and needs a change-up as well. Time to go with something like this AV:

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Higgins - Kesler - Hansen
Burrows - Roy - Raymond
Weise - Lapierre - Sestito/Ebbett/whoever else we can find
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:50 PM

We have played well not sold on Raymond though
Sedins-burr
Higgins kesler Hansan
Kassian roy lapierre
Raymond ebbett weise

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:53 PM

You really think there are positives? we are going to be swept and go full rebuild mode for the next 5 decades
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:54 PM

Positives...only two more games with AV at the helm.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:55 PM

Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo. That is all.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:56 PM

AV will be fired after two more losses.

Optimism!


yay its gonna be a party:)
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:57 PM

ebbett and raymond need to go back to ahl bunch of hacks
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:01 PM

Luongo's is playing great.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:01 PM

Kesler looked really angry at the end of that game... Kesler is going to go into beast mode 2.0.... lets hope its enough.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:02 PM

You really think there are positives? we are going to be swept and go full rebuild mode for the next 5 decades


LOL.

But seriously AV, put Kassian with the twins. They always have the offensive zone when they play together and Kassian has stepped it up big time.

Re-unite Beastmode Kesler and Burrows and then I think we might have a chance, but AV probably won't do this.

Sedin-Sedin-Kassian
Roy-Kesler-Burrows
Higgins-Lapierre-Hansen
Raymond-Ebbett-Weise..................lol

I'd rather have

Blomstrand/Sestito-Pinnizzoto-Weise
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:04 PM

Do i want them to win? Not really, i want them to lose so changes will be made.


But if they won, then changes wouldn't need to be made. Not too smart.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:06 PM

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We have them right where we want them.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:08 PM

But if they won, then changes wouldn't need to be made. Not too smart.


Well, if they win a cup, then i don't give a frack about AV/MG/Ebbett/Ehrhoff/Torres

Will they though? Nope
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:13 PM

The only thing i liked in this game, besides Lu's performance, is tht Weise and Ebbett played less than 4 min ;)
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:17 PM

Prab Rai and Kellan Tochkin will save ussssss
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:28 PM

The only thing i liked in this game, besides Lu's performance, is tht Weise and Ebbett played less than 4 min ;)


and Raymond should join them, he is so useless does the same crap every shift and loses the puck
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:32 PM

The most important positive: the power play is clicking and the road team has had the larger share of PPs in this series. It was massive in San Jose in 2011 and it's going to have to be massive again this year. Imagine how bad the game could have been if the Sharks had converted on any of their 3 straight PPs to start the game tonight. The PP is our ticket back into this series.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:36 PM

Id hardly say our offense has gotten going, more like Kesler. He is our offense and him alone.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:37 PM

AV will be fired after two more losses.

Optimism!


I really really hope so.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:38 PM

made me a bit more positive after reading this post:)
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:40 PM

Positives: We deserved to win we were the better team and regardless of how good a team is at home the playoffs is different. I think it was last year when Detroit was the best home team in the league and they fell to Nashville first round. Also Kesler was amazing and I expect no less in game 3. If all else fails AV and MG are gone and we can make some changes

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:45 PM

Honestly I was more pissed off after game 1 than this one

Besides the bobby flop at the end Luongo played great

We basically have a new first line, and we really took it too the sharks at times.

I really don't see why we can't take 1-2 games in their building if we play like this

We should have won tonight, if we continue to play like that who knows

Schroeder on the 3rd with Hansen and mayday would have pushed us over the edge I believe
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:45 PM

AV will be fired after two more losses.

Optimism!


You don't care about the canucks right? You just care whether AV will have his job or not lol Even if he will lose his job he's going to get easily hired somewhere else.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:48 PM

I'm still optimistic. KESLER wow! He just reminded me why I love him so much, best player on the ice. Luongo STELLAR! Great performances on both nights by Lui. PP looked great for once. PK also looked pretty good. Kassian was great.

Only downs: Sedins, Burrows, Edler... We need our best players to be our best players... Right now it's only #17.
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