Apr 19, 2011, 11:20 PM EST
In the previous three games, the Vancouver Canucks have been just a little bit better than the Chicago Blackhawks, taking a deceptive 3-0 series lead. It’s a shame for Chicago that the NHL doesn’t go by soccer’s total goals scored round robin rules, because they really pounded on Vancouver in a 7-2 blowout.
Chicago 7, Vancouver 2; Canucks lead series 3-1.
Dave Bolland produced an outstanding return to the Blackhawks lineup, scoring one goal and three assists to show that he can handle the postseason atmosphere despite coming off of a concussion. The game’s turning point was probably the fifth minute of the second period, as Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith scored 17 seconds apart to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.
Bolland and Michael Frolik capped that bombastic second period with goals to make it 5-1, but Canucks coach Alain Vigneault refused to pull Roberto Luongo until Patrick Sharp‘s power-play goal made it 6-1 early in the third period.
Sharp scored another PP one-timer to make it 7-1, while Daniel Sedin made an off-night look a little better with a garbage PP goal late in the game. Luongo won’t be the only Canucks player who wants to put this game behind him, as each of the Sedin twins sported identically bad -3 ratings.
Chicago rookie Bryan Bickell evoked memories of a famous Darren McCarty goal to start things off strong for the ‘Hawks. Check out video footage of his fantastic goal below.
This outcome brings about some interesting questions, but the pivotal ones revolve around Luongo’s psyche. There’s no doubt that the Blackhawks have given him fits* as they booted his team out of the playoffs for two straight years. Chicago scored six of its seven goals on him on 28 shots; will Bobby Lou bounce back or could this be the beginning of a shocking turnaround?
It’s important to avoid an overreaction to this game, though. After all, many pundits wondered if the San Jose Sharks would crumble when the Detroit Red Wings crushed them despite San Jose’s 3-1 lead in 2010, but the Sharks took care of business in Game 5.
We should find out a lot about both teams in Game 5, which will take place in Vancouver. Will the defending champs continue to be a monkey on the Presidents’ Trophy winners’ backs? Can the Canucks show that they have the character to roll with the punches that inevitably come during the playoffs?
This should be a lot of fun, even if it gives Luongo an ulcer.
* David Amber points out that Luongo allowed five or more goals six times in his playoff career. Chicago was responsible for all of them.
Dec 20, 2013, 1:37 PM EST
He went two years between NHL contests.
Dec 20, 2013, 1:24 PM EST
TSN’s Darren Dreger believes it’s likely.
Dec 20, 2013, 1:14 PM EST
Pittsburgh defenseman returned to practice on Friday.
Dec 20, 2013, 12:46 PM EST
Will take on the Devils in Jersey.
Dec 20, 2013, 12:31 PM EST
“We have players turning right back into the defensemen when he’s already committed to the hit.”
Dec 20, 2013, 12:23 PM EST
Acquired from Edmonton yesterday.
Dec 20, 2013, 11:55 AM EST
“You want ‘em both?”
Dec 20, 2013, 11:54 AM EST
Four straight solid starts for the 36-year-old veteran who fell on hard times last season.
Dec 20, 2013, 11:32 AM EST
He’ll face the Panthers tonight.
Dec 20, 2013, 11:13 AM EST
Canucks lost 4-1 to Dallas last night.
Dec 20, 2013, 11:07 AM EST
Meanwhile, Darryl Sutter says it shouldn’t have been a major penalty.
Dec 20, 2013, 9:45 AM EST
Impressing a legend is lofty praise.
Dec 20, 2013, 9:36 AM EST
He won the Stanley Cup and an Olympic bronze medal.
Dec 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl was injured on the play.
Dec 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
That and the rest of the links to start your day.
Dec 20, 2013, 1:19 AM EST
Patrick Marleau spoiled it.
Dec 19, 2013, 11:30 PM EST
The Kings captain was suspended in April.
Dec 19, 2013, 11:12 PM EST
Not slacking off following that contract extension.
Dec 19, 2013, 11:01 PM EST
Toronto won 2-1 (SO).
Dec 19, 2013, 10:48 PM EST
His Goal of the Year entry …
- Orpik: First days after Thornton attack were ‘miserable’ 5
- Video: Dustin Brown ejected for kneeing, Tomas Hertl won’t return (update) 60
- No supplemental discipline for Caps’ Wilson 31
- Habs healthy scratch Briere for first time this season 7
- Chiarelli says he’s not trading Marchand 21
- Schenn to play tonight; Oates maintains Wilson hit was ‘totally clean’ 54
- Video: ‘The message is not being heard’ when it comes to illegal hits, suspensions 53
- Video: Kunitz collides with Rangers’ goalie Lundqvist in overtime (Updated) 61
- Discuss: Penguins outlast Rangers in the shootout on NBCSN Rivalry Night 43
- Video: Jagr passes Yzerman for eighth on NHL goals list 12
- Updated: NHL suspends Thornton 15 games for Orpik attack (155)
- Janssen: Orpik should’ve fought Thornton, then ‘everything would have quieted down’ (123)
- Reports: Thornton will appeal 15-game suspension (107)
- Lucic addresses fight video, says he’s ‘disgusted and outraged’ by Vancouver (103)
- Cam Neely questions length of Thornton’s suspension (78)