"It was our game plan not to feed their transition," Luongo said. "I couldn't even count the number of turnovers on my hand."
Actually, Luongo would have only needed one hand -- as Chicago forced just three giveaways the entire game as compared to 12 in the opening two games of the series. In addition to clogging the passing lanes, the stellar defensive unit blocked a series-high 21 shots despite playing without top-four defenseman Sami Salo, who was out with an injury."I think one of the keys for us was to be able to put in a full 60 on the ice," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "We put a couple past them -- and when we made mistakes, Louie was there to make the saves."
The Canucks finally delivered the game that we knew they could.
Crazily enough, they took THREE delay of game penalties for clearing the puck over the glass in their own zone, yet still persevered. Right when it looked like the Hawks would mount a comeback (which you know that they believed they could), the Canucks would not only kill off the power plays (minus the Campbell PP goal), but they also weathered the Blackhawks' attack 5 on 5 when Chicago was pressing to inch closer to tying the game.
It was a mental win for Vancouver, who finally didn't blow a lead in a game versus the Hawks. That was something they had to do, or this series was potentially over.
Great to see Taylor Pyatt back on the ice. He was a physical presence out there, but more importantly his team along with him played a tight defensive game to shut the Hawks down. Crucial win. Nice way to shut the fans up at the United Center and take control of this series.
Not one Canuck was in the minus tonight, and Alex Edler led the Canucks with 2 assists. So much for the Canucks being "in trouble" without Sami Salo. Yeah, stick that headline up your ass, msm.
Oh, and Mason Raymond looked great as Pavol Demitra's replacement. Speaking of Demo, he may be lost for the series. I also wonder how Mattias Ohlund is doing after getting smoked late in the game. Hope he's alright.
I love these games where Roberto Luongo doesn't have to be Jesus out there, I'll take the boring trap hockey as long as it ends in a win and a lead not getting blown.