6:30 PM PST
||TV||CBC, Versus, RDS
|The Enemy||Second City Hockey||Scoring Leaders||Samuelsson: 8-4-12 Toews: 2-11-13
||Goals Per Game||3.78 (1)
||Goals Against Per Game||3.11 (12)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||2.0(1)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||30.4 (9)
||Shots Against Per Game||30.2 (8)
||Winning % When Scoring First||40.0 (6)
||Winning % When Leading After 1||50.0 (4)
| 50.0 (4)
||Winning % When Trailing After 1||75.0 (1)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||66.7 (5)
||Winning % When Trailing After 2||50.0 (2)
||Faceoffs %||54.0 (3)
||PIM's Per Game||15.0 (13)
||+ / - GF/GA (see here)
Update 12:30 PST (h/t WAACH'cast): Rick Rypien and Pavol "Demotion" Demitra will be healthy scratches for tonight. Michael Grabner and Tanner Glass draw in. The lines look like this:
Adam Burish called Burrows and O'Brien clowns today. "Give me a break. If you want to target someone, come find me or [Ben Eager]. You guys want to pretend you're so tough, and yet you go and try to pick a fight with those guys. If you want to hit them and play hard, fine. But those clowns are pushing them after the whistle and punching them." Boo hoo Burish. Somebody call a wahmbulance.
The Canucks have said a lot about what they need to do to take Game 4: score more on their power plays, decrease traffic in front of Roberto Luongo by boxing the Hawks out, tying up sticks in front of Luongo when the Hawk players get through, get more traffic in front of Auntie Niemi, etc. Now they just need to go out and do it. As this series has a schitzophrenic feel to it, where anything can and will happen, I wouldn't put it past Vancouver to do exactly what they say they have to do.
Yes I am optimistic about this game. It's going to be a stroke-inducing riot. I trust that this team of ours is going to put forth an excellent effort and remedy their mistakes especially from Game 3.
-Strange how this is the same scenario the Canucks found themselves in in Round 1. They won the first game and lost the next 2. The Canucks have not lost 3 straight games since mid January.
Canucks scoring leaders in this series:
1. Mason Raymond: 2 goals 1 assist. I have really liked his play overall.
4. Alexander Edler: 2 assists
Blackhawks scoring leaders in this series:
1. Jonathan Toews: 5 assists
2. Patrick Kane: 2 goals and 2 assists
3. Dustin Byfuglien: 3 goals
4. Kris Versteeg: 2 goals and 1 assist
5. Brent Seabrook: 1 goal and 2 assists
Canucks need more scoring from more people, starting with the Sedins of course. Samuelsson has cooled off in this series but could strike at any time. Wellwood and Bernier: get your shit together!
Updates on both teams as the day goes along. There are sure to be lineup changes.
In the meantime...I was going to post a Metallica live video of them playing Blackened when I came across this:
I've got some words for that song:
Attack in their end
Pain and death you send
Hit all those you see
Crash Niemi's crease
Slash him in the pads
Cross check Andrew Ladd
Top shelf and you'll score
Fire! Set the tone and get into their heads
Quenneville's face is red
To ensure the Chosen Ones' run is dead
Color their world blackened
GO CANUCKS GO!