To listen to the outraged shrieks of the "betrayed" fans, one would think that the Canucks should just own the fact that they are cursed and the Blackhawks are in their heads and have their number. Let's just mail in the last two games and spare ourselves the pain of watching a superb Chicago team clinically dismantle our hopes and dreams of Stanley Cup glory. But wait! Isn't this a Blackhawks team that are only in the playoffs because a Minnesota team couldn't win a game over a non-playoff team on the last day of the season? And isn't this a Chicago team who we beat three times in a row in the first three games of the series? And do I need to list the prizes that the President's Cup winners took this season that indicate that they are a far superior team to the 8th place back ins?
Momentum is a funny thing. As quickly as it shifted from the Canucks to the Blackhawks, it can shift back just as quickly. It can switch sides in an instant but it won't unless the Canucks do a few basic things. They need to get back to pressing on the forecheck and stopping the Hawks forwards from skating unimpeded through the neutral zone. They need to deny the Chicago forwards time and space in the Canucks zone and stop them from setting up camp in front of goal. They need to use their speed and skill to get through the neutral zone and into the attacking zone, shooting the puck behind the D if necessary. But, above all things, they need to start competing again, up their work rate and start winning some of the one on one battles that they have been losing in games 4 and 5. Why they stopped doing those things is a mystery to me but they did. If they get back to playing Canuck hockey rather than "try to stop the Blackhawks' hockey they have proven over an 82 game season and five playoff games that they are a better team than Chicago. But they have to do it. There is no magic button to push. They have to make it happen. And they still have two opportunities to do it. That's why they play the games.