It will go down as one of the greatest moments in Canucks history. Game 7 overtime winners often stand up like that for any team. But with all the buildup, the two previous playoff losses, the animosity on the ice and in the media, it all came to an incredible crescendo. Maybe it's just me, but suddenly I find myself not quite as excited to see the Canucks take on the Blackhawks now. Should we be breaking up with them and looking for a new primary rival? It really feels like a relationship that ended badly, and they're the crazy chick trying to get back together with us. Jonathan Toews commented on Team 1040 that the last game between these two teams was all the Hawks letting the Canucks win and not anything that Vancouver did. That smacks of desperation. Apparently Jonny will not be ignored. What next, you gonna cook up a bunny, Jonny? Whatever.
After the Game 7 defeat, the Blackhawks learned that they were missing pieces, pieces that left after their Cup win in order to keep their core intact. So they went out and made some signings, Daniel Carcillo being the one that everyone's focused on. Carcillo sure made an impact in that last game, no? Seems like Steve Montador has been far more valuable to them, helping get their at times embarrassingly pathetic power play rolling. And the Hawks are certainly confident right now, chests puffed out after wins over the Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets and the falling back to earth Edmonton Oilers. If that helps you sleep at night, good on ya. There's much being said about their 6 point lead over the Canucks at the moment. There's only 2 more wins in their column, and with how clogged up the standings are in the West still, 2 or 3 losses could knock them off that perch quite easily. The gap will get closed tonight.
No panic in Canuckville with Roberto Luongo out with an upper-body injury, as Cory Schneider has likely been chomping at the bit for a start. Add in the motivation to make up for Game 6, where he coughed up a lead then had to leave due to dehydration, and I expect a stellar game from Schneids. And why shouldn't we? There's so much being made about how the Hawks have the Canucks number, still. It's an embarrassingly lazy and inaccurate narrative. Want the truth? The Canucks have won 7 of the last 10 meetings. That, my friends is all you need to know.
Looking forward to a statement game from Ryan Kesler tonight. His road back from surgery has been a slow and frustrating one for him and fans alike, but he is primed for a breakout. Add in the solid play of Cody Hodgson, a defence that is starting to right itself, and a sign that the team's 5 on 5 play is finally emerging from it's slumber and it all adds up to a Canucks win.
There will be a lot of trolling today, especially with the awesome fundraising effort by our friends over at Canucks Army. You need to keep your sense of humour about this. I think it's gonna be a lot of fun, especially after a win tonight. No nasty name calling here, not today. Just 1 game of 82.
BAND OF THE DAY- SPERMBIRDS
Throwing a little punk your way today, these German skate punks are the perfect pump up music for the day, no pun intended...