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Sunday Playoff Coffee- Stronger Than Hate


Two years of waiting for revenge, and trying to convince the naysayers on both sides that things indeed would be different this time out.  And lo and behold, the Canucks find themselves in a situation they hadn't in the previous two meetings: With a 2 game lead.  And despite the fact the Canucks have been the better team, there are still those who think that doom awaits inside the United Center this evening.  And it's not even that there's some kind of implication that the team won't play well.  It's solely based on some kind of failure related to Roberto Luongo not being able to win in Chicago.  Yet in his last 3 visits to Chicago, including this season's two matchups, he's allowed a total of 2 goals, and won 4 straight against the Hawks.  They're still pushing the notion that all they have to do is run Luongo and the goals will magically appear.  That the building holds some kind of magical power over him. 

It's a touch of historical revisionism, as a look back will show you that it's been home ice that's been his enemy.

Once again the questions start about Luongo after he gave up 3 goals in the Canucks 4-3 win Friday night at Rogers Arena.  January 18th ring a bell?  That was the last time Roberto Luongo gave up more than 3 goals in a game.  He didn't just stumble into the most wins in the regular season and 2nd in GAA.  It came through making fundamental adjustments in how he plays, and having one of the deepest defence corps in the league.  The D hung him out to dry a little bit on Friday night, making some fundamental mistakes that will be addressed by the coaching staff heading into game 3. 

Raffi Torres returns to the lineup after serving his 4 game suspension, and if there were ever a series custom made for the style of player that he is, it's this one.  The Canucks have been physical in a way we're not accustomed to seeing, but with one of the Canucks most physical players getting into it, it's just one more reason the Hawks will need to have their heads on a swivel.  Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews have been neutralized by Ryan Kesler's line, and you can expect Coach Joel Quenneville to try and use the last change to dodge that particular matchup.  Discipline will be a key tonight as well, the Hawks will be looking to be more physical in front of their fans, and staying out of the penalty box is key.  Score first, and take the crowd out of it early.  The so-called Madhouse on Madison and your precious little song are just another example of looking at the past and denying what's right in front of your face: The Blackhawks are going down.

A nice bowl of oatmeal

Detroit staked out a 4 goal lead, thanks to a 4 point game from Pavel Datsyuk, then hung on as they took a 2-0 series lead with a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.  The series shifts to Arizona now, and the focus will be as much on whether or not these are the last two NHL games in Glendale as the outcomes of the games themselves... The Philadelphia Flyers battled hard and knotted their series at 1 game a piece with a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.  In a game that was night and day different from game 1, the 1st period saw each team score 3 goals.  Game 3 goes in Buffalo Monday night...  The Boston Bruins, already struggling after being shutout by Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens in game 1, were without Zdeno Chara for game 2 and the result wasn't any better, the Habs won 3-1 and head back to Montreal with a surprising 2-0 series lead.  No word on Chara's return as he struggles with dehydration... They may not have had Jarret Stoll, who was serving a 1 game suspension, but that didn't stop the Los Angeles Kings, as they got 2 goals and 2 assists from Drew Doughty and a 34 save shutout from Jonathan Quick in a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks to tie that series at 1 game a piece. 

WAACH 'Cast's Classic Album Of The Day- SEPULTURA- Beneath The Remains

After releasing 3 albums in their native Brazil, Sepultura broke onto the world stage with the release of Beneath The Remains, their high energy death-tinged thrash featuring the brothers Max and Igor Cavalera winning over fans world wide.  The band continues on without the brothers now (who reunited in Cavalera Conspiracy, Max also has continued his Soulfly project) but have left a legacy of lethal albums, few as powerful as this.