Starting Monday, we turn back the clocks to 1994 for a Western Conference Final with a ending! pic.twitter.com/sJOXm9mmMR— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 22, 2020
Not a lot of news at the moment, but we’ll get you up to date on some things you should see as we begin week 847 of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The exciting news this week, at least from a Canucks fan viewpoint, is Sportsnet running all 5 games of the 1994 Western Conference Finals series between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, that was back in the day when the Leafs were part of the Norris Division (which would go on to become the Central, basically), so if you weren’t around then or don’t remember, this is a great chance for you to relive a huge part of this magical run. No word yet on whether they’re going to show the previous series’ against Calgary, Dallas and the full finals against the New York Rangers, but this should be a lot of fun, and we’ll even open up a game thread for you to hang out in. The action gets underway at 5pm PST/8pm EST tonight on all Sportsnet channels.
Yesterday was the anniversary of two important games in Canucks history: Game 5 of the series against the Leafs in 1994 and Game 5 in the 2011 Conference Finals with that memorable OT winner over the Sharks:
On this day in 1994: "Greg Adams! Greg Adams!" Greg Adams gets the game tieing and game winning goal in double OT to defeat the Leafs in Game 5 and send the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals! (Trevor Linden with the assist on both of Adams' goals). #Canucks pic.twitter.com/NXZM6G0lYm— Vintage Canucks (@VintageCanucks) May 24, 2020
9 years ago we booked our seat in the SC Final!! Unfortunately it was only the 2nd biggest goal that playoffs w/ @aburr14 dumb dragon slayer goal but Van was still pumped! @MichaelBuble started cancelling concerts the next morning... @Canucks pic.twitter.com/AfvPGeuicW— Kevin Bieksa (@kbieksa3) May 24, 2020
Oh, Juice. You so crazy!
Also, here’s a look at that Bieksa goal from a perspective you may not have seen before from Canucks parody song king Clay Imoo:
Here’s in-person footage of the Bieksa stanchion-assisted goal that sent the #Canucks to the finals nine years ago today.— Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay) May 24, 2020
As well, I got footage of the trophy presentation and the celebrations in the streets. pic.twitter.com/2sxs6S0QOv
If you’re a betting kinda person, here’s what Vegas has for the odds should this whole playoff thing come to fruition:
Eddie Lack was on Sportsnet590 to talk about, among other things, his time as a Vancouver Canuck:
"Life is not over just because hockey is over for me."— Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) May 23, 2020
Former #NHL goalie @eddielack joined #SNToday to look back on his career, playing for the #Flames & #Canucks, and life after hockey! @JGoldberg12 @SNSAlli
As we look to the future, there’s a lot of discussion on who the Canucks could possibly trade into assets that they need, but Brock Boeser probably shouldn’t be one of them:
AROUND THE NHL: With construction sites getting the go-ahead to return in many places, that means projects like the new home for the New York Islanders will resume:
The new arena for the Islanders is about to resume construction after being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/bvlggvEIwZ— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) May 24, 2020
One of the big issues that needs to be addressed if the playoffs return: How to deal with players and their families being separated during this time:
Figuring out how to incorporate family time in a potential quarantine environment is one of many hurdles for the NHL to clear https://t.co/BJ6Khw8pYS— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) May 25, 2020
Don’t sweat the stuff, says Ed Willes about the NHL returning...
Darren Dreger on what happens next with the NHL and the NHLPA:
Darren Dreger on NHLPA vote, next steps in returning to play and more https://t.co/3vmzM7f2GR— TSN 1050 Toronto (@TSN1050Radio) May 25, 2020
Our pals at PPP reminding us that much like the NHL itself, this plan is still half baked:
NHL’s 24-team playoff format is only half-baked https://t.co/DJwPv6XqgF— Pension Plan Puppets (@PPPLeafs) May 25, 2020
I kinda missed this, but this sounds like it could be entertaining:
3ICE, the 3-on-3 hockey league set to debut in summer 2021, has its first slate of head coaches:— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 20, 2020
Guy Carbonneau, Grant Fuhr, Ed Johnston, John LeClair, Joe Mullen, Larry Murphy, Angela Ruggiero (!) and Bryan Trottier.