It appears that the Vancouver Canucks have solved the Chicago Blackhawks – who are sorely missing the offensive depth and Byfuglien factor of last season’s Championship roster – and put an end to the ‘Blackhawk curse’ experienced by the organization for the better part of the last three seasons.
A late goal by Mikael Samuelsson sealed the deal and now puts the Canucks up 3-0 in the series with a chance to finish off the Blackhawks on Tuesday in Chicago. Heading into the post season people around the hockey world felt that Vancouver would have the ability to make it all the way to the finals if they can overcome the Hawks.
There are still 13 more wins needed to hoist the silver, but the President’s Trophy winners definitely still hold front runner status after a dominant first round performance.
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Latest from Leafs HQ.
AJ Morris at Leafs Nation Online looks at sharing between blogs and its advantages over the mainstream media.
NHL commercial with highlights of Brent’s shot blocking dominance,Â with comments from his teammates.
Brandon Dubinsky scores the game winner for New York in their 3-2 win over the Capitals.
Fisher’s game winner gives Preds a 2-1 lead in the series.
A look at the relationship between Jacques Martin and P.K. Subban.
Puck Daddy looks at the Bruins dismal play through the first two games of their series.
NHL ref Chris Rooney was injured in the second period after stumbling and falling behind Washington net.
Comparing the Gagarin Cup and Stanley Cup; which one looks better?
Last Night in Leafs Prospects:
Kenny Ryan had one assist and was a plus-two in Windsor’s commanding 5-0 win over Saginaw. With the win, the Spitifires advance to the Western Conference finals against Jesse Blacker and the Owen Sound Attack. In the WHL, Brad Ross went pointless in Portland’s 3-2 decision against Kelowna.
Can Boston overcome Montreal’s attack and win against the Canadiens at home in front of the Canadiens faithful? How will the Coyotes respond as their series shift back to Phoenix?