MLHS Morning Mashup: Blackhawk down but not out


Just when they thought they had overcome their woes against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Vancouver Canucks received a 7-2 butt kicking and suddenly don’t feel so comfortable with a 3-1 lead in the series. History indicates that teams rarely come back to win a series after being down by two games, but weirder things have happened (think Philly vs. Boston last spring).

David Bolland reinforced his former status as a playoff warrior, with a goal and three assists on the night, along with timely face-off wins and strong defensive play. If the Hawks are able to continue to expose Roberto Luongo’s weaknesses and take some confidence from last night into game 5 on Thursday, they could make a series of this yet. Especially if they can get the Canucks rattled, off their game and continuing to want to punch Stalberg in his perfect complexion.

Links after the jump.

Leafs Links:

We Believe – A Toronto Maple Leafs Documentary

Leafs documentary created by broadcast student Matthew Whittey, including interviews with the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts and James Mirtle, along with Julian Sanchez from PPP.

Center of Attention : The Art of the Trade

A fanpost from Pension Plan Puppets about potential trade options to fill the number one center vacancy.

The offical map of an NHL rink

The latest from DGB.

Playoff Links:

Calder Trophy Finalists: Couture vs. Grabner vs. Skinner

Puck Daddy with a look at the race for the Calder Trophy.

Downie, Kunitz get 1-game bans for illegal hits

Suspensions handed to Downie and Kunitz for instigating head shots in game 3 of the Pittsburgh/Tampa series.

Rating the NHL playoff series for entertainment value

Kevin McGran and Paul Hunter rate the excitement levels through the first round of the playoffs.

NHL signs 10-year, $2 billion deal with NBC, Versus

NHL inks new T.V. in the states that will air over 100 regular season games each season.

Last Night in Leafs Prospects:

Joey Hishon and Andrew Shaw each contributed two goals in Owen Sound’s 8-1 drubbing of Windsor in the opening game of the Western Conference finals. Jesse Blacker was surprisingly pointless and finished with a even plus/minus rating. Blacker has three goals, five assists and a plus-seven rating in 11 playoff games.

Your Say:

How will the Canucks respond in game 5 on Thursday after a disheartening loss to Chicago last night? Can the Blackhawks still get back into the series? Will the Red Wings finish off the Coyotes and record the first sweep of the playoffs tonight? With three 7 p.m. starts what game will you be watching? How about that Los Angeles/San Jose see saw affair last night/this morning?