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 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.
A fanpost from Pension Plan Puppets about potential trade options to fill the number one center vacancy.
The latest from DGB.
Puck Daddy with a look at the race for the Calder Trophy.
Suspensions handed to Downie and Kunitz for instigating head shots in game 3 of the Pittsburgh/Tampa series.
Kevin McGran and Paul Hunter rate the excitement levels through the first round of the playoffs.
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.
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?