Is This Over Yet? Source: Canadian Press

The Second Best Goalie On The Ice


I didn’t say it.  His coach Alain Vigneault did in what was a very stinging comment after Friday night’s 7-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, putting the Canucks down three games to one.  Game five moves to Chicago on Sunday, Mother’s Day.  That can’t be a good thing if your Vancouver.

While the Canucks thought they they would attack Dustin Byfuglien  of the Hawks for repayment of his big ass being in front of Luongo in game three, which actually worked to distract the overrated goalie.  The strategy backfired.  It took Vancouver competely off it’s game, they lost composure and now find themselves in a hole that they may not get out of.

Trailing just 18 seconds into the game when Chicago’s  Jonathan Toews  made a nice feed to Hawks defenceman Brent Seabrook, Seabrook fired a shot past Louie for the lead.  Luongo didn’t look comfortable on that shot and most others.  If the Canucks are going t turn this around, Luongo has to be better.  He knows it, his teammates know it, his coaches know it and the whole city of Vancouver knows it.  But can he?

Mental strength will be his challenge now.  Those of us in Florida, many of who rue the day he was traded (not me) are now seeing what may be his true value.  Or lack of.  Many questions are being asked in Vancouver.  This is a talented team.  Besides the twins twinkies they have other players that can score and they can also be very gritty when needed.

Last night however, they were dumb.  Taking a lot of bad penalties that were not only foolish, but stupid and selfish.   In addition, they tried to argue their way out of them, like when Daniela Sedin was called for cross checking in the second period.  He tried to tell the refs that his stick was already broken, trying to place blame n Chicago’s Kris Versteeg.  Saying that Versteeg ran into him.  Watch the replay, Versteeg was pretty much standing still.   The Hawks made the Canucks pay dearly for their immaturity.  Jonathan Toews Chicago’s captain scored three power play goals.  Who is this kid?  Take a look at a post I did this morning on the Fan Sided Main site for a little more.

Not many teams can come back from a 3-1 deficit in a series.  The Flyers are trying to do it as they beat Boston last night, and now the Canucks face the same situation.

As I said there are alot of questions in Vancouver right now, but if they don’t get some respectable play and end up being eliminated the biggest question may be, how do we get out of this 12 year contract?

And maybe the term Canuckleheads will carry more meaning.

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  • cmm

    I guess it’s Kane’s turn for a Hat-trick on Sunday against 7uongo. The Canucks wanted the Hawks all season, calling for and expecting some pay back. Well the Hawks were hoping for the canucks also and now the hockey world sees why. As an avalanche fan who lives in Vancouver and has to listen to obnoxious Canuck fans, I say thank you Hawks. You have a skilled, hungry and composed team that is playing to win now. The Hawks are working hard and exploiting the many flaws that everyone but the canuck fans knew vancouver had. Game 5 put an exclamation point on which team is a true contender and which team is the outclassed pretender!!!

  • Ivan

    You must be referring to game 4. But I hope game 5 is not much different. Go Hawks!

  • frank rekas

    Guys: The Hawks are showing maturity way beyond their years. The game plan has worked and they are in the driver’s seat.

    Vigneault is also at fault here. The media built up the Big Buff revenge theory and the ‘Nucks’ walked right into it. 2 years in a row. Too many skilled players with no ability to grind it out the right way. That’s what happens when you have a bunch of Swedes and Euros, and a soft goalie.

    Oh and 5 ex-Panthers!