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Written by Dani Toth | 16 June 2011

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I'll have to collect my thoughts tomorrow because tonight is making sure all the people I know are home safe. Congrats to the Bruins and their fans for a great effort.

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Written by Dani Toth | 15 June 2011

It's Game Day.

With all due respect to the Gold Medal game, this may be the biggest game ever held in Vancouver for the people in Vancouver. The next 9 hours are going to be rough. There will be that constant feeling of anxiousness all day. That panicky feeling, it isn't going away. Other fans say to enjoy these moments, and sure if you like feeling like you are going to throw up multiple times a day....then I guess I'll enjoy it.

So we're throwing the stats out of the window today, because in a Game 7, anything can happen. Both teams have an opportunity of taking home the Stanley Cup today. If you would have told me 10 months ago at the beginning of the season, that it would come down to a Game 7 against the Bruins, I would have said 'bring it on!'. Now it's here, and no one told me about how nervous I'd feel.

Vancouver has played great in our arena so far this series, but the first goal will be huge for either team. And as far as those 'must win' games that we reference to all the time, this is the mother of all 'must win' games.

I don't know how you are going to get through the day. I'm going to be a mess. You can follow my freak-outs on twitter if you wish. In fact, I'm sure I'm going to be a mess through-out the game.

So for the last time this season: Go Canucks Go no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 10 June 2011

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YEAHHHHHHH!!!

We are now only 1 win away from the Stanley Cup. ONE MORE.

So close yet so far still.

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The 2nd and 3rd star of the team....Lapierre with the goal and Edler was a hitting machine. I believe Edler had 10 hits credited to him.

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What a performance by Luongo. I can't imagine what today was like for him coming back to Vancouver after dropping Game 3 and 4, but he was able to keep his focus coming into tonight. He did his walk along the seawall like he did after being pulled against Chicago came up huge for the team tonight.

Tonight's game was more than just it being Game 5. It was about showing their hometown fans that they belong in this series. It was about putting those two losses behind them and staying in the series. They did all of that.

As for Chris Tanev, I think Bieksa's quote says it all:
"He's so cool and calm he could have played with a cigarette in his mouth"

He was so calm on the ice and made the smart plays when he needed to. In such a high pressure game, in high pressure plays, he was still so patient with his decisions.

There's now a three day break before Game 6 in Boston, and I don't think this break comes at a better time for either team. The Canucks can use the extra day to rest their bodies and prep for that plane ride back to Boston. Although we won tonight, there is still lots of things that the Canucks could work on. The powerplay still hasn't been able to convert and we did only win by one goal. But let's just enjoy being just one win away from a championship win for the weekend right now.

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Written by Dani Toth | 09 June 2011

Can you imagine what it would be like if there had been more than a day off between Games 3, 4 and 5? Do you know how much overkill we'd have to read or listen to on the Team 1040 about those two losses? We'd probably get more Tony G bitching about Boston's subway system

Sports-talk radio PSA
If you are a call-in type of person to the Team 1040, check yourself before you call in. Ask yourself, am I going to sound like an idiot? Or a complete homer who can't put a game into perspective? Or has Rintoul/MacDonald/Pratt/Taylor/Price etc already addressed my idea or comment?....BEFORE YOU CALL IN.

I don't know what it is about talk sports shows that make people become complete idiots with their ideas...or maybe those people really are idiots in real life, who knows, but there are an incredible amount of callers that sound like dumbasses. Do yourself a favour, and ask someone first if your idea sounds dumb or out of line.

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So here is some things for you to read to put these two losses into perspective:

Tyler Dellows of mc79hockey gives some stats to say that teams that win Game 1 and 2, even if they drop 3 and 4 to a blowout, statistically win in the end

Ed Willies talks about how both fanbases have been waiting a long time for a Stanley Cup win, and both fanbases are equally hungry for it now

Bruce Arthur writes that neither team is more pure in this matchup, both have made dirty plays, were taunting about the finger biting stuff and have fans that have done some despicable things. And I'd have to agree with him on his points. If I wan't a fan of one of the teams, I don't know which team I'd pick to be a fan of.

The last link was not to say that everyone has to like the Canucks or Boston for that matter. It was just a well written and balanced article on the truth of these two teams. Personally I don't care if anyone else likes the team, because an SCF win is not going to be between those people and my team, it's between ME and my team. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 08 June 2011

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Well that sucked. That two game trip out to Boston was taking like 40 steps back from when we left Vancouver. I wrote off Game 3 because it was such a bad sh-tshow, but as for Game 4, that was an all-around poor effort. Not only has the team lost two games, they skated around tonight with no confidence. And the worst part, with no way to solve Thomas.

Now it's not all bad as the series is still tied and it's now come down to a best of three, but if the Canucks can't figure out how to score some goals on the plane ride back, then it doesn't matter that the series is still tied.

There's lots of blame to go around tonight. From the goaltending, to Ballard's mistakes on defence, the lack of composure, to the forwards not being able to score and that powerplay, yeah that still sucks. The only positive from tonight? Schneider looked solid in net.

Maybe I need a night to think about this, but my last thought on tonight: I miss Hamhuis.

Fix your game Canucks, you have 44 hours to get on that.

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Written by Dani Toth | 08 June 2011

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The Canucks are down 2-1 in the series and we're just hours away from puck drop tonight at 5pm. Thanks to Reebok, I have been given two of their official 2011 Conference Champions t-shirts to give away.

So I'm going to make this contest easy, just leave a comment below telling me what the Canucks need to do to solve the powerplay because it has some problems. Or you can tweet me your answer.

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Tweet the following:

I entered to win a Reebok Canucks t-shirt by @BenchedWhale http://bit.ly/iy5ZEM RT to enter!

Easy? Dead easy. Entry deadline is puckdrop at Game 5, that's 5pm Friday June 10, 2011 and I'll pick the two winners randomly.

Thanks to everyone who entered, the contest has closed and EastCoastCanucksFan and @KevinMurray7 were the two winners from the random draw. Their shirts are on the way to them once Canada Post starts working again. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 07 June 2011

We all watched Game 3 and read at least 50 blogs today breaking it down, so I'm not going to go in depth about how much it sucked, but it sucked balls. Would have sucked if you traveled to the game as a Canucks fan, but that's part of the risk you take, no?

When the boys from Days of Y'Orr asked me about my prediction of the series, I picked the Canucks in six. No one predicted the Canucks to sweep this series did they? If you say you did, you are laying or you were an idiot thinking we would just sweep an SCF. Boston didn't just get to the SCF by getting free pass to the finals, so you didn't think they'd just roll over and play dead, did you?

Watching your team lose sucks, no matter if it was a close loss or a blowout. But a fall-apart loss by the Canucks is nothing new is it? Haven't we watched that game before? But the one thing about this team is their resiliency to bounce back from a loss like that. The team had time to think about how out of focus that game got from them. There was many factors that went into that loss, but there's no time to dwell on it, just play a better game tomorrow.

On the Rome hit/suspension:
Well if you have been living under a rock, or at least a media hermit in Vancouver, he was suspended 4 games. If the series goes for that means the rest of the season, if it doesn't, that means it carries into next season. Now as for my thought on it: it was a good call on the 5 minute major, and I won't argue with the game misconduct. The hit was late and the outcome was awful. As for the suspension....if the NHL deems that as 4 games, I'm ok with that.

And we should see the end of the finger taunting after this tweet:

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As for what the Canucks did on their off day, it looks like they found some time to have a good laugh today

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