Ed Willes hits the nail on the head with his column today in The Province: exciting hockey with lots of goals is fun to watch, but really just winning the game is the end result we're looking here. After game four, my nerves are shot. It probably didn't help that I sat at a bar with some of Vancouver's biggest superfans all yelling at the screen. The superfans>me.
Andrew Alberts draws back into the lineup tonight as Nolan Baumgartner somehow injured his right leg in the one game he played. Both Rome and Baumgartner are now listed as day-to-day. Any guesses if he gets out of tonights game with more time on the ice or more penalty minutes? As for the Kings Justin Williams is in for Scott Parse tonight.
I'll be at home tonight in lockdown mode. Live blog? Oh that might be a possibility, if not liveblog look out for me on twitter. As always, check out my blogger "other half"*, the Royal Half over at his blog or on twitter.
Go Canucks Go!
- The Province and their attempt at alliteration with Samuelsson's name
- Drew Doughty got named as a Norris nominee along with Mike Green and Duncan Keith
- Cam Cole looks into the little O'Brien outburst from game 3 and tries to figure out what this means for the team dynamics
- Battle of California's Rudy Kelly is getting playoff AIDS, and I can't agree with him more
- View from My Seats asks if Kings fans are becoming Raider Nation?
The Canucks will be doing another party on the plaza 2 hours before puck drop just outside of GM Place, details can be found here.
*Apologies on the really bad puns...I promise they will get worse as the series goes along...
First of all, great showing to everyone who came out for the Canucks tweetup at Library Square. So great to meet some of you in person! I don't think I've ever felt so much emotion while watching a game at a bar (the tension was crazy in the dying minutes of the 3rd). Our section was super loud (lots of yelling at the big screen), had an appearance of Gino Odjick at the bar and your writer even won some prizes! Woo
I will have you know that I did not appear in any tweetup video that can be found on the Canucks website, stayed away from that camera with a 10 foot pole, but the cute Canucks rep in the polka dot dress did hook me up with a prize.
My blogger buddy, the Royal Half was at game four in Los Angeles, his recap can be found here. He's been to 3 out of the 4 games played so far, which makes me incredibly jealous. His photo adventures of his games are epic, like why are you still reading this post because seriously you should be reading his game four photo adventure.
So thoughts on the game:
I love the Kings' third jersey's. love love love them. They are a very sexy jersey. Such nice lines and simple design, if the Canucks weren't playing the Kings, it would make me want one.
So the game starts off, with Doughty scoring the first goal, guess what on?
So the Kings celebrate another powerplay goal.God I wish Doughty weren't so goddamn good. I like him better when I could cheer for him on Team Canadano comments
Looking good boys...looking good
Now a few posts ago I said that LA Kings blogger, The Royal Half was coming to Vancouver to see game two. I ended up spending the weekend with my blogger buddy, and let me say it turned out to be a great weekend (even though the Canucks lost at the game we went to). I don't have my photos up yet, but do check out his:
- Royal Half's photo adventures w/your lowly scribe from game two in Vancouver
- And the Royal Half's photo adventures from game three in Los Angeles
All is not lost yet, we're only down 2-1 in the series so let's not throw the team under the bus yet. You've been through an 82 game schedule, and if you are a real fan you know that being down 2-1 in a series is not the end of the world. That being said, everything needs to be better about the Canucks. Everyone needs to be better. Luongo, you especially need to be better. If they can't kill penalties, then they should stop taking so many damn penalties. In the 82 games we've watched this year we know this team can be better.
Some of the Kings players are talking about going further in the playoffs than the first round, easy boys it's only game four, you still need two more wins to advance.
Tweetup tonight @LibrarySquare. DO IT!
Go Canucks Go!
Here are some links for your pre-game reading:
- The Kurtenblog has some Kurtenthoughts
- Via Puck Daddy, Don Cherry last night on Coach's Corner says that giving Luongo the C was a 'dumb move'
- Luongo spent some time with goaltending consultant Ian Clark and is in a good frame of mind
- Rudy Kelly at Battle of California is having a 3 part gameday post
- Jeff Vinnik is on the road with the Canucks and here is his gallery from day two
- And if you missed it, here is gallery from day one
- There is a Canucks tweetup tonight @ Library Square, full details here
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A little something positive for today?
Our boy Ryan Kesler has been nominated for the seconds time for the Selke trophy along with Pavel Datsyuk and Jordan Staal. Datsyuk has won the last two trophies for being the top defensive forward. For a full look at all three nominees check out the Canucks.comno comments
I'm not going to cue the Toronto conspiracy theory (someone else can take that angle), but that disallowed goal was a little weak on explanation.
Let's not get away from the fact that the Canucks special teams were NOT as good as the Kings' special teams. And throw in some weak goaltending by Luongo, the Canucks are doomed to fail here. A few sloppy penalties taken by the Canucks led to unnecessary powerplays by Kings and kudos to them, they capitalized on them. Whatever, the game is now over, but he Canucks need to be better, like now.no comments
Today my LA Kings blogger buddy The Royal Half is roadtripping to Vancouver. It will be his first time in Vancouver and his first playoff game since he got his half season tickets to the Kings 8 years ago. I'm hoping the game tonight will not disappoint, and if it is anything like game 1 then there is no way that it could, no matter which team wins.
This is my first playoff game of the season (hopefully not the last) and I'm getting excited for it. My favorite things about playoff games in Vancouver has got to be the intro video to the game and the anthem at GM Place. The intro video starts that nervous feeling that sets aside playoff games from regular season games. When the players hit the ice to U2's 'Where the Streets Have No Name' and Mark Donnelly sings the anthem, I have shivers down my arms....that's what I love about playoff hockey.
Looking forward to what my blogger buddy thinks about seeing a game here where really, everyone is an expert about hockey. During playoff time, everyone wants to talk about hockey (even if you actually don't know that much about it). I'm ok with all you bandwagon jumpers since it means just more car flags driving around the city.
I'll write up a post on our adventures sometime tomorrow.
Thoughts on tonight's game:
The Canucks just need to do everything exactley the same as they did at Game 1 with the exception of Andrew Alberts. Last game we outchanced and outshot the Kings 39-21. Only because of the stupid penalties taken did Vancouver not end the game in regulation. With Aaron Rome still not ready to go, we're going to have to deal with another night of Alberts (unless Baumer gets put in) so brace yourself Vancouver, never have you wished for Aaron Rome to be healthy so badly.
*According to Scott Oake's twitter, Grabner in and Pettinger out for tonight's game
- Battle of California's game preview where Rudy Kelly thinks we're becoming Montreal fans
- Nucks Misconduct's game day preview
- Cam Cole writing what we've all been saying, where the hell is Pavol Demitra?
- Aaron Rome is not ready to go
- Richard Loat of CHB on The Physical Game
- Ed Willies thinks Game 1 should have been over a lot earlier than when it actually ended
- Jewels from the Crown gives some pointers to the Kings on how to do better
- Life in Hockeywood thinks our anthem signing is pretty cool too, for Canada
- Kings coach Murray states the obvious, Kopitar needs to be better
- The Royal Half's twitter