May 2011


While I believe it will be a tough game tonight and the Canucks will not win it easily, I do feel they will find the game they need to end this series with the Sharks!

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SHARKS

MAY.24.11 – 6:00 PM

ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER

TV: CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
RADIO: TEAM 1040 RADIO

The Vancouver Canucks (lead series 3-1) can punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 17 years tonight with a win over the San Jose Sharks in Game Five at Rogers Arena. That being said, the Canucks aren’t about to treat this series as if it’s over and the Sharks can’t afford to do the same. After taking part in an optional practice yesterday, Vancouver could expect to see Ehrhoff back for tonight’s tilt. While for San Jose, Joe Thornton is listed as questionable after being knocked out of Sunday’s contest in the third period by a Raffi Torres injury but it seems unlikely that the Sharks’ captain will sit out tonight with his team facing a do-or-die situation.

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CANUCKS 4
SHARKS 2


Ryan Kesler opened the scoring and Sami Salo got two consecutive goals in a span of 1:55 to set a franchise playoff record and set the tone of the game as they went up 3-0 in the second and didn’t look back. Alex Burrows added one more in the third and the Canucks return home with a 3-1 series lead.

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Yes, I expected the Sharks to come out biting last night and the first half of the game they played well and Vancouver had a hard time keeping the down. At one time the Sharks were up 3-0 but, the Canucks came back in the last half and the Sharks and fans were very worried Vancouver was going to tie up the game. There were some bad penalty call and some which should have been called but were not. However, the one which prevented the Canucks from getting a goal in the last minute should have never been called and it gave the game to the Sharks. Next game will be much different and Vancouver will begin to wear down the Sharks.

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CANUCKS 3
SHARKS 4


The Canucks fell behind early and despite a valiant third period comeback, they finished  just short as the Sharks take Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Special teams told the story with five of the seven goals in the game scored on the powerplay.

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If Vancouver can play tonight’s game as well as they did in game two, they will walk away with a 3-0 lead in the series. However, the Sharks are not going to give up that easy and Vancouver must be very disciplined tonight.

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MAY.20.11 – 6:00 PM

HP PAVILION, SAN JOSE

TV: CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
RADIO: TEAM 1040 RADIO

The Vancouver Canucks (lead series 2-0) have an opportunity to take a stranglehold in the Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Sharks tonight when the scene shifts to the HP Pavilion for Game Three. The Canucks look to silence the Shark Tank crowd with an early goal matching what the Sharks have been able to do in Vancouver during the first two games in the series. San Jose has never managed to battle back from a 0-2 series deficit in franchise history falling in all eight previous series they have been in after dropping the first two games. Vancouver, meanwhile, has won four of five all-time best-of-seven series where they’ve taken the first two games.

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Yes, Luongo let in two goals he would normally save but the rest of the team played well and the team won the first game against the Sharks. While Luongo let in two shots he normally would stop early in the game, he was top notch in the last half of the game. I say the Canucks will win this series in 6 games.

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CANUCKS 3
SHARKS 2


Kevin Bieksa and Henrik Sedin scored 1:19 apart in the third period to come back from behind to take Game 1 in the Western Conference finals. Roberto Luongo made 27 saves and Maxim Lapierre scored the Canucks first goal of the game.

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Yes, I am sure Kesler and Thorton will be watching one another during this series but the Sedins need to play like they are capable of doing. The Canucks have talent and depth and it needs to work the way it should during this series otherwise they will lose the series.

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The Canucks are off to the Western Conference Finals for the first tiem since 1994. They are half way to the ultimate goals and no player so far as had a stand out post-season like Ryan Kesler. More

View Kesler’s Nashville highlights reel. Watch

I grew up in Smithers, British Columbia playing hockey with teammates who were able to play in the NHL. I attended hockey schools in the summer with coach’s like Johnny Bucyk, Jim Harrison, Joe Watson. Bobby Orr would show up in Smithers once in awhile in Smithers during the summer since Joe Watson, who’s hometown was Smithers, were good friends playing together for the Boston Bruins. So why when the Boston Bruins are one of my favourite NHL teams would I be wishing for the Tampa Bay Lightning to play the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals?

The white towel which you see at Vancouver games began in 1982 when Vancouver was playing the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs and coach, Roger Neilson, who believed the refereeing sucked, put a white towel on the end of a hockey stick and waved it in the the air to surrender to the refs.

After coaching in Vancouver Roger moved on to the Tampa Bay Lightning where he coached the expansion team with the same positive drive that almost won him the Stanley Cup in Vancouver. Roger Neilson died of cancer and never did win the Stanley Cup. Wouldn’t it be nice to see two teams who love him, do battle for the Stanley Cup. Yeah!

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The series between Nashville and the Canucks was a very different series but the Canucks did what they needed to to and won without burning themselves out and with few injuries. In the long run the way they played this series may play big in the end. Either San Jose or Detroit, the Canucks will need to play an entirely different game, more like the one they are used to playing.

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CANUCKS 2
PREDATORS 1


The Canucks advance to the Western Conference final for the third time in franchise history and first time since 1994 as they defeat the Nashville Predators in six games. Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin scored goals in Monday’s victory.

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The Canucks should have won game two and should have won game five. However, a few costly mistakes and an exceptional goalie on Nashville’s side the series has gone on too long, but it will end tonight. Number one Vancouver is just a far better team and number two Vancouver just wants to end this series and move on.

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PREDATORS

MAY.09.11 – 5:00 PM

BRIDGESTONE ARENA, NASHVILLE

TV: CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
RADIO: TEAM 1040 RADIO

The Vancouver Canucks (lead series 3-2) get a second crack at eliminating the Nashville Predators tonight as they look to close out their Western Conference Semifinal series in Game Six at the Bridgestone Arena. Needless to say if the Canucks are going to take Game Six tonight and avoid having to play their second do-or-die game of these playoffs, they will have to do so by trying to eliminate some costly mistakes, which resulted in three of the four Predator goals on Saturday. The Canucks will make at least one lineup change out of necessity with Mikael Samuelsson not with the team after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period of Game Five.

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Some people may look at me funny when I say the Canucks will take this series in 5 games. However, without a doubt the Canucks are a far better team than the Predators. While some games have been questioned, the Canucks have better everything than the Preds. Except for one thing, Pekka Rinne. If it were not for him the Canucks would be up 3 – 0 right. After tonight’s game they will be up 3 – 1.

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MAY.05.11 – 5:30 PM

BRIDGESTONE ARENA, NASHVILLE

TV: CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
RADIO: TEAM 1040 RADIO

The Vancouver Canucks (lead series 2-1) will try to become the first team in this series to win back-to-back games when they play Game Four of this Western Conference Semifinal series – the 200th all-time playoff game in franchise history – against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Canucks managed to turn the series momentum and series lead back in their favor and hope to continue to ride that success into tonight’s match up. For the Canucks to be able to take a stranglehold on this series tonight, however, they know they’ll need to get offence from more than just one line in Game Four.

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