Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trouble Brewing In Vancouver, 2011 NHL Playoffs: Day 8

The tension in the city of Vancouver is so thick you can smell it in the air. Fans are nervous, as they are asking what happens if the Canucks blow a 3-0 lead with game 7 at home? This was supposed to be the dream season, but 3-2 sure feels a lot different than 3-0, outscored 12-2 in the last two games against the team that eliminated Vancouver the last two seasons. My friends and I were talking about the probability of riots downtown if the Canucks lose game 7. Not only have they lost two in a row, the team has been terrible, on forward, defense, and in the net. This has been a complete team meltdown, and it started when Vigneault starting taking the Sedins off the ice when the checking line is on for Chicago.

Chicago beats Vancouver: Right now Duncan Keith is playing like a man possessed, and if he keeps this up he will be winning the Conn Smythe and Chicago will be winning the series. Something is wrong not only with Roberto Luongo, but the whole line-up. Vigneault is once again getting too cute with line changes, pulling the Sedins off the ice when the Bolland line is out. When you start telling two MVP calibre players to get off every time one guy is on the ice against them, you get in their head and drag the whole team down. Viggy should not try to match lines in game 6. I think Vancouver has a better chance of winning game 6 than game 7. (Van leads series 3-2)

Boston beats Montreal: Brad Marchand, Mike Ryder, and Chris Kelly played hero for the Boston Bruins who tied up their series with Montreal after going down 2-0. The road team has won every game in this series. If the Bruins can't win at home, Montreal will win the series. (series tied 2-2)

San Jose beats LA: As Dennis Green would say, they are who we thought they were. After 4 terrible periods, San Jose hasn't looked back and is getting balanced scoring from throughout the line-up. Thus far Ryane Clowe is their MVP, with their unsung hero being Ian White on D. After telling my friend that I liked San Jose to make it to the conference finals, he loaded up on Sharks in his playoff pool. I don't feel so bad about that now as I did two days ago. (SJ leads series 3-1)

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