Thursday, April 14, 2011

Game One: Canucks 2 Blackhawks 0 Goal Posts 6!

Canucks lead the series 1-0

By Lisa Ovens

I wish I could bottle the Vancouver Canucks first period of play in this Quarter Final opener: what a performance! They did everything needed to send the message that they are in control of their own destiny. Now, we know the Chicago Blackhawks will most likely re-tool, re-fit, or as in the case of the liquid metal man of Terminator 2, re-form themselves in to what they’ll need to be for game two in order to shake up the Canucks solid foundation.

Bravo to D-Man, Alex Edler for looking like he didn’t just return from being out for three months. It’s like he didn’t miss a beat from his pre- back surgery days. What a beast! And more kudos for the league’s lone Dane, forward Jannik Hansen, for his tenacious play and successful break away. Hey…I’m going to call him Tenacious D (d for Dane) from now on. Hansen won the Unsung Hero award (a Canuck team award) for his body of work during the regular season.

And from Hansen to Hodgson…centre, Cody Hodgson played his first NHL playoff game, and he looked pretty comfortable out there. Same for Keith Ballard…after 468 games, Ballard finally made his post season debut.

The Blackhawks hit four posts this evening. One has to wonder if they used up some twinkle from their lucky stars when the Dallas Stars failed to win their final game in regulation, thus granting the Hawks the eighth and final playoff seed. It just wasn’t their night. Aside from those posts, the man in blue occupying the space between made some stellar saves, securing a shut out, and then launching himself to first star status at the end of the game. That would be Canucks number one net minder, Roberto Luongo.

The subject of Luongo has been completely dissected leading up to this series, as he is the one Canuck that most everyone has the least amount of faith in. This is just one game, and he will have to continue with superstar performances as we move forward. I was very pleased to learn of his decision to not speak to the media on game days. Yo, Louie…I would make the same call.

Until Friday…Go ‘Nucks!

Around the Playoffs….

Mmm okay…five series starting on one night? Holy crazy schedule, Batman!  I was getting mixed up trying to catch most of the action. Sorry Caps and Rangers…somehow I missed you guys completely!

Pens Kovalev’s game winner tonight was memorable.

Preds take game one, and Corey Perry doesn’t act very “Hart Like” at the end of the 4-1 game. Here come the Katella Avenue Bullies.

I heart Joe Louis Arena! Did you know, the Detroit Red Wings are the current reigning kings for Playoff action, making their 20th consecutive post season appearance? And that’s king of the four major league sports combined. Hey, remember when the St. Louis Blues held that distinction? Must be something in the Central Division’s water.

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