05 May 2010
It's game three, the series is tied 1-1 and is now back in Vancouver. With Vancouver stealing game one, the Canucks now have the oppotunity to get some wins on home ice. This is not a 'must win' by any statistical sense, but if the Canucks want to assert some dominance in the series these next two games are big. I'm with ChiBlackhawks of Blackhawks Down Low in thinking that really anything can happen tonight.
Besides which cookie Kes is going to choose, one of the big questions going in to tonight's game is:
Where the hell is Alex Burrows? or maybe we should try: Où est Alexandre Burrows?
So I get that since he's not on the top line with the Sedins that he won't be as proficient at scoring (ahem 35 goals...), but his only goal in the playoffs so far is one empty netter in LA. Where is the agitating Burrows that I had come to know and love? I don't want him to take penalties out there, but he's just dropped off my radar Demitra style.
The rest of the preview after the jump...
And where is any Canuck and their feistiness these days? Shane O'Brien told the media yesterday at GM Place that the Canucks need to be tougher in game 3 which I completely agree with. They also need to stay the f-ck out of the penalty box, seriously my heart can only take so much with all the rushes from the Hawks, please don't make it worse with giving them extra opportunities.
Game time is at 6:30pm. There looks to be some lineup changes with the Canucks: Ryan Johnson to draw in and Grabner out. Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun thinks Horichuk is drawing in as well, but Matt Sekeres kiboshed that on twitter. For the Hawks Jordan Hendry (D) in, Troy Brouwer out and Byfuglien switching from D to wing.
Your pre-game reading links:
- Tony Gallagher started some speculation yesterday about Henrik's health with this column but don't read too far into it, the reason the powerplay sucked is probably just because they didn't shoot the puck on net
- Best quote out of this Province article is where Kesler tells the media "You guys are acting like it's over". Well of course they do Kesler, this is the Vancouver media you are speaking of
- The Kurtenblog says that "the only way Kevin Bieksa could've played the three-on-two that preceded Kris Versteeg's winning goal in Game 2 worse is if Bieksa had slid on the ice like he did, except after sliding, he exploded", cannot agree more
- Puck Daddy on the 24 Hours cover today with their headline of "Save our Cabbies", he's dissappointed with the fact they didn't touch on limo-gate, well then he should have gone over to the Vancouver Sun for a reminder photo then huh?
- JJ was disheartened not the fact that we split the road games, but because they blew the chance at coming home up 2-0
- The Canucks recalled four players from the Moose: Evan Oberg, Guillaume Desbiens, Mario Bliznak and Sergei Shirokov to get some playoff experience from travelling with the team. Don't expect them to play, they are just here to take it all in
- When the Hawks were on the way to O'Hare airport they had to turn back around as Ben Eager and some other players forgot their passports. Somehow this does not surprise me that Eager forgets things like that
- The Chicago Tribune says the Blackhawks hope to build on the momentum of Game 2
- Nucks Misconduct's game preview
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