Photo credit to The Royal Half
Although the Kings didn't win the series they still put up a good fight. They will be super scary in two years or so...like super scary. The one thing about this series that I have absolutely loved was getting to meet/blog with my blogger buddy The Royal Half. Even if the Canucks had lost this series, I still would have had nothing but good things to say about him and his fine work that he puts out over at his blog. I look forward to great Canucks v. Kings game day stuff next season and maybe even a roadtrip?
It's great to see playoff hockey back in Los Angeles. Even though I never got to see it in person, you could see the excitement from the Kings fans to have their team being in the playoffs. The fans completely surpassed my expectations. Thank you LA for a great series.no comments
What are you doing Vancouver? What? Canucks Day in Vancouver? I have barely forgotten about the 7th Canuck, now we're moving on to our next bad marketing idea?
Excuse me, I'm about to vomit from the thought of this...
I see how the city is trying to rally around the team, but really, we've only won one freaking round! We've done this before, many many times, and like the Sharks, there is no reason to celebrate until the team can make it out of the second round of the playoffs, at least.
But shouldn't the city have a Canucks day when they have actually won a Stanley Cup? Guh! Puck Daddy just made fun of the Vancouver media today for making a big deal about the twinkie-gate, at this rate, one of the two papers in the city might as well include an insert into Sunday's paper of the parade route so that fans/bloggers of other markets can just continue making fun of the city.no comments
Wooooo!!!!! Bring on the second round!
Recap after the jump...no comments
Apologies for the lame preview of tonight's game. I opted to not bring my laptop to where I was spending the weekend, and using a computer that is not my own has been trying. It was a big feat to even write up a preview for tonight.
So after the Canucks destroyed the Kings 7-2 last game, the Canucks have the chance to end the series tonight in LA. Last night the Pens and Sharks both ended their series' yesterday and the Canucks and Wings look to do the same today. If that happens, do you realize the Canucks will end up in a rematch with the Hawks or end up playing the Wings? At this points, I'll just focus on this series since until we've won a game, there's always a chance that the Kings will come back and win the next two games in a row.
Yesterday the always notoriously critical Tony Gallagher actually had something positive to say about the Canucks. He even went as far as calling the Sedins "absurdly good".
Game time is at 6pm. The Royal Half will be there. Will he be watching his playoff dreams die tonight? Or will the Kings extend the series?
Go Canucks Go!no comments
Vancouver took control of this game from the drop of the puck. They were able to kill penalties, not all, but most of them and more importantly did not take that many penalties. They looked like they relaxed in the third for a few minutes, but came back with goals and some fights from O'Brien and Rypien.
Steve Bernier starts of the scoring for the Canucks midway throught first period with a quick wrist shot that gets past Quick
The Kings answer back with, you guess it, a powerplay goal from Michal Handzus!
Great work from Hansen along the boards, to Kesler who protected the puck and then passed it to Edler who rifled it past Quick. Alex Edler gets the Canucks up to 2-1 at 17:32 of the 1st period
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...