Missed high sticks happen every game. Lidstrom got high sticked last night and needed five stitches because of it. Not much you can do about it, just forget about it and move on.Clearly Henrik Sedin was highsticked for about at least 5-7 seconds in front of both benches but no call!
Hopefully will do us good. Edler should play like he has for the past two games and we will be good in the defensive area. Offensive area: Alain swapped lines,Raymond up to second line,and Demitra put on fourth line.Looks like that Nolan Baumgartner will be replacing Andrew Alberts tonight so we should be fine.
I think it's fair to say they did. It was the Swedes leading the way as the Sedins, Samuelsson,Edler) put on a show. Also Bernier and Demitra pinched in. Bernier looked back on his game with sharp instincts,so did Demitra with the defense pinching in. Alberts didn't do much but that was good for us. Luongo was sharp and ready. The Canucks wanted this one badly. Hopefully they will play as hard and as good like this on Sunday.Didn't catch much of the game tonight. What happened Rookie? Looks like the nucks dominated.
Sounds like Vancouver really dominated. If the Kings want to force this to 7 games guys like Brown, Kopitar, Simmonds, and Handzus have to show up. Because when they play 2 way hockey it makes for a much better series.I think it's fair to say they did. It was the Swedes leading the way as the Sedins, Samuelsson,Edler) put on a show. Also Bernier and Demitra pinched in. Bernier looked back on his game with sharp instincts,so did Demitra with the defense pinching in. Alberts didn't do much but that was good for us. Luongo was sharp and ready. The Canucks wanted this one badly. Hopefully they will play as hard and as good like this on Sunday.
Doughty was the target of the game(possibly series) whenever the Canucks had a chance at him,they'd hit him or rough him up a little. He roughed up Daniel Sedin in the beginning but a few seconds after that Daniel actually gave a hit along the boards. Then Bieksa threw Doughty onto the ice after a short scrimage. Was a good game with Canucks taking it 7-2. You should tune in to the next game in case LA loses.
Yeah,they weren't horrible but not so great. They will have to improve because they are the key guys for LA if they want a shot at this series.Sounds like Vancouver really dominated. If the Kings want to force this to 7 games guys like Brown, Kopitar, Simmonds, and Handzus have to show up. Because when they play 2 way hockey it makes for a much better series.
Source:http://m.torontosun.com/13813821.1?fullscreen#newsCHICAGO The desperation eventually came.
Just in time for the Chicago Blackhawks to even their playoff series with the Vancouver Canucks.
After dropping the opener and then falling behind by a pair early in Game 2, the Blackhawks finally hit the gear needed and claimed a 4-2 win to tie the best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series at one apiece.
With just 90 seconds left in regulation, Kris Versteeg finished off a wild series of action to raise the roof.
He was parked at the left faceoff dot when the puck came across from defenceman Duncan Keith.
Versteeg, the Calder Trophy finallist last season, fired the shot into the top corner for his first goal of the playoffs.
The series switches to Vancouver for Game 3 Wednesday night.
Coming off a dreadful performance in the opener, the Blackhawks vowed to start the clash with the energy, enthusiasm and determination which was lacking in Saturday's 5-1 loss.
Not even close.
Once again the Canucks jumped out to the lead because they simply outplayed the hosts in the early going.
The notes from the raucous version of The Star Spangled Banner were still reverberating throughout the United Center when Mason Raymond opened the scoring just 82 seconds into the affair.
Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi stopped Ryan Kesler's opportunity, but Raymond was on the spot to lift the rebound over the once-again besieged netminder for his third goal of the playoffs and second of the series.
Things went bad to worse for the Blackhawks, whose boisterous sellout crowd of 22,142 was becoming antsy when Mikael Samuelsson had an easy tap-in on a five-on-three powerplay to double Vancouver's lead.
With both Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brent Seabrook in the sin bin for delay of game infractions, Henrik Sedin sent a perfect pass across the crease to Samuelsson, who collected his eighth playoff marker.
At its worst, the shot clock was 9-1 in Vancouver's favour.
But the Hawks made good with their second shot on net, thanks to Brent Seabrook's first goal of the playoffs before the midway point of the opening frame.
Seabrook drove from his point position at the time Dave Bolland sent a pass to the front of the net. The puck missed its intended target Kris Versteeg but Seabrook was on the spot to deposit the puck past Roberto Luongo.
Finally, the Blackhawks were awake, and rode the momentum back into the game.
Luongo was called upon to make a handful of great saves to keep his team ahead through the middle frame, but Patrick Sharp tied the game with a shorthanded goal early in the third period.
Sharp was sprung on a two-on-one, and scored on a nifty backhand.
Late in regulation, Sharp had a shorthanded breakaway, but fired his shot over the net.
Patrick Kane iced the game with an empty netter.
Niemi continued his trend of rebounding with a win after a loss. He's won the next game after losing all three times in the playoffs and posted a 24-save performance.
Luongo stopped 30 shots for the Canucks.
Going to 5 for sure now.In the blue corner weighing in at a 5 ton
chip on the old shoulder, Da Nucks! Gonna be some carnage in this series I think. goin 6 or 7 for sure.
source: nhl.comVANCOUVER -- Ryan Kesler can't imagine a worse injury to try to play through. Shane O'Brien wanted to cross his legs as he spoke about it.
Canucks defenseman Sami Salo is a game-time decision for Game 6 Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS) at GM Place against Chicago after taking a shot off the, well, most delicate area on the male body late in the first period of Game 5 two nights ago. He had to be taken to a Chicago-area hospital via ambulance, and it originally was reported that he had suffered a ruptured testicle, two words that should never be used in hockey -- or really anywhere else in life.
However, Salo was on the ice with the Canucks for their pre-game skate Tuesday morning, and despite skating gingerly, there's a chance he could play in the must-win Game 6. Chicago leads the best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinal series, three games to two.
"Yeah, he took it pretty hard last game, and if he can go he's a warrior," Kesler said. "He's battled through a lot of injuries throughout his career, but he's a warrior, man."
The mere sight of Salo, who was not made available to the media, on the ice at the morning skate served as motivation to the Canucks, who know they have to play better at home in Game 6 than they did in Games 3 and 4, when they were outscored, 12-6, and lost their composure.
"Obviously no one would say anything if he didn't even skate today and took a couple days off or a week off, but Sami has been here a long time and he wants to win," O'Brien said. "Only he knows how much it hurts, and if he can go, he'll go."
The Blackhawks don't know what to expect, but Adam Burish said that if Salo can go, that he would have to bump up against him and hope that maybe some of the toughness would rub off on him.
O'Brien, though, doesn't know if anyone should believe Burish, a player he called, "that rat." He wouldn't be surprised if Burish was the guy that tries to hit Salo where it hurts.
"He might do it," O'Brien said. "I wouldn't trust that guy for a second. That would be Burish's first hit of the series if he rubbed up against him."
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›O'Brien at least can hold out hope that the Hawks don't think about hitting Salo where the sun doesn't shine. Enough damage has already been done.
"That's gutless if they did that. That's guy code, isn't it?" O'Brien said. "Stanley Cup is the best thing to win in the world, but I think you draw the line there. Stitches are fine and cuts and this and that, but if you're going to go after a guy that has a little problem down below, you have to take a look in the mirror and realize … I don't even know what to say."
All that aside, if Salo is healthy enough to play even close to his usual 22 minutes a night for the Canucks in Game 6, it would give them a huge lift. The drop-off from Salo to the next healthy defenseman on the depth chart, AHL regular Lawrence Nycholat, is significant.
Salo is a 12-year veteran who plays big minutes in all phases.
"You've got to play through things and he's going to help us big time if he can play because he's one of our top guys back there," Henrik Sedin said. "He's had some fluke injuries. I mean, he's a tough player, mentally and physically. Over the years he may not have been able to show that because he's had some tough luck, but he's as tough as it gets."
Should Salo play in Game 6, all the Canucks agree that it would be the definition of toughness.
"Seeing Sami out there shows you what we're playing for," O'Brien said. "That's some serious pain."