Western Conference Quarter Final Game 5 Preview

Thomas Drance
April 22 2012 09:01AM


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The Canucks are coming off of their belated first win of the postseason, way back on Wednesday night. That feels like ages ago, doesn't it? Now that Chris Martin and his merry band or love-songster have cleared out of Rogers Arena, the games can recommence. On Sunday night the Canucks will try to make like the Bee Gees and stay alive in their preliminary round series against the Los Angeles Kings.

In game four the Canucks were buoyed by the return of leading scorer Daniel Sedin, and the calm competence of Cory Schneider - who has been excellent in his two starts so far this postseason. The club is still in a significant hole, down three games to one in the series and facing elimination, but there is some cause for optimism. The steadying presence of Schneider, the apparently rejuvenated power-play and Samme Pahlsson's ability in game four to legitimately contain Anze Kopitar's line is a winning recipe. Can the Canucks fend off the Kings and prolong their season Sunday night? That's the big question.

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Anatomy of a goal - Edler's game 4 goal

Patrick Johnston
April 21 2012 01:44PM


So how, exactly, did this remarkable thing happen?

Alex Edler's goal on Wednesday was a perfect example of what the Canucks had not been doing on the power play: quick puck movement and quick shots through the Kings' defence.

Click past the jump for a frame-by-frame breakdown of how Edler's goal happened.

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Playoff Fever

Marda Miller
April 21 2012 10:41AM

 

There is something thrilling about playoff hockey and being a fan at this time of year is extremely fun. As long as your team has a.) made the playoffs and b.) is winning more games than they lose. It guarantees to be an intense and emotional ride, though the duration of your team staying in it is never certain. Sometimes it is terrifying. The stress (you know who doesn’t stress? Batman), the sleepless nights, the superstitions (such as needing to wear the same clothing combination each game day!) As a Canucks fan, my stress levels are at an all time high right now. But at least I know I am not alone in this.

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25 Games For Raffi Torres

Jonathan Willis
April 21 2012 10:14AM

The NHL has suspended Raffi Torres for 25 games as a result of his hit on Marian Hossa.

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Wolves Playoff Recap - Game 1 vs San Antonio

Patrick Johnston
April 20 2012 04:32PM


Eddie Lack's Wolves were worried about scoring goals coming into the San Antonio series, not preventing them.
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

As expected, the Wolves andRampage played a very tight game to start off their first round series. But surprisingly, it wasn't exactly the goaltenders duel most were expecting! Chicago burst out of the gate with three first period goals, but couldn't hold the advantage over a very patient San Antonio team, going down 5-4.

Click past the jump for analysis, and some zone start and chance data.

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