Series Preview: Canucks/Sharks

Cam Davie
May 13 2011 09:17AM

"I don't wanna look. Is the puck back there? Don't tell me! Aw crap. There it is."
"Whoop there it is! Whoop there it is! There's more a-comin, Niemi."
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Image)

The Vancouver Canucks are playing in a Conference Final series for only the third time in their history. The San Jose Sharks are playing in a Conference Final series for only the third time in their history. The only difference is that the Canucks took 40 years to do, while the Sharks took only half that time. Both the Sharks and Canucks have been much maligned for their lack of playoff success recently despite strong lineups. One of these teams will move on to fight for hockey's Holy Grail, and the other will mire in another season of failure and months of questions to answer.

So which team takes the big leap to hockey's final battle?

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Comparing Playoff (non) Successes

Cam Davie
May 12 2011 10:50AM

What the hell are you cheering about? The Canucks stink in the playoffs!
... ... ... Or DO they?! (*Hint - yes, they do.)
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks are a few days away from starting only their third Conference Final series in their 40 year history. While this is getting a lot of chuckles from around the league, keep in mind that the Canucks are not alone in their limited amount of playoff successes. Yet for some reason, the Canucks and their fans seem to be a lightning rod for playoff criticism.

Canucks fans, don't worry. We are not alone. We are definitely not alone.

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12 Questions After 2 Rounds

Alix Wright
May 11 2011 02:33PM


The last time the Canucks made the Western Conference Final, google and twitter didn't exist, Osama Bin Laden wasn't a household name, and Ace of Base had a number one single. Girls were getting tattoos of Trevor Linden's name instead of Ryan Kesler's name. It was a different time indeed. Days before the Canucks see the Western Conference final once again, here are 12 burning questions. 

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Series Redux: Canucks/Predators

Cam Davie
May 10 2011 11:09AM

"GROUP HUG!!! Aw, c'mon, get in here, guys. I love you guys."
(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks are into the final four of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 17 years. Since 1994, the Canucks have never made it past the second round. In fact, in those 17 years, the Canucks only made it to the Conference Semi-finals 5 times. So it is a tremendous accomplishment for the Canucks.

But as was pointed out on TEAM 1040 last night, the Vancouver Canucks are now only half way to their goal.

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Game Review: WCS Gm 6

Cam Davie
May 09 2011 11:56PM

All Hail King Lu. We pray to thee and thy solid goaltending.
Blessed be they glove and blocker. Amen.
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Game Review: Western Conference Semfinal Game 6 - Canucks @ Predators

The Vancouver Canucks are moving on the to Western Conference Final for the first time in 17 years. And for only the third time in their history, the Canucks win a 7 game series in 6 games.
And this game was a perfect microcosm for the series overall.

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