May 06 2010 10:26AM
The onus to produce and win in the playoffs is immense. Produce and a player will be revered amongst fans and media, but if a player can’t produce in the “real” season he will be chastised mercilessly.
May 05 2010 12:56PM
While probably wearing his vintage blue and green Canadian Alliance pajamas, Conservative MP James Moore declared on his twitter page "The Canucks are Canada's team in these playoffs". Now putting aside the obvious fact that there's another team that just happens to be subtly named after the people of our country, Moore's premise of one Canadian NHL team that the whole country can get behind just isn't gonna fly.
Don't get me wrong, there's a certain kind of logic to the argument. We should be hoping for a Canadian team to win because their fans will fully appreciate it, at least they'll care. The NHL's been lucky the last couple of times getting Pittsburgh and Detroit as Cup winners, cities where hockey actually matters, but we have ended up in places like Carolina and Tampa Bay. I bet you a shiny new loonie (luckily for Canadian teams, now actually worth something) that if I went down to Raleigh and while being piggy-backed by Cam Ward, conducted a random, on the street survey about their beloved Cup champs , I'd get more punches in the face than I would any sort of acknowledgement of their gloried hockey history.
May 05 2010 10:18AM
Break free, Sedins. Break free from the shackles that bind you!
The Vancouver Canucks return home for Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at GM Place. Although the Canucks leave Chicago with a well-earned series split, they and their fans likely feel that they let the last game slip away from them. Tonight they will aim to rectify that and retake the series lead.
May 03 2010 10:33AM
Keep you head up, Lu. Be Ready.
The Vancouver Canucks look to take early command of their second round against the Chicago Blackhawks as the two clubs square off again at United Center tonight. Two big questions go into tonight: Can the Canucks duplicate their effort from Saturday? Will the Blackhawks do the same?
The Canucks should have only one motto tonight - Be Ready.
May 01 2010 08:31AM
Now that 48 hours or so have passed since the conclusion of the first round, a few observations and remarks.
• There has been much pleading for cooler heads to prevail in D.C. in the wake of the Washington Capitals’ collapse against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference’s 1-8 matchup.
On the other hand, it’s possible an attempt to avoid over-reaction may result in under-reaction. Ted Leonsis was chided for his emotional post-series evisceration of the hockey club but the Caps owner may be right to fret, even if he’s giving the wrong reasons to do so.