Closing Out the Blues
As the Canucks head into Game 4 with a 3-0 lead, I’m sure many fans, media and observers alike are thinking the “S” word. Yes that’s right, “sweep”. Can the Canucks sweep these Blues? Sure they can. Will they? That remains to be seen.
Personally I don’t care for a sweep, it would be nice, but I am confident in the abilities of the Canucks to close the series out at some point, but they will. I cannot see the St. Louis Blues beating Luongo four games straight. I just don’t see it. Not with the way he has been playing, not with the way the Canucks have supported him scoring, it seems like an impossiblity.
As I said in my previous blog, there is a recipe for playoff success that the Canucks are following. A lot of it has to do with the belief in each other. The team believes in Luongo and it’s evident that Luongo believes in the rest of the team. So far, the Canucks have contained the St. Louis scoring threats to a minimum. TJ Oshie has not been as effective, and despite all the chances Andy McDonald has had against Luongo, he shows only one goal. The Canucks have done their job.
Where’s the Beef(s)?
Beef#1: The Bandwagon
As happy as I am with the play of the Vancouver Canucks and getting squished while in the middle of the playoff bandwagon with many of the old faithful, I do have to say that it would have been nice for the majority of the fans to stay on the wagon with the faithful. When the Canucks were losing badly while Luongo was out and Sundin was finding his game, I kept saying, “There is a feeling I get about this team, I don’t think they are out yet.” I have to say I am glad I was right. I guess every team has their share of bandwagoners, even Vancouver. A fan is a fan I suppose, whether they be die-hard or casual.
Beef #2: Rodney Dangerfields of the NHL Playoffs
It’s great to see the Canucks play like I knew they can. I am not sure if it’s a Vancouver Inferiority complex but my angst is with the eastern based media. From what I am gathering from the preview, intermission and post game shows, the Canucks are a one man backstop. Roberto Luongo is the only reason they are in the position they are in.
Although I agree, the Canucks are a much better team with Roberto in net, I can’t see how a team would be so dominant in a series with just the goaltender being so hot. In the regular season, the Canucks managed to have 6 players with 20+ goals. Their defensive play has been solid when they have been all healthy.
So far in the playoffs, Henrik and Daniel Sedin have come to the dance and playing like a first line. I would like to see some of these analysts and others give them some credit. Their past performances showed in the previous playoffs, they were a non-factor. Not this time around. They are showing their ability and their control.
I don’t know of any other team that has not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 puck moving defensemen. The blue line is a threat on the scoresheet.
The rest of the team have played well on the penalty kill and in the last game their power play was one to be envied.
Their energy and shut down lines have been spectacular over all.
Only two Canucks players have a negative rating regarding that stat and both are at a -1. Not too bad if you ask me.
So, where is the respect for the Canucks for being in the position they are in? I guess I shouldn’t really care, but it gets tiring hearing that if it wasn’t for those three crossbars in Game 2, the Nucks would have been in trouble. Did those people forget the posts in Game 1 that the Canucks hit? That game should have been 6-1, but luckily for the Blues, it wasn’t.
I’ll take the stranglehold of the lead in the series as a Canucks fan. I’ll take the overlooking of the other parts of the Canucks game. I’ll take all the crap that the eastern media says about my team. I know, from what I see, and the stats I read, the Canucks are the real deal.
Musings from the mud.