The day after the world ended…for some

Breaking News: Roberto Luongo is human.

The day after the Canucks were eliminated from the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, the knives of Canucks fans have come out¬†and most of them are looking to slash the throat of their goaltender, who apparently isn’t allowed to be human. It’s all his fault and it’s inexcusable that in the biggest game of the year he fell short of spectacular. Never mind a goal off a skate and some sick skills displayed by Patrick Kane. Never mind the defense who collapsed in front of him, or the player who took the bad penalty, or that turnover. Oh, and we’ll just forget how he held the Canucks in the game in the first half of the first period.

Nope, it’s all Roberto Luongos’ fault! Where is that tombstone? Cory Schneider, you’re up! [Read more...]

Sundin’s coming around, as are the Canucks

Hands up all of you who were running out of patience with Mats Sundin. Even of you started out cutting him some slack, the weight of the losing streak in January was testing your patience, admit it. I know I was guilty of a few sarcastic remarks.

Tuesday night in St.Louis, Sundin chipped in another two goals, while his line produced seven points on the night, in a come from behind 6-4 Canucks victory to open their road trip. Sundin is starting to get it all back and just in the nick of time. A three game winning streak has instilled new life in the team, and calls to fire the coach and put Sundin out to the same pasture as Mark Messier have subsided.

Of course, it hasn’t been all Sundin.

The emergence of two scoring lines has been huge and so has the team finally getting healthy. I thought Don Taylor at the TEAM 1040 made an excellent point the other day when he pointed out that with a healthy team again, ice time is going to be at a premium, and that should motivate all of the Canucks to pick up their game a little, in particular Kyle Wellwood, who with the team winning hasn’t been able to get back in the lineup. [Read more...]