Curse of the Blackhawk

The Vancouver Canucks versus the Chicago Blackhawks looked like the preview of another possible playoff match up, or at least it did before the game started last night. The outcome and the progression of the game didn’t pan out to be a classic Hockey Night in Canada match-up. Instead, it was a lacklustre blow-out type of game.  Are the Canucks cursed when it comes to facing the Blackhawks? Did Patrick Kane’s playoff mullet disturb Vancouver so much it rattles them to this very day? Did the great tribes of the Great Lakes region of North America put a curse on the west coast warriors? I’m beginning to think just that.

Canucks can't figure out the Hawks

Canucks can't figure out the Hawks

After a two week road trip the Canucks come home to host the Blackhawks. The game was the most disappointing game I have seen in recent years.  It wasn’t even so much the score of 7-1 that bothered me. It wasn’t Patrick Kane’s incessant chewing of his mouth-guard, Duncan Keith’s face, or even the over-exuberant celebration of the benched Marty Turco that bothered me last night.  It was the effort (and I use that term loosely) of the home team last night. The Canucks were never closer to the term ‘disinterested’ than they have been in years.

The Canucks were lazy, emotionless and complacent. Last night, their lack of interest couldn’t be masked.  The Blackhawks exposed every bit of their disinterest, their effort and their (lack of) drive. Where was our Hart Trophy winner last night? Where was the whole team for that matter? In fact, where have they been since the game in Ottawa?

I don’t know what it is about the Chicago Blackhawks but the Canucks just can’t seem to ‘get over’ their mental block about them, especially Roberto Luongo.  Although, last night, he deserved less of the blame than the team in front of him, they were far more responsible for those goals than Luongo or even Schneider for that matter.

As mentioned on the Canucks Corner forum board, I believe they will still be a winning team, and will most likely have home ice for the first round of the playoffs, but they need to either exorcise the Blackhawk demons or just try to avoid them all together. I’d prefer the former, but who knows with this bunch. It was the first time I wanted to leave Rogers Arena early for the first time since its opening day back in 1995.

I usually don’t write about specific games but last night stirred some concern in my being regarding this team. Find the deficiencies Canucks, and fill them, because I don’t ever want another Canucks fan to feel cheated the way I was (along with many others) last night.

Justine Galo

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Podcast: Nameless but not speechless, Jason and Chris are back.

The boys are back. They still don’t have a name, and to be quite frank none of the submissions so far have caught the ear of Jason and Chris. So come on folks lets’ name this podcast! If we have to wait all off-season we will but that just means you’ll be hearing this sales pitch next time.

In this edition, the podcast with no name touches on a variety of topics:

  • Gary Bettman = Count von Count?
  • Steve Nash: real man
  • Still taking name suggestions
  • Lots of Canadians in the final
  • The Mullet vs the Wookie
  • Do the Flyers deserve to be here?
  • Will Vancouverites ever stop talking about 82 & 94?
  • Chicago in 5. Or 6. Chicago, anyway.
  • Marian Hossa, bah. Chris Pronger’s impressive.
  • Chicago is DEEP, like good pizza.
  • Winter Classic news
  • Should Vancouver host a winter classic?
  • Is Winnipeg viable?
  • Stevie Y goes to Tampa Bay.
  • How much does Mark Messier suck?
  • Memo to Glen Sather

As always the music is courtesy of the Orchid Highway.

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REPLAY: Canucks/Blackhawks Conference Semi Roundtable

Join us on Wednesday, April 28th at 8:00pm for a live roundtable discussion of the Western Conference Semi-Final series between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Our guests will include:

From Phillip Yoe (@VanCitySports), JJ Guererro (@CanucksHockey), Richard Loat (@mozy19), Chris Golden (@lyteforce), Cam Davie (@campants) and from The Internet Trashcan: Trevor Presiloski (@nettrashcan)


Come Up With A Round Two Twitter Hashtag And Win A Signed Canucks Stick

Round two of the playoffs is on the way and once again the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are going to do battle to see who will advance to the conference finals in the west.

Blogger Trevor Presiloski of the Internet Trashcan came up with the idea to hold a contest on Twitter to come up with the best #hashtag for the series.

Hashtags by definition are used to create real time track records of creating groups on Twitter. Placing the # sign in front of keywords or targeted groups, makes it easier to track all conversations in the twitter timeline via search.

The Canucks have jumped on board and will provide a team signed stick for whatever hashtag is voted the best one via a poll on The winning hashtag will become the official Canucks/Blackhawks hashtag for the series.

Last year the hashtag #blackhawkdown was used frequently. Add your hashtag on twitter and address it to @VanCanucks. The top five will be chosen and added to a poll, where the winning tag will be picked and that person will win the signed stick!

Good luck everyone! Share this post on Twitter and Facebook and let’s see what you can come up with!


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…]