Apr 262011

Why not?  I guess Canucks fans will truly never suffer enough.

After a mostly dominant game, the Canucks get both a penalty shot opportunity and a late 3rd period power play (with Duncan Keith the Hawk going into the box) and not only did the Canucks not put the game away, but they surrendered a short-handed goal to tie the game and extended it to overtime.

Jonathan Toews with an amazing individual effort to beat two checks carrying the puck to the goal after a Canucks neutral zone giveaway.  The sequence started with Toews losing a neutral zone draw to Chris Higgins.  Toews got the puck from Seabrook and drove hard towards Luongo, dishing to Marian Hossa whose shot was stopped, but rebounded to a falling Toews for the put-in.

Duncan Keith’s attempt to stop an Alex Burrows breakaway on the opening shift of the period resulted in a Burrows penalty shot that Crawford stopped.  Burrows also drew the late period hook that sent Keith to the box for the Vancouver power play that the Blackhawks’ captain turned the tables on.

Corey Crawford has been nothing short of incredible.  He’s stopped 34 of 35 shots he’s faced.  12 of those coming in the third period.

Chicago really has no business extending this game to overtime.  A fact the Rogers Arena crowd recognizes as they went eerily silent after the Hawks’ short-handed goal and the Canucks inability to respond afterwards.  Some anxious moments ahead in Vancouver.

Shots going into OT are 35-31 in Vancouver’s favor.  The Canucks are outhitting Chicago 40-17.

The Blackhawks have yet another life in this series.  The Canucks mentally must be reeling.


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