The Thrill Is Gone…
By Rich Lindbloom
Ah, but the hatred is alive and well. With the emergence of the rum dummies on the western side of the Mississippi, otherwise known as the Blues, our rivalry with a team that personifies the word “malfeasance” had been put on the back burner. To be quite honest with you, with the arduous schedule we’ve had in March, I didn’t even get that worked up about playing the Canucks last Wednesday. This was a bit unusual when one recalls for the past three years these affairs have more resembled terrorism than hockey. They’ve always been a highly sought after ticket. After about two minutes of watching this battle royale, I quickly recalled what fuels one of hockey’s best rivalries. My complete and utter disdain for the blue and green men returned with a vengeance. Read more
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Tagged Alexandre Burrows, Andrew Shaw, Brendan Shanahan, Canucks, Daniel Sedin, Dave Bolland, Don Cherry, Duncan Keith, Jannik Hansen, Vancouver, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Vandenberk
On a four game winning streak, the Chicago Blackhawks returned home to face their favourite foe, the Vancouver Canucks. The Hawks were in Columbus the night before, handing the Jackets a season sweep with a 5-1 victory. The Canucks had the luxury of spending a record setting hot March day in Chicago awaiting the Hawks return home late morning. After going on a 9 game losing streak the Hawks have gone 8-1-1. Most of those games have been played without captain serious, as he remains on the road to recovery. The Canucks come into this game losers of five in seven. Corey Crawford regained his crease for the Hawks and Roberto Luongo started for the visiting team. Luongo hasn’t played in the Canucks last two losses. Jamal Mayers was a last minute scratch with the flu inserting Brendan Morrison into the 4th line center spot. Read more
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Tagged Alexandre Burrows, Andrew Shaw, Canucks, Corey Crawford, Daniel Sedin, Duncan Keith, Jannik Hansen, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver, Zack Kassian
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks definitely showed up at Rogers Arena Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the return of Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews to the line up was spoiled with 37 saves by Cory Schneider and an overtime tally by the Sedin twins.
Chicago picked up a point in the first game on the road over the next three weeks, but Vancouver prevailed by a score of 3-2.
The momentum ebbed and flowed throughout the opening period. Vancouver got an early opportunity when David Booth beat Niklas Hjalmarsson for control of a puck. Booth found himself fight in front of Corey Crawford 90 seconds into the game, but his shot was knocked away.
Andrew Shaw drew a clipping penalty from Keith Ballard that the Canucks killed in the fourth minute. Patrick Sharp found Marian Hossa streaking up the ice and it appeared as if he would get a breakaway attempt on Cory Schneider. Alex Burrows make a nice play to thwart Hossa, then helped set up the game’s first goal at the 7:58 mark. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Brendan Morrison, Canucks, Cody Hodgson, Corey Crawford, Corey Schneider, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Kesler, Vancouver, Viktor Stalberg
Posted in Blackhawks, Game highlights, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Alex Edler, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Conference Quarter-Final, Daniel Sedin, Jannik Hansen, NHL Highlights, NHL Playoffs, Vancouver, Victor Stalberg, Video