Monday, May 10, 2010

WHERE THERE IS LIFE…THERE IS HOPE…
LASTNIGHT IN CHICAGO THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS KEPT THEIR SEASON ALIVE…
AND AS A RESULT…THERE WILL BE A GAME 6 TOMORROW HERE IN VANCOUVER…
ON SUNDAY NIGHT THE CANUCKS DID THE 3 THINGS THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY MUST DO…

1) SCORE THE FIRST GOAL…IN 4 OF THE FIRST 5 GAMES…THE TEAM THAT SCORES FIRST HAS GONE ONTO WIN…
2) STAY OUT OF THE PENALTY BOX…IN GAME 4…THE CANUCKS…GAVE UP 4 GOALS ON 8 POWER PLAYS…LASTNIGHT THE HAWKS WENT 0 FOR 4…
3) AND FINALLY…ROBERTO LUONGO HAS TO BE A DIFFERENCE MAKER…LASTNIGHT HE GAVE UP JUST 1 GOAL ON 30 SHOTS…WHEN LUONGO IS ON HIS GAME…THIS TEAM PLAYS WITH A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE AND DISCIPLINE…TWO THINGS THAT WERE COMPLETELY MISSING IN GAMES 3 AND 4…


ADD IT UP…AND THE CANUCKS HAVE TAKEN THE FIRST STEP IN CRAWLING OUT OF A BIG HOLE…THAT THEY HAVE DUG FOR THEMSELVES…
UNFORTUNATELY FROM HERE ON…IT’S NOT GOING TO GET ANY EASIER…
SAMI SALO IS NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY TOMORROW NIGHT…
AT THE END OF THE FIRST PERIOD…DUNCAN KEITH TOOK A SLAP SHOT…THAT HIT SALO RIGHT IN THE GROIN…
THERE WAS SOME FEAR…SALO HAD SUFFERED A RUPTURED TESTICLE AND AS A PRECAUTION HE WAS TAKEN TO A NEAR BY HOSPITAL…
THE GOOD NEWS IS…THAT WAS NOT THE CASE…
THE BAD NEWS IS…THERE’S NO WORD ON WHEN HE’LL BE READY TO PLAY AGAIN…
THE CANUCKS NOW HAVE 4 DEFENCEMEN ON THE INJURY LIST…
AND THAT HAS FORCED HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT TO DO MORE WITH LESS…
LASTNIGHT KEVIN BIEKSA AND ALEX EDLER LOGGED OVER 27 MINUTES OF ICE TIME…
CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF HAD OVER 25 MINUTES…AND SHANE O’BRIEN…EVEN WITH A NASTY CUT TO HIS FOREHEAD…HAD OVER 19 MINUTES…
EVEN ANDREW ALBERTS SAW ADDITIONAL ICE TIME…ALMOST 11 MINUTES…
BE AFRAID…BE VERY AFRAID…
BUT RIGHT NOW THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR THE CANUCKS NOW…IS GM PLACE…
WHERE THEY’VE GIVEN UP 12 GOALS IN THEIR LAST 2 GAMES…
UNLESS THAT CHANGES ON TUESDAY NIGHT…YOU CAN TURN OUT THE LIGHTS…