Blues Swept, Burrows Makes Canucks History

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Alex Burrows OT goal sweeps the St. Louis Blues

Alex Burrows OT goal sweeps the St. Louis Blues

In the famous words of House of Pain “Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin!”– The Vancouver Canucks did what they have never done in their 38 year history.  They swept a seven game series.  In the dying seconds of overtime, Alexandre Burrows took a pass and shot it five-hole on Chris Mason ending the Blues playoff dreams at the Scott Trade Center last night.

Although the series score was 4 games to none, I’d like to point out that the series was a slightly closer than that indicates.  The Blues did give the Canucks their all, but unfortunately for them, it wasn’t enough. The Vancouver Canucks, dug deep, and said, “We’re the better team, let’s do it and win.”

Many fans have posted, said, and commented about the Blues not deserving a sweep. Excuse me? They don’t deserve a sweep?  They brought their best and again like it has been aforementioned, they didn’t manage a win out of ‘their best’. I may seem like a heartless Canucks fan when I say this, but the Canucks are the third seed in the Western Conference, what would make anyone think they got there “accidentally”?  Maybe, just maybe, the Vancouver Canucks are just that good? The Blues ‘deserved’ to be swept, like the Columbus Blue Jackets do if Detroit can and will mostly do so.

This is playoff hockey. The Canucks did everything they could to get this series out of the way.  I do not in any way ‘feel sorry’ for the St. Louis Blues. Am I supposed to?  Is there a written doctrine that I needed to read and feel that they deserved a better fate than what was served to them by Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks?  Not that I can recall.  I’m not St. Louis played ‘bad hockey’. They had their chances and they didn’t capitalize.  It doesn’t help the Blues’ cause that Roberto Luongo had puck radar this series.

Chris Mason was out-dueled but Luongo, and the Blues big guns decided to start pouring on the pressure a little too late. Sure there was posts and cross bars hit, but the Canucks hit a few of those on their own as well.  Let’s not discount the fact the Blues special teams who have fared so well in the regular season didn’t  translate their formula into the series. Either that or maybe a combination of Vancouver’s stellar PK units doing their job and hunkering down when it counts.

Where To Go From Here

For the Blues

The St. Louis Blues can take this series of as a lesson to bring on their A-Game from all aspects into the playoffs.  They have a good young core of players, either drafted or acquired, who can take this experience and build their hockey acumen. Mix in some veteran leadership and you have a pretty good hockey team.  Just like the Chicago Blackhawks last year, the St. Louis Blues will have a great and bright future.  The acquisition of John Davidson as their President has been nothing but good for the organization and the city.  Hockey is again alive and well in St. Louis, which was much better than when I was at a game in January ’08 and only about 9000 fans showed up to the arena.

For the Canucks
A much needed time to rest the injuries and wait for the next round opponent.  That 7-10 days they are going to be resting,  it will help heal wounds, strengthen the weaknesses of their game and to focus on the task at hand, 12 more victories.  It has also shown doubters that the Vancouver Canucks are in fact, for real. I think they already knew that, it just took some time for the masses out there to buy into the program.  They are playing good hockey all around. They are scoring, they are defending and their goaltender is making a case for the starting job in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

All that being said and done. All we can do as Canucks is wait, and wait and wait until the round 2 brackets are set.   It’s a strange feeling as some have said, but it’s a good one to have as well.

I’ll keep you all posted on tidbits of what I see from the other playoff series going on, but my next big contribution will be at the start of Round 2. So until then, this has been A View From A Broad, a not too distant perspective.

Justine Galo

Addition: For those of you that don’t know I do write another Canucks blog. It’s with Canucks Corner. And it’s called “Musings from the Mud” written by yours truly “Lotus Blossom”.  Check out the Canucks Corner Front page and give it a read.  Right now, it’s Alex Burrows: Working Class Hero.  Canucks Corner is a great group of Canucks fans and discuss hockey related topics.  If you’re a Canucks fan, or want to learn more about the Vancouver Canucks through their fans, it’s a great place to congregate.

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Sundin Out, Will the Canucks be Singing the Blues?

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Mats Sundin with a lower body injury

Mats Sundin with a lower body injury

Mats Sundin is most likely not going to play tonight in Game 4 against The St. Louis Blues.  He is day to day with a lower body injury and as the Canucks did find a way to beat the Blues in Game 3,  he will most likely rest up for the possible next round match up.

Mats Sundin has been an integral part of the Canucks’ success in the latter part of the season in this blogger’s opinion.  Mats has shown leadership in making Demitra and Kesler better players with him in the line up. Let’s not forget the value he brings into the locker room culture.  Mats Sundin is a leader and his stats and respect from his teammates and former teammates speaks volumes. How valuable is Mats in the line-up? More than we, the fans, see.

I’m not going to blow smoke up Mats’ ass and say he is just as good as he was a few years ago, but I don’t think the Big Swede is done.   I think that Mats Sundin has yet to bring the best of Mats Sundin to the ice.

People are arguing if the Canucks go deeper into the playoff rounds that Mats’ old body won’t be able to handle it.  I beg to differ.  I think that the further the Canucks make it down the playoffs, I think is when Mats Sundin is going to play more like well…Mats Sundin. Captain Clutch is what they called him in Leafland, where I reside, and past events have shown Mats Sundin plays his best hockey when the pressure is on.

Other Tidbits

Taylor Pyatt’s name has been circulating in rumours of making a return to the Canucks roster for the next round as well.  Now this is great news for the Canucks.  After the tragedy in Taylor’s life, it might do him some good to be back doing what he loves, playing hockey.  He would be a welcomed addition.  His presence on the PK is missed.  As much as I have enjoyed seeing Ryan Johnson doing what he can to help out the team, there is no question in my mind Pyatt would boost it even more.

Tonight, the Vancouver Canucks can do what they have yet to do as a franchise and that is sweep a seven game series. The all important Game 4. Will the fat lady be singing tonight for the St Louis Blues? Maybe. It would a calculated impossibility for the Canucks to lose four straight to the St. Louis Blues with Roberto Luongo playing the way he has been, as well as the team finding ways to win.

As many have said, “It ain’t over till it’s over” “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” Etc etc etc.  So I won’t, but I will start planning my trips to round 2 if and when the Canucks dismiss the Blues. Just in case.

This has been A View From a Broad, a not to distant perspective.

Justine Galo

PS I want to send out a quick shout to the wonderful posters of Canucks Corner.com and the man behind the scenes, Brian Wawryshyn for providing Canucks fans from all over the globe a great place to congregate, and discuss your Vancouver Canucks.  Great job, Brian and crew, it’s my home away from home. Check out Lotus Blossom’s blog on there as well and of course the famous Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog on the Vancouver Canucks.

GO CANUCKS GO!

Recipe for Playoff Success

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Roberto Luongo was stellar in Game 2

Roberto Luongo was stellar in Game 2

As the Vancouver Canucks head into St Louis this weekend for games 3 and 4, many sports writers, bloggers, analysts and fans alike are seeing a recipe for a successful playoff run.  What have the Vancouver Canucks done to make them the best team in the second half of the season? What has made them so good they now have a 2-0 series lead against the Blues?

Ingredients

1) A hot (and lucky) goaltender. One that is a puzzle to figure out, no matter how hard you try, you still can’t get it past him.

2) A healthy roster. Depth is important in the playoffs.

3) Strong defensive play.

4) The first line scorers doing what they get paid to do, score goals.

5) Secondary scoring, when the first line is going usually it tends to trickle down to the rest of the team.

6) Belief in each other as teammates. Belief from their coaching staff. No fake it to you make its. This all comes from the culture of the dressing room.

Directions:

1) Bring in, arguably, the best goaltender in the league and make him your captain.

2) Bring in the right puzzle pieces to give the roster depth in scoring, toughness, and speed.

3) Bring in the philosophy of two-way hockey.

4) Bring in a culture in the dressing room with all the above components.

5) Sprinkle a whole of belief in your teammates, your coaches, your system and your goaltender.

Mix it well and fine tune it for April.

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The Vancouver Canucks have certainly followed that recipe to a tee.   They are up 2-0 in the series winning both games at home and now are heading to the “Show Me” State for games 3 and 4.

Roberto Luongo has been stellar and is showing everyone why he is an elite goaltender in the NHL.  His poise, his confidence and his leadership are so valuable to his team’s success.  That being said, Roberto has had some help this season.  There are six guys on the Canucks that have 20+ goals this  season. So the scoring support is there. The defense has tightened up and the Canucks are playing fantastic tactical hockey.

As a Canucks fan, I haven’t been this excited about this team in a long time. Last night, at GM Place, they proved to me that they can win it all, and they want to win it all.  That’s the culture of a team that I want to see night in and night out, and especially at this time of year.

The Canucks have made believers out of many non-believers.

I believe, do you?

Go Canucks Go!

This has been A View From A Broad, a not too distant perspective