Canucks-Blackhawks: Now It's a Best of Three

Nucks IceManCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 07:  Andrew Ladd #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates as he skates on the ice after being named number 1 star of the game against the Vancouver Canucks during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 7, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks won 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

May 8—Alright, stand back. Give me room. I’m gotta rant here for a bit.

The problem here is not that the Canucks lost, it's how they didn’t play to win. 

The lowest shots on goal in their playoff history, what’s with that? Was that not reminiscent of that San Jose game back on Jan. 20 which they also lost 2-1 and had 14 shots on goal? 

How can you expect to win, when you sit back, dump the puck out and not create any scoring chances? I’ll bet you that the Nucks did not have more than five scoring opportunities all game. 

Mats Sundin is nonexistent. He has to be playing with an injured groin or some lower body type, because no shots on goal, one giveaway, no hits and 22 percent in the face-off circle is of no help. Why would Coach V even have him in the lineup if that’s all the effort this guy can produce?

We all know he has more offensive production than what he has been showing. You don’t compile those hall of fame consistent stats that he has, without it.

Jason Jaffray down in Manitoba, would add more speed, better defensive back-check, can bring the physical play and would provide just as much, or even more, offensive push with Kesler and Mason, than the big Swede!

The Sedins, I have blogged all year long about them. Even in the regular season on the road, they were no shows many times. Come playoffs I said, they better show up or go back to Sweden. In fact, if this is all they got, then I’ll gladly drive them to the airport.

Mike Gillis would be foolish to re-sign them if they can’t produce at the most important time of the year. Last night they were AWOL.

Alex Burrows having played so well during the season, looks like he has ran out of gas.  Is this the same guy that I wrote about in the “Two Bright Lights?"

Coach V has been very consistent with playing lines that are bringing it in both ends of the rink, on any given night. Last night the fourth line of Darcy Hordichuk, Rick Rypien, and Ryan Johnson were not only the Canucks best line but also scored their only goal. 

Why then did that line not play in the third period? What’s with that Coach?

The Canucks defensive system that they play very well, also includes offensive push but they were content to get to the Hawks blue line, dump it in, and head off for a line change.

This Canuck team has let the Hawks back in every game of this series. There is only four periods that the Hawks have outplayed the Canucks and yet the series is tied at two apiece.

When the Canucks finally put together two back-to-back games, like they have played since Jan. 1, and most recently in Game Three, then this series will be over. 

Case closed. 

Until then, they will let Chicago think that they can win this series. Yeah right, not with the Bulin Wall in nets.