Everybody knows the story. The past two springs have looked eerily similar for the Vancouver Canucks.
May 11th. Round two. Game six. Two meetings with the Blackhawks that ended consecutive Canuck playoff runs, with nothing left but Chelsea Dagger stuck in the head of anybody wearing the Orca.
This year, the Canucks are riding high after running away with their first President's trophy in franchise history. The Art Ross finds its home on Vancouver's top line for the past two years in the form of two Scandinavian twins. Roberto Luongo is having a career year, leading the league in wins and posting a sizzling 1.86 GAA since the end of November.
This is supposed to be the year.
They've dealt with adversity in the form of a laughably banged up blueline and still managed to overcome it and now, they are dealt their kryptonite...the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.
The last thing Canuck fans wanted to see this spring was a Blackhawk team still made up of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Not to mention their pillars on defense, BC boys Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
However, for the following reasons, this battle will end differently than the past two years. For the reasons outlined, the Canucks will prove that the third time is in fact the charm, as they will exorcise their playoff demons by getting past the Chicago Blackhawks in round one.