The feeling in Canuckland certainly isn't optimistic. Such is life with a traditionally fragile franchise. Fans have come to accept it this way, although I often worry how that translates in the dressing room amongst the players.
Game 5 is must win. There is no time for excuses. That said, the facts are Roberto Luongo was not good in the last 2 games; the defense have been exposed as slow by Chicago's forwards; the specialty teams have been horrible; and the Canucks have been out-coached.
The Canucks aren't as bad a team as they have looked in the last couple of games. They need to correct things quickly.. Three times in the team's history the Canucks have come back from 3-1 series deficits, so it can be done.
Here's Sunday's Slap Shots:
- Jonathan Toews tied a Blackhawks record for points by one player in a postseason game when he scored 5 points (3G - 2A) in game four. He tied the team record shared by Mush March (1936), Doug Bentley (1944), Stan Mikita (1973) and Steve Larmer (1990). That's some pretty elite company.
- All three of Toews goals came on the power play, setting a new Chicago record for most PPG in one game.
- Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks for knocking off the Detroit Red Wings. Chronic playoff underachiever Joe Thornton broke through with a dominant game. The Detroit dynasty, meanwhile, may be over. There's even some scuttlebutt that Saturday night marked captain Nicklas Lidstrom's last game.
- Pittsburgh looked like a defending champion in shutting down Montreal in a pivotal game 5 victory. Marc Andre Fleury was Jaroslav Halak-like
- When Montreal rookie P.K. Subban is on the offensive (which is often), he reminds me of Ed Jovanovski.