Thursday, April 19, 2007

Canucks / Stars Game 5 Preview

"We're probably more frustrated than the fans are," Morrow said. "We're the ones that go through it day in and day out ... 82 games, the hard work, the injuries, all the adversities. It's been a long road to get here. Our effort has been OK. It hasn't been good enough. It's been frustrating."
It's all about frustration. To me, it seems that the Stars are defeated in their own minds already. I have not read anywhere in the Dallas media where someone says they are going to come back from this 3-1 deficit. So not even the fans believe in them.
That would change with a win by Dallas in Vancouver tonight. The Canucks are going to have to keep their composure against a team that is playing like they have everything to lose. Smothering the Stars' offensive talents and scoring the first goal tonight would really help. You know, show some killer instinct.


Dallas will be without Jussi Jokinen tonight, who suffered an 'upper-body injury' in game 4. Big deal. Joke hasn't done a thing in these playoffs (1 assist). Neither has the other 'Stars' in this series.
Morrow: 1 goal 1 assist
Modano: 1 assist, 11 shots
Ribeiro the Spineless Star Weasel: 1 assist, 4 shots
Hagman: 1 assist

Krys Barch will take Joke's place.The 6'2" Guleph Ontario native is more of a muscle head than anything else.

Eric Lindros travelled with the team to Vancouver and could play tonight. But Lindy Lindy Lindros only had 5 goals and 21 assists in 49 games with the Stars this season. He is pointless in his last 8 games. He has not played since March 8th. Hopefully Linden gives him a stiff elbow and ends his career and that will be the end of it.

The Canucks looked loose at practice yesterday.

Matt Cooke is not skating with the team yet.


Not to sound too much like Ian MacIntyre here, but what was the last time the Canucks had a 3-1 lead in a series and finished the team off in Game 5?
Answer: the Dallas Stars in round 2 of the 1994 playoffs.


2-1 Canucks. It's a safe bet. But I wouldn't guarantee a win for the Nucks here. It's going to be tough, and now we'll see what they are really made of. Rejoice in the fact that Vigneault is a great puppet master and should keep these guys cool.

Temujin predicted a 4-1 Canucks score tonight and had said pre-series that the Canucks would take this series in 5. I scoffed at his over-confidence.....until now...

Here's a little tune to cheer you up if you're in doubt.

**UPDATE 1**
TSN interviewed Kevin Bieksa on TSN Broadband a few hours ago. Bieksa said that we will see the Canucks' best effort tonight because they don't want to go back to Dallas and they don't want to give them any momentum at all. See the clip here.

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At April 19, 2007 at 1:29 p.m. , Anonymous Hodge said...

3-1 Canucks. Naslund gets an empty netter.

At April 19, 2007 at 1:44 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Wouldn't that be fitting? The Captain seals it?!

At April 19, 2007 at 1:49 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

I dont care who seals it !!!!!! just as long as it's sealed !! and we win it! :D

I'm going downtown to watch the game with some friends !!!!!! HOPEFULLY WE WIN!

At April 19, 2007 at 2:41 p.m. , Anonymous Rod said...

Heh. Hodge called the same as me ('cept I didn't name anyone to score the empty net goal). So, I'll take a pass on this call.

At April 19, 2007 at 3:05 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Rod- if your score wins from your site I'll put your name up anyway. Hodge doesn't deserve a spot on the list :)

Jenny- Ah, you gotta pick a score. You know you wanna!

I'll guess that Dan Sedin and Naslund score for Van. Barnes for Dallas.

At April 19, 2007 at 4:17 p.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

I can't believe Vancouver will win this close series in 5... Star 3-2

At April 19, 2007 at 4:22 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ah, but if the Stars win I am going to get worried, B. Hopefully you are wrong!

At April 19, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

The Canucks winning by two goals would be a hell of a way to end this series.

At April 19, 2007 at 6:42 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It would be great to see the Canucks score first and then the wheels completely fall off the Stars wagon, resulting in a 5-0 route.

At April 19, 2007 at 7:23 p.m. , Blogger Beaner said...

2-0 Canucks

Need I say more.....

At April 19, 2007 at 8:19 p.m. , Blogger Rogene said...

Well, since game is half over, I won't cheat and make a prediction.

I was feeling ticked that VS. pulled the Van-Dal game in favor of Det-Cgy, and CBC streaming video wasn't available outside of Canada. But I found a nice little proxy server based in Canada that got me around that little roadblock, and now I'm enjoying the familiar sounds of Harry Neale yapping about nothing.

At April 19, 2007 at 9:40 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Rogene, where are you from?

This is going to OT. And you know how good the Canucks are in OT! Wicked!

Marty Turco is putting out a heroic performance though, and he could be the difference.

On the flipped side, you can see the Sedins beginning to step it up as well, and it seems that one of them is going to become a hero tonight.

At April 19, 2007 at 11:24 p.m. , Blogger Rogene said...

I'm in Oregon. A drive to GM Place from my house is about 7 hours, door to door...

Fortunately, VS. picked up the game after Det-Cgy, since watching the CBC stream hooked up to my TV was a little like watching TV through the fish tank at the dentist's office.

Didn't help trying to swallow the outcome though. Pretty much ruined my evening. Give Dallas credit, they played inspired, and finally let Modano off his defensive leash. No matter, I'm feeling good about Van clinching Sat night.

I'm tied for 1st your pool! (SirRated)

At April 20, 2007 at 12:53 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I know! You are doing well there. But I jumped from 27th to 10th in one night! You in trouble, man!!!

A drive for me to Van is 13 hrs.

I'm not so confident anymore, and I'll post about it soon.


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