Sunday, April 22, 2007

Canucks/Stars Game 7 Preview

If you weren't a drinker before, maybe you should become one now. In fact, become a full-fledged alcoholic for one night (drink responsibly-haha). Tonight's finale is going to bring about more stress and anxiety than an Alec Baldwin phone call to his kid.
The Stars are riding high after winning 2 in a row to tie the series. After Game 6 the Canucks look like a heavyweight champion boxer up against the ropes getting fed by a suprising challenger. Thankfully, the fucking bell just sounded to end the round.
Now the Canucks are going to have to look deep within themselves to see if they can shake off this Stars attack and put the current inability to close this series and a lousy Game 6 out of their minds.
All I am asking for is composure, patience, and desire. No more mindless penalties, play their system that has worked all year, and match/exceed the Stars' work ethic.
The rest comes down to breaks that are created by such ethics.

Markus Naslund- prove you are worthy of wearing the "C" on your jersey (and your $6 million salary) and play the game of your life. Naslund guaranteed at practice on Sunday that the Canucks will show a better effort in Game 7.

"We're looking to bounce back and play a strong game," said Naslund. "I can guarantee you we are going to play a hard game. When we have our backs against the wall we usually respond well."

Remember how most of us said in the beginning of the season that the Canucks would have a hard time scoring goals and the team proved us wrong during the season? Well that will not mean anything if they don't win Game 7 and score 1 goal or less in the process.

Now Canucks fans, take a drink

I know that historic stats are not the be all end all of how a game will turn out. But here is a concerning stat.
Since 1986, teams that have had to play a Game 7 because they blew a 3-1 series lead have won the final game 9 times and lost 16 times.
In retrospect, that's not even all that bad, but concerning nonetheless. The last team to win Game 7 after consecutive losses was Carolina last year against the Oilers in the Finals.
It does happen. It can happen on Monday night.

Check out the poll below from Vancouver fans are not very confident right now. I am for the most part. I voted "pretty sure."
My prediction in this one is a 3-1 Canucks win.

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At April 23, 2007 at 5:45 a.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Is it possible Naslund has just been drunk since his awesome game one? It would make he looks good in that pirate hat. It's all coming together now...

At April 23, 2007 at 10:36 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I think he SHOULD be drinking. Itr would help his confidence level! Probably not his cardio though.

At April 23, 2007 at 11:03 a.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

Are Canucks fans suggesting Naslund needs Liquid Courage?

I will be rooting for my fellow NW divisioners tonight so we don't go 0-3 in the playoffs.

Canucks 2-1 over the Stars (OT of course)

At April 23, 2007 at 11:10 a.m. , Blogger Mike said...

If playing drunk is better then the game six effort, I say bypass the whole ingestion and give them a Capt Morgan IV.

At April 23, 2007 at 11:12 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

So it all comes down to cheering for your division teams, huh. Interesting concept, because the NW teams that aren't Colorado should be your enemy!!! :)
I don't have much loyalties when my team(s) get eliminated either. I am going to cheer for Ottawa (esp if the Nucks lose tonight-which they won't) in the East now just because I want the Cup to be won on Canadian ice. It's been 14 long fucking years since that happened.
Would there be some form of revolt in America if it was an Ottawa-Nucks final? :)

At April 23, 2007 at 11:13 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Put a little Morgan's in my blood stream and I'll personally jump onto the ice and whack Turco across the throat with a 2-by-4!!!

At April 23, 2007 at 1:15 p.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

You think I want the Stars to win? Then we'd get a Dallas-Detroit series, and no one wins when one of those two teams advance.

Also I tried telling myself that the Avs didn't make the playoffs because they were in the toughest division in Hockey (something I still believe). If the NW teams go 0-for-3 in the first round that stance is harder to take.

At April 23, 2007 at 1:25 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"no one wins when one of those two teams advance."

Amen brother!!!

I agree with you on all fronts!! haha

At least the Avs are ALREADY heading in the right direction. That late-season run was stellar. If only the Canucks had the same drafting prowess!

At April 23, 2007 at 2:07 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

i think the nucks will win! I'm hoping if i say that often enough It will come true !!

2-1 nucks in OT

We can only hope !!!!

At April 23, 2007 at 2:27 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Naslund GUARANTEED the Canucks would come out strong tonight.
Too bad he doesn't have Messier powers. Then he would have guaranteed a win and scored 3 goals to prove it.

At April 23, 2007 at 3:33 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

i wish I could fast forward to the end of the game so I would know for sure that the canucks have won !!!!!


this is crazy!

At April 23, 2007 at 3:45 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It's ok, Jenny, just start drinking right now!

At April 23, 2007 at 3:57 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

2 hours and 3 minutes till the game starts !!

i really need to stop listening to the radio, its making me nervous ! haha

At April 23, 2007 at 4:14 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You don't drink?

At April 23, 2007 at 4:19 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

no i dont drink, but days like this I wish I did :)

I'm drinking lots of coke to compensate HAHA

At April 23, 2007 at 4:24 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Well put a little spiced rum in there. It won't hurt! You'll be laughing in no time!
Every time a Sedin falls on his ass we drink!

At April 23, 2007 at 4:34 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

u must drink an awful lot :D ha ha


At April 23, 2007 at 5:33 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Everytime Burrows makes a great rush up the wing and proceeds to flub the puck, I'll take a drink.

At April 23, 2007 at 10:10 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Temujin may be dead in his bathroom. Someone check. ;)

Second round bound. Bring on the non-mighty Ducks. How sweet would it be to send Orbs and Nieds packing it in early? Mmmmm....

At April 23, 2007 at 10:40 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...



the canucks really took control of the game after the 1st :D

At April 23, 2007 at 11:07 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I've sobered up enough to say...

Linden is my new God. I have disavowed the evangelical faith, and will now pray exclusively to him.

Jenny and Mike, you shall be the new Prophets of this religion, and I shall tithe ten per cent of my income to you (which works out to around $25 dollars per month).

Today may very well be the happiest day of my life!


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