Friday, May 04, 2007

Game 5 : Ducks 2 Canucks 1 (2 OT) Sober Update

Apologies for not finishing the previous post last night, but naturally, I was too drunk to use a keyboard.
It was a good thing to be gooned during the 3rd period and overtimes as it numbed the pain considerably. I was getting cocky during the extra periods though, screaming "Shades of Hasek! Shades of Hasek!" thinking that with Luongo stopping so many shots the Canucks were going pull off one of the greatest upsets of all time like Hasek did in the Sabres' run in 1999.
But it was not to be, and Luongo's gripe and arm-waving over the hit on Janen in the 2nd overtime was his undoing, as he missed a Scott Niedermayer shot from the point in the process. It was surreal. Luongo layed on his face in dismay after the puck went into the net. I felt temporary anger towards him for the blunder, but almost immediately realized that he had already faced 58 shots and was the only reason that this was still a game.
There isn't much to say about the rest of the team's effort. Getting outshot 63-27 in an elimination game should be and is an embarassment. Thankfully, that disgrace of an effort will be easier to forget, as Luongo kept it close. The score with any other goalie in net would have been 7-1. That kind of blowout we would remember for eternity I'm sure.
Anyway, there are some interesting reads in the Vancouver Province today:

The Sedins both had stomachs virus' since the Dallas series. Oh, that explains their pathetic efforts this series. I'm not completely buying that shit either. Suck it up.

"It's nothing we want to use as an excuse," Daniel said. "But because of it we haven't had the jump. Even so we have to play better than we did."

What did Luongo say to Sabourin when he relieved him of duty in the OT?

"He said, 'I'm sorry to put you in that spot,' " Sabourin said. "He said it in French and he said it fast. I knew he said it fast because he had to get back into the net."

"What can you say about [Luongo]," said Brendan Morrison. "It was probably the best goaltending performance any of us have ever seen in one game."
Yeah, and for most of the playoffs, your play was the worst I've seen, Morrison.

So now begins the aftermath for this team. Changes are going to happen, no doubt. Obviously, we've seen the end of Smolinski in a Canucks jersey, and that is a good thing. He didn't quite fit in or create much offensive spark at all when we needed him the most. Adiose, Smoke.

I'm still proud of what they accomplished. To be honest with you, I almost think they overachieved, and that was a pleasant suprise, as I had tagged them to miss the playoffs at the beginning of the season.

I'll stay on top of any Canucks news on this site. But now I am also going to cover the rest of the teams still in the playoffs. I've been following all of the other series as well. I love hockey. I love the playoffs. And as much as it stings to say this.....GO SENS!

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At May 4, 2007 at 10:50 a.m. , Blogger James said...

Oh god no, not the sens!! Anyone but the sens!

The thought of "krusty" alfredsson lifting the cup makes me throw up in my mouth a little. ergh.

In leafs news, I see they're raising ticket prices 6%! Well they gotta charge more for all that WINNING, afterall.. Bleargh

At May 4, 2007 at 11:56 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yikes. Ah, Toronto fans will always attend games though, won't they?

It's all about the Cup going to a Canadian team for me. It's only been 14 years since that happened..

The Sharks-Wings and Sabres-NYR series' are going to be hella entertaining though.

At May 4, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Senators/Sharks seven...triple OT...and I don't care who wins after that. Just get the cup drinking overwith so we can get to the grand ol' Nonis Tinkering 2007.

And PP specialists out there for 500K a year?!

At May 4, 2007 at 12:33 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"And PP specialists out there for 500K a year?! "

Haha! Unless he buys out a couple of contracts or makes a trade, $500,000 is all we have left heh?

At May 4, 2007 at 1:13 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Zanstorm...what's your email? I want to ask you something, as they say, 'offline'. Drop me a line at

At May 4, 2007 at 1:24 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I just emailed you, Mike.

At May 4, 2007 at 1:26 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Any PP specialists out there for 500K a year?!

Did they fire Doug MacLean from Columbus yet? He gave the Ducks Frenchie Beauchemin for that discount of a salary.

At May 4, 2007 at 7:44 p.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

So wait.. they even get sick together? let's hope they never meet a pretty girl

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